Residential Landscape Designer/Architect

Employment Type: FULL_TIMEFull Time

The Opportunity

As a Residential Landscape Designer/Architect, you will design, estimate, sell and oversee the installation of landscape design plans. For this position a company vehicle is provided and snow removal operations may be required. 


Design/Sales/Business Development
  • Meet with clients, design landscape plans and render, create estimates and sell the design and services to clients.
  • Build relationships and promote sales for the company.
Project Management
  • Manage/oversee projects to ensure client satisfaction; meets with subcontractors at job site, meet with clients at various vendors to select materials to be incorporated into design work.
  • Prepare change orders with Project Manager.
  • Coordinate subcontractor management with Project Manager.
  • Communicate with Team Manager on new subcontractors.
  • Communicate with project manager on the schedule jobs, materials ordering and final project walk thru.
  • Upon job completion, ensure all billable time and materials are included in final billing.
  • Meet with client to discuss and collect payment. Follow up is typically required.
Warranty Work
  • Respond to client concerns regarding plant or product failure.
  • Coordinate replacement with Project Manager and Foreman.
Maintenance Support
  • Design annuals, bulbs and holiday lighting to ensure year-round client satisfaction.
  • Attend various training seminars on current trends, products, etc.
  • Provide training to Project Manager and Foreman.


Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture or Landscape Design.
  • AutoCAD, photoshop, Sketchup/3D modeling required.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience designing and selling highly detailed residential projects.
  • Must have valid driver's license and a clean MVR.
Specialized Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Creative design aesthetic.
  • Excellent sales skills with proven sales experience.
  • Understanding of construction process and best practices.
  • Project estimation.
  • Client management.
  • Project construction supervision.
  • Knowledge of Colorado plant material and annuals (preferred).
  • Hand rendering and hand drawing.
  • Must possess excellent people skills and demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Develop and maintain open, two-way communication with all team members.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrates a high level of initiative to improve efficiencies. 
  • Builds a strong sense of teamwork with coworkers.
  • Displays a positive attitude and is courteous to others.
  • Professional appearance and presentation.
  • Assists in promoting the company to the public in a positive manner.
  • Takes pride in the work performed.
  • Accepts the initiative to take on additional work, if necessary.
  • Listens well and follows directions provided.
  • Shows integrity and consistency in all aspects of performing the job.
  • Attends and actively participates in all necessary meetings.
  • Follows "6 Ways to Measure the Success of Any Project" by Illya Pozin.
  • Understand the estimate philosophy behind Vander Kooi.

Physical Requirements

Physical Requirements: The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
Physical Activity Rarely Occasionally Frequently Constantly
Balancing     X  
Bending   X    
Carrying     X  
Climbing X      
Crawling X      
Crouching   X    
Eye/Hand/Foot Coordination       X
Hearing       X
Lifting (# of lbs.)     50 lbs.  
Pulling   X    
Pushing   X    
Kneeling   X    
Reaching     X  
Repetitive motions     X  
Stooping   X    
Standing     X  
Talking     X  
Walking     X  
Sitting     X  
Working Outside     X  

Travel Requirements

  • Type of travel: Driving to and from job sites, client meetings and vendors.
  • Percent of travel: 40%

Driver's License Requirements

  • Must have a valid Driver's License
  • Reason for Driver's License: Drive company vehicles
  N/A Rarely Occasionally Frequently Constantly
Extreme cold     Seasonal    
Extreme heat       X  
Temperature changes       X  
Humidity     X    
Wet     X    
Noise       X  
Vibration       X  
Hazards       X  

The work environment characteristics described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Excellent working conditions with no major sources of discomfort other than increased levels of stress during busy season (ie. nearly optimal office environment with good lighting, temperature and air conditions). 

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