2015 LCASLA Annual Meeting registration is now open!

Registration for the 2015 LCASLA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet is now open! 

Come join your colleagues for a day of learning, networking, socializing and earn 8 potential CEU’s while you have a great time at the L’Auberge Casino Hotel on Friday, February 27, 2015.

Meeting and Banquet:

This year’s meeting and banquet will be at the L’Auberge Casino Hotel located at 777 L’Auberge Ave, off River Road south of LSU in Baton Rouge on Friday, February 27.  We have an incredible speaker lineup including the coastal sustainability studio, large-scale development planning, the living building challenge, an Allied Professionals Panel, and a field trip to recently completed Landscape Architectural works in Downtown Baton Rouge.  Please go to https://lcasla.wufoo.com/forms/zs9r2sz1bp21fv/  to register and pay online.  

If you are planning on coming to the annual meeting, but cannot make it to the banquet, please consider donating your ticket to a student by clicking the box on the registration form.  It is a great opportunity for students to meet professionals, learn about the local firms and see our best projects…or consider clicking the box to donate a student annual meeting registration for $25.

Hotel Rooms:

Don’t forget to grab a discounted hotel room at the L’Auberge Casino Hotel before they fill up!  We have reserved a block of rooms for LCASLA members.

The room rate is an incredible $135/night (plus taxes and hotel fees) for 1 king or 2 queen beds.  The cutoff date is January 27, 2015, so make sure to book before it’s too late!

To book your room, call 866-261-7777, and identify yourself as a ‘Louisiana Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects’ conference attendee.  If you must cancel, you must do so at least 48-hours prior to your reservation to avoid incurring any penalties. 

We look forward to seeing you there!  Please forward this email to anyone you think might be interested.  If you have any questions or trouble with registration, please contact Justin Lemoine at justin@elslastudio.com.

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Reich Associates, LLC. , a Landscape Architectural design firm located in downtown Baton Rouge, is immediately seeking a landscape architect with 2-4 years’ experience. Candidates should be highly motivated, organized, outgoing and work well in a team/collaborative environment.

Position Overview/Qualifications:
-Working knowledge in the preparation of design and construction documents.
-Ability to work on a variety of design and planning project scales.
-Proficiency in AutoCAD, Photoshop, sketch up, Microsoft excel and word.
-Knowledge of native plant materials and sustainable design
-BLA or MLA from accredited school.

Reich Associates offers an opportunity to develop professionally, assume immediate project management and grow to become a leading member of our team.

Reich Associates offers full benefits with a salary commensurate with skills and experience.

Qualified candidates should send their resumes to:

Bill Reich @ bill@reichassociates.net or Jenny Aucoin @jenny@reichassociates.net
225-336-5890 (w)

immediate job opportunity fall 2014

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Calcasieu Parish

The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury is seeking a full-time Planning Specialist. Below is a description of the position being filled.


$19.31 – $27.03

$40,163 – $56,229


This is the second level in the Planning Series. Incumbents administer, interpret and enforce land use ordinances. Responsibilities may include processing requests for zoning changes, variances and exceptions; making recommendations regarding zoning changes, subdivisions, variances and exceptions; providing information to the public on land use regulations and related planning matters; enforcing compliance with land use regulations; preparing maps; posting zoning signs; maintaining records; compiling data; and preparing presentations and reports.

(The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. Other duties may be assigned.)
• Inspects job sites to ensure compliance with land use regulations; responds to inquiries regarding zoning changes, variances, exceptions, and related zoning issues; makes recommendations regarding zoning changes; may conduct and coordinate zoning studies.
• Provides interpretation of comprehensive plans, land use policies, practices, and regulations for the public and employees.
• Determines appropriate course of action for applicants in need of special approval.
• Creates documents, in printed or electronic format, for public distribution and review; prepares and reviews a variety of operational documents including maps, reports, letters, presentations, applications, logs, and/or related documents.
• Coordinates, facilitates, and leads planning meetings with appropriate stakeholders.
• Researches and prepares land use ordinances, which includes: reviewing regulations in other jurisdictions, drafting appropriate verbiage, reviewing legality with legal counsel, presenting proposed ordinance to Planning and Zoning Board and Police Jury, and assisting Parish Secretary with codification.
• Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.

This position does not require supervisory responsibilities.

Bachelor’s degree and two years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Prefer Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Urban Design, or closely related field.

• Valid Driver’s License as per State law or requirement.
• Professional licensing in planning, landscape architecture, or a related field preferred.

To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Applicable Federal, State, and local codes, rules, laws, and/or regulations;
• Zoning enforcement principles and practices;
• Mapping principles;
• Recordkeeping principles;
• Public speaking practices;
• Mathematical concepts;
• Computers and related software applications.

• Applying applicable codes, rules, laws, and/or regulations;
• Preparing and facilitating presentations;
• Reviewing and producing maps;
• Speaking in public;
• Conducting studies and compiling data;
• Reviewing and approving zoning applications;
• Writing reports;
• Maintaining records;
• Using computers and related software applications;
• Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Positions in this class typically require: reaching, standing, walking, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving
mechanical parts and risk of electrical shock.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.

Prepared by the Department of Human Resources, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury
Date: (01/2012); Updated 1/2014

Go to http://www.cppj.net/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=3414 to complete an application. Submit application and resume to hrreception@cppj.net by close of business on October 10, 2014.

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WORKSHOP-CEU Opportunity


Registration open for National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation, Oct. 23-24

Washington, D.C. – North American conservation practitioners and policy-makers will meet here on Oct. 23-24 to consider innovative, landscape-scale initiatives that can provide measurable solutions to some of the most important land and water challenges. Registration is now open for the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation which is open to the public and will attract thought-leaders from the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors.
Organizers expect that most workshop participants are people engaged in conservation initiatives that provide practical solutions for addressing large landscape conservation challenges. These challenges include wildlife habitat degradation, threats to water quality and quantity, losses of working farms and forests, and limited public access to urban, rural, and wild open spaces.

“Anyone working on large landscape conservation issues should attend this workshop,” said Joel Dunn, executive director of the Chesapeake Conservancy, the local host of the national workshop and one of twenty partner organizations putting the workshop together. “Participants will help advance our understanding of how the large landscape conservation approach is a new model for creating innovative collaborations and making a greater impact in hundreds of projects and partnerships across the country.”

The NWLLC attendees will share practical, results-oriented tactics and strategies that provide solutions to landscape scale challenges, utilizing the latest information, science, financing mechanisms, and organizational tools.

Outcomes and actionable items from the NWLLC will be shared after the conference through forums and lectures around the country and through content-rich publications that are expected to advance large landscape conservation networks and initiatives across the nation.

Attendees will also have an optional opportunity to visit Mount Vernon, a green oasis in the middle of metropolitan Washington, D.C., and one of the most historic examples of a large landscape protected for the public’s use and enjoyment.

The current cost to register is $250 ($175 for students). After September 22 the registration fee will increase to $325 ($225 for students). The cost to attend the optional Mount Vernon field trip is $30.

Follow #NWLLC2014 for the latest workshop news and updates. For more information about the NWLLC, or to register, visit www.NWLLC2014.org.

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RFQ-Design Competition

Van Alen Institute and The New Orleans Redevelopment Agency (NORA) have just launched Future Ground, an international competition inviting multidisciplinary teams to generate flexible design and policy strategies to reuse vacant land in New Orleans.

Future Ground will forecast changes in density, demand, climate and landscape in New Orleans over the next half-century, and will produce implementable, scalable solutions that may be applied to sites citywide, and can also help catalyze strategies for change in other cities around the world. The competition is open to individuals and firms with expertise in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning, graphic design, policy, engineering, finance, real estate, community development, and other fields relevant to the topic.

In October, three multidisciplinary teams selected from an open RFQ process will receive a $15,000 stipend to participate in a six-month collaborative process with local stakeholders and national leaders to develop strategies that will bring small, incremental projects to the neighborhood and citywide scale, including on the roughly 2,400 properties NORA controls; develop policy to support promising design strategies; and make these strategies participatory and flexible enough to be sustained into the next generation.

RFQ can be found at the competition website.

Please feel free to email or call me Stephen Klimek with any questions about the competition.

Competitions Coordinator
tel: 212-924-7000 ext. 19

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