Job Description: Landscape Designer / Landscape Architect

Whitham Planning & Design LLC, located in Ithaca, NY, is seeking a full-time Landscape Designer or Landscape Architect with expertise in design and planning  for our small, fast-paced, dynamic, and collaborative firm.  This position would entail the planning, site design, and coordination of projects at a range of scales, the majority of which are based in upstate New York.  Applicants must have experience in landscape design, project research, and project coordination for small, mid-size, and large development projects. The ideal candidate would have at minimum 2-3 years’ work experience in a landscape architecture firm in the US.

Responsibilities Include:

-        Design, management, and production of drawings for projects of different scales and different stages in the design process

-        Compilation of targeted project research and analysis into text documents and/or design solutions

-        Preparation of and the ability to give verbal, visual, and oral presentations to clients, municipal staff and boards, community members, etc.

-        Coordination between clients and consultant teams

-        Preparation of proposals, contracts, and cost estimates for upcoming projects

-        Preparation of building permit applications, Site Plan Review, SEQR documentation

Required Qualifications:

-        A professional Landscape Architecture degree

-        Demonstrated ability in Site Planning and Design, Design Detail

-        Strong design and writing skills

-        Clear communication, organization, and presentation skills

-        Effective time management ability with attention to detail

Desired Qualifications:

-        Other degrees in allied design disciplines, such as in planning or architecture

-        Experience with municipal review processes, including Site Plan, SEQR/A, and Zoning Review

-        Project management and coordination experience

Required Software Fluency:

-        AutoCAD to create site, layout, landscape, and detail plan sheets.

-        Microsoft Word to write professional memos and other documents

-        Adobe InDesign to create presentations, submission packages, documents, etc.

Desired Software Fluency:

-        Google SketchUp to create site models, renderings, animations, etc.

-        Microsoft Excel to create budget spreadsheets, plant lists, etc.

-        Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator to create renderings, diagrams, etc.

-        Working knowledge of online applications

 Whitham Planning and Design LLC is a landscape architecture, planning, and project management firm located in Ithaca, New York. Established in 2010, the firm provides a broad range of services, including site design, approvals planning, and design team management. As part of this work, Whitham Planning and Design LLC acts as project design consultant or project landscape architect, and coordinates all review and permitting aspects of site and building development projects. Whitham Planning and Design LLC has developed strong relationships with professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, planning, engineering, and graphic design, and works to coordinate collaborative efforts designed to meet specific project requirements.

The position will require approximately 40 hours per week, with some evening meetings. 

Candidates are required to submit a resume, cover letter, portfolio (no more than 10 MB), and writing sample. Please send inquiries and application materials to Kathryn Chesebrough at We look forward to reviewing your work.