The Landscape Architect conducts detailed field investigations, site inventories and technical analysis of soils, slopes, vegetation, drainage and other existing conditions to determine design opportunities and constraints, and compiles and analyzes data to prepare feasibility studies and master land management plans for District properties. Serves as project manager for capital improvement projects of varied complexity and size. Manages and participates in the preparation of master plans, including program development, site analysis, conceptual designs, graphics, specifications, cost estimates and public information meetings. Manages project design and planning teams and monitors public access projects, consultants and project implementation to ensure they are in compliance with budgets, schedules, and contract specifications. Supports and participates in District strategic goals. Performs lifting tasks up to 25 pounds. Drives a motorized vehicle to travel to different locations. Performs tasks that will require walking, bending, stooping, standing, kneeling, climbing, reaching and sitting.
Bachelor's Degree in landscape architecture. State Registration as a Landscape Architect in Illinois. Five years experience as a landscape architect including experience in project management, large scale master planning and site design. Advanced skills in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, SketchUp, ArcGIS, and Computer Aided Design software (CAD). Full understanding of the native trees, shrubs and herbaceous ground cover and plant communities of northern Illinois. Analytical decision-making and organizational skills necessary in order to design complex engineering and planning projects, understand, interpret and discriminate construction plans, contract documents and specifications, and prepare master land management plans. Must possess valid driver’s license.
About Lake County Forest Preserve District
The Lake County Forest Preserve District was created in 1958 and provides over 30,000-acres in a county-wide system of natural, cultural and recreational resources. Governed under Illinois law as a special purpose unit of government, the mission of the Forest Preserve District is to preserve a dynamic and unique system of diverse natural and cultural resources, and to develop innovative educational, recreational and cultural opportunities of regional value, while exercising environmental and fiscal responsibility.