Landscape Design Associate

Verdance Landscape Architecture is seeking an ingenious Design Associate to create inspired solutions for our discerning clientele. This is an opportunity to make a big impact at a small firm while working closely with our award-winning Principal, with opportunities to be mentored in every facet of the business of residential landscape design.


The Design Associate will:

  • Envision imaginative yet practical places that inspire outdoor living and improve the world.

  • Champion the creative vision from concept through installation. 

  • Explore multiple design directions quickly using hand sketching.

  • Produce clear and comprehensive working drawings using Vectorworks.

  • Research and recommend plants, finishes, fixtures, furnishings and other materials. 

  • Embody the firm's core values.


The successful candidate possesses:

  • Graduation from a landscape architecture or landscape design program.

  • At least three years of residential design experience, including production of planting plans and detailed construction documents. 

  • Knowledge of regionally appropriate plants and California MWELO standards.

  • Expertise designing and drafting in Vectorworks Landmark 2016 or later.

  • Proficiency with Mac OS, SketchUp and Photoshop.

  • A personable, energetic and professional presence, with a record of success in client-facing roles.

hours, location and travel

  • This is a full-time, exempt position requiring 35–45 hours per week.

  • You will work three to five days a week at the firm’s office in downtown Palo Alto, with the option to work remotely up to two days a week.

  • You will need to travel locally for meetings, research, or other purposes; you will use your own transportation and must possess liability insurance and a clean driving record.


To be considered for this position, provide a letter of interest, résumé, at least three samples of your landscape design work, one sample of your best writing, and contact information for three professional references. You may apply via this site. No phone calls, please.