Robert Trautman

Senior Landscape Architect

A California native, Robert is originally from San Diego. He is a lover of the outdoors and an avid traveler and long-distance hiker. Before becoming a landscape architect, Robert would spend months at a time backpacking through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, including New Zealand, Europe, and the United States. Robert recently became a new father in 2020 with the birth of his son, Cal, and in the summer of 2022 will welcome their daughter into the world. He builds furniture in his spare time, something we all wish we had more of. A passionate creative and coffee junkie, we love having him as part of the SSA team.  

Robert is a life-long learner and avid reader. He is interested in the relationship between horticulture and sustainability, working on all project types including parks, corporate campuses and residences. Earning his Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield in England, studying overseas has given Robert valuable insight into the field of landscape architecture and a unique perspective on creating engaging public and private spaces. He is a licensed Landscape Architect.


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SSA is an award-winning landscape architecture firm. We have been published in notable magazines and have garnered numerous awards for our exceptional designs.  You can find out more here. 

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If you are looking for an opportunity to advance your career, whether it is to become a licensed landscape architect or a leader in the profession, this could be the place for you. SSA Landscape Architects is seeking to invite exceptional, creative, talented, skillful, and professional landscape architects and designers with four to six years of experience. You must have at least two years minimum experience working in a landscape architecture office in California. Our office in Santa Cruz is in a great open studio space where our team collaborates on innovative and creative solutions for our clients with a high level of quality service. Our office space is designed in such a way that Social Distancing and safety related to the COVID19 Pandemic are easily achieved. We utilize platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom and GoToMeeting to further enhance the safety of our team and our clients during this challenging time.

Our projects are located throughout California and have won national, statewide, and regional awards since SSA was founded 33 years ago. Our projects include parks and recreation, open space and trails, sports facilities, K-12 education, college campuses, corporate campuses, healthcare, public works and high-end residential.

Currently, we are recruiting for landscape designers and architects with four to six years of experience. Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, LandFX, SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite experience and a bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture are the minimum requirements for the current positions. Applicants must have at least two years of experience working in the many microclimates of Northern and Central California.

If you have the qualities and experience stated above with the required minimum experience and you want to work in a dynamic, exciting work environment on great projects, please send your portfolio and resume to:

Applicants must have valid permanent, unrestricted authorization to work in the United States*.  Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include healthcare, life insurance, long term disability insurance, 401K, profit sharing, paid holidays, vacation, and personal leave.

 *Green Card or US Citizenship

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