Job Opportunities: Landscape Architect/Designer

About the Company:

Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is an environmental science, planning, and design consulting firm committed to the principles of sound science, technical excellence, integrity, and the promotion of outstanding decision making and sustainability. As a 100-percent employee-owned company with offices located in California, Washington, Oregon and Florida, continuing to meet the needs of our clients as well as the strategic aspirations of our employee-owners requires that we look to add the very best professional talent throughout our practices and offices. Specializing in project planning, environmental analysis and assessment, natural and cultural resources management, environmental restoration and design, and regulatory compliance, ESA’s scientists, historians, planners, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking and in-depth analysis to guide successful policy development, project planning, and the creation of enduring multi-objective solutions. Joining ESA means becoming part of a family of environmental professionals for whom every day involves growing your career, learning, creativity, fun, and the satisfaction knowing that you’ve contributed to outstanding iconic projects, improved environmental stewardship, and a more sustainable future for our communities and wild places.

About the Position:

Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is seeking a Landscape Designer or recently licensed Landscape Architect with four to eight years of professional experience. Our Landscape Architecture practice encompasses a wide range of park- and trail-related services. The position is located in our Portland office and presents opportunities to work on projects in Oregon, Washington, California, and Alaska.

Our park and trail projects include system plans, master plans, public involvement, design and detailing, construction documents, and construction administration. In addition, we collaborate with ESA biologists, civil and water resources engineers, and permitting specialists to develop mitigation and stormwater management solutions as well as wetland, stream, and tidal restoration projects.

ESA is known for thoughtfully balancing public access and natural resource protection.  Our Landscape Architects routinely manage interdisciplinary teams that expand our in-house expertise with survey, engineering (geotechnical, structural, electrical, traffic) to resolve complex and often conflicting objectives. This position provides an excellent opportunity to expand your knowledge base and skills.

We are looking for a well-rounded and self-directed person who is articulate, organized and comfortable leading a number of tasks and less complex projects concurrently. A desire to work in multi-disciplinary teams is essential. Our projects are often sited in environmentally sensitive settings so an interest in and familiarity with native ecosystems, plants, and environmental regulations is beneficial.

At this level you will be responsible for maintaining marketing contacts and assisting with task orders and proposals by contributing to the development of scopes, fee estimates, and other narrative components. You will also review project accounting and prepare invoices. Experience with construction phase services is desired.

Qualified candidates will have:

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in landscape architecture from an accredited university;
  • At least four years work experience designing parks, trails, and other types of public infrastructure, preferably in the environmental consulting field;
  • A working knowledge of civil engineering, environmental science, and permitting principles, practices, and procedures as they relate to development, improvement, and maintenance of park, trail, and other landscape architecture projects;
  • Ability to manage a variety of tasks on multiple projects in a fast paced collaborative environment;
  • Ability to develop and track project scopes, schedules and budgets;
  • Production of bid-ready construction packages (plans, specifications, estimates);
  • Ability to lead grading, layout, and detailing tasks with minimal oversite;
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite and Windows-based programs;
  • Ability to generate graphics by hand and sketch;
  • Strong graphics, communication and presentation skills;
  • Competence in using northwest native and adapted plant materials and low maintenance methods;
  • Basic familiarity with federal, state, and local environmental regulations and permit requirements;
  • Ability to conduct field inspections in a variety of settings, situations, and locations;
  • Knowledge of planting and irrigation design; and
  • Ability and willingness to travel.

Additional beneficial qualifications:

  • A current license to practice landscape architecture in the State of Oregon; registrations in Washington, Alaska, and California are welcomed;
  • Strong capabilities in integrating ecosystem processes into site design to achieve aesthetic, land use, recreation, and habitat function goals;
  • Proficiency in ArcGIS and Civil 3D
  • Knowledge of Revit, Rhino, Grasshopper and 3D Studio Max;
  • Experience working with disadvantaged communities; and
  • Experience using Deltek Vision.


ESA is owned entirely by our employees, creating a unique ownership culture rooted in a commitment to do work that matters, technical excellence, outstanding client service, professional development, and life-long learning.  ESA’s comprehensive compensation and benefits program reflects our commitment to our employees. Our benefits include: 401(k) Salary Deferral Plan with company match program, Employee Stock Ownership Plan, medical and dental insurance vision care, paid vacation, sick leave, 9 paid holidays, group term life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, commuter/transit incentives, healthcare and daycare Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement assistance, performance bonus plan, and employee referral bonus program.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying to become an employee-owner at ESA, please visit the ESA Careers page at or follow the link below:

ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.  (EOE M/V/F/D)


Job Opportunities: Landscape Architect-Anchorage, AK

The Landscape Architect provides leadership, high quality, imaginative and practical landscape and urban designs, and project management for projects such as master plans, park plans, recreational facilities, roadways, parkways, hospitals, schools, land subdivisions, and commercial, industrial and residential sites by performing the following duties. This position is held out of our Anchorage, AK office.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Design and review of preliminary and final landscape plans, details, specifications and support graphics.
  2. Design and review of preliminary site plans and concept level development packages to include utility requirements, drainage and site grading.
  3. Preparation of photographic overlays, presentation graphics and mounting prepared materials for presentations to community councils, various boards and commissions and the Anchorage Municipal Assembly.
  4. Reviews and presents proposed planning and construction plans at community councils, Planning and Zoning Commission and the Urban Design Commission.
  5. Resolution of conditions of approval with Municipal agencies and local utility companies.
  6. Preparation, review, and approval of the final landscape architecture plans, coordinate with design team members and resolve community concerns.
  7. Serve as task manager or project manager on planning or construction projects. Monitor completion of work against schedule and budget constraints.
  8. Acting as a mentor to Landscape Architects I and II as well as Landscape Planners.
  9. Preparation of proposals for planning and construction projects; from scope and scheduling of proposed work to the preparation of the budget to complete the work.
  10. Distributes work to staff members and manages them related to completing work of a high quality, on time and on budget.
  11. Reviews invoicing prior to going out to the client, and actively reviews job-to-date costs as the project progresses.
  12. Consistently exercise discretion and judgment in all work tasks.

Qualifications. To be successful in this position, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

A Baccalaureate degree in landscape architecture and five years related work experience are required. A Masters degree in landscape architecture is desirable.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Licensure as a Professional Landscape Architect.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret scientific and technical journals. Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from clients, co-workers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to effectively present information to clients, co-workers, and the public.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with abstract and concrete variables.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office, Outlook, Excel, Project, and Adobe Suite. Knowledge of AutoCAD, SketchIp and GIS is helpful
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as fundamentals of geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here 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.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand; walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

DOWL is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Minority, female, veteran, and disabled candidates are encouraged to apply.

Our company THRIVES ON DIFFERENCES! All we ask is that our employees and applicants continue to learn how to work better together. We believe in adjustment first, accommodation always. We believe that people come to work every day with positive intent.

Applications accepted online only at company careers webpage –

Job Opportunities: Design Associate – Group Leader, Design Associate (optional locations), Senior Designer, and Designer – Level 2 (Portland, OR)

Alta Planning + Design is looking to grow our design team in the Portland office. This is a unique opportunity for a design professional to take a key role working on high-profile active transportation projects regionally, as well as globally. We have some very exciting projects coming up and will have a few rare senior positions (Design Associate (Group Leader), Design Associate, and Senior Designer) and one entry level position (Designer 2).

We’re seeking professionals who have knowledge of, and interest in, the field of active transportation, have a solid understanding of the design process, in particular as it relates to street and trail design, and are looking for the next challenge in their career.

Alta Planning + Design offers competitive salaries, great benefits including wellness and bike benefits, ten paid holidays per year, a generous starting Paid Time Off package, a five-year travel award, flexible work schedules, work-life balance, advancement opportunities and welcoming – and fun – work environments for our employees. Alta employees “walk the talk” and are passionate about creating livable and healthy communities.

To learn more about each position, click the links below:

 Design Associate – Group Leader (Portland, OR)

Design Associate (optional locations)

Senior Designer (Portland, OR)

Designer – Level 2 (Portland, OR)

For additional information about Alta Planning + Design, visit:;; or