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Landscape Designer Planner

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

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper

Job Location:

Buffalo, NY

As a member of the Waterway Revitalization Team, the landscape designer planner will be responsible for assisting with organization-wide projects and programs in support of Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper’s mission to protect and restore our water and surrounding ecosystems while connecting people to water. This position will be part of a team working under direct supervision of a registered landscape architect to undertake aspects of site planning, development, design, and implementation of public access, natural resource, upland and aquatic restoration projects.


  • Collaborates on production and/or review of the following project deliverables: conceptual and schematic design, layout and materials, grading and drainage, planting and technical details when applicable. Additional tasks may include: creating project specifications, cost estimates, technical and supporting graphics as needed.
  • Assists in pre-construction site evaluation and post-construction monitoring.
  • Assists with construction administration tasks to include construction observation, reporting, team coordination, content management, and supporting reviews of shop drawings and product submittals when applicable.
  • Prepares meeting agendas, documents meeting minutes, and assists project managers with day-to-day coordination and administration needs.
  • As directed, performs research, technical analysis, and data visualization tasks related to watershed management investigations, community, and regional planning efforts, and other natural and cultural resource assessments.
  • Assists with obtaining municipal and regulatory agency approvals and permits, coordinating studies and curating reports, correspondence with consultant teams and contractors, package preparation, bid development, and project documentation.
  • Supports organizational project and grant development, marketing, and public outreach through the design and review of digital graphics or other marketing collateral materials as needed. All graphic materials to be consistent with waterkeeper’s brand guidelines.


  • Attends public information, community development, and necessary project meetings.


  • Internal: Directly reportsto the deputy executive director/principal landscape architect or other licensed and registered landscape architect supervisor. This position requires clear, frequent, and consistent communications with team members and will have a close working relationship with program managers, project managers, and other planners and designers. The supervising landscape architect will provide technical guidance and professional oversight as necessary.
  • External: Effective communication with agencies, consultants, contractors, public, partners, and the greater community.


  • 5-year accredited professional bachelor of landscape architecture (B.L.A.) degree required.
  • Production experience with Autodesk AutoCAD required.
  • Familiarity with basic 3D-modeling and GIS a plus.


  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent graphic development and illustration skills
  • Proven mastery of Adobe Creative Suite or similar program for use in creation of maps, annotated-graphics, and publication materials
  • Ability to effectively utilize Microsoft Office 365, especially Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Ability to prioritize tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment with extensive cross-team collaboration
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to maintain a high energy level and be comfortable managing multi-faceted tasks in conjunction with day-to-day activities
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Must be a team player who can support and engage with the project team members and who values strong communication and open dialog in a design studio work environment


  • The majority of the work time is conducted in an office or meeting setting. Field work and/or site visits within the Niagara River watershed will be required.
  • Some flexibility in schedule is required; occasional work in the evening and weekends for meetings or event participation may be required.
  • Must be comfortable working outdoors in inclement weather.
  • Must be comfortable with and capable of performing field operations in and around water.
  • Must possess access to reliable transportation with the ability to travel to various work site locations throughout Western New York.
  • Ability to occasionally lift and carry up to 30 lbs. preferred.

Hourly compensation range is $17-$20 per hour commensurate with experience. A robust benefits package is included with this position and the details of this package will be discussed with the final candidates.

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical, or mental disability, or any other basis covered by law. Employment decisions are based solely on qualifications and business need.

No phone calls, please! Apply by mail or email and include a cover letter, resume and portfolio for review. List the position title 'Landscape Planner & Designer' in the subject line of both email and cover letter.

Address materials to:
Monica Lippens, Administrative Manager
Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper
721 Main Street, Buffalo NY 14203

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, January 26, 2020

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