Associate Designer

We are hiring one part-time position that could become full-time

Reports to: Design Services Director

Classification: Non-exempt

Compensation:  $25-28/hour depending on experience

The Ruth Bancroft Garden is a world-renowned 3.5-acre garden, housing a large collection of succulents, both unique and beloved, as well as drought-tolerant plants from around the world that thrive in the inland coastal region of California. The Garden’s founder, Ruth Bancroft, lived to be 109 and was a pioneer in drought-tolerant gardening. 

We are currently seeking an Associate Designer to join our design team.  Applicants should have 0-3 years of experience in landscape design, must be highly proficient in Vectorworks and MS Office, and hold a degree in landscape architecture (or be in the process of completing one).  Fluency in Mediterranean climate plants is highly recommended.

Job Function:

The Associate Designer (AD) is responsible for creating custom landscape plans for clients and providing hourly consultation services.  They also pull and sell plants from the RBG Nursery for those clients. Must have a vehicle and a valid California driver’s license.


  • Answer calls, emails and on-site inquiries regarding Design Services
  • Conduct site visits and intake
  • Create custom bids
  • For consultation, produce and provide simple plant lists and recommendations
  • For custom plans, produce and provide computer-drafted landscape plans, plant information, plant purchase list and planting instructions
  • Pull plants off from the Nursery
  • Assist clients in buying plants from the Nursery
  • Produce content for Design Services marketing materials
  • Tour clients through the Garden to show mature specimens and explain proper care
  • Work in Nursery and for special events as needed to support RBG.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Flexible, open-minded and the ability to take constructive feedback
  • Possess an eye for design, perspective, proportion, color and scale
  • Ability to work independently and make deadlines
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Must be knowledgeable about the cultural needs of plants
  • Understand irrigation system and sprinkler to drip conversion
  • Candidate must be knowledgeable about soil science and proper soil amendment
  • Lawn removal knowledge and experience.


To Apply:  Please send your resume and portfolio to cricket@ruthbancroftgarden.org


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