Emerald Necklace Landscape Design and Natural Infrastructure Project Management Scholarship 2021 – Los Angeles, CA, US | Works

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Emerald necklace Natural infrastructure Landscape design & Project management 2021 scholarship

Amigos de los Rios / The Emerald Necklace Group is a legacy 501 (c) 3 environmental justice nonprofit; Community-based natural infrastructure design organization engaged in the planning and implementation of converging natural infrastructure projects for the benefit of residents of the East Los Angeles Basin. This landscape-scale vision, titled “LA Basin Emerald Necklace,” protects biodiversity, provides ecological benefits to underserved communities, and integrates nature and urban forestry within the city at various scales. Our “Mountain to Sea” watershed-scale interconnected system project of multi-purpose parks, green spaces, trails and green school campuses stretches from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. The goal of implementing this vision is to protect and enhance ecosystem services while enhancing equitable recreational opportunities, reducing the impact of climate change, and protecting public health outcomes for urban residents. .

Under the supervision of the General Manager and in collaboration with our team, professional partners, key agencies, the Landscape Design and Natural Infrastructure Project Management Fellow will use their design skills to perform precise site measurements to create drawings based on existing conditions, conduct and monitor the design. development, including reviewing CAD topographic surveys, creating concept plans and using existing photography tools, hand sketching drawings, reviewing site antennas, and using Adobe Creative Suite and CAD drawing skills to support multi-benefit project development / CD set creation. Design work includes site planning analysis, drawing and design development leading to construction drawings required for stakeholder consensus, permits and jurisdiction approvals. Applicants MUST already have a strong eye and present a portfolio of designs indicating a high level of individual skill in town planning, site-level design and detailed design capability.

The Emerald Necklace team are dedicated and passionate about “nature-based” urban infrastructure, environmental justice, nature-based recreation and the expansion of green spaces throughout LA County. We are looking for like-minded individuals with a strong work ethic who are willing to take responsibility for creating positive change in the built environment. This is a great opportunity for recent college graduates or entry-level professionals looking for key experience in community design and experience in project management of publicly funded projects with a focus on social justice and equity. We have a sense of purpose and the urgency of making changes.

Essential tasks:

· Full site recognition: basic drawing measurements, field notes, photographs and reports assembled in a cohesive manner – organized according to Microsoft Excel, Adobe Suite spreadsheets, to feed the CD set.

· Prepare the conceptual plan and section sketches; Schematic and design development sketches (including research of relevant materials), structural detail designs for construction drawing sets with carefully archived design solutions and iterations.

· Evaluate the costs and benefits of different design alternatives, follow cost estimates to implement the proposed design to ensure we are within existing grant budgets.

· Based on the design, draft specific scopes for professional partners to bid for participation in our projects; Survey, civil and structural engineers, irrigation designers, arborists, metalworkers, masons, permeable landscaping contractors and members of the Conservation Corps. Help manage the reach, contracts and successful participation of these implementation partners.

· Establish and maintain effective project management processes to record our implementation processes, as required by public grants. – use your excellent communications and working relationships with your colleagues, project partners and community and agency partners to move the project forward successfully.

· Responsible for maintaining project management records on a daily basis: archive relevant daily correspondence relating to design permits / budget with partners, both summary and verbal reports to the CEO

· Learn more about tracking project budgets, preparing and tracking subcontracts, certificates of insurance, and recording grant expenses necessary for successful project implementation.

· Track how we can achieve all green infrastructure and project grant objectives and stipulations, as required by grant contracts.


Bachelor’s / Master’s degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture or Urban Planning, or equivalent design experience / passion for community design.

Excellent demonstrated skills in design writing, communication, reading CAD construction drawings and Microsoft Office suite (especially Excel, Word, PPT).

Demonstrated proficiency in AutoCAD architecture / graphic design software: Adobe Creative Suite, ESRI ArcGIS, Google Earth.

Impeccable organizational skills, ability to prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines, to work both independently and as an effective member of a team in a flexible manner.

High level office skills with talent in project management record keeping – Attention to detail

Knowledge of current principles of community green infrastructure / landscape architecture / public space design, including measured drawings, schematic and design development, construction drawings, permit drawings and care maintenance “as built”.

Interest in the use of native California plants in public landscaping for water conservation and celebration of cultural heritage; Knowledge of sustainable design practices, stormwater requirements, efficient irrigation systems, plant diseases, pest management, best practices for native plant care and soil maintenance and nature-based civic and play spaces.

Valid US driver’s license / Ability to lift 25-40 pounds. Ability to navigate to project sites and perform fieldwork independently with confidence and competence.

Stunning onsite photograph of the impeccable ‘Action to Take’ Construction Management Meeting implementation / minute process for note taking and communication skills.

Sending your CV, cover letter, 3 professional / academic references and design portfolio To:

[email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you!

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