Length: Term of positions is 47 weeks; full-time 40 hrs/wk
Location: Omaha, NE (Flexible duty station until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted)
Living Allowance: $580/week
AmeriCorps Award: Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of education award is $6,195 (pre-tax).
Start Date: Monday, May 3rd, 2021
Application Due Date: Preference given to applicants that submit application by Friday, 2/26/2021
Title of Position: Landscape Architect Fellow
Stewards Individual Placements (SIP) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health. SIP, in partnership with the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, is seeking a Landscape Architect Fellow who will be placed at the Midwest Region – IR 345, National Park Service Regional Office in Omaha, NE.
The selected Fellow will work with the NPS RTCA permanent staff to assist in planning multi-year outdoor recreation and natural resource conservation projects. Examples of past projects that Fellows have assisted with include: projects to plan multi-use, paved, long distance trails; trail way-finding; and projects to plan new park visitor centers and related park improvements. Senior staff are experienced supervisors for Conservation Legacy Fellows and will provide the Fellow with an excellent, challenging and educational experience.
The current list of Midwest RTCA projects will lead to the creation of new trails and trail connections and protected natural areas. Plans created will address habitat improvements and sustainable use. Trail corridors and new parks will conserve lands for wildlife habitat as well as recreation.
*Please note that COVID-19 will impact the location of this position. If offered, the selected Fellow will likely be required to work from a location outside of the Omaha, NE office for a period of time until the office is open. Because of the nature of the pandemic, we cannot predict when or if this may happen during the fellowship.
Position Responsibilities will include:
· Assist RTCA staff and partners in data gathering, planning analysis, public outreach, and plan creation for park and trail master plans, implementation and strategic plans, schematic level designs and grant applications.
· Coordinate with project partners to gather data from existing sources for planning documents, such as demographic data, state and county plans and policies, grant sources and requirements
· Participate in community outreach activities, such as public events, planning workshops, and community meetings.
· Assist in the preparation of outreach materials, such as PowerPoint presentations, brochures, graphics, visualizations and printed displays.
· Use ArcGIS to create maps for planning and analysis, using data available on public websites and through partners to layer several data types to create maps of project sites.
· Assist NPS park units in the Midwest with planning, design and construction assistance
· Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree or MLA in Landscape Architecture is required.
· Coursework or experience in landscape architecture, architecture, transportation or environmental planning, geography, public affairs, urban or regional studies, park planning or management, or related fields are preferred.
· Proficiency in ArcGIS, AutoCAD, Adobe Suite (InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop).
· Technically proficient at Site and Trail Grading Design.
· Analysis and critical thinking skills
· Ability to work effectively with a variety of people
· Strong organizational skills
· Excellent written and oral communication skills
· Mapping and Graphic Communication skills
· Ability to market to and provide technical assistance to diverse communities
· Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of education award is $6,195 (pre-tax).
· Living Allowance: $580/week (pre-tax)
· Professional development opportunities and some trainings provided.
· Mentorship and supervision from Landscape Architects within the National Park Service
How to Apply:
In addition to your resume, please submit a one-page cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this position and how your background and experience will help you succeed in this position.
For Application Questions:
Please contact Alex Whittow, Stewards Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stewards Individual Placements Program does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.