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State of Massachusetts Landscape Architect II in Boston, Massachusetts

The Department of Conservation and Recreation manages one of the largest and most diverse state parks systems in the nation and protects and enhances natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Massachusetts. DCR is a dynamic agency, and is one of the largest park systems in the nation. The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, swimming pools, skating rinks, golf courses, trails and parkways. The Department of Conservation and Recreation is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Landscape Architect II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Incumbents of positions in this series prepare project scopes, manage multi-disciplinary in-house and consultant teams, prepare landscape designs that promote the aesthetic, historic, and ecological integrity of parks, trails, pedestrian bridges, roadways, and other public lands; conduct field investigations and analyze site conditions; manage environmental permitting processes, prepare construction and design documents; inspect construction work in progress to ensure compliance with landscape specifications; and perform related work as required. The incumbent of this position shall be a Registered Landscape Architect (RLA) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES -Prepares site designs and related studies and renderings for parks, trails, pedestrian bridges, parkways on DCR properties and other public lands that promote their aesthetic, historic, ecological and recreational value. -Coordinates field investigations and data collection to analyze existing site conditions—including typography, soils, hydrology and stormwater management, vegetation, wetlands and other resource areas, cultural resources, environmental hazards, legal and land use regulations and restrictions, circulation, maintenance and operations—for the preparation of master plans and site designs. -Prepares design documents—such as sketches, photographs, presentations and concept plans—and construction documents—such as plans, details, specifications and cost estimates—and manages environmental permitting processes for landscape architectural projects. -Inspects construction work in progress in order to ensure compliance with site specifications and recommends alternative methods of construction or substitution of materials to resolve problems if they occur. -Coordinates the preparation of reports, studies, designs, and other projects and provides technical coordination for multi-disciplinary consultant teams, for federal, state, and/or local agencies, and among the Agency’s divisions and bureaus. -Represents the Agency at meetings, hearings, and conferences on technical matters. -Performs related duties such as drafting plans, maintaining records, and preparing charts, maps and reports. -Prepares and oversees budgets for the design and construction of Agency projects. -Procures the services and manages the work of design consultants and construction contractors. -Drafts and negotiates contracts for site planning, design, environmental permitting and engineering services. -Manages all aspects of design and construction contract administration including, but not limited to, progress review, cost estimate review, contract amendments and change orders, invoicing, and contract closeout. -Manages several concurrent design and construction projects with environmentally sensitive sites and/ or complex recreational programs. -Prepares and reviews meeting materials for public presentations and presents projects during different phases of the Agency’s public process. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED AT HIRE -Knowledge of the principles and practices of landscape architecture and/or landscape design. -Knowledge of the principles and practices of architecture, civil engineering, botany, horticulture, agronomy, and ecology as they affect land development. -Knowledge of the methods and techniques of drafting. -Knowledge of ecological and environmental factors in New England that affect landscape design and maintenance. -Ability to correlate various programmatic elements into a coherent, functional whole for visitors and staff, while considering the characteristics of the site and enhancing its ecosystem function. -Ability to understand and apply the laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, standards and guidelines governing assigned agency functions. -Ability to coordinate the efforts of others in accomplishing assigned work objectives. - Ability to give precise, understandable oral instructions. -Ability to give precise, understandable written instructions. -Ability to read and interpret documents such as maps, charts, blueprints, specifications, contracts, test results, technical manuals, etc. - Ability to deal tactfully with others. -Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others. - Ability to exercise sound judgment. - Ability to manage complex construction projects. -Ability to supervise, including: planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished, the capabilities of subordinates, and available resources; controlling work through periodic reviews and/or evaluations; determining subordinates' training needs and providing or arranging for training; motivating subordinates to work effectively; determining the need for disciplinary action and either recommending or initiating such action. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: -Registered Landscape Architect (RLA) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. -Advanced degree in natural resource planning and management, landscape architecture, natural resource planning and management, or a related planning, engineering or natural science field. -Strong experience with word processing, graphics, spreadsheet, drafting, modelling, statistical analysis and geographic analysis software. -Demonstrated knowledge of the Commonwealth's natural and cultural resources. -Demonstrated knowledge of applicable Commonwealth environmental agencies, laws, policies, and regulations. -Working knowledge of the organization and operations of municipal governments and environmental nonprofits, state and local environmental permitting and land use planning initiatives. -Superior organizational and team building skills, including the ability to coordinate and lead diverse teams of individuals towards cooperative management goals and objectives. -Superior skills to identify key partners and collaborations to achieve desired objectives. -Superior oral communication skills, including public speaking and meeting design and facilitation. -Ability to effectively gather public input, including scheduling, organizing and leading large public forums. -Superior writing skills and ability to synthesize information in written form. -Superior skills to evaluate issues and problems and develop workable, positive solutions. -Superior skills to identify and assess key project needs and objectives, and identify appropriate means and directions to achieve goals and objectives. -Superior skills in managing heavy workloads, establishing priorities, and making recommendations to upper management regarding feasible goals and objectives. -Flexibility to travel throughout the state and attend evening and/or weekend meetings. QUALIFICATIONS ACQUIRED ON JOB: -Knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, standards, and guidelines governing Agency activities. -Knowledge of the types and uses of Agency forms. -Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of supervision. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in the development, implementation, and/or evaluation of landscape architecture work of which (B) at least three years must have been in a professional capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: I. A Bachelor's degree in landscape design or landscape architecture may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.* II. A Graduate degree in landscape design or landscape architecture may be substituted for a maximum of three years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience. Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's license. *Executive Order #595:As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Engineering* *Organization: Department of Conservation & Recreation *Title: *Landscape Architect II Location: Massachusetts-Boston - 251 Causeway Street Requisition ID: 2200073M