Landscape Designer – Transportation Planning Specialist 3


WA State Department of Transportation

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has an exceptional opportunity for an innovative Landscape Designer in the Environmental & Hydraulics Office located in Tumwater. This individual will work to restore and improve highway roadsides, streambanks, wetlands and urban landscapes so they meet functional needs, commitments, and permit requirements. As the Landscape Designer, you will be responsible for development of contract plans, specifications and estimates for WSDOT projects including restoration, mitigation, enhancement and preservation projects as well as landscape design/contract plans for design-bid-build contracts, and project requirements for design-build contracts.

This involves supporting WSDOT’s strategic plan and roadside policy through wise management of the roadside as an asset, delivering right-sized projects, supporting multi-modal transportation options, improving environmental conditions, providing long-term stewardship of environmental mitigation sites, and meeting the expectations of the public for livable communities.

Benefits that matter to you!
Work-Life Balance – We offer flexible work schedules that allow you time for your life outside of this this excellent opportunity.
Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers outstanding benefits, a generous amount of paid time off, a choice of state retirement programs including a defined benefit pension plan, advancement opportunities, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information regarding our comprehensive benefits package.
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the TPS3 will:

  • Assist in the development and preparation of roadside preservation, restoration, enhancement, and environmental projects.
  • Coordinate with project offices on scope, schedule, and deliverables.
  • Develop and prepare professional reports with recommendations concerning WSDOT projects.
  • Develop CAD plans, specifications and estimates for roadside restoration, preservation, enhancement, and environmental mitigation for Olympic Region projects.
  • Assist in performing inspections and field reviews of construction, roadside preservation and enhancement projects.
  • Participate in training and stay current on Department policies and Landscape Architectural procedures.
  • Clearly communicate verbally and in writing with internal customers and the public.

Required qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture.
  • Thorough working knowledge of Landscape Architectural principles, methods and practices.
  • Professional landscape design experience (equivalent to working two years minimum as a TPS2 level landscape designer OR registration as a Landscape Architect in Washington State).
  • Demonstrated ability to perform professional landscape architecture work such as the following:
    Grading, seeding and planting plans

Riparian and wetland restoration and mitigation plans

Pedestrian circulation, roundabout and streetscape planting plans

Irrigation plans

Rest area plans

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing across a broad spectrum of professional levels and diverse groups within WSDOT, other agencies, and the public.
  • Ability to access, input, and retrieve information from computer workstations.
  • Ability to prepare plans, specifications and estimates and plans using CADD, Word and Excel.
  • Ability to develop and prepare professional reports with recommendations concerning WSDOT projects.
  • Ability to perform on-site inspections and make professional recommendations for roadside preservation, restoration, mitigation and plant establishment work on construction sites.
  • Capable of reading and analyzing plans for contract coherence, completeness, constructability, and accuracy.
  • Ability to traverse uneven, steep terrain, in all weather conditions.
  • The flexibility to travel long distance with occasional long hours and overnight stays.
  • Valid driver’s license

Preferred qualifications include:

  • A working knowledge of WSDOT agency policies, standards and procedures.
  • Knowledge of mitigation requirements for successful design and construction.
  • Ability to manage complex projects utilizing standardized project management methodology and strategies.
    Familiarity with Microstation CADD.
  • WSDA Pesticide License with endorsement categories Q (Aquatic) and OB/OW (Ornament Weed Control) are required within one year, 02 (Public Consultant) or 08 (Public Operator) or equivalent.

How to apply: 
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically.
To be considered for this position, please attach the following to your online application:

  • A chronological Resume outlining your experience to date;
  • Cover Letter detailing your qualifications, and why you believe you are the best person for this role, and
  • A minimum of three (3) professional references, who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, knowledge base, and job-related competencies.  Applications that do not have the above documents attached will not be considered. 

Contact us:
For inquiries about this position, please contact Robyn Lovely at 360-357-2665 or email to  Please reference recruitment number 19DOT-OR-32068.

WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed recruiter. WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit

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