Landscape Designer II #0783

Alta Planning + Design seeks a Landscape Designer for our Portland, OR  team. This production-level position is a great opportunity for someone who believes in the importance of active, multimodal, and sustainable transportation and who is interested in growing their career as a transportation planning professional. If you are looking to join an innovative organization and do work that connects people to places while advancing social justice, safety, and environmental resilience, apply with Alta today!

About Alta

Alta Planning + Design is a sustainable transportation company dedicated to creating active, healthy communities through planning, landscape architecture, engineering, and education/encouragement programs. Alta was founded in 1996 when communities were calling for safer streets for people walking and bicycling as the non-motorized transportation movement developed into a profession in the United States. We pioneered the field of active transportation, evolving our planning and design work into a visionary global practice that empowers people to live active, healthy lives and gets them to where they need to go.

Our core values and work bring about positive change by creating places that are geared toward moving people rather than cars, connecting community members to daily needs and human experience, and empowering every person to live an active healthy life. As a global leader in mobility innovation for over 26 years with 180 staff and 22 offices, we are dedicated to connecting people to places by working across disciplines and scale to address social justice, safety, and environmental resilience.

Day to Day

As a Landscape Designer your work will be based primarily in the western part of the USA, but you’ll have many opportunities to work nationwide. Collaborating with our team of engineers, planners, graphic designers, data analysts, and outreach specialists, you will see your work get built and become real. Current and recent project work produced in Portland includes trails in Wilsonville and Tualatin, OR, Kalispell, MT and the Coachella Valley in Southern California, urban design work in Montana and Arizona, and other projects that foster active, sustainable, and engaging communities. Day to Day activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • conceptual design
  • schematic design
  • construction drawings in AutoCAD
  • development of cross sections
  • hand and digitally rendered plans
  • site visits
  • charettes
  • interaction with clients
  • professional development activities

What We Offer

Flexible Schedule

Alta offers a flexible, hybrid work schedule where most employees work from home three days per week. In-office days support our collaborative culture, one of our core values. This position is also open to candidates who would like to work less than than a 40 hour per week schedule (32 hour week minimum). Our Portland office is located close in to downtown Portland, offering excellent  access to public transportation.


The pay range for this job in Portland, OR is $62,300–$84,550 annually. Placement within the range is based upon experience, skill-sets, and qualifications.


Alta offers comprehensive benefits to all full-time employees:

  • Medical: PPO or HSA medical plans, Alta pays 75% of the cost
  • Dental/Vision: PPO, Alta pays 90% of the cost
  • Life Insurance: Alta pays 100% of the premium for life and AD&D, equal to your base compensation
  • 401(k): Alta provides a safe harbor match up to 4%
  • PTO: 21 days accrued annually to start
  • Holidays: 11 total company paid holidays
  • Parental Leave/Short-Term Disability
  • Additional Benefits: Wellness reimbursement up to $800 annually, Alta Gets Around benefit of up to $900 annually, 5-year travel award, and professional development opportunities

Ready to Apply?

If you feel this position would be right for you, please use the Apply for This Position button at the bottom of this page. This will take you to Pinpoint, our application system hosted with our Trilon partners. Learn more about Alta’s partnership with Trilon.

Alta seeks to be an employer of choice for people of color and others from culturally underrepresented groups including diverse races, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic status. We encourage individuals from these underrepresented communities to apply, regardless of whether your current skill set aligns exactly with the qualifications listed below. We are committed to having staff that reflect the diversity of the communities we work in, and we want to hear from you.

To learn more about Alta, visit our website, follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture, Architecture or a related field.
  • 2-5 years of experience in a consulting environment or public entity.
  • General understanding of, and interest in, the field of active, non-motorized transportation.
  • General understanding of the design process.
  • Strong initiative and the ability to work independently with supervision.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and multiple simultaneous projects, if necessary.
  • Good interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Exhibits accuracy, attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • General understanding of MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint or similar products.
  • Experience using Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, SketchUp, or similar products.

Experience using Civil 3D, ArcGIS, GoogleEarth GIS, or similar products.

About Alta Planning + Design

Alta is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Alta Planning + Design, Inc. is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants. It is our policy that decisions involving people are made on the basis of job-related criteria, independent of an individual’s gender, race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability for which reasonable accommodation is available, and any other status protected by law. This includes decisions involving hiring, job placement, transfer, promotion, compensation, benefits, training, and company-sponsored programs. Alta Planning + Design maintains formal employment policies, available online and by request.

Affirmative Action Plan
Alta Planning + Design, Inc. is a federal contractor subject to affirmative action regulations requiring written Affirmative Action Plans (AAP’s) for minorities and women, and for covered veterans and individuals with disabilities. We worked intensively with a local firm that specializes in Affirmative Action Plans to develop a program for our company that will not only satisfy our federal obligations but will be a living document. This means the plan is integrated into our recruiting and evaluation procedures and is revisited often in order to ensure we’re doing everything we can to embrace and promote diversity within our company.

Alta requires all employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Proof of vaccination or an approved exemption for new employees will be verified prior to the first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or receipt of an approved exemption will lead to withdrawal of the job offer. 

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