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Position Description

Position Title: Landscape Architecture Assistant (unpaid internship)

Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:
Harbors, Beaches and Parks (HBP) Design Division
HBP is a division of Resources and Development Management Department (RDMD)
Beginning September 2007, the HBP Design office will be located in Irvine Ranch Historical Park in the city of Irvine.

Functions of Agency/Department:
RDMD/HBP operates regional recreational facilities and manages historical and natural resources. The department oversees the County’s 33,000 acres of parkland and open space, which includes regional and wilderness parks, nature preserves and recreational trails, historic sites, and harbors and beaches. HBP Design Division produces the planning and design documents that are used to operate and manage the County’s open space.

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:
Intern will assist HBP Design Division staff with production of graphic exhibits, CAD drawings, reports, letters, memos, spreadsheets and specifications. Duties will include the following:

  • Perform research and participate in public outreach
  • Produce electronic files for plans, specifications, reports and presentations
  • Prepare forms and graphics for covers, reports, exhibits and maps from scanned images and photos
  • Prepare presentation exhibit boards
  • Assist in day-to-day office tasks
Educational Requirements:
The internship is best suited for students or recent graduates with knowledge/experience in computer graphics, graphic art, architecture, historic preservation, horticulture, environmental disciplines, planning and/or design related fields.

Skills, Training or Qualifications:
Knowledge and intermediate proficiency in the following computer programs: Microsoft Office Suite software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Adobe Graphics software (Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator). Knowledge in CAD software (Microstation) is beneficial, but is not required.

Time Commitment:
Minimum 10 – 15 hours per week for 3 months. Hours must be scheduled during regular business hours (Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Summer internships are available. Interns willing to schedule additional hours or commit to a longer duration typically gain a more in-depth experience.

Benefits Available to Intern:
Although this is an unpaid internship, students and recent graduates are offered an excellent opportunity to:
  • Build resumes and explore career options
  • Apply skills and knowledge to the workplace
  • Fulfill college/university internship requirements
  • Network in their fields of interest with professionals who are dedicated to enhancing the recreational experience for Orange County residents and visitors
  • Intern with one of the premier employers in the region
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