$57,698.00 - $66,352.70/Annually
$ 2,219.15 - $ 2,552.03/Biweekly
WORKING FOR THE CITY OF MCKINNEY
Working for the City of McKinney is more than a job. It is an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. It is also an opportunity to have a hand in the development of one of the fastest growing communities in the nation. In 2014, our community was names "The #1 Best Place to Live in America." Although proud of that honor, everyone on our team is committed to making McKinney an even better place to live, work and raise a family. That's why we exist.
OUR CORE VALUES
City of McKinney employees work hard and at a very fast pace. However, we also look after and support one another. All of us are guided by four employee-generated values – Respect, Integrity, Service, and Excellence (RISE). We are also supported by servant-based leaders who foster and support a healthy, family-oriented culture. All new employees are expected to embrace and live by our core values and commit to helping us sustain our exceptional work environment.
Under general supervision, the Landscape Architect is responsible for planning, designing and directing landscape architecture projects for the City of McKinney. The Landscape Architect administers sections of several City ordinances: the landscape and the tree preservation requirement sections of the Zoning ordinance, as well as the screening and buffering section requirements of the Subdivision regulations. Administration of these requirements includes the review of development plans, enforcement of residential and commercial site requirements, field inspections, and complaint investigation relating to tree preservation. Additional duties include design and management of City and TxDOT project landscape installation, public education and outreach, participation in pre-construction meetings, approval of tree preservation plans, administration of the Tree Reforestation Fund, and support to City departments as needed.
Essential Functions/Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
- Interprets, explains, and ensures compliance with provisions of all applicable laws, codes, ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, standards, or other guidelines pertaining to landscape architecture, tree preservation or related areas.
- Reviews subdivision and commercial plans for approval to confirm compliance with local, state, and federal codes and regulations. Reviews development plans in relation to landscape and tree preservation requirements; prepares and presents staff reports and recommendations for staff, Planning & Zoning Commission, and City Council.
- Reviews and approves tree/landscape permits prior to project release, inspects sites pre and post-construction for compliance with approved site plans to ensure landscape compliance prior to Certificate of Occupancy issuance by Building Inspections.
- Investigates complaints related to landscape and tree preservation requirements and initiates any enforcement actions necessary to correct deviations or violations. Documents all complaints, follow-up activities, and remedial/enforcement measures.
- Provides Landscape Architecture expertise for City and TxDOT projects including design, cost estimates, and installation in coordination with the Engineering Department.
- Manages the City's Urban Canopy program by maintaining species and health data and updating GIS data as available. This includes conducting field review and species identification, determining the health/viability of tree specimens, and identifying any potential threat to the City's Urban Canopy from pests or disease.
- Evaluates effectiveness of all landscape and tree ordinances and advises supervisors, Planning & Zoning Commission, and City Council regarding effectiveness of ordinances and proposed amendments as needed.
- Complies with all written City policies and procedures.
- Adheres to assigned work schedule as outlined in City and department attendance policies and procedures.
- Knowledge of tree/shrub identification.
- Knowledge of principles and practices of landscape architecture, and water conservation techniques related to landscape and air and water quality.
- Knowledge of database management using computer software.
- Knowledge of pertinent local, state, and federal laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to tree preservation and landscape architecture.
- Skill in assembling and preparing data for report presentations.
- Skill in analyzing and interpreting complex statistical data.
- Skill in oral and written communication with citizens, contractors, developers, and professionals as related to tree preservation and landscape architecture
- Ability to evaluate, audit, deduce, and/or assess a variety of sources of information related to the urban canopy and landscape to resolve specific problems and identify potential solutions.
- Ability to interpret and explain City policies and procedures related to tree preservation and landscape architecture.
- Ability to establish and maintain courteous and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including City and other governmental officials, community groups, and the general public.
- Ability to pass a drug screen and a background check.
- Ability to work in a team environment; contribute as a team member and treat co-workers, subordinates and customers with respect.
- Build professional relationships with internal staff and customers.
- Offer flexibility and adaptability, especially during times of change.
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.