Genus is a decidedly small landscape architecture and planning studio based in Des Moines, Iowa. Our work is diverse in scale and project type; with current efforts focused on large-scale urban planning and green infrastructure development, multigenerational and healthcare campus design, public art, and parks.

Genus is an Iowa-based landscape architecture + planning studio with projects across the Midwest. We are committed to design excellence in the creation of landscapes that are artful, sustainable and value ecological context. We are currently seeking designers and landscape architects for our team that have a passion for landscape architecture, design, horticulture, and the built environment.

Candidates must be detail-oriented, adaptable to changing deadlines and work well collaboratively.  Team members are expected to think critically and contribute creatively to the design process.


Summer Intern
[ Late May – Mid August 2024 ]

Entry Level
[ 0 – 3 years experience ]

Mid Level
[ 3 – 8 years experience ]

Senior Level
[ 8 or more years of experience ]


The ideal candidate will have relevant landscape architecture experience that includes the following based on their individual experience level, with aspirations to develop and grow their skill sets in a collaborative team-oriented environment:

  • Strong oral, written and graphic communication skills.
  • Creation of presentations for client and consultant project meetings.
  • Effective team player with a positive attitude.
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD and MS Office required.
  • Working knowledge of 3-D modeling programs SketchUp or Rhino and associated plug-ins.
  • Ability to construct and administer CAD drawings in accordance with office standards.
  • Project management experience a plus – required for senior level position.
  • Construction document and detailing experience.
  • Knowledge of Midwest plants and construction detailing. Experience with green infrastructure related planning and implementation, a plus.
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills.
  • Communication and personal skills that promote the development of strong, collaborative team relationships.
  • Ability to self-edit work and command a high degree of accuracy.
  • Those with a good sense of humor and appreciation for your favorite artist on vinyl are required to apply after reading this post.
  • Production of construction documents that exhibit a legible and organized graphic quality and constructible content.

Please have a master’s or bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from an accredited landscape architecture program. Candidates with architecture, engineering or related degrees may be considered, provided there is a demonstration of landscape architecture related experience and skills noted above.

Registered Landscape Architect or Civil Engineer
[ 7 or more years of experience ]

Registered landscape architect or civil engineer with demonstrated experience leading design-focused projects, managing project documentation, project finances and internal project teams. This is a leadership track position for the right person.

In other words…
If you are in a leadership position currently and you’re considering options…. let’s chat!

If you are a talented designer that is looking to write your next chapter or excel at technical documentation and mentoring…. let’s chat!

If you consider yourself an integrator, value a collaborative design process, and have experience seeing complex projects through implementation – you got it, let’s chat!


    • Ability to think critically and take ownership in projects.
    • Success designing and detailing beautiful spaces.
    • Experience performing construction observation and administration
    • Well-rounded communication skills, with ability to lead internal and external communications for projects.
    • Ability to mentor + value team members [this is particularly important]
    • Interest in being part of leadership team for project pursuits, project oversight and business goals
    • Can self-edit work and collaborate within small and large group settings.
    • Capacity to lead meetings, including stakeholder input and board presentations.
    • Strong understanding of construction detailing and plant material knowledge.
    • Capacity to work across multiple representation platforms, including hand graphics [ sketches and renderings], AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Bluebeam and SketchUp.
    • Competence with grading, horizontal control and drawing management/organization is required.
    • Sense of humor!
    • Interest in pursuit of new projects…. possess an entrepreneurial spirit.
    • Eye for detail and pursuit of craft in design and built work.
    • Professional registration and a minimum of 7 years’ experience. Candidates with 10+ years’ experience are encouraged to apply.
    • Experience with Deltek Ajera – extra credit given!
    • Bachelor’s or graduate degree in landscape architecture from an accredited program, required.


      Please forward a cover letter, resume, and portfolio to INFO@GENUS-LA.COM for our review. Please limit the size of the portfolio to 15MB.

      GENUS offers excellent benefits and a competitive salary commensurate with experience. EOE.