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Landscape Designer (0-2 Years' Experience)

BENCH Site Design is seeking a keen early-career designer to join our 8-person team in Kelowna, BC. The successful candidate must have excellent design sense and an enthusiasm for collaboration and learning. High proficiency in AutoCAD and Creative Suite is required. Expertise in Rhino and/or GIS would be considered an asset. If you have a background in ecology, graphic design, civil engineering, planning, equity and inclusion, farming, art, arboriculture, or construction, we’d be particularly eager to hear from you.

Applicants for this position should possess the following:

  • A degree in landscape architecture, a diploma in landscape architectural technology, or a degree in environmental design

  • 0-2 years’ of professional experience

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Superb time management and organizational skills, and an ability to prioritize tasks within a constantly evolving workflow

  • An interest in being involved in projects from schematic design through contract administration, and a desire to learn the skills necessary to do so

  • Class 5 BC drivers license (or equivalent)

  • Curiosity, empathy and a sense of humour

Because of our firm’s small size, attitude, self-motivation and initiative to solve problems are particularly important to us. Our intention is to cultivate an office of collaborative and conscientious individuals with diverse skills, interests and life experiences. The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate a desire to continually learn and grow; we are keen to teach and mentor.

We are committed to maintaining a healthy office culture and work-life balance; overtime for our staff is a rare exception rather than the rule. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience, and benefits including 100% coverage of premiums for a great extended health and dental insurance package, a monthly sustainable transportation/fitness allowance, and support for professional registration with the BCSLA.


How to Apply

Please send a resume and portfolio to [email protected] (maximum attachment size of 15MB) prior to 4pm on Friday, September 30th, 2022, along with a cover letter telling us why you
are interested in the position. Some applicants may be contacted prior to the closing date. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


About BENCH Site Design


As a small landscape architecture firm rooted in the growing Okanagan Valley, BENCH Site Design is involved in a unique mix of rural and urban project types, across all scales. Recently completed projects include Vernon’s Civic Memorial Park, the 60-acre biodynamic Phantom Creek Estates winery in Oliver, protected bikeways in downtown Kelowna, a trail network redevelopment plan for Summerland’s Giant’s Head Mountain, a 20-year master plan for Oyama Isthmus Park in Lake Country, and a suite of interpretive amenities along the 50-km Okanagan Rail Trail.

We strive to create resilient, regenerative places that appeal to the senses, improve with time and use, foster ecological literacy, and connect users with the landscapes they inhabit. We embrace the idea that collaboration brings about the best solutions.

BENCH Site Design
4-1562 Water Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y1J7
Chelsea Pihach
Click to view background photo & credits
Project: Westminster Pier Park
Landscape Architect / Firm: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.
Location: New Westminster, British Columbia
Photo Credit: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.