Landscape Architect - Missoula, MT

  • WGM Group
  • Sep 03, 2021
Full time Architecture

Job Description

WGM Group is seeking a Landscape Architect to join our dynamic planning and design firm in the vibrant mountain town of Missoula, MT. WGM Group is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary engineering firm including, planning & design, survey, environmental and natural resource management with office locations in Bozeman, Kalispell, Missoula, and Hamilton. This role will design attractive, functional, and sustainable outdoor spaces for a range of landscape architecture and planning projects such as residential, mixed-use, and commercial developments, parks and recreational facilities, transportation corridors, and nature areas. 

Required Application Materials:

Please provide a resume and portfolio examples.

Role & Responsibilities:

As an integral player in our growing firm, you will: 

  • Assist in the project management of small landscape architecture and planning projects including preparing scopes of work and project fees.
  • Prepare or assist in the production and design of landscape architecture and planning projects including schematic design, design development, construction details, construction documents, and specifications. 
  • Develop and review planting plans to a level acceptable for a stamped submittal.
  • Perform analyses of design and planning studies including conceptual plan studies, design development, presentation graphics, freehand sketches, and base map preparation.
  • Conduct and record field investigations to evaluate existing conditions, analyze existing reports and data, take inventory of existing landscaping and improvements, take field measurements, and identify constraints and opportunities for development. 
  • Prepare presentations and present project plans or designs to community members and stakeholders, such as government agencies or community groups.
  • Collaborate with engineers, planners, architects, and agency staff to produce a design that conforms to regulatory requirements, provides value to the client, and provides a sustainable and resilient design.  
  • Follow QA processes and perform QC reviews of completed reports, plans, estimates and calculations for accuracy, consistency, and compliance with WGM Group standards. 
  • Provide construction administration duties such as on-site inspections, punch list observation, and installations to assure adherence to final plans and details. Manage the work of subcontractors to ensure quality of materials and work; advise clients or construction personnel as appropriate. 
  • Assist higher level personnel with tasks including but not limited to the preparation of written reports and prepare independently meeting minutes, memoranda, and correspondence; assist in training and development of landscape designers and interns.
  • Assist in developing strategies, coordinating teams, and writing proposals for public project solicitations.


As a valued member of our team, you will have at a minimum:

  • Bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from an accredited LAAB program.
  • 2-5 years of practical landscape architecture experience
  • Licensed as a Landscape Architect in the State of Montana within 6 months of hire.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of landscape architecture; drafting procedures and practices; planting and construction materials and appropriate usage in the design and implementation of landscape projects.
  • Creative with the ability to think proactively and collaborate with the design team.
  • Knowledge of illustrative design techniques with the ability to prepare freehand sketches and/or color renderings for presentations.
  • Highly proficient in both 2D and 3D in software programs, which include AutoCAD, Land F/X, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Sketchup, and Lumion.
  • Computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Strong master planning, visionary and design skills and the ability to express the design verbally and graphically.
  • Ability to work and collaborate with others.
  • Ability to compute quantities and use mathematical calculations to prepare construction documents.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and present at public meetings.
  • Ability to multitask on a diverse range of projects and issues simultaneously and to self-manage schedules according to PM needs or project milestones. 

Compensation & Benefits Package:

WGM Group promotes a healthy work-life balance, offering both flexible and hybrid work schedules. In addition, WGM provides hourly pay to all employees; all hours worked over 40/week are eligible for overtime compensation. 

WGM offers full-time employees a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, flex spending accounts, retirement savings plan (401K) with matching contributions, generous PTO, holiday pay, and a bonus and profit-sharing incentive.

WGM Group supports the professional development of employees by helping to offset professional licensing and offering Education Cost Assistance for training and continuing education programs.

Employees also enjoy the added benefit of working from our beautiful office overlooking the Clark Fork River, nestled at the mouth of the Hellgate Canyon just below Mount Sentinel and a stone’s throw from the University of Montana campus. The convenient location is mere minutes from a wide array of restaurants and entertainment options in downtown Missoula. Five trailheads, river access, and a bike trail are all within ½ mile of the WGM parking lot. 

About WGM Group: 

For over 50 years, WGM Group has helped create healthy communities, improved the natural environment, and enhanced regional infrastructure by working with our trusted partners in both the government and private sectors. WGM Group is a great place to work thanks to the commitment to service demonstrated by the people we hire and the spirit of teamwork that is so much a part of the work environment.

WGM Group is committed to the communities in which we do business. We contribute a portion of our profits to making our communities a better place to live. The company is founded on the principles of hard work and professional competence, while striving to create a fun and enjoyable workplace.

WGM Group provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. WGM Group complies with all state and federal non-discrimination laws including Title VII of the Civil Rights act of 1964 as amended and the new Americans with Disabilities Act. In compliance with the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, new employees must provide proof of identity and authorization to work in the U.S.

Apply through our company website today.