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Restoration Ecology and Design Intern

Type of Job:
Landscape Architecture
Name of Firm:

Allegheny County Parks

Job Location:

Multiple locations

Allegheny County Parks Department is seeking a seasonal position to help install, monitor, maintain, and design numerous ecological restoration and trail projects within the park system.
Projects include:
  • Deer Lakes Park Shoreline Management Plan - Assist with installation of nearly 8,000 native plants along 1 mile of shoreline. Invasive species removal, monitoring, weeding, and maintenance of new plantings.
  • Boyce Park Meadow - ACDP is converting a 5-acre turf hillside into a native wildflower and grass meadow. Planting of the meadow will be conducted by ACDP in spring 2017. Monitor meadow progress, identify and manage invasive species, help maintain trail connections through meadow to surrounding woodlands.
  • South Park Meadow - Improving on a 2.5-acre native grass and wildflower meadow that was installed in 2015. New landscape plug plantings, monitoring and management of preferred and invasive species.
  • South Park, Paul Riis Trail - Assisting with the design and construction of a new trail loop in South Park that pays tribute to renowned park designer and landscape architect Paul Riis and celebrates his iconic projects in the park.
  • Settlers Cabin Park Waterfall Trail - Assisting with the design and construction of trail improvements, and design/installation of restoration plantings to stabilize eroded and trampled sensitive woodland areas.
The intern will work under the supervision of the ACDP landscape architect. Interns should be prepared to work outdoors in varied weather conditions. The work can be physically demanding and interns must be able to lift at least 40 pounds, as well as stand, bend, kneel, and reach throughout the day. A strong interest and background in horticulture, landscape architecture, landscape construction, natural areas management, ecological restoration, and/or Mid-Atlantic native plants, is preferred. Knowledge of Vectorworks and Adobe Creative Suite software a plus but required. The duration of the internship is from May/June to August/September (15-20 weeks), start and end dates somewhat negotiable based on availability. Compensation is $11.00/hr. The workweek is 40.0 hours, Monday through Friday. Housing and transportation is the responsibility of the intern. Earning additional college credits is possible if the intern is enrolled at an institution that offers such a program. The Allegheny County Parks system includes 9 parks, totaling over 12,000 acres, and is in close proximity to Pittsburgh's abundant cultural and entertainment resources. Interviews will begin as applications are received. The position is expected to be offered in early to mid April.
Applications for the internship are due by Friday, March 24th, and should include the following:
  • Cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position
  • Resume (portfolio optional)
  • Three professional references
For additional information please e-mail or call Joel Perkovich: (412)350-2474
To apply, please email the documents listed above to, or mail hard copies to:
Joel Perkovich, PLA, ASLA
Allegheny County Department of Parks
211 County Office Building
542 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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