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Landscape Designer

Landscape Designer

Landscape Designer

Pinyon Environmental, Inc.
Denver, CO 80227


Bachelor's (Preferred)

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Position Summary

Pinyon Environmental (Pinyon) is seeking a landscape designer to join our Lakewood, Colorado office. The position involves preparing landscape plans and details; and conducting site assessments, construction oversight, and monitoring in support of environmentally focused projects including stream, wetland, riparian and threatened and endangered species mitigation design plans. Other areas of support include preparing master, management, and maintenance plans, visual impact assessments, cultural landscape assessments, and stormwater management plans. The position gives candidates a unique opportunity to be involved in projects throughout their life cycle and expand their interests into other technical groups. Pinyon’s culture is founded on strong teamwork and collaboration, which is essential for all Pinyon staff. However, the ideal candidate should be able to work independently on a variety of projects, while working collaboratively with technical groups including NEPA/Planning, Biological, Cultural, and Engineering. As a consulting firm, our staff must balance multiple responsibilities concurrently including project work, business development, and administration.

The level of experience being sought ideally is within 2-6 years. Pinyon is interested in discussing this opportunity with more experienced candidates, particularly if they can expand our current capabilities in natural resources-focused landscape architecture, natural resources planning and restoration, stream and/or riparian system restoration, or other areas.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Development of construction documents and details. This includes but is not limited to demolition, grading, protection, layout, erosion control, and landscape plans.
  • Development of exhibits, maps, graphic renderings, 3D models, and presentation materials.
  • Development of written plans such as master, management, and maintenance plans as well as reports.
  • Assist with compiling marketing documents including marketing presentations, proposals, and summary of qualifications.
  • Collect field data using handheld GPS devices, maps, mobile data collection methods (such as smart phone data entry), or other techniques. Follow established protocols, but also apply techniques to fit site-specific field conditions and project needs. Conduct field work in a safe and responsible manner, with little supervision.
  • Analyze field data and summarize in reports, which may include tables, maps, photologs, and other appendices.
  • Provide recommendations that allow the client to avoid, minimize, and mitigate impacts to biological resources.
  • Assist with landscape construction oversight and on-going vegetation monitoring
  • Knowledge of native plants and use in landscape, wetland and stream restoration projects in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills
  • Demonstrated attention to detail

Desired Responsibilities

  • Development of specifications
  • Interest in pursuing technical analysis for one or more of technical resource areas (e.g., biological resources, cultural resources, visual impact assessment, or engineering/stormwater management).
  • Strong understanding of reclamation/restoration of disturbed environments, regulatory constraints, critical thinking, and solving complex regulatory problems.
  • Willingness to learn technical and biological aspects of wetland, riparian, and threatened and endangered species mitigation plan design, permitting, and mitigation.
  • Applied knowledge of natural resources master planning.
  • Applied knowledge of stream restoration, stream morphology, etc.
  • Experience with developing Landscape Restoration and Mitigation Plans including grading plans; reclamation and restoration of complex or sensitive ecological environments is essential; stream and/or riparian resources restoration planning is desired.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture with emphasis in ecological design or 4+ years of work experience as a landscape designer or in design build
  • Experience with Autodesk, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch-up, and Microsoft Office
  • Effective writing skills
  • Ability to work and problem solve independently
  • Ability to collaborate with a multi-disciplined team of resource specialists (e.g., engineers, biologists, planners and historians)
  • Ability to proactively identify potential solutions or approaches in a dynamic, fast-paced workplace
  • Experience or desire to learn AutoCad Civil 3D with emphasis on surface and corridor analysis
  • Experience or desire to learn MicroStation
  • Experience or desire to learn GIS
  • Experience or desire to learn rendering softwares such as Lumion
  • Experience or desire to obtain drone pilot license.
  • Desire to learn and continue professional development

Cover Letter

The cover letter must clearly describe and demonstrate how the candidate’s experience would allow them to work independently and as a team member on a variety of technical group and project situations. Cover letter must include references.

Work Samples

Please submit a pdf highlighting work samples not to exceed 10 pages. At minimum work samples should demonstrate the essential responsibilities listed for the position.

EEO Statement

Pinyon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $52,000.00 - $67,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
Pinyon is following local health mandates, and has developed a company COVID safety plan.

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Denver, CO 80227: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)

Work Location: One location

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