Landscape Architect 1

Milwaukee, WI, USA Req #928
Friday, March 10, 2023

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Landscape Architect 1

Full-time, Hourly

Hourly Range: $23.57 - $36.97/hr

Closing Date: 4/8/2023, or upon receipt of the first 50 application submissions.

Parks Equity Statement: Milwaukee County Parks is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse work force that is demographically and racially representative of Milwaukee County residents. Milwaukee County Parks leadership is committed to honoring diverse experiences, perspectives, and unique identities, while fostering work environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming.

Job Summary

This position is responsible for planning, designing, construction, and inspection of parks and related facilities to ensure compliance with long-range plans and departmental strategies. As part of the Parks Planning and Development Division, this position also works to preserve and enhance department assets, ensure quality service, as well as product delivery.


Job Responsibilities


  • Assist in the design, construction, and review of parks and related facilities by preparing plans, drawings, specifications, and estimates as well as preparing construction documents.
  • Define scopes, design parameters, obtain technical data and perform research.
  • Assist in capital plan development, as well as business and strategic plans.
  • Perform site analysis, including gathering and reviewing data.
  • Study and document environmental factors and impacts.
  • Produce site analysis of existing physical, psycho−social, human factor, economic and regulatory conditions.
  • Prepare demolition plans, tree removal and preservation plans as well as grading and drainage plans.
  • Prepare detailed layout staking and construction plans and perform calculations required by local regulatory bodies.
  • Obtain soil tests and prepare planting and lighting plans as well as construction details for all site elements for construction implementation and coordinate each of these elements with other project design professionals.
  • Execute construction administration, including preparing cost estimates for all elements of a project, obtaining regulatory approvals, compiling bid documents, and assisting in contractor selection.
  • Ensure quality control as projects progress, conduct and document regular site meetings, respond to field questions and issues, verify contractor billings, and issue necessary change orders.
  • Create punch lists for review of design implementation, conduct final walk−throughs to verify design compliance and conduct post−construction evaluation.
  • Prepare narratives, statistical and legislative reports, permits, grant applications and exhibits.
  • Review requests for parkland access and right-of-entry permit applications.
  • Attend public hearings and informational meetings.
  • Participate on special project teams and develop community outreach, marketing, and communication efforts.
  • Operate vehicles, computers, general office equipment and hand tools.
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Education, License/Certification and Experiences

  • Valid driver’s license required and must be maintained throughout incumbency
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture or closely related field accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board from the American Society of Landscape Architects OR a degree determined by the landscape architect section to be equivalent.
  • At least six (6) months or more work experience in Landscape Architecture required.
  • Previous GIS experience preferred.
  • Previous CAD experience preferred.
  • Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) certification preferred.


**Attention Applicants: Please attach a Portfolio of Work in addition to your Resume when applying.**


Note: This Original Examination is open to all qualified applicants authorized to work in the United States. The incumbent must establish residency in Wisconsin within six (6) months of appointment and maintain such residency throughout their incumbency. In accordance with Rule III section 11 of the Civil Service Rules a non-competitive examination will be held for this position. The non-competitive examination will consist of a review of candidate materials, education and related experience.


















Milwaukee County is committed to fostering an equitable working environment, free from discrimination and harassment, on the basis of any characteristic protected by law. We prohibit any form of discrimination, harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, pregnancy related condition, national origin, age, disability, FMLA status, sexual orientation, military status, marital status, or any other category or status that is now or in the future protected by federal, state, and local law. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing, background checks and pre-employment physicals subject to job requirements. If special accommodations are needed, please contact 414-278-3936.

Effective October 1, 2021, Milwaukee County will require all employees to have completed COVID-19 vaccinations and provide proof of vaccination or have submitted a completed medical or religious exemption and accommodation request. All persons offered a position will be required to provide proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination at time of hire or have submitted a completed medical or religious exemption and accommodation request and been approved for an accommodation prior to hire.

Other details

  • Job Family 6 - Natural Resources/Parks and Recreation
  • Job Function 2 Professionals
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
Location on Google Maps
  • Milwaukee, WI, USA