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Associate Landscape Designer/Planner

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Facilities Management
University Administration


Job Summary
Harvard University Planning and Design (HUPAD) seeks a dedicated, resourceful, and enthusiastic individual to join our collaborative team as an Associate Landscape Designer/Planner. The position will report to the Urban District Initiatives (UDI) team that focuses on non-institutional, district-scale planning efforts, but may also support the broader HUPAD portfolio and full University geography, including Allston, Cambridge, and Longwood.  

Under the supervision of UDI's Senior Manager for Planning and Design, the successful candidate will be responsible for creatively addressing a range of landscape and urban design priorities, with a special focus on public realm and resilience. The role will contribute to new and ongoing planning, design, and interdepartmental efforts, helping to advance transformational work across multiple scales, including district, campus, and project site.

Position Description
Key responsibilities of this role include the following:
  • Provide expertise in landscape design and help shape the planning of urban and campus districts, open spaces, and public realm.
  • Engage in all aspects of HUPAD's planning and project work, including physical planning, urban design, regulatory approvals, research, writing, development of graphics, data analysis, and community engagement.
  • Prepare urban design analyses, site and landscape studies, and alternative scenarios under the supervision of senior staff as appropriate, for plans/projects of all scales.
  • Create high-quality graphics, digital models, presentations, and other content that reflects design, goals, and priorities of landscape and public realm related projects and studies.
  • Support internal and external planning and project efforts, meetings, and coordination with consultants, including preparing materials, documenting decisions, and monitoring status and next steps.
  • Assist in the creation of presentations and materials that can be utilized to share public information about specific projects and planning initiatives with private citizens, civic or community groups, and other interested parties.
  • Participate in the review of a wide range of large- and small-scale projects, by analyzing project documents (plans, sections, grading plans, etc.) and understanding the project context and site constraints with a focus on landscape and the public realm.
  • Communicate design feedback in a professional and collaborative manner to external and internal stakeholders.
  • Work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams consisting of planners, architects, landscape architects, policymakers, and urban designers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Basic Qualifications
Candidate must meet the following basic qualifications to be considered for this role:
  • Bachelor's degree in landscape architecture or related field required.
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience, advanced degree may count toward years of experience.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Advanced degree in landscape architecture or related field preferred but not required.
  • Proficiency in graphic communication and software (AutoCAD, SketchUp, and Adobe Creative Suite).
  • Demonstrated experience with planning/design at the district scale, as well as the site scale.
  • Knowledge of sustainability and resilient landscape systems and best practices at the district scale, as well as the site scale.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and management skills, with attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work effectively at all levels of an organization, and ability to work well in teams and independently.
  • Experience with community engagement processes and public speaking preferred.
Work Format Details
This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

About Us
Qualified and interested applicants must provide the following:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Representative work samples: 10 pages maximum.
Harvard University supports a hybrid workplace model which will actively support some remote work. Specific days and schedules for on-site work and remote work will be discussed during the interview process. Please note hybrid workers must reside in a state where Harvard is registered to do business (CA, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA).   

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up to date on CDC-recommended vaccines. 
We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Job Function

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
330057 Facilities & Oper SrSpecialist

Work Format
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)

Salary Grade

Harvard University Planning and Design, Urban District Initiatives

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

Full time. Monday through Friday. 35 hours per week. 

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EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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