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Summer Internship in Cultural Landscape Preservation 2019

History - Design & Planning - Stewardship

The Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation in the SUNY ESF Department of Landscape Architecture is offering a ten- week paid summer internship in partnership with the National Park Service–Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation. The internship is part of the National Park Service's Designing the Parks summer internship program.

The internship, based at SUNY ESF in Syracuse, will assist with drafting an inventory of the historic landscape of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Hudson River home, Springwood, and updating existing inventories for other components of Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, including Eleanor Roosevelt's home, Val-Kill. https://www.nps.gov/hofr/roosevelt-vanderbilt- national-historic-sites.htm

The internship will provide experience in documenting landscape history, inventorying existing conditions, and assessing resource management needs. The specific tasks of the internship include synthesizing past ESF research projects at the park, documenting recent landscape changes including a newly built working garden, completing field inventory, and developing GIS and illustrative maps. The experience will be relevant to students interested in historic preservation as well as a broad range of other landscape architectural and environmental planning practices.

The Home of FDR is located in Hyde Park, about 4 hours southeast of Syracuse. The internship will include one or more field trips to the park. In addition to the ten weeks spent on the

inventory project, the internship will include an additional week in a field-based landscape preservation training experience with other interns from the Olmsted Center, tentatively planned for June at Acadia National Park in Maine. Travel, lodging, and per diem costs will be covered in all field trips.

Preferred candidates will be in a landscape architecture program or related discipline. Required skills include computer graphics (Arc GIS, CAD, and Adobe Illustrator); photography; and experience with map making; and writing and research skills.

The internship will be full time (40 hours/week) at $15.00 an hour for ten weeks beginning in May (plus the extracurricular week at Acadia). Actual beginning and end dates are flexible. Housing is not provided.

To apply, please submit by e-mail a letter of interest, resume, transcript, a graphic map sample, and a writing sample along with names of two references by April 1, 2019 to:

John Auwaerter, Co-Director
SUNY ESF Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation 331 Marshall Hall, 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210 (315) 470-6995

SUNY ESF Course Offerings

LSA 470 - 670 Spring Semester Thematic Studio in Landscape Conservation

A six-credit studio that address issues of landscape conservation, including preservation of historic cultural resources and restoration of natural systems. Projects vary. Watch for posting of course announcements in the fall semester.

Spring Semester Elective: LSA 481/681 Introduction to Cultural Landscape Conservation (3 credits)

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

Cultural Landscape Conservation is a practice that seeks to manage change in landscapes to retain and enhance characteristics that make them culturally significant. It involves understanding places through a landscape lens--a multidisciplinary approach that involves both natural and cultural resources. Cultural Landscape Conservation is part of the broader disciplines of historic preservation (also known as heritage conservation), cultural resource management, and land conservation.

Most environmental professionals—from landscape architects and urban planners, to park managers and staff of environmental consulting firms—will need to address cultural landscape conservation in their work. Redesigning a streetscape in a historic district, preparing an Environmental Assessment, rehabilitating an old park with use of public funds, or having a client who desires to maintain historic character and sense of place are just some examples where it is necessary to be familiar with historic preservation philosophy, methods, and regulations as applied to cultural landscapes.

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. The course also addresses the interface of natural and cultural resources, and tools for land conservation. Coursework will include weekly readings, lectures, field trips, and in-class discussion.

The course will prepare students for the thematic spring studio in cultural landscape preseration (not offered regularly).

Click here for a syllabus and here for a schedule from a prior class (Note: Class previously titled "Cultural Landscape Preservation").

Class is held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:50, in Marshall 327

Instructor: John Auwaerter, Co-Director, SUNY ESF Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation
Partner, National Park Service Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation

For more information:

jeauwaer@esf.edu, 470-6995, Marshall 405

Enrollment is limited to 18. Permission of instructor is not required (incorrect in catalog)

National Park Service Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation

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