Open Positions

Entry Level Landscape Designer


Surface 678, PA, is a nationally recognized, award-winning 27-person landscape architecture practice focusing on projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States. Our studio strives to provide thoughtful, holistic and highly-crafted design solutions that are responsive to each site’s unique social, cultural, and environmental conditions. Located in Durham, North Carolina, we partner with design professionals, civic/cultural institutions, and municipalities to create memorable and vibrant landscapes that enrich and celebrate everyday life.

Our growing office is looking to hire an energetic and focused Entry-Level Landscape Designer. Candidates should be self-motivated, driven, and comfortable working within a collaborative studio culture. Entry-Level Designers are expected to contribute in all phases of project work: from conceptual development and graphic production to construction documentation and administration. We have a sincere commitment to giving responsibility to young designers in order to build proficiency and confidence within the field with the ultimate aim of gaining professional licensure. 

Skills Required

  • Proficiency in CAD, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator is required
  • Proficiency with Sketchup 3-D Modeling or Rhino
  • Proficiency with Vectorworks is a plus
  • Demonstrated ability in graphics and communications
  • Basic skills in site-specific design with particular skill at grading and planting design
  • Highly motivated, able to work both self-directed and on interdisciplinary teams
  • Ability to work well with others as a team member in a fast-paced and energetic studio environment


Bachelor or Master of Landscape Architecture from an accredited program

*No travel required


If you are interested in inquiring about the Entry Level Landscape Designer position at Surface 678, please submit a resume, references, and samples of work in confidence to:

Eric Davis

Construction Administration


Surface 678, PA is an award-winning 26-person firm located in the downtown of Durham, North Carolina.  Our work includes the design of urban public spaces, parks, museums, botanical gardens, university, and corporate campuses and healthcare facilities with minor emphasis on private land planning and design throughout the Southeastern United States and beyond.  In those areas of practice, we work collaboratively with architects; civil, structural, electrical, plumbing engineers; cultural and historical consultants; artists and many other disciplines needed to create meaningful work. 

Skills Required

We are looking for a construction administrator to oversee the construction of our highest-profile projects.   While focusing on construction administration, the position includes integration with the studio early and often in the design process.  The candidate will have CA budgets and staff available for many of the required tasks.  

Required Skills and Experience

  • 3-6 years of employment history with site-specific design, grading, planting design/construction,
  • Proficiency in construction management, materials, and methods,
  • Proficiency in PDF editing software,
  • Experience in the construction of highly designed sites,
  • Comfortable in giving instructions to Contractors,
  • Client communications and project management,
  • Highly motivated, able to work both self-directed and in interdisciplinary teams,
  • Some travel required.


Commensurate with Experience


If you are interested in inquiring about the Construction Administrator position at Surface 678, please submit a resume, references, and samples of work in confidence to:

Swati Khimesra


It is the firm’s objective to provide a climate favorable to the individual advancement and professional growth of our employees. To meet this objective, we are committed to operating a stimulating workplace environment for our professionals. We are committed to continuing building a staff that functions as a cohesive unit while supporting and encouraging the excellence of each individual staff member.

Each designer at Surface 678 has at their workstation all the tools — computers, drafting, and managerial software, and the technical and design support — to complete all aspects of the design and documentation process demanded by our projects. We tend to hire generalists — that is, people an especially strong design foundation, but also possessing skills in the technical, graphic and horticultural aspects of landscape architecture.

Our studio is organized to accelerate our younger staffs’ growth toward a project manager/lead designer role through a combination of directed and independent learning. Experience is gained from design and technical tasks under the supervision of a principal or senior project manager as well as involvement in larger, more complex projects as part of a multi-person team. Our strategy is to provide responsibility as an individual becomes ready to take it on.

We work in an open studio atmosphere that we believe facilitates a cross-pollination of ideas and the sharing of staff expertise and experience. The studio is comprised of the following personnel:

Apprentice Level Landscape Architect

One-to-three years experience.

Mid-Level Landscape Architect

Three-to-six years experience, functioning as project manager/lead designers.

Senior Landscape Architect

Six-to-12 years experience, functioning as project manager/lead designers.