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Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture
LARP, UMass Amherst

Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture
Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
University of Massachusetts Amherst


About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region. 

Job Description:

The focus of this position is on the technology required to design and represent sustainable landscapes. The successful candidates are expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervise graduate student research, contribute significantly to the advancement of green technology, site engineering, and digital visualization and fabrication as evidenced by scholarly publications and/or awarding-winning design projects. Teaching responsibilities will be at the undergraduate and graduate levels with potential courses including: design studios, site engineering, digital design representation, and a specialty course that supports their scholarship. Knowledge of digital representation tools for landscape visualization is required, as well as the principles and techniques of site engineering. Candidates should have experience with theory and practice regarding sustainable landscape design and construction and with emerging programs and practices that advance landscape sustainability and resilience. Experience in applied research, design, and professional practice is a critical need for this position. The Department promotes cross-disciplinary research and practice with allied programs at the University including Architecture, Building and Construction Technology, Engineering, and Information Technology.  Positive consideration is given to candidates with a teaching, research and/or service record that encourages diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives of students.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position.  Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration. 


Candidates must have:

  • An accredited landscape architecture degree (undergraduate or graduate);
  • A graduate degree (masters or doctorate) in landscape architecture or a related field;
  • Demonstrated capacity for scholarly research or design which may include peer-reviewed scholarship and award-winning creative work;
  • Demonstrated research expertise or design excellence in the field of landscape technology, especially green technology, site engineering, and digital visualization and fabrication.

In addition, preferred qualifications may include:

  • Professional experience in landscape architecture;
  • Demonstrated capacity for teaching;
  • Demonstrated ability to attain external funding to support research or design work;
  • Landscape architecture licensure. 

Additional Information:

The Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP) is one of the few programs where planning and design are in the same academic department, and enjoys a national and international reputation with a focus on sustainability.  We are a collegial department with a new, award-winning building and investment by the university.  The Department has accredited programs in Landscape Architecture (MLA, BSLA), and Regional Planning (MRP).  We also offer a PhD in Regional Planning, a B.S. in Sustainable Community Development, and Associate degree in Landscape Contracting.  The Department is committed to teaching, supporting, and attracting a diverse body of students. 

Application Instructions:

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on October 18, 2019.  The search will continue until the position is filled. 

Applicants should apply online through PageUp:

Candidate should provide the following in their application package: 

  • Letter of interest including your research, design, and teaching interests and experience;
  • A comprehensive curriculum vitae;
  • Selected samples of work (research, design, and/or teaching);
  • A one-page statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, identifying past experiences and future goals.  These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarship, and/or mentoring, teaching and outreach activities.  For more information, see the University diversity statement:
  • Contact information for three references (including name, title, address, telephone number and email).

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.


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Senior Clean Energy Specialist/Planner OR Clean Energy Specialist/Planner II
Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) (Posted on 8/21/2019)

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council seeks a Senior Clean Energy Specialist/Planner OR Clean Energy Specialist/Planner II, who will work on a wide variety of projects in Greater Boston, including undertaking comprehensive local energy and climate planning, technical assistance, and regional procurements; developing and analyzing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions data; designing, drafting, and evaluating energy- and climate-related policies and programs; and presenting on these topics to diverse audiences. The Specialist/Planner will have the opportunity to manage programs, procurements, budgets, and stakeholder relationships, such as MAPC's groundbreaking green municipal aggregation program.

More information.

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Student Conservation Association
The National Park Service Midwest Regional Office (Posted on 6/6/2019)

The National Park Service Midwest Regional Office (MWRO) is beginning a search for a suitable candidate to fill a 5 month (possibly renewable) Student Conservation Association (SCA) internship. The internship will focus on verifying, collecting, and preparing  data on Midwest Region cultural landscapes and historic structures.  
A suitable candidate would have a bachelors degree or equivalent experience in Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, Historic Architecture, or similar career field, with a particular interest in the documentation and preservation of cultural landscapes and historic structures.  The internship is based out of the Midwest Regional Office in Omaha Nebraska and involves research, writing, limited field work, data collection, entry, and management.  SCA compensation includes a living, housing, and transportation stipend.  The start date is negotiable, but could be as soon as July 2019 with required and approved security clearances.
MWRO would like to hear from anyone potentially interested in the internship.  Please contact Roberta Young, MWR LCS/CLI Coordinator at to indicate your interest.

National Park Service
909 First Avenue
Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98104

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Junior Landscape Architect
The New York State Department of Transportation (Deadline on 07/03/2019)

To All Schools with Landscape Architecture Programs:
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will be filling a Junior Landscape Architect position in our Hauppauge, Long Island office, applications are due by July 3rd, 2019
We respectfully request that you forward this email and the attachment to your recent and upcoming Landscape Architecture graduates for their consideration.

More information can be found in this brochure

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Landscape Architect/Designer
ZEN Associates, Inc. (Posted 2/3/2020)
ZEN Associates, Inc. is a Design + Build firm providing landscape architecture, interior design, and construction services, since 1980. We have offices in the Boston and Washington DC metro areas with a staff of over 60 people passionate about what we do. 
This position will support our Landscape Architecture practice by providing site planning, urban and landscape design, and graphic and technical production.  Project experiences will be diverse, as we provide services to both the public and private sectors.  Projects include residential estates, urban gardens, rooftop gardens and commercial premises throughout the Northeast seaboard for a variety of great clients.
More Information

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Internship Opportunity
National Park Service's Olmsted Center (Posted 2/13/2020)

I'm writing to share exciting internship opportunities with the National

Park Service's Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation in Boston.

Information about the 2020 internships, including how to apply, is

available on the Olmsted Center's website [1] and on Handshake [2].


In addition to numerous training and field trip opportunities, all of

our interns will spend a week in Acadia National Park in June for a

behind-the-scenes look at public land management and a landscape

architecture field school.  For more information about the Olmsted

Center internship experience please see our Designing the Parks

Internship Blog [3].

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