Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Transportation Landscape Designer 1

Recruitment #220104-5284FT-001


Are you interested in the design of landscape components? If so, we are looking for you to join our team! Read below & apply today!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), is now accepting applications for Transportation Landscape Designer 1 positions within the Bureau of Engineering and Construction, Office of Engineering, Landscape Design Unit, in Newington. These positions are full time, 40 hours per week and are in the P-4 (Engineering and Scientific) bargaining unit.

Current students in programs of Landscape Architecture or Horticulture who will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree by May of 2022 are encouraged to apply!

The Landscape Design Unit is responsible for the design and construction oversight of landscape components on a wide range of transportation projects. The unit also is involved in the incorporation of special community features, pedestrian areas, and sustainable design elements into these projects.


Transportation Landscape Designers in the Bureau of Engineering and Construction perform design and construction related tasks under the direction of Landscape Architects. Transportation Landscape Designers complete site analysis, presentation, design, and contract development assignments for a wide range of transportation related projects. They also review work performed by others, including consultant work and contractor installations.

Transportation Landscape Designers receive training in department policy, practices, and procedures, as well as project design and management software, including the department’s standard CAD program, MicroStation. Training will also be provided in landscape design work relative to transportation projects in order to complete increasingly complex tasks independently.

Competitive starting salary, excellent State benefits package including health and dental insurance, generous paid time off, retirement plan options, alternate work schedule options, professional development and tuition reimbursement and a culture that promotes work-life balance. We also offer the convenience of an on-site, low-cost fitness center, on-site cafeteria and Electric Vehicle (EV) charging at our Newington, CT Headquarters facility. DOT facilities have ample free parking with easy access from major highways or by public transportation.

Selection Plan

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders  13F (3a) and 13G (3a) .

Application Information:
  • Please ensure that your application is complete before submitting it. Applicants will be unable to make revisions once their application is submitted into the JobAps system. Applicants who submit and subsequently withdraw their application will not be able to resubmit for the same posting.
  • A valid motor vehicle operator's license is required and must be maintained.
  • Relevant information such as possession of any licensure, any specialization in college, or relevant internships must be included in the application package.
  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States, available to travel for training, conferences, meetings, field reviews, etc. both within and outside of normal working hours, when necessary.
  • In addition to office work, incumbents in this class will be required to travel and work on active construction projects within the roadside environment and may be exposed to some risk of injury or physical harm from highway, construction site, or on-site environments and may experience a moderate degree of discomfort from year-round weather conditions.
Throughout the Recruitment Process:
  • Note:  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. You must specify your qualifications on your application. 
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error. 
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most clearly meet the requirements of the position. 
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at
Please Note: 
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. 
For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Michelle Gara at or (860) 952-9087.


In the Department of Transportation, this class is accountable for providing landscape maintenance, permit review and inspection and the investigation of complaints relative to landscaping issues within rights of way.


  • Prepare the landscape design components of transportation projects
  • Perform field and desktop reconnaissance of project sites
  • Coordinate project information with highway designers and other department units
  • Develop CAD generated landscape plans
  • Review landscape plans designed by others
  • Prepare visual graphics for stakeholder outreach
  • Oversee the installation of landscape and related items on construction projects to insure acceptable conformance and compliance
  • Performs related duties as required


Knowledge of principles and practices of landscape architecture; knowledge of soils, horticulture, planting, seeding and landscape materials; skill in use of drafting and calculating equipment; interpersonal skills; ability to apply basic landscape architectural principles and practices in planning and design of landscape projects; ability to keep records and make reports; ability to prepare and interpret specifications; ability to utilize computer software.


Four (4) years of experience in landscape architectural design, horticulture, plant science or forestry.


College training in landscape architectural design, horticulture, plant science or forestry may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.


  • Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture with course work or experience in plant science or horticulture
  • Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, plant science or forestry, with course work in landscape design
  • Training or coursework in native plant communities and ecosystems
  • Training or coursework in plant identification, both native and ornamental plants
  • Experience overseeing landscape installations, especially on large construction projects
  • Experience or coursework in complete streets, traffic calming, and green infrastructure concepts
  • Training or coursework related to CAD and visualization software
  • Experience or coursework in technical writing


1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.