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Orange County, Los Angeles, Bay Area

Entry-Level Landscape/Urban Designer

PlaceWorks is searching for a full-time, entry-level designer to join our Design team. The candidate selected for this position could be based in our Santa Ana, Los Angeles, or Berkeley office locations.

Job Description

PlaceWorks is searching for a full-time, entry-level designer to join our Design team. The candidate selected for this position could be based in our Santa Ana, Los Angeles, or Berkeley office locations. We are looking for an individual with 0-3 years of professional or internship experience related to landscape architecture/open space planning and design and/or urban design, who is creative, self-starting, and passionate about helping shape and improve communities through their work. We work in a wide array of communities throughout California, and we encourage diverse candidates from non-traditional backgrounds to apply.

Working in a collaborative and casual work environment under the guidance of skilled project managers and other senior staff, this position will assist project teams by applying design and planning knowledge and technical skills to contribute to the successful completion of projects at a variety of scales, often working concurrently on more than one project. The project work of our landscape architecture and urban design practice encompasses the full range of the practice from park and open space master planning and design guidelines to conceptual designs and construction documentation, as well as community engagement. We have a portfolio of built work, including parks, playgrounds, trails, habitat restoration, streetscapes, and plazas. We frequently conduct community engagement as part of our planning and design work, and are committed to promoting diversity and equity in access to parks, open space and public spaces.

You’re most likely a fit if:

  • You are excited about planning for the future of communities as well as the natural environment, and making a difference with your work.
  • You’re a self-starter who can work both independently and in a highly collaborative environment, including a virtual, work from home environment when needed.
  • You have strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills and aren’t afraid to ask questions.
  • You possess both hand drawing and computer graphics skills.
  • You are excited to cultivate working relationships with clients, community-based organizations, and other firms.
  • You have experience with and enjoy using your technical skills to create graphic materials for plan documents, proposals, maps, and presentations; to contribute to the preliminary site design process; and/or to produce construction documents.
  • You enjoy analyzing and compiling research and data as required by a project.
  • You can manage your time to produce final project documents and products by stated deadlines.
  • You can work effectively on multiple projects at once.
  • You have strong problem-solving skills and can troubleshoot and solve issues that may arise on specific tasks.
  • You have strong writing, formatting, and proofreading skills and are detail-oriented.
    Supporting authentic engagement with diverse communities excites you, and you’re willing to jump in to help with outreach efforts. You may be asked to coordinate events or meetings, prepare and assemble materials/supplies, and talk to community members virtually and/or in person. Spanish or other language skills are a plus.
  • You’re able to travel to and attend client meetings and community workshops, and to perform site visits in a variety of locations, sometimes occurring on weekday nights and weekends.
  • You’re interested in assisting with marketing, business development, and proposal efforts for planning and outreach work.
  • You are experienced using Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino or SketchUp, or with AutoCAD for design projects. Familiarity with ArcGIS is helpful, but not required.
  • You are proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint).
  • You have a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in landscape architecture or urban design, or closely related field.

To apply submit cover letter, resume, and writing samples in a single PDF under 10MB. Specify office location desired.

About PlaceWorks:

Based in California, PlaceWorks is one of the premier planning, design, and environmental services firms in the U.S. The firm’s expertise and services span a wide range of practices, including city planning, urban design, landscape architecture, environmental review, GIS, and community participation. Our interdisciplinary, holistic approach integrates sustainability, economic vitality, community goals, and collaboration with our clients in the planning and design process.

To our employees, we offer interesting and diverse project work; a casual, collaborative, and flexible work environment; training, professional development, and career growth opportunities; a comprehensive benefits package (for full-time employees); and the chance to work amongst industry leaders, practice area founders, and friendly, supportive, and dedicated colleagues.

PlaceWorks is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. All employment decisions at PlaceWorks are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, military and veteran status, physical or mental disability, or any other status covered by applicable federal, state, or local law.