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Landscape Designer - Part-time Wage

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Landscape Designer - Part-time Wage
Role Title: Trades Technician III
Posting Number: SW0170229
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The part-time wage Landscape Designer works as a member of a project team under the direction of the Director and/or Project Manager to develop conceptual landscape designs for communities primarily in Virginia, but also periodically in adjacent states. This position plays a key role in assisting design teams in creating planting plans and plant pallets for conceptual designs. The Landscape Designer is also responsible for creating conceptual landscape designs of varying scales, renderings, project reports, and preparations for community workshops and presentations.

Examples of typical types of projects include designs for greenways and trails, parks, sports complexes, and outdoor learning landscapes.

Project responsibilities include site inventory and analysis including documentation of existing plant materials, background and case study research for projects, conceptual design development, and development of planting plans. The Landscape Designer works alongside student landscape or architecture designers, presents at community meetings, works efficiently within project timelines and budgets, and writes project reports, including short descriptions of recommended plant materials. Provides graphic and other project support such as taking notes and photographs at community meetings for other project teams as needed. Travel will be required for several trips per semester and will sometimes include overnight travel, depending on project locations.

Required Qualifications:

- Understanding of the design process from site inventory and analysis through conceptual design development.
- Working knowledge of local herbaceous and woody plant materials.
- Hand and/or computer rendering skills.
- Graphics skills related to page layout for reports and presentation boards.
- Experience with software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Sketchup, AutoCad, and Microsoft Office.
- Training and/or practical landscape design experience.
- GIS experience.
- Strong communication, organizational and time management skills.
- Must be a communicative team player and a creative, flexible thinker with the ability to think outside the box while balancing the practical design needs of communities.
- Must be able to tailor work to meet the needs of various projects underway and be a motivated, self-starter comfortable working independently and in teams.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture.
- Community workshop facilitation experience.

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

To apply applicants must complete the online application at, posting #SW0170229, and submit a cover letter, resume and list of references as an attachment to the application. Review of applications will begin on April 10, 2017.

Employee Category: Hourly Wage Staff, limited to 1500 hrs/year
Appointment Type: Temp, non-salaried wage
If restricted or temporary, enter end date:
FLSA Status: Non-exempt: Eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Part-time
If part time, enter Percent Time: 70%
Pay Band: 3
Pay Range: Commensurate with experience
Department: Community Design Assistance Center
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg: Will involve locations throughout Virginia and possibly adjacent states.
Location Zip Code: 24060
Work Schedule: Flexible hours needed periodically including nights and weekends
Posting Date: 03/23/2017
Review Begin Date: 04/10/2017
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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