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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT - DESIGN

Essential Competencies

ENTRY LEVEL

Description: Performs less complex design duties. Works on complex designs under the supervision of a master landscape architect.

I. Knowledge of Discipline

A. Computer Skills/CADD
B. Contract Admin (A/E)
C. Construction Practices/Mgt/Materials
D. Erosion & Revegetation
E. Estimating & Life Cycle
F. Hazardous Materials
G. Historic Pres. Prin./Cultural Landscapes
H. Materials/Methods
I. Multi-Disciplinary Teams
J. NPS Design Ethic/Principles
K. Principles of Surveying
L. Safety Policies/OSHA Requirements/Accessibility Codes
M. Sustainable Practices
N. Park/SSO/Central Office Experience

II. Inter/Intra-Personal Skills

A. Building Partnerships
B. Conflict Resolution
C. Customer Service
D. Effective Facilitation
E. Presentation Skills
F. Goal Setting

III. Leadership/Management

A. Creative Problem Solving
B. Negotiation Skills

IV. NPS Environmental-Heritage Ethic

A. Legislative Factors
B. Design Tradition/Future
C. Resource Stewardship
D. Cross-Cultural Sensitivity

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of LA design principles and techniques

General knowledge/function of the NPS

Ability to deal/communicate effectively with others

Knowledge of general design processes and office procedures

Basic computer proficiency

Knowledge of NPS environmental/heritage ethic

Awareness of need for cross-cultural sensitivity and its application to design

DEVELOPMENTAL LEVEL

Description: Performs more advanced design duties and studies. Collaborates with in-house and external experts.

I. Knowledge of Discipline

A. Computer Skills/CADD
B. Contract Admin (A/E)
C. Construction Practices/Mgt/Materials
D. Erosion & Revegetation
E. Estimating & Life Cycle
F. Hazardous Materials
G. Historic Pres. Prin./Cultural Landscapes
H. Materials/Methods
I. Multi-Disciplinary Teams
J. NPS Design Ethic/Principles
K. Principles of Surveying
L. Safety Policies/OSHA Requirements/Accessibility Codes
M. Sustainable Practices
N. Project Evaluation
O. Value Analysis
P. Park/SSO/Central Office Experience

II. Inter/Intra-Personal Skills

A. Building Partnerships
B. Conflict Resolution
C. Customer Service
D. Effective Facilitation
E. Presentation Skills
F. Goal Setting
G. Team Building

III. Leadership/Management

A. Creative Problem Solving
B. Negotiation Skills
C. Measurement/Evaluation
D. Program/Budget Formulation

IV. NPS Environmental-Heritage Ethic

A. Legislative Factors
B. Design Tradition/Future
C. Resource Stewardship
D. Cross-Cultural Sensitivity

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Same as entry level plus:

Skill in applying LA design principles and techniques to NPS projects

Ability to conduct briefings and meetings

Sensitivity to customer needs/issues and ability to respond appropriately

General understanding of the many facets of the design process, ability to anticipate problems and facilitate problem solving

Understanding of how design profession functions within NPS organization to help achieve mission

Working knowledge of NPS ethic, principles, and policies

Working knowledge of cross-cultural values and ability to address in design products

FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL

Description: Performs more advanced design duties and project/team coordination. As subject matter expert, collaborates with in-house and external resource personnel.

I. Knowledge of Discipline

A. Computer Skills
B. Contract Admin (A/E)
C. Construction Practices/Mgt/Materials
D. Erosion & Revegetation
E. Estimating & Life Cycle
F. Hazardous Materials
G. Historic Pres. Prin./Cultural Landscapes
H. Mgmt of Multi-Disciplinary Teams
I. NPS Design Ethic/Principles
J. Principles of Surveying
K. Sustainable Practices
L. Project Evaluation
M. Value Analysis
N. Park/SSO/Central Office Experience

II. Inter/Intra-Personal Skills

A. Building Partnerships
B. Conflict Resolution
C. Customer Service
D. Effective Facilitation
E. Presentation Skills
F. Team Building
G. Goal Setting

III. Leadership/Management

A. Creative Problem Solving
B. Negotiation Skills
C. Measurement/Evaluation
D. Program/Budget Formulation
E. Visionary Leadership

IV. NPS Environmental-Heritage Ethic

A. Legislative Factors
B. Design Tradition/Future
C. Resource Stewardship
D. Cross-Cultural Sensitivity

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Same as developmental level plus:

Leadership in LA design discipline and in complex, multi-disciplinary project development/production. Works effectively on multi-disciplinary teams

Complete understanding of NPS design ethic/policies

Ability to deliver effective professional presentations and chair meetings

Ability to achieve customer satisfaction

Ability to provide technical supervision and career planning to others within the discipline

Ability to complete high quality products on time and within budget

Provides leadership in the area of applying cross-cultural sensitivity and understanding to professional work for parks

***At expert level (GS-14/15) for future specialist career path:

Ability to represent NPS before other agencies/commissions;

is recognized as agency's expert/leader in discipline and/or

multi-faceted programs

Additional management/leadership skills are identified under the leadership/management career competencies

National Park Service
Training and Development Division
Essential Competencies
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