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The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) are among many organizations that offer a variety of scholarships, awards, competitions, fellowships, and other funding options for students pursuing degrees and careers in landscape architecture. Take a moment to bookmark the ASLA Scholarships webpage and LAF Awards webpage, then set aside time to review the full list of available funding opportunities (most with an application deadline of February 1 or 15).

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Landscape Architecture Graduate


  • Provide site analysis and research including code requirements.
  • Prepare conceptual designs
  • Prepare detailed hardscape and landscape construction documents
  • Prepare estimated job cost

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from an accredited program.
  • 2+years professional office experience desired.
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD/Civil 3D Land FX, Adobe Creative Suites (PhotoShop, InDesign, Illustrator, Sketchup), GIS/ArcView, Vectorworks, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point) required.
  • Strong knowledge of grading, drainage, plant material and planting design.
  • Excellent written, verbal and graphic communication skills.
  • Creative design skills for complex project solutions.
  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic.
  • Organized and ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Self-motivated to produce high quality work in a timely manner.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.

Please send resumes to office@outdoorsolutionsms.com or fax 601-706-4316.

Call 601-937-0358 for questions.

814 North College Street, Suite B

Brandon MS 39042


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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 12, 2019) –The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has long advocated for permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). For over fifty years, LWCF has protected lands in every state and congressional district in the nation and provided funds for over 41,000 state and local park projects.

And today, thanks to the relentless efforts of ASLA and our members, the president signed a permanent authorization of LWCF into law.

“From Black Rock Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, to North Tangipahoa Parish Park in Louisiana, to Crescent Harbor Playground in Alaska, LWCF gives landscape architects the ability to plan and design parks and recreational facilities that are resilient, beneficial, and beautiful outdoor spaces,” said Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects. “The permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund is an incredible victory for ASLA, our members, and our partners. This critical program will help lead our nation to a healthier, more sustainable future that is accessible for all.”

LWCF is one of the only federal programs that provides dedicated funds for local and community parks and recreational facilities. This gives communities access to green spaces while promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. The permanent authorization of LWCF ensures landscape architects and other design and planning professionals have the funds needed to complete safe and accessible community plans.

The LWCF provision is part of a bipartisan comprehensive public lands bill renamed the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act, which will protect millions of acres of public lands, provide countless recreation opportunities for the nation, while also creating tourism and economic development benefits.

In addition to authorizing LWCF, the law, signed today by the president includes another ASLA priority—the Every Kid in a Park program. Every Kid in a Park introduces our youth to the beauty and benefits of the natural world by giving fourth graders and their families passes to our national parks and public lands.

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H.R. 831, the Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act of 2019, a bill to restart the National Scenic Byways Program nomination process, is expected to get a vote on the House floor on Wednesday, February 6.

The bill would direct the Secretary of Transportation to reopen the National Scenic Byways Program to new nominations. The program has designated 150 special roads around the country as National Scenic Byways since its inception in 1991. The last round of designations occurred in 2009, and Congress pulled support for the program in 2012.

Scenic byways both protect America’s scenic and historic places and contribute to strong local economies. A recent survey found that 44 state scenic byways in 24 states are prepared to seek designation as National Scenic Byways – proving the program is needed!  The Federal Highway Administration stated that reopening this program would not require additional funding – it simply requires congressional approval.

Write to your member of Congress today to urge them to VOTE YES on H.R. 831, the Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –The following statement was issued by Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects on the occasion of the signing into law of the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (H.R. 7279). The new law provides flexibility to municipalities wishing to prioritize investments in wastewater and stormwater projects needed for Clean Water Act compliance and requires the EPA to promote the option of green infrastructure, which allows communities to use natural processes to infiltrate or reuse storm water runoff beneficially on-site where it is generated.

At a time when our nation’s infrastructure is rapidly deteriorating, the enactment of the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act represents a significant step forward in helping communities use green infrastructure to meet critical water management goals, while protecting the health, safety, and well-being of their residents.

Thanks in part to the continued advocacy efforts of ASLA and its members, the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act is now law. Over the last decade landscape architects have been at the forefront of advocating for green infrastructure policies that improve community infrastructure, including water and stormwater management.

This bipartisan law provides flexibility and local autonomy for vital wastewater and stormwater projects, increasing the likelihood that green infrastructure principles will be put into practice throughout the country.

Landscape architects are prepared to help implement this law by working with municipalities to develop and design projects that safeguard our nation’s water supply. These green infrastructure projects will also stimulate the creation of well-paying jobs, and create public places that enhance the quality of community life.

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SCORP Survey

The Statewide Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is extremely important because it allows Mississippi to be eligible to receive federal funding for improvements and additions to public recreational facilities.

Part of the SCORP update includes public input; therefore a public survey has been produced in an attempt to reach as many Mississippi residents as possible. The survey is intended for respondents to share observations concerning recreational facilities and activities. Results of the survey will be published in the 2019-2024 MS SCORP report.

Take the survey here.

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If you missed the online registration deadline it is still not too late to attend.  Join us this Thursday -Saturday, March 8-10 at the new Westin Jackson Hotel, earn up to 11 CEU’s and interact with nationally known landscape architects and others.  We hope to see you there!


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