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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: F6009 / Landscape Architect
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 14

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Leads and conducts the review, planning, and/or development of the exterior spaces and physical environments of the campuses of the University of New Mexico, to include the Main Campus, the Health Sciences Center, branch campuses, and other University properties, as assigned. Plays a leadership role in concept and schematic design, construction detailing, and cost/quantity management for landscaping projects across all campuses.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Determines University and/or client needs, and creates and prepares landscaping plans for new projects, renovations, and/or renewal projects.
  2. Provides guidance and recommendations for the siting of new buildings or building modifications, as appropriate to the overall environmental needs of the campus.
  3. Develops and/or oversees development of schematic designs, construction details, and cost estimates for University landscaping projects.
  4. Conducts pre-construction conference and overview orientation of final project design drawings and specifications with project architects, consultants, and appropriate university personnel.
  5. Presents project plans to senior University administration, such as the Campus Planning Committee or the Board of Regents, as requested.
  6. Tracks and coordinates project progress and costs; reviews and approves construction pay estimates, change order proposals, and other construction contract documents.
  7. Monitors construction progress through on-site inspection and review.
  8. Oversees the work of technical and construction staff involved in project activities; coordinates and monitors the work of consultants, as appropriate to the project.
  9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure Registered Landscape Architect or equivalent certification.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge and understanding of major institutional landscape design and construction principles, methods, and techniques.
  • Advanced skill in the use of computer-assisted landscape architecture and design software.
  • Knowledge of campus planning principles and processes.
  • Knowledge of construction project budgeting and cost estimating principles.
  • Knowledge of project management principles, practices, techniques, and tools.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.

Conditions of Employment

  • If successful candidate is not registered as a Landscape Architect in the State of New Mexico, such registration must be obtained within 12 months of date of hire.
  • Must maintain certification status.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work may, on occasion, involve exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017