Job Opportunity for for a Senior Landscape Designer in Newport Beach

October 24, 2016 in Job Opportunities

Headquartered in Los Angeles, NDH Search Worldwide is a leading recruiting firm for the design, architecture, and engineering communities around the globe.

NDH Search has a current opportunity for a Senior Landscape Designer for their client, Lifescapes International, Inc., located in Newport Beach, CA:

(See previous post for additional opportunity)

Our client, Lifescapes International, Inc., is one of the world’s leading landscape architectural design firms and is currently seeking to add a Senior Landscape Designer to their talented team of landscape architects.

They are a successful firm that has over the past five decades designed many celebrated, recognizable and award winning garden environments around the world. Their portfolio of work includes commercial, hospitality, residential, and roofscapes representing clients from casinos, resort and retail companies in the United States and worldwide.


The ideal candidate has a degree in landscape architecture and minimum 5-7 years of relevant experience. They will be enthusiastic and passionate towards the pursuit of planting design and will be a horticultural expert. They will have the ability to create and oversee the installation of exceptional garden environments and emulate the company’s well-known vision of excellence. They will be able to coordinate with contractors in the field, and adapt to a variety of environmental and thematic considerations. The ideal candidate is required to have a solid working knowledge of plant materials. The position may require extensive travel both domestically and internationally.

Desired Skill Set:

  • Working technical knowledge preferred of Landscape Architecture, Architecture
  • Conceptual design on both master plan and detail scales
  • Clear understanding of technical / construction documents, plans, sections, elevations, construction details
  • Experience with field art direction / quality control
  • Enthusiastic, high energy
  • Passionate about horticultural design
  • Accustomed to dynamic, fast paced design studio environment
  • Great communication skills

Education and Licensure:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture or Architecture

Firm provides:

  • A dynamic work environment with possibility for professional advancement
  • Full medical, vision and dental coverage
  • Generous vacation package, plus more
  • Optional 401k plan

Please do not contact our client directly.

Please contact: Brenda Mathews 510.316.7282 or at or Nancy Horne 323.464.6494 xt 101 or at for more information and to submit your resume.

For more about NDH Search, please visit:

Job Opportunity for a Landscape Architect/Designer in Beverly Hills

October 24, 2016 in Job Opportunities

Headquartered in Los Angeles, NDH Search Worldwide is a leading recruiting firm for the design, architecture, and engineering communities around the globe.

NDH Search has a current opportunity for a Landscape Architect/Designer for their client, Christine London, Ltd., in Beverly Hills, CA:

(See next post for additional opportunity)

Our client, Christine London, Ltd., is a renowned landscape design firm that is seeking an experienced Landscape Architect/Designer to join their team.

This successful firm prides itself on designing compelling, beautiful, functional environments that enable and inspire people to live well. Their studio culture is based on collaboration, mutual respect, and a shared belief in the transformative influence that quality design can have on our lives. They particularly value the productive and engaging relationships that result from client and design team collaborations.

The ideal candidate has 5+ years’ related experience, is dedicated and passionate towards the pursuit of design excellence and professional growth, enjoys collaboration, has a positive self start attitude and possesses outstanding design skills.


  • Project Designer, collaboration with principal in concept development and design features
  • Project Management, coordination with contractors and consultants, from bidding to completion and coordination with clients, from schematic design to completion
  • Preparing presentation packages, sketching schematic design, delegating and managing drawings
  • Preparing construction documents, design development – details and delegating and managing drawings

Desired Skill Set:

  • Conceptual design on both master plan and detail scales
  • AutoCAD – proficient in CAD with clear understanding of technical drawings – plans, sections and elevations.
  • Project Management – both onsite and administrative
  • Perspective Drawing – strong rendering skills for master plans, perspectives, elevations and sections.
  • SketchUp is a plus – graphic renderings and presentation.
  • Adobe Creative Suite – Proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign
  • Good communication skills

Please do not contact our client directly.

Please contact: Brenda Mathews 510.316.7282 or at or Nancy Horne 323.464.6494 xt 101 or at for more information and to submit your resume.

For more about NDH Search, please visit:

Job Opportunity in Pacific Palisades

September 27, 2015 in Job Opportunities

Landscape Design firm located in Pacific Palisades has an opening for a part-time and full time Draftsperson/Design Assistant with potential to grow into a full-time position.

Applicants may apply via Craigslist at:

Primary focus of job will be drafting but principal designer may ask for input on planting design or have you work on plant/hardscape material research, putting together presentations for clients, site visits for measurements and photos, project tracking, and/or other design assistant/office tasks.

Applicant will be responsible for creating and revising landscaping plans in AutoCad. The draftsperson will receive sketches or notes from the designer and will be responsible for preparing drawings of 2D landscape plans. Occasional overtime may be required in order to meet project deadlines.


  • Minimum 1.5 years office experience in architectural/landscape architectural/design office in a drafting position.
  • Strong AutoCAD skills with samples of work showcasing landscape skills, especially. Preferred samples should be of landscape/planting plans or construction documents that include landscape. Also of relevance are irrigation, landscape details, hardscape plans or similar.  Applications without landscape/planting plan samples will not be reviewed.
  • Ability to understand  AutoCAD drawings from architectural firms and implement landscape elements efficiently.
  • Proficient in Photoshop, Indesign, Microsoft Office (Word/Excel).
  • Interest in horticulture, plants, landscape and planting design.
  • Ability to take site measurements and translate into a site plan in AutoCAD.
  • Detailed oriented (even under pressure) and able to communicate clearly with owner/designer and clients.
  • Knowledge of both PCs and MACs.



  • Knowledge of other CAD/3D programs, Sketch-Up a plus.
  • Hand rendering / sketching.

 Very Important:

  • Only candidates in the Los Angeles area should apply!
  • Resumes only accepted with portfolio examples in PDF format and limited to 10 megabytes. Resumes without a portfolio will not be contacted.
  • Only applicants with proven landscape/architectural experience will be contacted.

Job Opportunity at KDI in Los Angeles

April 6, 2015 in Job Opportunities

Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is currently seeking a junior landscape designer passionate about community driven development. The position is in KDI’s Los Angeles office and we are looking for a designer with experience in material assemblies and small-scale construction. This is a fantastic opportunity for a highly motivated and creative self-starter to work in a collaborative interdisciplinary studio on a range of project typologies from strategic planning and research to park design and the construction of temporary spaces. Project responsibilities will focus on domestic projects with an emphasis on regional work in Southern California.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Work with the KDI team to facilitate innovative community engagement strategies. Responsible for designing and conducting community meetings and participatory design workshops
  • Contribute to design of Productive Public Space projects from concept design through construction administration under supervision of a licensed Landscape Architect
  • Contribute to the design and construction of temporary space activations on vacant lots and streets
  • Develop a materials and construction technology library for research and prototyping
  • Seek creative and innovative solutions to assigned tasks and participate in developing the associated research and documentation for these solutions
  • Collaborate with artists, policy planners, community-based organization partners and other consultants on project development
  • Frequent travel to the Coachella Valley by car
  • Occasional collaboration with KDI international on Productive Public Space Projects in Africa and the Latin America.


  • MLA
  • Undergraduate BArch or 3+ years of construction experience
  • 1-3 years design experience working for a professional Landscape Architectural office
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills
  • Excellent writing and analytical abilities (sample requested)
  • Experience with data collection and analysis – area-wide indicators (demographic, public health, etc.), community needs assessments, SWOT analyses, etc.
  • Experience with grading of landforms and hard surfaces
  • Experience in construction of simple frame structures
  • Proficient in AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp, VRay, Rhino, Adobe CS and MS Excel.
  • Experience with Southern California plant palette, a plus
  • Experience working with low-income or underserved communities, a plus
  • Bilingual (Spanish-English) preferred.

Salary commensurate with experience.
Portfolio should highlight a range of project typologies and feature your construction detailing experience. We request that the writing sample be no more than 500 words.
Send electronic copy of cover letter, résumé, portfolio and writing sample to:
Jennifer Toy
Design Director, KDI

About KDI:
Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is a non-profit design and community development firm that partners with people living in extreme poverty to design and implement solutions that permanently transform their communities and improve their quality of life. KDI began in 2006 as a two-week independent research project between six students from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Today it is an innovative design and community development firm that partners with communities in Africa, Latin America, and the United States to transform underserved neighborhoods into thriving communities. In response to each community’s unique priority needs, KDI works with residents to design and implement projects that improve the physical environment and simultaneously introduce new economic activity and social development opportunities.
KDI believes participatory design and long-term investment are key to sustainable development. Working collaboratively with communities from conception through implementation, KDI enhances their ideas with technical knowledge and creativity, and connects them to extant resources. Through this process KDI builds networks of Productive Public Spaces (PPS) – high impact, low-cost environments – that individually and collectively, mitigate environmental hazards, provide needed amenities, build social networks, and generate micro-enterprise, at the neighborhood and regional scale.
We have been recognized for our innovative approach to poverty alleviation by notable institutions such as The Rockefeller Foundation, Ashoka Changemakers, American Express, Annenberg Alchemy, Smithsonian Institution, Echoing Green, UN/Dubai and Swiss Re Foundation.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status or medical condition.

Job Opportunity at JMS Design Associates, Inc in Beverly Hills

March 12, 2015 in Job Opportunities


AutoCad Landscape Designer/ Draftsperson
Landscape Design Firm hiring Landscape  Designer 2 + years
Looking for an Individiual that has a passion for Landscape & Gardens
Duities: AutoCad Drafting, Design Concepts, Estimating, Plant material sourcing & procurement
Part-time work 20-30 hours a week.  Could lead to full time opportunity
Must have Landscape Architectural background & firm experience.
Good knowledge of Southern California Plant Materials, AutoCad v.2012 & up,
Sketch Up or Rhino or other 3D modeling programs

Location: Beverly Hills, California
Hourly – Negotiable

Contact Jeffery M. Smith, JMS Design Associates,  310.552.1644

Job Opportunity at Regenerative Design Studios in San Pedro California

January 30, 2015 in Job Opportunities

RDS is hiring! Take a look at the job listing here:
Landscape Design Assistant Position
Regenerative Design Studios
San Pedro, CA

Expanding Landscape Design & Consulting Firm looking for one very bright and talented individual. Our business model and design style are founded deeply upon regenerative principles, on very large civic projects.

Part-time paid position, with the potential to become full-time. Requires knowledge and experience with regenerative landscape design: the utilization of ornamental California native plants, LID, SUSMP, rainwater catchment, greywater recycling, irrigation design/calculation, WUCOLs, AB-1881, as well as client coordination, project management including construction coordination, vendor relations, and partnering with affiliated industries including select architects, engineers and contractors.

Anticipated Activities:
• Preparation/Review of drawings: site analysis, conceptual, construction
• Preparation/Review of plant, materials and other site amenities and imagery documents
• Site Analysis, including site visits, surveying, photographing
• Submittal prep and presentation assistance to city, design team, clients, etc.
• Preparation of graphical presentation materials
• Assistance in selection and research of plants, construction material and site amenities
• Coordination with vendors & preparation of purchase orders

A successful candidate must possess the following:
• REQUIRED: BSLA, or MLA from an accredited landscape architecture program or UCLA Certificate of Landscape Architecture.
• MASTERY of AutoCAD & Adobe CS6+ Photoshop, InDesign & Illustrator (Additional Adobe Suite, SketchUp or other 3D Programs a plus)
• Excellent hand drafting and rendering skills
• Proficiency in using MS Word, Excel & Outlook
• A charming, proactive, bright and POSITIVE personality, able to take direction well – we are 100% driven by honesty, integrity and positive client relations and you must be too!
• Must be hardworking, motivated and flexible to respond to the ebb & flow that is inherent in our industry.
• Able to assist in managing projects technically, financially and on schedule
• Able to track schedules and establish priorities while handling multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously.
• Exceptional attention to detail
• Knowledge of principles and practices of organization, planning, records management and general administration
• Able to effectively & PROFESSIONALLY communicate both in written format and oral presentation
• Demonstrate good personal control and judgment under normal and stressful conditions
• Comfortable working in a quiet, or sometimes music-filled work environment
• Able to understand the needs of others and to offer viable cost effective solutions to diverse problems when appropriate
• Demonstrated understanding of design aesthetics and design process
• Excellent English and pleasant communicator with clients, architects, engineers, contractors, vendors and other contacts
• Must possess valid CA Driver’s License, maintain a satisfactory CA DMV record and be in possession of automobile insurance policy for your own vehicle

• MINIMUM 1-2 years experience in a professional office, (experience can predate receipt of degree).
• The desire to become a registered Landscape Architect.
• Excellent references.

Additional Duties:
Keep office in good order physically
Phone answering
Social media and internet profiles updating

Location: a beautiful, newly renovated, light & fresh air filled, vaulted-ceiling suite, on the second floor of an historic 1900’s art deco building in downtown San Pedro, CA
Capabilities: comfy workstation, with a monster-sized drafting table, with a view of the tree tops, lightning fast PC, fully loaded software, IT support, fully licensed, bonded, insured.

Please email the following:
1. Subject Line MUST be: Landscape Design Assistant Position-(Your Name)
2. A cover letter detailing why you are the right person for the position.
3. Resume
4. A list of professional references
5. Samples of your portfolio

No telephone calls please.

Job Opportunity at a Skatepark Construction Company in Los Angeles

January 30, 2015 in Job Opportunities

Alumni Connection has been informed of a Skatepark construction company that is looking for a motivated, detail oriented person to develop construction documents and plan sets for Skateparks. The candidate must be fluent in AutoCAD software and construction document standards with experience in 3D modeling. Knowledge of grading/drainage and general landscape architecture preferred! This is for a full-time position in their Los Angeles office.
Click here for more information or contact:

UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Program Office
Gardening and Horticulture Program,
Department of the Arts
10995 Le Conte Avenue #414, Los Angeles, CA 90024
310.825.9414 T/310.206.7382 F

Job Opportunites at Grace Design Associates in Santa Barbara California

January 30, 2015 in Job Opportunities


Grace Design Associates, Inc. (GDA) is a fast-paced, award-winning landscape design + build firm headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA. Specializing in upscale residential, our forte is distinctive design, executed with artistry and craftsmanship.

Visit our website at:


Position 1- Landscape Architect or Designer & Project Manager

The position requires a highly self-motivated individual who would like to contribute his/her talents as a landscape designer to a creative and energetic team. Duties include but are not limited to all aspects and phases of the landscape design/build process from site planning through construction.

Duties include:
• Develop landscape plans from conceptual through preliminary through final, including demolition, grading, drainage, hardscape, irrigation, planting, lighting and construction detail plans
• Project management: prepare timelines, critical path, materials schedules, etc.
• Field work:
o Site analysis – measure, map, photograph, sketch site features, etc.
o Materials sourcing – locate materials, photograph, collect samples, etc.
o Construction oversight – site visits, meetings with clients, subcontractors, clients’ agents, etc.
• Interface with local agencies: planners, review boards, HOA’s, inspectors, etc.
• Interface with other professionals such as architect, engineer, land surveyor, etc.
• Work with GDA crew and subcontractors from bid process through completion of project
• Research:
o Local codes, agency requirements, etc. for GDA projects
o Source project materials, vendors, subcontractors, allied professionals, etc.
• General administrative support for CEO – phone calls, filing, emailing, calendar management and organization etc.

Skills include:
• Strong hand graphics
• Strong AutoCAD and/or Vectorworks
• Strong design skills
• In-depth knowledge of regional plant materials
• Proficient at site mapping, preparing site plans from field measurements
• Project management: timelines, critical path, materials trafficking, scheduling
• Excellent organizational skills
• Communicates professionally and effectively
• Strong leadership skills
• Team player a must
• Proficient in MS Word, MS Excel and Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign)
• Self-motivated, upbeat, forward-thinking, professional, eager to learn, coachable, trainable, and possesses a “can-do attitude”
• Spanish a plus
• Accurate and complete construction documents
• Works well in a progressive, creative, fast- paced environment
• Knowledge of typical construction practices
• Driven with the ability to meet deadlines with a positive attitude

Please send Cover Letter, Resume and Portfolio to Dawn at
Resume should include all dates, job responsibilities, salary history and references.
Compensation depending on experience.


Position 2- Assistant Designer & Administrative Assistant

The position is for a full-time landscape design and administrative assistant and requires a highly self-motivated individual who would like to contribute his/her talents as a landscape designer to a creative and energetic team. Duties include but are not limited to all aspects and phases of the landscape design/build process from site planning through construction. This individual will work closely with the Principal designer and design team. The ideal candidate has strong computer, organizational and communication skills.

Duties include:
• Landscape design and drafting
• Materials sourcing and trafficking
• Fieldwork
• Social media coordination, marketing, bi-weekly blog, writing text, and developing reports etc.
• General administrative support for CEO
• File, email, calendar, and client management
• Managing office organization
• Database maintenance and updates
• General errands & personal support for CEO as needed

Requirements include:
• Proficiency in AutoCAD and/or Vectorworks, Microsoft Office, Excel, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign)
• Strong professional verbal and writing skills
• General administrative support
• Minimum 2 years work experience in the landscape profession

Compensation depending on experience.

Please send Cover Letter, Resume and Work Samples to Dawn by email at
Resume should include all dates, job responsibilities, salary history and references.

Job Opportunites at Environmental Design Studio in Silver Lake California

January 19, 2015 in Job Opportunities

Two positions open at Environmental Design Studio in Silver lake:

 – Full-time Junior Landscape Designer

- Internship (part to full time)

EDS Jr. Landscape Designer 2015

EDS Internship 2015 JR-Landscape-Designer


Employment Opportunity at Orange County Parks Department

January 19, 2015 in Job Opportunities

Orange County Parks Department has an opening for an extra help position.

Information Provided by Orange County Parks Department:

Our Department oversees all the planning and Design for our 60,000 + acres of park facilities here in Orange County. We have a team comprised of Landscape Architects, Engineers, a planner and architect in addition to a natural resource specialist and regulatory compliance section.

The work involved in the position would be to assist the Division’s Project Managers with their project work (graphics and writing) as well as complete special projects assigned by the Division Manager and/or the OC Parks Director. The hours needed are between 30 & 40 hours/week.

Experience gained by the prospective employee would be very diverse and sometimes fast paced however, there is also over 200 years of combined experience among the staff from which to learn.

Contact the UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Department Office for more information (310) 825-9414

or email Jenny Stets-Stephano  LLA | ASLA

Senior Project Landscape Architect

OC Parks Design