I’m Chris Marshall. I’ve been a Landscape Architect for nine years, the last three working with the Township of Langley. Before that I interned for 5 years. Here is my story…
Q: What do you love about your job?
A: It is a great mix of office design work yet you are also outside in the field and in the dirt.
Q: How did you come to decide to pursue a career in this occupation?
A: I grew up working on golf courses and thought of careers in the design field, which lead me to landscape architecture.
Q: What are good traits or skills that someone should have when considering this career?
A: You need to have good creative processes and problem solving skills. I have a good ability to visualize things before they’re constructed – good 3D visualization abilities.
Q: What advice would you give someone considering a career in the Parks Sector?
A: Get experience building things outside. Construction experience is key. The American Society of Landscape Architects website (www.asla.org) has videos and exercises promoting landscape architecture as a career targeted towards high school aged individuals.
Q: Do you have any hiring practices tips to share?
A: The Township of Langley has a regimented process through the Human Resources Department but what I’ve found in the private sector is that construction experience is valuable. Be able to demonstrate that you can get out of the office and deal with contractors off site.