Pay Grade: 31



This is administrative and advanced professional architectural work in the field of landscape architecture.

Work involves responsibility for supervising and coordinating the planning, design, and construction of an extensive and varied landscaping program. Work may include coordinating and reviewing designs prepared by consultants. Supervision may be exercised over a staff of professional and technical employees.

Standard Classification Factors

Supervision Received - LEVEL E: "Under administrative direction…" At this level, employees are free to plan, develop and organize all phases of the work necessary for its completion within program guidance. Generally, they can develop and utilize any procedures and methods which do not conflict with major policies. Supervision is generally exercised over them through staff conference-type discussions and a review of progress reports.

Difficulty - LEVEL D: Unusual… The type of position which requires the exercise of unusual managerial, administrative, or scientific skill often involving several unrelated activities, frequent decisions, meeting of deadlines, negotiations with other high level functionaries, and planning, organizing, developing and coordinating large scale work projects requiring an unusual amount of concentration and analytic ability or unusually difficult engineering or scientific research or development or both.

Complexity - LEVEL E: Work is of a highly diverse and/or complex nature characterized by a broad range of activities and frequently changing conditions, situations and problems. Considerable analytical thought is necessary for interpreting a variety of factors, problems and alternatives for methods and procedures. Work requires the origination of ideas, techniques and programs for solving technical problems or complicated situations. Workers at this level exercise a high degree of responsibility for independent judgment and may participate in major program changes or policy decisions. Work may be reviewed by occasional conferences or reports to superiors. When guidelines exist at this level, they are normally characterized by regulations, policies or complex technical manuals.

Consequence of Actions or Decisions - LEVEL C: Consequences of actions or decisions at this level are limited in scope and effect as the work is reviewed occasionally. Errors may cause moderate inefficiency. Costs due to errors may be significant.

Contacts - LEVEL C: The purpose of the contact is to influence, motivate, conduct interviews, make formal presentations or counsel to achieve common understanding or solutions to problems when the information is sensitive in nature or the individuals or groups are skeptical or uncooperative. Communication techniques and well developed communication skills become an important requirement at this level.

Physical Demands - LEVEL C: The work requires moderate physical exertion.

Environmental Conditions - LEVEL B: The work environment involves moderate hazards, risks or discomforts. Exposure to minor deviations from pleasant environmental conditions is normal. Minor to serious injuries are possible.

Supervision/Leadership - LEVEL C: Typically involves limited supervisory responsibility which entails performing as a "first line supervisor" for a small number of employees. Supervision is not the primary responsibility of the job. Responsibility includes training, instructing, scheduling, and reviewing work and recommending hiring and disciplinary actions to a higher level of authority.

Distinguishing Features

Differs from the Landscape Architect I class which provides for professional work in the field of landscape architecture, but does not provide for administration of a major landscape architectural program.


Plans, organizes, and directs a major landscape architecture program, including the supervision of a professional and technical staff engaged in preparing plans, specifications, and estimates for varied and extensive landscape projects.

Develops short and long range plans, programs and budget requirements.

Provides professional guidance and direction in the design, construction, and maintenance of landscape projects and in the integration of landscaping with proposed construction projects.

Represents an agency at public meetings and conferences to provide information and resolve problems.



*Knowledge of the principles and practices of landscape architecture.

*Knowledge of engineering principles and practices as they relate to landscape architecture.

Knowledge of the principles of effective supervision.


*Ability to plan and direct a major landscape architecture program.

*Ability to effectively evaluate the functional and aesthetic characteristics of landscape projects and plans.

*Ability to express ideas effectively, orally and in writing.

*Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with consultants, contractors, associates, subordinates, and the general public.

Ability to supervise.

*Necessary at Entry


Professional landscape architect license recognized by the Kansas Board of Technical Professions and three years of experience in professional landscape architecture.

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