National Park Service and Hispanic Access Foundation- Community Planning or Landscape Architecture Fellowship

The New Mexico National Park Service (NPS) Community Planning/Landscape Architect Fellowship is a unique opportunity for an exemplary Latino master’s graduate student or recent graduate.  The Fellowship is designed to provide practical experience with diverse communities that we serve including Native American and Latino.  It provides an opportunity and exposure to community outdoor recreation and conservation planning projects with a wide spectrum of partners in New Mexico and in El Paso, Texas.  The fellow will work on local-level collaborative trail, park, and conservation planning and design, and public engagement with rural to urban communities.  Occasional overnight travel with RTCA project managers is required with travel costs reimbursed by the Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF).  The fellow will support two RTCA project managers in Santa Fe and in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The selected candidate will develop or improve skills in some or all of the following areas: community planning, conservation, landscape architecture, outdoor recreation design, public outreach and engagement, and partnership development for community-led conservation and outdoor recreation.

Title: Community Planner/Landscape Architect Fellowship  Start/End Date: February 2020 through January 2021 (dates are dependent upon the start date)

Term: 11 months (47 weeks)

Salary: A weekly stipend of $480 based on 40-hours per week ($12/hourly) Housing Stipend - $400/month One Time - Round Trip Relocation Benefit - $400 

Who Can Apply: Recent Master’s Graduate or Current Master Student able to work 40   hours per week for 11 months in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Benefits: Health insurance coverage; Travel expenses paid to participate in Hispanic Access  Foundation Cohort Conference location TBD; Up to $2,500 for professional development opportunities that align with goals; and Public Land Corp (PLC) eligibility after completing 960 hours.  PLC status provides special non-competitive hiring status when applying for certain federal positions.

Application Due Date: Applications are due no later than November 24th.  Phone interviews   and final decisions will be made by the end of November.


General Qualifications

  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing for internal and external professional audiences, prepare factsheets, facilitate public meetings, and make public presentations.
  • Ability to develop trail, conservation, and park concepts and site plans. • Help plan, collect, and analyze data that show important transportation connections and natural, recreational, and cultural resources for community projects. 
  • Ability to plan, design, and incorporate community outreach engagement tools including: surveys, focus groups, public meetings, and social media.  Paying special attention to outreach to diverse communities.
  • Knowledge of software or programs such as GIS, AutoCAD, Google Sketch-up, and Adobe suite. • Self-initiative and experience working independently to develop, organize and implement project elements, establish priorities, deliver products, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to accept and recognize the viewpoints of others, and work with a variety of professional and non-professional persons from communities, the public, and private agencies.  


  • Age under 30 as of February 2020. 
  • Professional experience or a degree in planning (such as outdoor recreation, urban, regional, or environmental), landscape architecture, or a related field.
  • Recent master’s graduate or current master’s graduate student.
  • A valid driver’s license. • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends to attend community meetings.
  • Day and occasional overnight travel with NPS RTCA to various project sites in New Mexico and to El Paso, Texas.  
  • US citizenship or permanent residency and a government background check if selected.
  • Available to work full-time (40 hours per week) in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Fellows are hired as contractors; the stipend is subject to income taxation, but taxes will not be withheld from stipends. Fellows will be provided a 1099-MISC form for tax purposes. Application Process HAF is managing the recruitment for this position.  All applications are submitted through HAF MANO Project Application Page.  Applications and a resume including three references is due no later than November 24th, 2019.  Your resume should include professional and educational experience and identify applicable: awards, technical skills, and volunteer activities.  For more information about this fellowship, contact Rodrigo Otarola y Bentin at


Job Start Date: 
February 1, 2020
Application Deadline Date: 
November 24, 2019

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