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Landscape Design Program

Great Falls, VA

Host Company Description

Located just outside of the U.S. capital, this landscaping company provides full-service landscaping from design for new spaces to maintenance of gardens, water features, irrigation systems, and more. Creating, maintaining, and growing upon landscapes and client relationships are at the core of this host company. They are seeking an intern or trainee interested in landscape design with a passion for horticulture and architecture to join their team.

Opportunity Details

Program Duration - 12–18 months
Compensation - $15.00 per hour
Housing - Not provided
Start date - March-May 2023
Number of Positions Offered - 1

About The Location

Located on Virginia State Route 7 in Northern Virginia, Great Falls is 15 miles (24 km) west-northwest of downtown Washington, D.C. Great Falls lies in the Piedmont upland on the right bank of the Potomac River. As a suburb of Washington, D.C., Great Falls is a part of both the Washington Metropolitan Area and the larger Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. It is bordered on all sides by other Washington suburbs. Although Great Falls is primarily a bedroom community for Washington, D.C., one major attraction is Great Falls Park which overlooks the Great Falls of the Potomac River, for which the community and the park are named. Due to its proximity to Washington, D.C., several figures from American politics and government live or have lived in Great Falls.

  • Creating digital landscape designs, rendered landscape plans, construction details, and assisting with proposals and cost estimates for high-end residential and commercial properties based on accurate field verification, measurements, and analyses.  Design scope will include, but is not limited to:
    • Plantings and landscape designs
    • Pools, spas & water features
    • Structures: decks, screened porches, pool houses, pavilions, pergolas
    • Patios, walkways, retaining walls
    • Fireplaces & fire pits
    • Outdoor kitchens
    • Landscape lighting
    • Drainage solutions, etc.
  • Attending on-site meetings with the sales team and/or clients. Taking comprehensive notes about site conditions and client design needs. Assisting with elevation and site measurements.
  • Coordinating with vendors and subcontractors including civil and structural engineers. Assisting with permitting process when required.
  • Serving as one of the primary contacts for new and existing clients and ensuring those relationships are fostered and maintained through the boutique experience.
  • Coordinating and collaborating with team members within the company to ensure clients are taken care of from beginning to end.
  • Being a voice and face for the host company while representing the company in front of clients, in the community, and with vendors.

Applicant Qualifications

  • To apply for the Internship program, applicants must be full-time university students with academic focus in Architecture/Landscape Architecture studies OR have graduated less than 12 months from the internship begin date
  • To apply for the Trainee program, applicants must hold Architecture/Landscape Architecture degrees and have at least 1 year of professional work experience related to the degree, OR be career professionals of 5 or more years in this field
  • Must speak Advanced English (reading and writing)
  • A minimum of two years of landscape and hardscape design experience preferred
  • An in-depth understanding of landscape construction products, methods, and procedures. Knowledge of horticultural materials and planting techniques specific to the mid-Atlantic region as well as prior experience installing plants and/or hardscaping materials are a plus.
  • Experience in reading scaled landscape plans, engineering plan sets, and construction details.
  • Ability to calculate labor costs and material requirements and quantities based on site plans.
  • Proficiency with technology/software such as Vectorworks (& other design software), Adobe Photoshop, Go iLawn, Microsoft Office (specifically Outlook & Excel)

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