LANDSCAPE DESIGNER TRAINEE
Under close supervision of a Landscape Designer 1 or other higher
level official in a state department, agency, or office, as a
trainee, learns to perform the design, construction, and
maintenance of landscape architecture projects for transportation
projects, parks, forests, or botanical gardens; does other
NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not
perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely,
all duties performed on the job may not be listed.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
As Trainee and productive worker under supervision:
Learns to prepare program documents including the gathering of
data and mapping.
Learns to participate on onsite investigations to determine site
conditions within project limits before design work begins.
Learns to participate in the preparation of preliminary landscape
plans and detail sheets that may include plant materials, earth
forms, street furniture, and paved pedestrian areas.
Learns to prepare grading plans and cross sections to be used in
developing freeways, parkways, other state highways and parks,
recreation, and picnic areas.
Learns to participate in the design of architectural details of
structures such as rustic guardrails, signs, picnic tables, and
recreational structures required for highway and parkway
developments, state parks and forests.
Learns to prepare calculations for landscape items.
Learns to prepare specifications and input sheets for landscape
May label all plant materials in the Botanical Garden with its
Latin and common name.
May participate in the research of old photographs, park
histories, and other records required to determine original
designs and layouts used in the Botanical Garden and general
Learns to inspect plant materials.
May be required to learn Latin and common names of plants and
Keeps current with botanical methodologies, fertilizers,
pesticides, and related chemicals, their names, applications, and
Learns to design drafts of planting plans in accord with plant
lists, sizes, specifications, and cost estimates, and prepares
lists of needed plant materials.
Prepares reports of landscape matters containing findings,
conclusions and recommendations.
Maintains records and files.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronics
and/or manual recording and information systems used by the
agency, office, or related units.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a
Bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture, Environmental
Planning or Design.
NOTE When assigned to the Department of Environmental
Protection's State Botanical Garden, a Bachelor's degree in
Ornamental Horticulture, Aboriculture of Floriculture are also
acceptable in meeting the minimum education requirements.
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license
valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rater
than employee mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties
of the position.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of the methods used to prepare landscape-related
Knowledge of principles of landscape architectural design.
Knowledge of the types of plant material including their
botanical names, growth habits, adaptability to hardiness zones,
and environmental requirements in relation to the transportation
Knowledge of landscape construction practices.
Knowledge of the use and care of equipment, materials, and
supplies used in landscape architecture.
Knowledge of the factors involved in the design of planting
Knowledge of the use and care of equipment, material, and
supplies used in landscape architecture.
Knowledge of principals and techniques involved in ornamental
horticulture for garden design.
Knowledge of the methods used to restore, renovate and maintain
grounds, formal gardens, lawns and flower gardens, trees and
Ability to prepare contract plans.
Ability to prepare preliminary landscape design plans.
Ability to read and interpret laws, rules, and regulations and
apply them to specific situations.
Ability to select landscape planting materials.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working
relationships with garden clubs and other associations.
Ability to maintain records and files.
Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
manual recording and information systems used by the agency,
office, or related units.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in
English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as
acceptable forms of communication.
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long
as they can perform the essential functions of the job after
reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations. If
the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the
employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.
Applicants who successfully complete the twelve-month
training program will be eligible for advancement to the title,
Landscape Designer 3 in accordance with Department of Personnel
The inability of an employee in this title to attain level
of performance warranting advancement to the title above shall be
considered as cause for separation.
CODES: 95/P95-10690 MCK 10/01/05