Careers

NBW is currently looking for the following positions:

We're always happy to connect with talented, creative and passionate professionals in our field.  Please submit your materials if you don't see a position that is a fit at this time, but would like to be considered for future opportunities at the firm.  

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Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects is a Equal Opportunity Employer, providing opportunities to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, marital status, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.

Landscape Designer/Architect (experience 5-7 years)

Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, a design practice with offices in Virginia, New York and Houston is seeking landscape designers or architects ranging from 5-7 years of professional experience for our New York office.  We are committed to design excellence in the creation of landscapes that are sustainable and honor ecological and cultural contexts of place.  The broad knowledge base and diverse backgrounds of our staff contributes greatly to the firm’s ability to work on a diverse range of projects and to respond effectively to individual client needs. 

This position provides excellent design and technical leadership to project teams through strong working knowledge of current industry standards and techniques and an in-depth understanding of NBW standards and best practices within the profession. 

Successful candidates will have experience leading design and production efforts within specified timeframes and within budget; leading project teams to meet deadlines, needs and requirements as a team; building strong working relationships with clients, vendors and consultants; providing consistent mentorship and training support within the office and leading presentations and client meetings.  A strong command of required design tools is also expected.

Skills Required:

  • Five (5) years minimum of applicable experience in a professional setting
  • Project Management Experience
  • Expert proficiency inAutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, and proficiency in MS Office required
  • Working knowledge of Google SketchUp, Rhino, GIS and Revit preferred
  • Superior collaborative and team skills
  • Ability to teach and apply NBW standards and techniques and adopt new skills
  • Ability to provide critical feedback, mentoring and critiques in a positive and constructive manner
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritize tasks, manage multiple projects and meet competing project deadlines
  • Contribute to design and production efforts within specified timeframes
  • Responsibility for output and actions and those of their team
  • Commitment to company values, goals and mission
  • Ability to take on complex challenges with projects and within the office
  • Regularly generate creative ideas and solutions that help meet project goals
  • Leads innovation that elevates the quality of the work and speed of output, sets standard of design excellence
  • Functions as an expert within the office and serves as a resource
  • Collaborates with Communications team to write contracts and proposals
  • Experience in RFP/RFQ process with institutions and organizations
  • Displays superior client relations skills
  • Proven construction administration experience
  • Comfort and familiarity with all design processes and standards

Education Requirements:

MLA or M.Arch, RLA preferred

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

Submit resume, cover letter and samples of design work here

Deadline: Until Filled

 

Conservation Designer

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 conservation designer with experience or an academic background in landscape architecture and/or ecology for the Charlottesville 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 loss. This position would be a voice in those efforts in collaboration with the principal, design staff, and existing science staff. 

The candidate should have experience with managing projects and internal teams, 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 identify project opportunities and engage in outreach.

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:
 

  • Entrepreneurial instincts to support the growth of 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.
  • Disseminate significant findings through presentations, reports, posters, technical publications, and online.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of constructed, performative landscapes and the role of scientific monitoring in design and maintenance of these landscapes.
  • Coursework or knowledge of species taxonomy and field identification preferred.
  • 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, over rugged terrain, and often at high altitudes), and carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds is required.
  • Current valid driver's license required.

 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Bridge the disciplines of landscape architecture and ecology through concepts, research, and graphic form. 
  • Design, secure funding for, and coordinate 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.
  • Work with partners to identify key information gaps for ecological data and develop strategies and financial resources to address them.
  • Conduct surveys and impact assessments of proposed projects on local wildlife species, plant communities, and other sensitive/listed species and their habitats, as well as other general ecological surveys.
  • Use networks (academic and professional) to convene scientists for biological surveys, review design work, and build strategic partnerships.
  • Research and prepare technical documents.

 

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:

Education or experience in Landscape Architecture is required. Additionally, education or substantial experience in Conservation Biology, Restoration Ecology, Biology or Natural Resource Management.  

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

Submit resume, cover letter and samples of design work here

 

Landscape Designer/Cultural Historian 

Charlottesville, VA or New York, NY

Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW) is seeking an experienced, team-oriented Landscape Designer/Cultural Historian with expertise in cultural landscape research. This role would be a full-time position based in our New York or Charlottesville, VA office. We are looking for a uniquely qualified candidate with demonstrated experience and expertise in the fields of historic preservation and landscape architecture.

At NBW, an essential element of our design process is research into the ecological and cultural histories of every site and how both forces have shaped it over time and their significance today. We believe that the energies of history, often lost or hidden, can be revealed and interpreted in ways that lead to contemporary design responses and a deeper sense of place.

Conservation biologists lead the research for the ecological aspects of many projects and we are currently seeking to employ an individual who can support or lead a team to perform similar and parallel investigations into the cultural history our project sites.

We use the cultural landscape research process as a way of understanding the essential narratives that reveal how a site was shaped over time. These stories help us to connect people to a greater cultural context and authentic narratives of place through design. This position is emblematic of our firm’s mission and an important step toward better stewardship of the lands we serve.

Some of the key research aspects that apply to many of our project are:

  • First Occupation: Native American (US), Aboriginal (AUS), First Nations (CAN) and Maori (NZ) cultures
  • Colonial Era history
  • Deeds, maps, letters, wills, newspaper articles
  • Land use history including hunting, agriculture, settlement, military, and industrial histories

Research and written components of Cultural Landscape Reports (CLR) are important products of this process. 

This research, specific to each site, would then be nested into a contextual narrative timeline of related events shaping the larger discourse.  For the design, cultural, and communications staff collaborating on these projects, connections discovered between the ecology and culture of the site are of particular interest and influence many aspects of the design. We imagine this role will be a deeply collaborative one operating between ecology, culture, design, and communications 

The ideal candidate must meet the minimum qualifications specified in Secretary of the Interiors Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation (36 CFR Part 61) with a Master of Landscape Architecture and/or Preservation Planning (or related, relevant field) and preferred to have at least 3-5 years of experience in a professional setting focused on historic landscapes.

Skills and Experience Desired:

  • Strong written skills and demonstrated ability to prepare cultural resources reports, including CLRs;
  • Ability to independently conduct historic landscape inventories, significance evaluations, and treatment recommendations;
  • Ability to take a lead technical role on historic landscape restoration/rehabilitation projects;
  • Strong research skills; and,
  • Understanding of federal and state regulatory processes relevant to cultural resources (e.g., NEPA, Section 106, Section 14.09, SEQRA).

Preference will be given to candidates with a diverse skill set who are able to support other aspects of NBW’s workload, including assistance with historic (architectural) resources surveys, archaeology, planning and/or landscape architecture projects, environmental impact assessment, GIS mapping/analysis, visual impact assessment, and/or technical report writing/editing.  CAD and Adobe program proficiency is a plus.  Experience with the National Park Service is desireable.

Specific tasks include writing historic contexts, conducting research, website content management, and basic graphic design and photo editing. Excellent writing skills, attention to detail, and a strong interest in all aspects of the history, theory, and practice of landscape architecture are essential.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Writing historical and biographical essays
  • Researching topics related to landscape history and stewardship using printed and online sources
  • Proofreading and editing print and other documents
  • Making detailed observations, analyzing data, and interpreting results
  • Compiling results and preparing technical reports and documentation of outcomes
  • Collaborating with more senior researchers with respect to larger or more complex studies

Preference will be given to candidates with landscape architecture and cultural landscape research experience.    

Education Requirements:

Education or experience in Landscape Architecture is required. Additionally, education or substantial experience in cultural landscape research is also required.  

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

Submit resume, cover letter and samples of design work here