Landscape Designer - Transportation Planning Specialist 3


Washington State Department of Transportation

Job Description

Please note: This recruitment is being reopened to expand the candidate pool. Applicants who have previously applied do not need to reapply. The Opportunity: The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has an exceptional opportunity for an innovative Landscape Designer to join the Landscape Architecture Office based in Vancouver. This professional will be involved in a wide variety of transportation projects in SW Washington supporting the infrastructure while ensuring the health of the surrounding environment. This involves supporting WSDOT's strategic plan and roadside policy through wise management of the roadside as an asset, delivering right-sized projects, supporting multi-modal transportation options, improving environmental conditions, providing long-term stewardship of environmental mitigation sites, and meeting the expectations of the public for livable communities. At WSDOT, we value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees feel respected, included, and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace.

To learn more, please watch the following video: Why WSDOT? This position will perform the following work: Develop roadside and mitigation design solutions and prepare contract plans and estimates. Perform specialized construction inspection work as required and provide recommendations to WSDOT construction engineers. Assist in the development of biennial budgets for Environmental Establishment Program projects ensuring funding needs are identified and requested. Oversee site management and schedule development for plant establishment work. On-site inspections with interdisciplinary teams for mitigation site review and resolve issues to ensure sites meet permit obligations. Provide guidance, direction and field management in alignment with agency policies and procedures. Work outdoors throughout SW Washington in all types of weather. Develop and manage project schedules and balance multiple priorities. Clearly communicate verbally and in writing with internal customers and the public.

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate for this position will have the following:

  • Professional Bachelors or Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture from an accredited program.
  • WA Commercial Applicator License and appropriate endorsements or ability to obtain within 12 months of appointment.
  • Communicate effectively with diverse groups utilizing oral, written, and electronic communication methods.
  • Knowledge, skills, and ability to conduct site studies, compile and analyze data, analyze existing features and conditions.
  • Skills to analyze roadside functions and develop/select alternatives and solutions; develop contract plans, specifications and estimates.
  • Knowledge and ability to perform on-site inspections and make professional recommendations.
  • Ability to work outside of normal working hours occasionally as needed.
  • Ability to traverse uneven terrain. Ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Valid Driver's license.
  • Preferred licensing, certifications, skills or abilities: Professional Landscape Architect in Washington State.
  • ISA Certified Arborist.
  • Experience with large site grading, drainage, site engineering, and hydrology.
  • Experience in construction contract administration.
  • Experience with native plant material, plant ecology, soils, and environmental restoration.

Terms of Employment

Note: This position is covered by a union shop provision. Therefore, as a condition of employment, you are required to become a member of the PTE, Local 17, or arrange to pay that union a representational fee. The union shop requirement shall be effective on the first day of the month following the employee's initial 30 days in this classification. Contact us: For inquiries about this position, please contact Robyn Lovely at 360-705-7053 or email to [email protected]. Please reference recruitment number 18DOT-SWR-40854. WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed recruiter. WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit

How to Apply

Applications for this recruitment will only be accepted electronically. You may need to create a profile and account in Washington State's automated tracking system, NeoGov. To be considered for this position you will need to provide an electronic portfolio of professional design and construction work illustrating your skill, ability, and project scope in landscape architecture and restoration design, and answer any supplemental questions. As part of these questions you will need to provide a letter of interest. Your letter of interest should clearly explain how your experience, training, and education make you a viable and competitive candidate for this position.

Contact Name: Robyn Lovely

Contact Phone: 360-705-7053
Contact Email: [email protected]

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