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2017 Membership Survey: What we heard—and how we’re responding

The results are in! A few months ago, we conducted a membership survey to understand what you appreciate most about ASLA Oregon and what you’d like to see improved. With a strong response rate of more than 20% of our members, we are pleased to report some of the key findings and share our ideas for advancing the organization.

What we heard:

  • You see us as strong advocates for the profession. When asked what you see as the primary function of ASLA Oregon, more than half of respondents mentioned advocacy for landscape architects and landscape architecture.
  • Continuing education matters—and you want more of it. You ranked “access to professional development hours opportunities” as the most important member benefit, and you get your credits in a variety of places. However, nearly half of you said ASLA Oregon is not currently meeting your continuing education needs.
  • You want us to better reach members outside of Portland, and to use technology to expand the reach of events. We heard from many of you that members outside of Portland feel they don’t have enough opportunities to engage with the organization. Also, many people mentioned that they’d appreciate more integration of technology to make events more accessible for people who can’t attend in person.
  • The Design Awards could honor a wider range of projects. More than 60% of respondents indicated that they submit projects under the General Design category, but there is a desire for greater recognition of residential, pro bono, and transportation projects. We also heard that you’d like the Honor Awards that recognize individuals and organizations combined with the Design Awards at our Annual Soiree.

How we’re responding:

  • Stronger advocacy: In addition to our annual trip to Washington DC to meet with Oregon’s Congressional delegation, this year we polled our members to decide how to respond to a recent threat to landscape contractor licensure in Oregon House Bill 3337. We took a position against the bill and sent letters to legislators in Salem, supporting efforts by our allies at the Oregon Landscape Contractors Association to successfully defeat the bill. Later this year, we’re sending a delegate to serve on a committee organized by the Oregon State Landscape Architect Board to examine potential rulemaking for providing guidance on the overlap between landscape architecture practice and landscape design work. 
  • Support for section leaders: To provide more continuing education opportunities for members outside of Portland, we are supporting our section chairs in the Eugene-Springfield region and in the Bend area in hosting events that offer PDH hours.
  • Advancing technology: In response to your recommendations, we are looking into technologies such as Facebook Live and video conferencing to allow remote participation in events and meetings.
  • Understanding continuing education needs: We want to make sure that our PDH offerings are meeting your needs and keeping you informed and engaged. We’re committed to learning more about how we can serve you better and will work with you and within the Executive Committee to deliver meaningful and relevant continuing education events.  . We have partnered with allied organizations, like Design Week, in the past, and are currently working with allied professional groups to expand offerings for our members.
  • New Design Award categories: In 2017, we modified the submission categories for the Design Awards. Now the General Design category has two construction budget tiers, and we added a second residential category and a new community service category. In 2018, we plan to combine the Design Awards and Honor Awards into one event.

The Executive Committee will continue to review the full results of the survey as we plan future events and develop new policies and programs. As always, we welcome additional feedback and participation, so please reach out to me with ideas or to get involved.

Sincerely,

Andreas Stavropoulos
President-Elect, ASLA Oregon
presidentelect@aslaoregon.org


2017 ASLA Diversity SuperSummit

ASLA National has officially added a webpage to ASLA.org dedicated to highlighting the work produced in the past five years by emerging professionals of color in the landscape architecture profession.The page includes links to resources, news and articles, and Summit reports published since the first ASLA Diversity Summit convened in 2013.
 
If you missed the June Newswire, here is a recap of the mission for these yearly summits and their importance to our discipline maintaining relevance in a society facing a dramatic demographic shift. 
“Landscape architecture is currently facing a crisis of diversity. African Americans and LatinX together account for less than 10 percent of graduating landscape architecture students. These demographics fail to reflect those of the wider U.S. population. Census data project that minorities, now 37 percent of the population, will constitute 57 percent by 2060. To remain relevant and useful to the country’s increasingly diverse communities, landscape architecture must become a more ethnically and culturally diverse profession.”
 
This year marked the 5th ASLA Diversity Summit held at the newly renovated ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington D.C. All participants in years past were invited to attend with an additional six new emerging professional members. 
The discussions held during the June 8th -11th summit touched on where we started, what has been done, and where we will be in the next five years. Four main topics covered included K-12 Toolkits, After School Alliance and Summer Camp Curriculums, an ASLA Diversity Webpage, and University Recruitment + Curriculum Development. Small groups were formed to cover these topics in depth and action items were developed as a response to the larger group discussion.
Another big venture over the next 6-8 months includes revising the existing Career Discovery webpage. The plan is to create a variety of new materials for kids, youth, adults, parents, teachers and schools, and even professionals. It will act as a “one stop” shop for materials that will address what landscape architecture is and what it means to become a landscape architect.
Link to Land Updates from ASLA article:
For more information please contact studentliaison@aslaoregon.org

Continuing Education

ASLA OREGON – YOUR SOURCE FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION

Learning new skills and expanding knowledge of new technologies, trends and products are all part of the landscape architects continuing education and professional development.  Classes, workshops, webinars, lectures, tours, fieldwork, teaching, mentoring, volunteering, and networking are many of the ways that professional development occurs.  These activities support career advancement and meet licensure requirements. 

ASLA Oregon is committed to making continuing education and professional development opportunities available to our members by providing local Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) certified opportunities.  These opportunities offer Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits at our chapter events, which are recognized by many states across the U.S., including Oregon and Washington.  Since receiving LA CES certification in the spring of 2016, the chapter has planned, reviewed, received LA CES approval for, and provided 20 hours of continuing education/PDH credit events.  These events were promoted in the monthly Newswire and on the chapter website – watch for more to come!

We hope you’ll join us at our local events and take advantage of the other opportunities listed below:

Chapter and Local Events

Oregon ASLA’s annual Symposium and local section meetings are developed to meet continuing education requirements in the Oregon Administrative Rules administered by the Oregon State Landscape Architect Board (OSLAB).

OR ASLA Events listings are continually updated with information about Chapter sponsored LACES certified continuing education opportunities throughout the state.  Additional programs and events, offered by other organizations, may qualify for PDH credits but are considered “self reporting” events.  Verification of attendance and documentation for “self-reporting” events is the responsibility of the landscape architect. 

Get Involved!

Volunteering with ASLA or in the community provides opportunities for developing leadership skills, professional networking, and serving the profession. In some instances, volunteer service qualifies for PDH credit.  Serving as an elected officer or appointed member of a professional board or commission may qualify for up to 4 PDHs per year. Mentoring one or more students for one day on Shadow Mentor Day may be eligible for up to 1 PDH.

Oregon ASLA welcomes volunteers to assist with events, committees and programs.  In addition, we annually seek members interested in serving on the chapter Executive Committee.  Watch for our Call for Nominations in late May or early June.  Contact us to learn more and sign up.

OTHER ASLA OPPORTUNITIES AND HELPFUL LINKS:

ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO

The ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO provides the opportunity for attendees to earn up to 21 PDH credits. This year’s event, themed ‘Common Ground’, will be held in Los Angeles, October 20 – 23. Discussions will revolve around the creation of common spaces, designing to protect nature and natural systems – our common currency, and the meeting of different ideas in the quest for common ground and positive change.

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES)

ASLA’s Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LACES) provides listings of professional development and continuing education programs for landscape architects. Programs offered by more than 130 LACES certified providers are recognized by OSLAB for PDH credits.

ASLA Online Learning

ASLA offers Online Learning programs and the Landscape Architecture Technical Information Series (LATIS) that qualify for PDH credit.  Earn up to 5.0 PDH credits by participating in a live webinar, watching a recorded online presentation, or reading one of 11 peer-reviewed papers. Plus, ASLA members can participate in these programs at a reduced rate.

OSLAB Links:


Lewis & Clark Greenway Design Charrette

    MEMBERS-ONLY SPECIAL EVENT – NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!

Join our design team!

Oregon ASLA and the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program (NPS RTCA) are partnering to create a conceptual plan for the Lewis & Clark Greenway Trail, a 46-mile regional trail that is envisioned to connect Ridgefield to Washougal along the northern bank of the Columbia River.

Oregon ASLA invites members to participate in a full-day charrette November 18, 2017 in Vancouver. We are assembling a team of up to 16 professionals and 8 students. Our work will include working with key stakeholders and elected officials to develop conceptual designs and alignment alternatives for the future trail.

The charrette provides a rare opportunity for the landscape architecture communities from Oregon and Washington to gather, learn from each other, and lend our expertise and abilities to the beginnings of this regionally significant trail in Clark County.

Are you an experienced trail designer? An expert meeting facilitator? Great with graphics?

We are seeking participants with a diversity of knowledge, skills and abilities at all stages of their careers. Participation in the charrette will be based on a competitive selection process. Students, emerging professionals, mid-career and experienced professionals are all encouraged to apply. Applicants must be Oregon or Washington ASLA members in good standing.

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided for participants.

To learn more about the trail, view this presentation from Clark County about their vision for the Lewis and Clark Trail: Click here

Application Process

To apply, complete our application form and attach a cover letter and current resume.

Click here to download an application form.

Professional Member Applications Due: Friday, September 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Student Member Applications Due: Monday, October 9 at 5:00 pm
Applicants Notified: Week of October 16th

Questions? Interested in Applying?

Please contact Robin Wilcox, Robin.Wilcox@place.la


Job Opportunity: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department – Recreation Trails Planner

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

Recreation Trails Planner

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a highly motivated passionate trail planning and design professional. The ideal candidate will join our Salem based team in the execution of planning and design tasks with a focus on recreational and regional trails for Oregon Parks throughout the state. The primary purpose of this position is to work directly with the Planning + Design Manager and OPRD’s field managers to develop trail plans and trail design documents to better serve Oregon’s citizens and visitors. Long range trails plans will provide for the prioritization, funding and development of sustainable recreation trails that improve resource condition, recreation opportunities and visitor experience in our current and future park lands. Along with the State Park comprehensive trail planning efforts, the new trails planner will work on concept plan and construction documents for trail and design projects throughout the state. The position will require excellent graphic, verbal and written communication skills to assist the Planning + Design team in accomplishing the mission of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The mission of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreation sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations.

Contact: David Stipe
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
725 Summer St NE Suite C
Salem, Oregon 97301
503-509-4752
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/JOBS/pages/jobs.aspx

 


Job Opportunity: Portland Parks & Recreation – Parks and Trails Planner

Parks and Trails Planner

$65,000-$75,587 (with a 10-15% increase pending)

Portland Parks & Recreation

Application Deadline: September 11, 2017 4:30PM

Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) is seeking a skilled planning professional with a background in city, urban or regional planning, landscape architecture, engineering, architecture or closely related field, and a minimum of two years of experience in planning, with a focus on areas such as policy development, master planning, strategic planning, planning and feasibility studies, trail planning alignment studies, trail acquisitions, trail route alternative analysis, and long-range plan development. This position uses general knowledge of environmental planning and supports Bureau efforts to promote inclusion and diversity. Responsibilities include communicating effectively with diverse communities, conducting outreach and implementing community involvement plans, representing the Bureau in city-wide or regional planning efforts, and work collaboratively with other City staff.

This position will work seamlessly with PP&R’s recreation, parks, trails, and natural area field operations staff on park proposals that are received from the public, and can answer questions that arise on land use, park use, and planning issues. The City Planner II may also be involved in assisting in PP&R’s Capital Improvement Plan process, PP&R’s Strategic Plan, historic resources, scenic view corridor preservation, river recreation planning, and preparation of grant applications. Parks planning experience is highly desirable.

Although not required, PP&R encourages candidates that can fluently speak another language to include that information in their resume. Candidates with diverse cultural backgrounds and proficiency in languages besides English are encouraged to apply.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND TO APPLY, VISIT: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/jobs

Questions? Contact Tamara Larison at the City of Portland, tamara.larison@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-6821


Call for Entries for the 2017 Design Awards Opens August 28!

The Oregon Chapter of ASLA Oregon Design Awards program celebrates professional and student excellence by recognizing the firms, individuals, and agencies responsible for outstanding works of landscape architecture and environmental planning that promote an enhanced quality of life in Oregon and beyond. The Executive Committee is excited to announce the opening for the Call for Entries period, which runs between August 28 – September 25, 2017.
Please check back on the website on August 28 for the downloadable .PDF with complete directions and full descriptions of submission categories. A submission payment page and Dropbox link will also be available at that time.
Jury Deliberation
In early October, a jury with diverse landscape architecture and related expertise will convene in Portland to evaluate submissions. The 2017 jury features the following individuals:
Thank you to Anova Furnishings for providing sponsorship assistance for the jury.
Design Awards Soirée
 
The Design Awards Soirée’s Event Sponsor is Columbia Cascade/Timberforma leading local designer and manufacturer of playground equipment, site furnishings, bicycle parking solutions, and fitness equipment. The Event Sponsorship is critical to making the annual celebration and social event possible for our members.
Award winners selected by the jury will be announced at the Design Awards Soirée event on Friday, November 3. The evening’s event program also includes the People’s Choice Award, recognition of our Chapter’s newly admitted Fellow of ASLA, recognition of newly registered landscape architects approved by the Oregon State Landscape Architect Board, and recognition of the outstanding academic achievements of student award winners from the University of Oregon. There’s lots to celebrate this year. Tickets will be available for online purchase soon after the Call for Entries period closes. Please save the date!

2017 Design Awards

The Executive Committee is working on the 2017 Call for Entries materials at this time. Please check back on this web page on August 28 for updated information. The following timeline reflects the most up-to-date information we can share at this time:
 
August 28: Call for Entries period opens. Information about awards categories, criteria, submittal requirements, eligibility, payment, etc. will be available on this webpage. 
 
Sept. 25: Call for Entries period closes at 4:00 PM.
 
Oct. 2 and 3: Jury deliberates
 
Oct. 5: Ticket sales open for the 2017 Design Awards Soiree. Oregon ASLA’s 2017 Event Sponsor is Columbia Cascade/Timberform. 
 
Nov. 3: Design Award Event at the Elysian Ballroom in Downtown Portland, 5:30 – 9:30 PM. Please save the date.

Job Opportunity: Schirmer Satre Group – Landscape Designer, Eugene Oregon

Position Announcement 8-10-17

Position: Landscape Designer, Eugene Oregon

Experience required: Entry Level to 3 Years Experience

Schirmer Satre Group is a landscape architecture and planning firm seeking a Landscape Designer to work on a variety of projects.

Candidates must be creative, enthusiastic and work effectively within a team. Candidates must possess strong verbal and written communication skills, be highly organized, be able to effectively manage time, be a self-starter and demonstrate advanced graphic skills. Effective knowledge of AutoCAD, Photoshop, InDesign, Sketchup, and Microsoft Office is desired. Completion of CAD test will be required as part of the review process.

Compensation is to commensurate with ability.

Email in pdf format maximum of 12 MG file size; resume with minimum of two references and examples of work to: john@schirmersatre.com. If additional work examples are available please include a dropbox or similar link to pdf format material.

Schirmer Satre Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Education requirements: A minimum of a Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture from an accredited program required.

John Schmidt
Schirmer Satre Group
www.schirmersatre.com


Job Opportunity: Oregon Department of Transportation – Associate in Landscape Architecture – Environmental Program Coordinator 2 (ODOT17-1566oc)

OPENING DATE/TIME: 08/03/17 12:00 AM

CLOSING DATE/TIME: 08/24/17 11:59 PM

SALARY: $4,404.00 – $6,503.00 Monthly

JOB TYPE: Limited Duration

LOCATION: Salem, Oregon

AGENCY: Transportation-Highway

DESCRIPTION: 

Announcement: ODOT17-1566oc Associate in Landscape Architecture Environmental Program Coordinator 2 Highway Division – Region 2 Tech Center Salem

We are recruiting for a limited duration associate in landscape architecture to join our Region 2 Geo/Hydro/HazMat Unit in Salem. The primary purpose of this position is to perform landscape architecture design for routine to moderately complex roadside development and erosion control projects under the professional supervision and response charge of a registered landscape architect. The associate in landscape architecture works on a wide variety of transportation projects in support of project development, construction, and maintenance operations.

We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. ODOT values diversity and inclusion because they are good for Oregon. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. We thank you for considering this employment opportunity.

Additional Details: Limited Duration: This is a limited duration appointment that is expected to end on or before June 30, 2019, though the duration can change at any time or could possibly become a permanent position due to business needs. Limited duration appointments are benefits eligible and have a designated maximum length of service. Representation: This position is represented by the Association of Engineering Employees of Oregon (AEE).

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide design solutions for landscape preservation and enhancement, including roadside development and erosion control for routine to moderately complex transportation projects under the professional supervision of a registered landscape architect.
  • Assist other designers, environmental staff, project managers, and other internal and external staff.
  • Provide expertise in natural resource restoration plan development such as wetland mitigation sites using context sensitive design and knowledge of visual resources.
  • Develop recommended native or non-native plant species lists and planting plans, specifications, and estimates for biological restoration.
  • Propose solutions, analyze and evaluate technical problems that arise during design or construction.
  • Recommend methods, materials, techniques, and processes to resolve problems. • Participate on multidisciplinary teams in developing projects.
  • Design work includes final contract plans, details, specifications, and cost estimates for staff registered landscape architect review and sealing.
  • Develop erosion control plans, specifications, and estimates for new earthwork projects and review plans submitted by contractors and consultants.
  • Assist the supervisor in planning and developing project goals and objectives, budgets, coordinating schedules, and defining the scope of each project.
  • Accompany agency supervisors, engineers, designers, and environmental staff on field trips to identify and evaluate landscape preservation and development concerns and recommend solutions.
  • Review erosion control plans provided by contractors and evaluate and/or propose changes to designs.

QUALIFICATIONS, REQUIRED & REQUESTED SKILLS:

Minimum Qualifications:

Two years of environmental analysis or resource project management experience and a bachelor’s degree with 30 quarter or 20 semester hours in an environmental science, a physical science, a natural science, engineering, or a closely-related field. Three additional years of environmental analysis or resource project management experience may substitute for the bachelor’s degree.

Special Qualifications:

Driving is an essential function of this position. A valid driver license and an acceptable driving record are required for this position. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s).

Preferred Attributes:

We may show preference to candidates whose application materials demonstrate the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in landscape architecture.
  • Currently registered as an Oregon Landscape Architect in Training or as a registered Oregon Landscape Architect.
  • Two years of experience in roadside development or erosion control on transportation projects or equivalent.
  • Knowledgeable of landscape preservation and development including context sensitive design and visual resources, native and non-native species, and erosion control.
  • Experience working on project teams with other design professionals.
  • Experience developing landscaping plans and specifications under the supervision of a registered landscape architect, including work involving highways and/or roadways.

Working Conditions:

  • Typical office environment with frequent trips for meetings and field work.
  • Occasional overtime, night and weekend work, including some overnight travel required.
  • Field work may include rough terrain, inclement weather, falling rocks, landslides, steep slopes, heights, fast or deep water, hazardous plants and animals, construction sites, work around heavy construction equipment, and/or work in roadways with heavy traffic volumes.
  • Infrequent exposure to emergency situations, media, or hazardous materials.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 

Instructions:

We appreciate your interest in this position. To apply, please visit www.odotjobs.com and search for job posting ODOT17-1566oc and follow these steps.

  1. Complete the application. We will not accept a resume or position description in place of a completed application. There is no need to attach a resume to your application. Because of the volume of applications we receive, we do not review any attachments that we do not ask for.
  2. The work experience and/or education section of your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet all of the minimum and special qualifications listed above. If it does not, we are required to disqualify it.
  3. Complete the supplemental questions.Caution: If you fail to follow these instructions, we will have to disqualify your application. We cannot consider incomplete or late applications.

Pre-employment Checks:

We will conduct criminal background checks on final candidates who are not current ODOT employees. All applicants are subject to additional pre-employment check(s) such as driver license, LEDS, and/or education verification as required for the position.

Veteran’s Points: 

Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans’ preference. To receive preference, veterans must attach appropriate documentation as outlined by the Department of Administrative Services at the following website: Veterans Resources. Please title your DD214 like this, “[Your Last Name] DD214” and your disability letter “[Your Last Name] Disability Letter.” Veterans may also call the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs at 1-800-692-9666. Note: DD214 member 1 copies do not contain character of service and cannot be used to verify veterans’ preference eligibility. Please attach DD214 member 2 or 4.

Questions and Application Support:

  • For questions about the job announcement, call 503-986-7146.
  • For technical help with your login or online application issues, call 1-855-524-5627 from 6:30a to 5:30p PT M-F. Leave a voicemail. It may take up to 24 hours to receive a response. If you do not receive a response after 24 hours, you can email Technical Support at support@governmentjobs.com.

Informational Links:  Oregon Landscape Architect Board.

We encourage you to print or save a PDF copy of your application.

Human Resources/Recruitment, MS12355 Capitol St NE Salem, OR 97301-3871Fax 503-986-3895ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. This information can be made available in an alternative format by contacting ODOT Recruitment at 503-986-3700 or through Oregon Relay Service at 7-1-1. ODOT does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices. Questions: 1-877-336-6368 (EEO-ODOT) or through Oregon Relay Service at 7-1-1. ODOT is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is our policy not to discriminate against any qualified employment applicant because of a disability.  Applicants with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation during the application process by contacting the Employee Civil Rights & Diversity Manager at 1-877-336-6368 (EEO-ODOT)ODOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other class protected by State or Federal laws.  For questions, concerns, or complaints regarding Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action, contact the Employee Civil Rights & Diversity Manager at 1-877-336-6368 (1-877-EEO-ODOT). #LI-DNP