Environment for the Americas
Asheville, NC.
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$650 per week + $1000 monthly for housing
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The Landscape Architect Resource Assistant position here at the National Forests in North Carolina’s Supervisor’s Office located in Asheville, NC. In partnership with the US Forest Service, Environment for the Americas offers internship opportunities for college students, graduate students, and recent graduates. The Resource Assistants Program (RAP) provides flexible internship placements based in National Forests across the US for those interested in Forest Service careers. Resource Assistants work under the mentorship and coaching of Forest Service staff to complete mission-critical work while developing leadership, critical thinking, and strategic communication skills. The RAP was designed for emerging professionals to launch their natural and cultural resources careers. The Landscape Architect Resource Assistant (RA) will have the opportunity to work with an experienced team of landscape architects and engineers in the National Forests in North Carolina’s Supervisor’s Office to provide project and design support on projects across the four National Forests, with an emphasis on recreation areas and trails impacted by recent storm damage and severe flooding. Duties and Areas of Responsibility: Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: Traditional landscape architecture roles, such as development of site analysis, conceptual plans, design narratives, cost estimates, and construction drawings for a variety of outdoor recreation settings (trails, trailheads, overlooks, boat launches, campgrounds, signage, etc.). Recreation planning functions involving scenic byways/trails and related corridor planning, as well as community and partner level strategic planning efforts. Surveys and transition plans for recreation sites and trails to meet outdoor accessibility standards. Scenery management and related visual assessment work to support forest restoration and vegetation management. Inventory and other data collection related to recreation facilities condition, opportunities, and accessibility. Collaboration with other landscape architects, engineers, recreation staff, and other interdisciplinary staff areas, as well as community and partner-level coordination. Utilizing GIS to update recreation and trails spatial data.
Undergraduate or advanced degree in landscape architecture. Strong written and verbal communication skills with strong organizational skills. Ability to work independently and with others. Ability to work effectively with professionals in a variety of disciplines in a collaborative and cooperative manner. Skills in problem solving, analysis, evaluation, and resolution. Ability to organize and prioritize tasks to meet objectives as part of the performance of position duties. Ability to manage multiple priorities, exercise sound judgment, and maintain a positive attitude. Work environment conditions range from working inside an office setting to working in the field. Physical activity on varied or sometimes rough terrain and exposure to weather elements on occasion . Successful completion of a background check. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents over 19 years old. Valid state driver’s license and ability to operate a motor vehicle. Government vehicles are available for work-related travel. Resource Assistants are responsible for travel to and from duty station. Qualifications: Experience coordinating and managing projects in a timely manner. Ability to solve complex problems through creative and innovative approaches. Ability to adapt to change (such as changes to project scope, tasks, and timelines) and to persist through challenges to achieve goals and outcomes. Demonstrate professionalism that fosters an environment where colleagues and stakeholders feel valued, respected, and empowered to bring new ideas and issues forward. Previous experience working as a landscape architect/designer or providing similar services, including experience with site analysis and data collection, design development and production of renderings and technical construction documents, and project management. Experience in the use of design software, including AutoDesk products and Adobe Creative Suite, as well as Geographic Information Systems.
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Vincent Jones
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