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Job Specification 10690


LANDSCAPE DESIGNER TRAINEE
 
DEFINITION

 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
 related duties.

 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
 items.

 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
 landscaping.

 Learns to inspect plant materials.

 May be required to learn Latin and common names of plants and
 flowers.

 Keeps current with botanical methodologies, fertilizers,
 pesticides, and related chemicals, their names, applications, and
 use.

 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.

 REQUIREMENTS:

 EDUCATION:

 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.

LICENSE:

 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
 specifications.

 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
 setting.

 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
 plans.

 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
 shrubs.

 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.

ADVANCEMENT

 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
 procedures.

 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