Under general supervision of the Senior Landscape Architect, assists in the administration of the Landscape and Tree Preservation Ordinances, reviews development plans for landscaping, tree preservation, irrigation and tree surveys and conducts surveys and field inspections.
The intent of this position description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbent(s) in this position. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties in this description and incumbent(s) may be required to perform position-related tasks other than those specifically listed in this description.
- Essential Job Functions & Other Important Duties
Essential Job Functions:
- Reviews landscape plans, irrigation plans and tree surveys for compliance with landscaping and tree preservation policies, ordinances and codes.
- Communicates with architects, engineers, developers and property owners to promote tree preservation in site design and the preparation of development plans.
- Conducts field inspections to verify compliance with the tree preservation and landscape ordinances.
- Responds to citizens, officials, and department inquiries and complaints.
- Assists in developing educational and informational programs and presentations to promote tree preservation and the use of native plant species in the City of Frisco.
- Assists property owners to provide screening and landscaping suggestions including financial impact to the owner.
- Conducts tree surveys on proposed land development to determine what areas can be developed or have to be set aside for the preservation of existing trees.
- Determines the quality and condition of existing trees for possible relocation or destruction.
Other Important Duties:
- Travels to conduct inspections, attend meetings, conferences and training.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Job Requirements
Required Knowledge and Skills:
- Knowledge of landscape architecture, tree preservation and water conservation methods, practices and procedures.
- Knowledge of the growth, utilization, and environmental impact of native and non-native trees and other landscaping shrubbery.
- Knowledge of the development, revision and/or enforcement of Federal, State, regional and City codes, ordinances and regulations related to landscape architecture and tree preservation.
- Knowledge of computers and related equipment, hardware and software for development and enforcement of plan reviews, activity reports, databases and noncompliance issues.
- Knowledge of City policies and procedures.
- Skill in effective oral and written communications.
- Skill in conducting inspections and investigations and enforcing codes and regulations.
- Skill in resolving difficult, unusual or original situations with alternative solutions, innovative and creative suggestions and designs.
- Skill in reviewing, architectural and plat development plans that implement City ordinances, codes and long term plans.
- Skill in mediating, negotiating and resolving customer complaints and concerns.
Preferred Education, Experience, and Certifications:
- Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture, and two (2) years landscape architecture or design experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Must possess Landscape Architect License from the State of Texas.
- Must pass a pre-employment drug screening and/or post-offer physical exam.
- Must possess State of Texas Drivers License.
- Environmental Factors & Conditions/Physical Requirements
Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements:
- Work is performed in office and field environments.
- May be subject to repetitive motion such as typing, data entry and vision to monitor.
- May be subject to exposure to poisonous vegetation, animals or reptiles, heights when climbing and inspecting trees and forested areas or traversing undeveloped areas proposed for development.
- May be subject to extended periods of walking, bending, reaching, standing, and lifting when reviewing proposed development plans, landscape, tree preservation surveys, and irrigation plans and designs, inspecting construction sites at different phases of development, and presenting at official public meetings.
- May be exposed to hostile or angry citizens, project developers and homeowners.
- Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
Equipment and Tools Utilized:
Equipment utilized includes personal computer, copier, calculator, fax machine, tree caliper, ladders, lifts, measuring tapes, engineers scale and department or personal vehicles.