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2211Summer Landscape Design Intern Position

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  • Elisa Harvie
    Mar 1, 2006
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       Summer Landscape Design Intern Needed


      Urban Ecology, a San Francisco Bay Area non-profit, believes that vibrant neighborhoods are the building blocks of healthy cities and sustainable regions. We envision an environmentally sound and socially just Bay Area in which low-income urban neighborhoods become thriving communities that offer a range of jobs, a mix of housing types, different kinds of open spaces and choices for transportation. For more information, please see www.urbanecology.org.


      Job Description:

      Urban Ecology seeks a resourceful and creative Landscape Design Intern to assist with various design, graphics and research projects for the summer. 


      The intern’s work will focus on two projects:

      ¤       Layout, graphic design and research for a report documenting Urban Ecology’s plan for the schoolyard at Garfield Elementary in East Oakland.

      ¤       Research and graphic design for a greenway project in East Oakland.


      The work on these projects will include research, site analysis, on-site photography, conceptual graphic representations, and graphic layout. In addition, interns, like all employees, are also expected to undertake a small number of more general office or administrative tasks over the course of their employment. It is expected that this non-project work will occupy less than 20% of the intern’s time, and will expose the intern to several aspects of the day-to-day operations of a not-for-profit organization.


      Skills and Qualifications:

      The successful candidate will:

      ¤       be enrolled in a degree or certificate program in landscape architecture,

      ¤       have successfully completed at least two design studios in landscape architecture or urban design,

      ¤       have experience working with diverse, low-income communities, and

      ¤       have hand drawing or sketching proficiency, as well experience with AutoCAD, ArcView GIS, Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator.

      In addition, the following characteristics would be very valuable:

      ¤       experience designing schoolyards, physical fitness/play environments, and school gardens

      ¤       experience designing urban trails

      ¤       Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese or other language skills.



      The position will last up to 12 weeks, beginning on or after May 30. Pay rates are as follows:



      With federal work-study

      Without work-study subsidy

      Current graduate student 



      Current undergraduate student




      Students need to confirm their own work-study eligibility with their university’s financial aid office. The internship is for a standard 35-hour workweek. Our offices are fully accessible, and located in downtown San Francisco, at the Montgomery Street BART Station.


      Please submit:

      ¤       A cover letter, or statement of interest in the position,

      ¤       A resume, and

      ¤       Three to five pages (8.5 x 11) of samples of work that demonstrates your facility with communication of design ideas.


      Please submit the above listed items to:                     Amy Tanner, Urban Ecology

      582 Market Street, Suite 1020; San Francisco, CA 94104


      For more information, please write amy@urbanecology.o