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Ecological Landscape Designer

Type of Job:
Entry Level
Landscape Architecture
Name of Firm:

The Natural Garden, Inc.

Job Location:

Harrisonburg, VA

The Natural Garden, Inc. is an ecological landscape design company and native plants nursery, located in Harrisonburg VA. We are experiencing significant expansion and currently seek talented and artistic landscape designers to join our team. The projects we develop and install are a wonderful mix of residential, agricultural, and institutional projects. Our work is focused on developing engaging outdoor spaces, incorporating our locally native plant materials and natural building materials to promote truly self sustaining, biologically diverse gardens and habitats. To gain a bit more understanding about our company and the work we do, please visit our company website at
  • Perform pre-planning site analysis, recording relevant site measurements, topography, drainage, and plant material identification.
  • Develop base plan documents, transcribing data from site analysis and client provided details.
  • Work with key staff to prepare initial design studies, and landscape presentation documents.
  • Provide planning document take off calculations for job cost analysis.
  • Prepare collection of design and cost analysis documents for client presentation meetings.
  • Join principle team member at client presentation meetings, to assist in presentation and record key notes from discussions.
  • Must be willing to work extended hours, when requested, to meet deadlines and seasonal demands.
  • Collaborate with other designers to manage schedules and create successful projects.
  • Assist with Project Management duties that include securing contract materials, facilitating pre job site meetings with crew supervisors, project progress reporting, and client communications.
  • Work alongside and assist crew supervisors with project layout and be responsible for oversight of select project components. This position requires a strong willingness to work outside, for multiple days at times, to ensure a finished project of exceptional quality.
  • Clear proficiency in hand rendering and hand lettering of design documents.
  • 3 to 5 years of creative and artistic design experience. Must have a demonstrable proficiency in spatial planning, and in the thoughtful use of color, form, and texture.
  • Practical understanding of landscape construction, installation, and maintenance principles.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and Adobe Design suite.
  • Have a valid driver’s license and up-to-date smartphone.
Ideal candidate will:
  • Have a welcoming and collaborative energy. We are a teaching based company, elevating the collective team through encouraging a broader understanding of landscaping with native plants and restoration of diminishing habitats.
  • Have a strong ability to meet established deadlines.
  • Have a solid attention to detail.
  • Have an ability to take direction, and accept critical, constructive feedback. Our aim is to grow individuals through a collaborative, learning environment.
  • The Ecological Landscape Designer position is an hourly based, year round position, working a minimum of 40 hours per week with additional hours as required in spring and fall due to seasonal demands.
  • The starting hourly rate for the Ecological Landscape Designer position, as described, is based on the level of skill and talent that you are able to demonstrate. $20 per hour to $34 per hour for the top talent. This includes 7 days paid vacation the first year along with paid holidays. Top talent may be offered profit sharing.
  • Candidates interested in applying for the Ecological Landscape Designer position are required to provide resume, design portfolio, and a minimum of three work references. All applicant documents received are held in confidence, and should be sent to for consideration.

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