POSITION SUMMARY: This is advanced professional-level landscape architecture/engineering work participating in all aspects of project management for park planning and development. Work involves coordinating, and directing the designing of park and other related features, such as playgrounds, sports fields, natural areas, pathways and nature trails, parking lots, park roads, and signage, and directing consultant landscape architects, engineers, surveyors, archeologists, inspectors and contractors in the course of implementing the development of parks and park structures such as shelters, comfort stations, nature centers, and historic restorations. Work also includes reviewing and preparing complex master plans, design plans, construction plans and planning, landscaping and engineering documents. Work is performed with general supervision from an administrative or technical superior. Assignments require evaluative thinking and are carried out in accordance with accepted landscape architectural, planning, architectural and engineering standards and applicable regulations. An employee in this class participates with other county engineering, architects, landscape architects and planning staff in accomplishing plan review and preparation, studies and analysis, and project design work to ensure that parks are correctly designed and meet operational requirements and specifications. The work requires regular and important contact with other County personnel, the public and representatives of other agencies and groups to obtain and provide information.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Performs as project manager and contract manager for park capital projects.
Participates in construction monitoring for park capital projects.
Coordinates multiple contracts: schedules and monitors projects to ensure successful completion and closeout.
Reviews budgets and cost estimates.
Monitors and manages fiscal status of design and construction contracts.
Stamping and signing drawing for submission and approval with the Maryland State Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects licensing seal to the Howard County regulatory agencies.
Develops design programs and project requirements to guide consulting architects and engineers.
Coordinate purchasing actions related to design and construction contracts; process change orders and invoices.
Reviews preliminary design alternatives as well as final plans, drawings and plats submitted by County-employed contractors to ensure conformance with sound landscape architectural, architectural and engineering practices and applicable codes, regulations and specifications; notes unacceptable provisions, omissions and problem areas; recommends corrective action.
Performs site analyses of parcels of land to determine their qualities and potential for park use, natural resource protection and Greenway protection.
Prepares park master plans based on the recommendations of the Comprehensive Land Preservation, Recreation and Parks Plan, and input provided by citizen advisory groups, consultants and the general public.
Prepares conceptual plans and alternatives for development of projects to be considered by advisory boards, citizens groups and other stakeholders.
Prepares and reviews planting plans, and participates in selection of plant materials for park projects.
Meets with private consultants and contractors on all assigned park capital projects.
Inspects assigned projects during construction and upon completion to insure compliance with contract plans and specifications.
Coordinates activities of different County agencies, landscape architects, architects, engineers, contractors, and other relevant parties in all phases of assigned projects.
Reviews and comments on all subdivision plans in accordance with the Subdivision and Land Development Regulations for open space compliance.
Represents the Department on Subdivision Review Committee meetings to provide input regarding plans discussed.
Presents recommendations and comments to the Subdivision Review Committee; meets with developers, architects and engineers to discuss recommendations and solutions to problems; recommends approval of plans.
Represents the Department on Quality Based Selection Committees as project team leader or project team member.
Assists in the preparation of the Howard County Comprehensive Recreation, Parks and Open Space plan.
Chairs public presentations to the public at community meetings and review boards, evaluates public concerns and comments, directs the consultant to make the necessary changes, reviews the alternative design solutions; and approves the final master plan and designs.
Responsible for identifying and applying good sustainability practices into all aspects of Department operations.
Uses computer aided design (CAD) software for the preparation of plans for presentation, grading, erosion and sediment control and site layout using coordinate geometry.
The timely processing of land development related documents, drawings, reports in accordance with applicable criteria
This is a technical/field position with work performed in both office and field settings.
MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor degree and 5 years experience.
PREFERRED EDUCATION/KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Bachelor's degree with considerable course work in landscape architecture, planning, engineering or a closely related field, and five years of experience. Major course work to include: earth grading and drainage, surveying, soils, plant materials, construction design principles, and drafting. Obtaining State of Maryland professional registration is encouraged.
Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of park planning, landscape architecture and engineering.
Considerable knowledge of modern design standards.
Considerable knowledge of the materials used in park construction.
Considerable knowledge of plants (trees, shrubs, groundcovers), including their scientific names, growth requirements, and appropriate usage.
Knowledge of the code requirements relating to planning.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration.
Knowledge of the procedures used in implementing park development.
Knowledge of historic preservation principals and regulations of State and County agencies pertaining to historic properties and structures.
Skill in interpreting and analyzing landscape architectural, architectural and engineering designs, plans and specifications and resolving problems with the same.
Ability to review plans, plan specifications and calculations prepared by consulting landscape architects, architects, and engineers for accuracy and feasibility.
Ability to do landscape architectural and engineering design work involving analysis, selection, modification and adaptation of standard landscape architectural and engineering precedents, methods and techniques.
Ability to evaluate land for potential acquisition to address park purposes or natural resource protection.
Ability to prepare park master plans based on site conditions and input from consultants, advisory committees and the general public.
Ability to prepare graphic materials.
Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
Ability to prepare technical forms, reports, change notices and other correspondence.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, developers, consultant landscape architects, architects, engineers and the public.
Considerable knowledge of grading, erosion and sediment control, site layout using coordinate geometry and storm water management
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The physical demands 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 job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands for basic office duties, use of drafting and measuring instruments, and determining textures; talking and hearing. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and depth perception.
The work environment characteristics described here 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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
LANGUAGE SKILLS, MATHEMATICAL SKILLS AND REASONING ABILITY:
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
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.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS:
Registered Professional Landscape Architect License in the State of Maryland. Class C Maryland Driver's License or equivalent issued by state of residence.
About Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks
Howard County Recreation & Parks has been a Gold Medal Award Winner finalist several years in a row and is CAPRA accredited and recently re-accredited in 2012. The Department has 200 full-time employees, 115 part-time benefitted employees, 400 contingent workers, 250 program contractors and over 1000 program volunteers. The population of Howard County is 275,000 people and is located between Baltimore and Washington, DC and is in a rurual as well as urban environment. The County is managed under a County Executive format.
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