Ongoing Opportunities

LSA 481/681 Introduction to Cultural Landscape Preservation
SUNY ESF Course Offering

Offered in Partnership with the National Park Service Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation

Historic Preservation is the Cultural Counterpart of the Green Movement

Historic preservation, also known as heritage conservation, is an endeavor that seeks to preserve, conserve and protect places of historical significance. It is the cultural counterpart of the “green movement” and part of a holistic approach to land stewardship.

Most environmental professionals—from landscape architects and urban planners, to park managers and staff of environmental consulting firms—will encounter historic preservation in their work. Redesigning a streetscape in a historic district, preparing an Environmental Assessment, rehabilitating an old park with use of public funds, or simply a desire to maintain historic character are just some cases where familiarity with historic preservation philosophy, methods, and regulations come into play.  

LSA 481/681 will provide students an introduction to the fundamentals of historic preservation as they are applied to cultural landscapes and programs of the National Park Service. The course will review preservation philosophy, history, and legislation at the federal, state, and local levels, and explore methods of inventory, analysis, and treatment of cultural landscapes.  Coursework will include weekly readings, lectures and in-class discussion, and a semester project.

Instructor:  John Auwaerter
Co-Director, SUNY ESF Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation
For more information:, 470-6995
Enrollment is limited to 18. A permission number is required from the instructor.

Summer 2014

Internship in Cultural Landscape Preservation
May to August 2014

The Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation in the SUNY ESF Department of Landscape Architecture is offering a 10 week paid internship in cultural landscape preservation during the summer of 2014. The internship is being offered in partnership with the National Park Service Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation. The Olmsted Center promotes the preservation of cultural landscapes through research, planning, stewardship and education in partnership with universities and other organizations.

The internship, based at the SUNY ESF campus in Syracuse, will assist with development of a cultural landscape report for Muir Woods National Monument in Marin County California, just north of San Francisco. Muir Woods was established as a national monument in 1910 to preserve its old-growth redwoods, and is also significant in the history of American conservation. The focus of the internship will be on developing existing conditions maps for the Muir Woods landscape, and in creating a feature inventory. The internship may include a site visit to Muir Woods in May, and assistance with other projects of the Center.

Preferred candidates will be in a landscape architecture program or related discipline. Required skills include writing (English), mapping, and computer graphics, including Arc GIS, CAD, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

The internships will be full time (40 hours/week) at $12.50 an hour for ten weeks beginning in May. Actual beginning and end dates are flexible. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, transcript, and graphic example along with two references by April 1, 2014 to:

George W. Curry, Co-Director
SUNY ESF Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation
331 Marshall Hall, SUNY ESF
1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210

For more information, contact John Auwaerter at (315) 470-6995, or

National Park Service Summer Field School

A six-week, 3-credit field school in the ESF summer session is being planned to inventory the landscape of the historic hiking trail system at Acadia National Park, Maine. Originally planned for summer 2014, the field school has been postponed to summer 2015. Details will be announced in spring 2015.

See Research page for information on previous field schools held in 2006, 2008, and 2012.

For more information, contact:
John Auwaerter, Co-Director
SUNY ESF Center fro Cultural Landscape Preservation
405 Marshall Hall, SUNY ESF

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