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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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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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3 positions
Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) (Posted on 2/25/2019)

Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) invites applications for the following positions:

  1. Housing Planner Summer Intern

  2. Regional Housing + Land Use Planner II

  3. Regional Planner II/Senior Land Use Planner/Zoning Specialist

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Opportunities with The Heritage Documentation Programs
Posted on 2/11/2019

The Heritage Documentation Programs (Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landcapes Survey), a division of the National Park Service, is pleased to announce four opportunities. 


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Community Development Planner
Town of Falmouth (Preference Date: 3/1/2019)

Location: Planning Department, Falmouth, MA 02540
Division: None
Job Status: Part-Time
Days: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
Hours Per Week: 24 (days and hours TBD)
Details: $30.69 - $40.02/hr.

Job Description

The Town of Falmouth is seeking an individual to provide professional planning and technical work in support of the town’s community development goals, programs and policies. This position will act as a liaison to the various community development boards & committees; attends meetings; conducts research; provides information and assistance on a range of technical planning and community development issues; administers contracts; prepares reports and responds to the general public on procedures, legislation and policies. Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Community Development, Public Administration or related field, 3 years planning or related experience, preferably in local government are required; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Masters degree preferred. Working knowledge of federal and state community development programs, laws and regulations, including Affordable Housing Chapter 40B, Historic Preservation Chapter 40 and Economic Development Chapter 121C; knowledge of planning and development issues. This is a 24 hr. /wk. position and is benefit eligible. Wage is $30.69 - $40.02/hr.

Job Responsibilities

Acts as staff or liaison to Community Development Boards & Committees, attending meetings, conducting research, providing information and assistance on a range of technical planning and community development issues. Prepares staff reports, motions and decisions, Town Meeting articles, and draft agreements for funding for review and approval by Town Management. Manages contracts for specialized studies and consultants.Prepares educational materials, responds to inquiries from the general public on procedures, legislation and policies. Maintains contact with related town departments and committees and outside organizations.Supports the goals of the Planning Department, Community Development and the Town of Falmouth through creative problem solving, decision making, a commitment to customer service, and by taking initiative to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Department. Performs similar or related work as required, or as situation dictates.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience - Bachelors Degree in planning, community development, public administration or related field is required, Masters Degree preferred; three (3) of planning or related experience, preferably in local government are required; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.Knowledge - Working knowledge of federal and state land use community development programs, laws and regulations, including Affordable Housing under Chapter 40B, Historic Preservation under Chapter 40C; and Economic Development under 121C. Knowledge of planning, development and environmental issues under Chapter 40A is important.Ability - Ability to conduct independent research and analyze and interpret results; ability to prepare reports and formulate recommendations; ability to understand and interpret site plans, architectural drawings, and construction specifications; ability to understand and evaluate funding applications and invoices; ability to draft decisions, regulations and bylaw amendments ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with local officials and the general publicSkill - Written and oral communication skills; public presentation skills; planning and organizational skills; skill in using word processing and spreadsheet.

Physical Requirements

Minimal physical effort is generally required to perform administrative duties; moderate physical effort is required to perform fieldwork. The employee is frequently required to speak and hear and use hands to operate equipment. Vision requirements include the ability to read and analyze documents, use a computer and operate an automobile.

Additional Information

SUPERVISION Works under the direction of the Town Planner; the employee functions independently, consulting with the Town Planner when clarification or interpretation of procedures, tasks or policy is required.

WORK ENVIRONMENT Work is generally performed in office conditions; some fieldwork is required to perform site visits and inspections; the employee is required to attend frequent evening meetings.

The employee operates standard office equipment and an automobile.

The employee has regular contact with town departments, as well as state, regional and local agencies and frequent contact with the general public and applicants.

The employee has access to department-related legal proceedings. Errors could result in monetary loss or legal repercussion

Application Special Instructions

Preference Date: March 1, 2019


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