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The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission seeks Landscape Architect (Grade 28, 11142)

An Equal Opportunity Employer


$67,614.00 - $121,955.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 03/03/23

CLOSING DATE: 04/14/23 11:59 PM


  • Are you a creative and innovative thinker?

  • Are you a collaborative team player?

  • Are you a creative problem solver with strong technical design skills?

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a six-time National Recreational and Parks Association Gold Medal Award Winner is seeking a Landscape Architect to plan, design and manage projects related to the development of new and existing park facilities within Park Development Division. This is an exciting time to join the Department of Parks, which serves a diverse population of more than one million residents in Montgomery County, Maryland, and manages 421 parks on more than 37,000 acres of parkland with a career staff of approximately 830 employees. The role and impact of parks have expanded considerably over the last few years, especially during and as a result of the pandemic. Go to our website to learn more: https// DIVERSITY STATEMENT: Montgomery County Department of Parks believes that diversity in all dimensions of the organization supports and bolsters the innovative thinking essential to its success. Montgomery County Parks does not make hiring decisions on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, political affiliation, ideology or status as a Veteran.


What the job will involve: A Landscape Architect independently designs/manages large, technically complex, highly visible, and politically sensitive capital projects that serve park users of all ages and abilities. Projects assigned typically will involve a multiplicity of systems and areas of specializations. They may include design of new or renovated parks, regional recreational facilities, special public-private partnership projects, or projects for individual park facilities, including playgrounds, courts, trails, dog parks, skate parks, bicycle pump tracks and skills courses, community gardens, shelters, urban plazas, public art, adult fitness areas, parkour, athletic fields, planting, and other site amenities. This level is for a fully experienced design project manager who is a registered Landscape Architect.

  • Designs and manages all aspects of projects in a multi-disciplinary team setting including developing project scopes, preparing in-house concept designs, presentation graphics and construction documents, coordinating work with stakeholders, utility companies and regulatory agencies, and procuring/managing design services performed by outside consultants.

  • Implements effective project budgeting and cost control, estimates project costs, monitors and reviews contract payments, manages consultant schedules, ensures timely and comprehensive project reviews, and proactively manages projects through construction bidding.

  • Meets with community groups virtually or in-person to obtain their suggestions and ideas on proposed projects, prepares formal written reports and presents projects to the Montgomery County Planning Board.

  • Provides technical reviews for projects located on parkland, which may be designed and constructed by other public agencies, developers, and public-private partners.

Important Skills and Characteristics The successful candidate will have:

  • Collaborative with a strong work ethic; a cooperative spirit, and creative thinking skills.

  • Proven ability to approach and interact with people of all backgrounds and the ability to think collaboratively with various members of the organization and other public agencies.

  • Proven organizational, coordination, and workload management skills and abilities.

  • Superb verbal, organizational and interpersonal skills. Strong negotiation and problem-solving skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree

  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch-up and GIS ESRI software

  • Knowledge of horticulture/arboriculture and soils

  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal government regulatory permitting associated with site development projects

  • Experience with construction in environmentally sensitive areas


  1. A Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture, or a degree in any other related field.

  2. Five years of progressively responsible landscape architectural designer and/or construction manager experience that includes substantive work in the range of duties and responsibilities in this class specification.

  3. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted, which together total 9 years.

  4. Valid Registered Professional Landscape Architect License issued by any state within the United States is required for eligibility. A valid Registered Professional Landscape Architect License issued by the State of Maryland is required within six months of appointment.

  5. Valid driver's license in accordance with both State and Commission rules and regulations. Driver's license must be unencumbered by restrictions, revocations, suspensions, or points that could limit the employee's ability to drive Commission vehicles or perform driving duties required by the position of assignment.


Class/Specification: Landscape Architect Person(s) hired for this position must provide proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (with limited religious or medical exceptions). The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate a workplace culture of diversity, equity and inclusion without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other non-merit factor.

APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT: OUR OFFICE IS LOCATED AT: 7833 Walker Drive Suite 425 Greenbelt, MD 20770 301-454-1411 An Equal Opportunity Employer


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