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Conservation Biologist/Landscape Architect

Charlottesville, VA or New York, NY

Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, a design practice with offices in Charlottesville, VA, Houston, TX and New York, NY is seeking a landscape and conversation ecologist with experience or educational background in landscape architecture for the Charlottesville or New York location. We are committed to design excellence in the creation of landscapes that are sustainable and honor ecological and cultural contexts of place.  As a firm, NBW seeks to apply the tools of the practice of landscape architecture to the critical issues facing our world including climate change, carbon sequestration, and biodiversity. This position would be a leading voice in those efforts in collaboration with the principal and design staff. 

The candidate should have experience managing projects, including conducting meetings with clients and agencies, coordinating reviews with technical staff, scoping projects for the appropriate level of services needed, budget control, maintaining schedules, managing sub-consultants, and conducting quality control. The appropriate candidate will be expected to develop new work as well as oversee existing work and staff.

Strong emphasis will be placed on previous technical experience, quality of work, and the ability to manage project budgets and schedules. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment are essential.

Skills and Experience Desired:

  • Ability to bridge the disciplines of landscape architecture and ecology through concepts, research and graphic form. 
  • Ability to use networks (academic and professional) to convene scientists for biological surveys, review of design work, and building strategic partnerships.
  • Entrepreneurial instincts to grow this sector of the practice to become, in time, self-supporting if not an eventual profit center.
  • Enthusiasm for the position and a demonstration of understanding of the role landscape architecture plays in conservation.
  • Proven ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, build relationships with conservation organizations, write for scientific journals and present at conferences.
  • Ability to research and prepare technical documents.
  • Disseminate significant findings through presentations, reports, posters, technical publications, and web pages
  • Demonstrate an understanding of constructed, performative landscapes and the role of scientific monitoring in design and maintenance of these landscapes.
  • Surveying and impact assessment of proposed projects on local wildlife species and plant communities, sensitive/listed species and their habitats and other general ecological surveys.
  • Coursework or knowledge of species taxonomy and field identification preferred.
  • Designing, securing funding, and coordinating studies that assemble information on the diversity, composition, status, environmental setting, distribution, ecology, and management of our project’s terrestrial, wetland, and aquatic communities and ecosystems.
  • Working with partners to identify key information gaps for ecological data and developing strategies and financial resources to address them.
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD and MS Office
  • Working knowledge of GIS preferred.
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to self-edit work and command a high level of accuracy.
  • Ability to travel to a location, walk and conduct fieldwork for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather, rugged terrain, often at high altitudes, and ability to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds is required.
  • Current valid driver's license required.

Preference will be given to candidates with landscape architecture and restoration ecology experience, as well as expertise in conservation biology and natural resource management.   

Education Requirements:

Masters or bachelors in Conservation Biology, Restoration Ecology, Biology or Natural Resource Management is preferred with three to five years of relevant professional experience.  A design education or experience in architecture or landscape architecture is also desired. 

NBW offers excellent benefits and a competitive salary commensurate with experience. EOE.

Submit resume, cover letter and samples of design work here