Landscape Designer

City of Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism
1224 Progressive Drive, Chesapeake, Virginia
Job Type
$58,693 or depending on qualifications and experience
Required Education
Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Design, Landscape Horticulture, Landscape Architecture or a closely related field.


Under general supervision, this position provides oversight and management of the Municipal Grounds Division, including specialized design, installation and management of all City landscaped areas to include efficient and sustainable landscape beds, utilization of native plants, stormwater/drainage, irrigation systems, and a planned reduction of invasive species in parks and on citywide municipal grounds. Oversees the design, installation and maintenance of all landscaped and designated specialized planting and natural areas within parks, around municipal facilities and city gateways. Responsible for designing and implementing plans, reviewing work assignments, planning work, securing materials, tools, and equipment, assigning and overseeing work, assisting with budgets, contracts, and/or other administrative functions, and completing work related logs, forms, and reports. Works within broad policy and organizational guidelines; independently plans and implements projects; maintains records and fertilization and weed schedules, reports progress of major activities through periodic conferences, meetings, and brochures.

Other related duties include but are not limited to:
Supervises and administers the Municipal Grounds Division including completion of required reports, operating and capital improvement budget preparation and monitoring, selection, training, performance management, employee relations, prioritizing and assigning work and related activities.

Reviews, designs, implements and maintains landscape plans based on code/ordinance and best practices.

Initiates and facilitates extensive landscape designs, drawings and concepts and coordinates the implementation and maintenance of the designs to include planting and pruning natural areas, proper drainage, specialty spraying, irrigation, tree cultivation, trimming and removal, mulching, and the development of heat and water tolerant low maintenance plants in projects.

Conducts tree and plant risk assessments, evaluates bed and landscape canopy, evaluates urban heat island effects and remedies in plantings, removal of inappropriate invasive plants, emphasizes native plantings and evaluates landscape, canopy, and heat island effect of public properties.

Adheres to and models actions consistent with the City’s vision, CARE standards and strategic anchors. Coordinates service needs and requests with internal and external customers and evaluates responsiveness of staff to service standards. Provides exceptional internal and external customer service, responds to service requests and inquires, and addresses complex customer service related concerns that meets the expectations of the City’s Customer Care standards. Resolves complaints, issues, and conflicts with personnel, the general public, and volunteer organizations.

Provides technical expertise and training, coordinates routine and specialized maintenance by planning, assigning, and overseeing daily work, projects, emergency preparation and response; organizing, securing and management of contractual work; securing specialized materials, vegetation and equipment; training and policy development.

Develops and recommends policies and procedures; establishes maintenance schedules for municipal grounds, recommends internal section organization and programming; manages, schedules, documents and monitors spraying chemicals and fertilization programs, manages volunteer programs to assist with landscape projects, establishes and implements management systems to effectively and attractively meet operating goals and objectives.

Initiates and directs project design and implementation as well as daily maintenance and sustainability, procuring supplies and specialized plant materials, plant selection, meeting with environmental, forestry and other outdoor grounds groups.

Monitors the actions of staff, contractors, and volunteers, making sound and consistent decisions almost constantly, implement programs to improve facility and area aesthetics affecting City operations and safety, subordinates, co-workers, and the general public. Trains, directs and inspects staff on preparation and maintenance of sustainable landscape plans.

Ensures proper maintenance and operation of related Municipal Grounds equipment such as mowers, chain saws, pruning tools, tractors, weed eaters, edgers, etc.

Assists and participates in providing logistical support for City sponsored functions and special events; set-up and breakdown tents, fencing, barricades, and other various recreational and event equipment, perform pre and post event activities such as clean-up and trash removal.

May supervise work inmate crews from the Sherriff’s Department workforce program.

Performs various clerical tasks such as timekeeping, data entry, emailing, phoning, faxing, filing and copying.

Attends or conducts staff meetings, training sessions, seminars, conferences, and classes to exchange information and improve skills.

Required Experience

In addition to satisfying the vocational/education standards, this class requires a minimum of two years of related, full-time equivalent experience to include one year of lead or supervisory experience.

SPECIAL CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES: Requires a valid Commercial’s Driver’s License with appropriate endorsements and a driving record that is in compliance with City Driving Standards. Also requires a Certified Applicators License, Class 3A and 3B, within six months of employment.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Employees may be expected to work hours in excess of their normally scheduled hours in response to short-term department needs and/or City-wide emergencies. Emergency operations support work and work locations may be outside of normal job duties.

Employee Benefits

If you join the City of Chesapeake as a full-time regular employee, the City will provide a foundation of benefits for you.

This is a highlight of specific aspects of the benefit program for full-time regular employees of the City of Chesapeake, such as retirement, life insurance, holidays, annual leave, sick leave, and paid time off. If you join the City, you will receive detailed descriptions of the benefit plans.

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