Landscape Designer for Doggie Day Care project in Oakland

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Citizen Canine is a unique doggie hotel and daycare facility located in Oakland Ca. near the Oakland Airport. We a have an out door play yard approximately 5,000 sq ft. See attached drawings. and pictures.

We would like to turn this yard into the ultimate dog play space. Looking for a landscape designer to help create this play space to include K9 grass covering, other ground cover and shade.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide idea design and drawing for yard
  • Knowledge of different ground surfaces / coverings that are pet friendly.
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Must love dogs

Compensation:  hourly or by the project. Negotiable.

Contact: Randi Drake or by phone 510-562-1750

If interested, please contact to view additional drawings and pictures of the area.



Piedmont Front Yard Design Project

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Location: Piedmont, CA

Project Description: Hardscape and Landscape design needed to enhance curb appeal of small 1924 Piedmont stucco home.

Hardscape Design: Need new front walk design – thinking brick herringbone as the material and design

Landscape Design: Front yard and sidewalk strip – design and plant selection

The front yard has a topographical plan for the drainage (french drain and swale) but needs the landscaping and hardscaping. The goal is to make the house appear more aesthetically pleasing and better balanced

Ideal look: Mediterranean feel with emphasis on drought resistant plants.

Ideal candidate: recent graduate or student

Payment: $25/hour

Contact: Katie Goldberg ( for more information and pictures of the front yard. 

Timing: ASAP


Home Design Project Opportunity

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We’d like a design plan that we can implement in phases, with possibly the first phase being an entertaining area, since we’d like to host a party in early/mid September. For the overall design project, we’ve budgeted $2,000-$2,500. It’d be ideal if the designer could also recommend an exceptional company or individual who can help us implement the plans at a reasonable cost. We’d also like to participate in the implementation work, as we’re relatively hands on, but don’t have the expertise.

We are looking for a designer that is collaborative, creative and also practical – able to quickly understand the needs of the space and create a great design plan.

We have a decent sized lot (1,000-1,500 sq ft. is my guess) in Castro Valley with a great view of the bay (on a clear day you can see from San Francisco down to the San Mateo bridge) and would love to engage an alumni or present grad student in the design project. We lean towards sustainable, bay friendly design, but would also love to make the space feel fun and inviting to draw us outside. We also would like to include raised bed planters so that we can grow more of our own food. Here’s a Google Satellite view of our home:


  • We like creative solutions. We want the space to feel highly usable and inviting. We like the idea of having an quasi-event space where we can invite over friends and host outside parties. The Campsyte concept, while is too event-y and hipster for us, is a fun one that reimagines how we can make the space more inviting and functional. Right now, our back yard is a space that we rarely use, since it’s a lawn that has been dug up by gophers that we have been unable to deter and do not want to kill. I live trapped one, but apparently the others are smarter than that one and over time I’ve been demoralized by their proficiency. So we also want to put down gopher wire under the current lawn to protect against this type of landscape attack happening again.
  • As far as backyard elements, here are some design elements that are in the mix:
    • Installing a hot-tub in the back yard, ideally with a simple outside shower nearby
    • A section, relatively close to the house, for raised bed planters to grow our own food, ideally year-round. We’d also like to have a herb garden. We have lots of little critters that visit our back yard, bunny rabbits, foxes, mice, turkeys, etc. so we’d need to account for that in the design of the garden.
    • Possibly a fire pit for outside entertaining and looking at the stars (and smores of course)
    • Turning the trellis area into a sitting/lounge area, with possibly a sofa and/or chairs
    • We want to remove much of the lawn and turn the area into an entertaining area. For the outside entertaining area, we were thinking of adding shade sails (with posts that can be installed in and removed from the ground, when we don’t have an event or want to use the outside (rainy season)). It’d be nice to have low-maintenance grass that is drought resistant/tolerant, so we don’t need to fully remove all the lawn. Mostly we don’t like watering a lot for something that is purely ornamental. We want our back yard to be more environmentally friendly.
    • We’d also like to include plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
    • We want to incorporate more plants, possibly potted and have the entire system on water timers. There is already a rainbird system installed and working, though we should do an audit to make sure it’s working properly.

If interested, please contact Matt Iverson at Additionally, please also provide any prior background experience, portfolio projects, and any ideas that you may have.


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Climate Change Specialist Position – AECOM Oakland

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Job Summary

AECOM is actively seeking a creative, highly talented Ecologist – Climate Change Specialist for immediate employment for the Oakland, CA office. AECOM is proud to provide our employees with exciting, challenging projects.

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, those listed below:

  • Works with a team of engineers, scientists, and sustainability planners to support climate change vulnerability and risk assessments and adaptation strategies, focusing on natural systems and habitats, that consider an array of climate impacts, including sea level rise, precipitation, and temperature
  • Provide nature-based restoration and green infrastructure solutions to sea level rise and other climate resiliency projects
  • Act as technical resource in the climate science arena, including having a solid understanding of the current state of the science associated with climate change ecology
  • Exhibit a broad understanding of local, regional, and national policies and guidance related to climate science and climate change adaptation planning with respect to natural resources
  • Conduct field site visits and biological and ecological surveys to collect relevant data
  • Coauthor planning documents, technical reports, environmental permit applications, and data entry
  • Accompany senior staff to client meetings and serve as technical liaison to other team members
  • Remain active in the relevant academic, scientific, and professional community through presentations and participation in relevant seminars, conferences and symposiums and other activities
  • Manage tasks and ensure that task-related work is completed on schedule and within the allocated budget
  • Serve as Deputy Project Manager on project work, assisting with project budget, milestone, and timeline management

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Biology, or Natural Resources related field
  • 2+ years of experience in environmental planning, natural resources permitting, or restoration ecology, including working knowledge of the federal and state Endangered Species Act
  • 1+ year of consulting experience working in fast-paced dynamic environment
  • Working knowledge of climate change and ecological impacts to habitats and systems
  • Ability to communicate and translate science to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Strong detail-oriented work style, with excellent oral and written communication skills, and an accommodating and proactive attitude

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in climate ecology-related field (e.g. Ecology, Biology, Natural Resources with emphasis in climate change related science)
  • 2+ years experience in climate change area
  • Working knowledge of CEQA, NEPA, ESA, 1600 LSAA, 401/404 CWA permitting
  • Statistical modeling in R; ability to work independently in R
  • Coastal adaptation and restoration ecology experience
  • California coastline and California Delta climate change ecology experience
  • Wildlife corridors experience with relation to landscape and climate change

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It’s a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world’s most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It’s a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It’s what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

At AECOM, employee’s safety and security are our top Safeguarding core value. All employees are expected to set the highest level of safety expectation in their work, display the highest level of safe behavior, and actively participate in AECOM’s Safety For Life Program. SH&E is a part of our company culture and participation is required for all employees.

NOTICE TO THIRD PARTY AGENCIES: Please note that AECOM does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Fee Agreement, AECOM will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, AECOM explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of AECOM.

Job Category Sciences

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United States of America

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 189779BR

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Peralta Community Garden Pond Volunteer Opportunity

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About Peralta Community Garden:

In 1993, for his 70th birthday, a community garden in north Berkeley was dedicated in Karl Linn’s name to honor his lifelong service to community and peace. During the next two years Karl worked with volunteer wood artists, landscape architecture students, and AmeriCorps teams to revitalize the garden and add a handcrafted commons. With an overflowing wait list for plots in the refurbished Karl Linn Community Garden, Karl set his sights on a large weed-filled vacant lot across the street where the light rail tracks of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) enter an underground tunnel.  In 1995 Karl and City Council representative, Linda Maio, began to negotiate with BART for use of the land.  Karl proceeded to coordinate the envisioning, planning, and construction of the Peralta Community Garden, where ecological innovations and works of art intermingle with lush vegetation. The circular commons of the Peralta Garden, surrounded by a mosaic Snake Bench and colorful native California plants, is widely used for meetings, workshops, and special events by neighbors and organizations.”

About the Pond Area:

The pond is located at entrance to Peralta Garden, overlooking the BART trains as they travel in and out of the tunnel.  Volunteers excavated the soil soil and formed a berm around the amoeba-shaped pond.  Local businesses either donated or heavily discounted materials.  Installed in the pond area are three Flowform fountain basins, made by Jennifer Greene and Chris Hecht of Waterforms, Inc. and the Water Research Institute of Blue Hill. Observing Flowforms in action can give one a deep feeling of peace and equilibrium, and children enjoy the rhythmically enhanced water flow. As efficiency oygenators, larger Flowforms have also functioned effectively in effluent treatment facilities and in the rehabilitation of ponds.  Preliminary observations show that Flowform treated water generates healthier and larger plants.


The garden has struggled with proper maintenance and design of the pond area.  We are looking for volunteer(s) knowledgeable about landscape maintenance who are committed to eco-friendly technologies and natural community based gardens. The pond area needs help with designing proper plant layout and maintenance, fountain repair and maintenance, and creating places and spaces for people to sit and enjoy the space.  The volunteer(s) would work with the garden members to design and execute a revitalized pond area for the Berkeley community.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience in arboreta, horticulture and garden design.
  • A working knowledge of basic landscape maintenance, including various irrigation systems operations, troubleshooting and repair.
  • Ability to set and meet objectives, and coordinate objectives with other members of the garden.
  • Familiarity with the establishment/maintenance of natural community based gardens.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of California flora and ability to provide plant and pest identification.
  • Ability to work well with a diverse group of garden members, volunteers, and the public.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Interest and/or experience in sustainable design, green technologies and community outreach and educational programs.
  • Education in and/or equivalent experience in achieving and managing environmentally sensitive solutions in a creative and effective way.


Salary & Benefits

This is a volunteer opportunity.  The garden is happy and willing to work with volunteers and the school to find a way for students to receive school credit for this project.  Additionally we would be open to grant applications if appropriate with volunteer collaboration.


How to Apply
Please submit a letter regarding your interest along with a resume.


Equal Employment Opportunity
All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Design Workshop Internships

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We are currently recruiting students for internships during the fall semester in our offices. Design Workshop requires applicants to apply through the online employment application. The fall internship application deadline is July 16th at 11:59pm MDT.  
Founded in 1969, Design Workshop is an international firm with offices in the US, China and UAE and work spanning the globe. The firm has been recognized with over 150 prestigious awards for its work in new communities, urban centers, resorts, public parks and residences. The firm’s philosophy challenges the project team to equally integrate and balance artistic vision, environmental sensitivity, community values and sound economics to create unique places that stand the test of time. It refers to this approach as DW Legacy Design®.

City of San Francisco 1310 Public Relations Assistant Job

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Appointment Type, Duration and Location:

This is for a Temporary-Exempt (TEX), Full-Time position not to exceed three (3) years. This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process, is considered “at will” and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer. The position is located in San Francisco.

About the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)

SFPUC’s mission is to provide customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that is inclusive of environmental and community interests, and that sustains the resources entrusted to our care. We are comprised of three essential 24/7 service utilities: Water, Wastewater and Power. We provide retail drinking water and wastewater services to San Francisco, wholesale water to three Bay Area counties, and green hydroelectric and solar power to San Francisco’s municipal departments. Headquartered in San Francisco, we have about 2,300 employees working in seven counties with a combined annual operating budget of over $700 million.

Project Information:  SSIP Program & WWE – Communications Support

The Mission of our Wastewater Enterprise (WWE) is to operate and maintain the City’s water pollution control plants, pumping stations and collection system to protect public health and the environment. The WWE maintains 1,900 miles of sewer mains and lateral and 27 pump stations that collect sewage and storm water, moving the wastewater to the three treatment plants for treatment and discharge to the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean.

The Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP) is a 20-year citywide investment to upgrade our aging sewer infrastructure to ensure a reliable, sustainable and seismically safe sewer system now and for generations to come. Phase 1 of SSIP includes 70 projects across the City worth $2.9 billion. These projects are in various stages, including planning, environmental review, detailed design, land acquisition, site preparation, property owner right-of-way negotiations, partner agency permitting coordination, pre-construction and construction across the City. The SFPUC provides overall Program communications support and outreach to raise awareness and educate the public about the challenges faced by our aging sewer system, as well as specific project-level outreach and engagement to interested and potentially impacted stakeholders. One important goal of these outreach efforts is to provide meaningful and timely engagement with the communities in which we operate and where our projects may impact residents, merchants and other stakeholders.

Position Information:
Under general supervision, the Public Relations Assistant provides general support to the overall SSIP communications team including but not limited to:  ongoing and upcoming outreach activities; assists in the preparation of informational materials and reports; prepares and distributes information through press releases, meetings, workshops, briefings, presentations, surveys and reports; assembles material for files; staffs community events and project meetings; responds to inquiries; and conducts grassroots outreach to engage with stakeholders where they are most comfortable.

The position will participate in the development and implementation of outreach activities related to the planning, environmental review, design and construction phases of SSIP Phase 1 projects, including those resulting from the Collection System Plan and future phases of the SSIP.

Duties include, but are not limited to the following
· Contribute to the development of strategic communication plans and implementation strategies for a wide variety of program and project needs, including drafting plans, developing timelines and tracking evaluation metrics to enhance public engagement and outreach outcomes for the agency.
·  Support the SFPUC with general communications and community engagement for SSIP program and projects as needed, including crisis communications and media/social media engagement.
·  Support the SSIP program and projects with stakeholder engagement through development of collateral materials and attendance at events, meetings, and tours.
·  Develop and maintain SSIP project contacts lists and utilize the SFPUC SalesForce and SharePoint systems to send, track and analyze outreach campaigns related to SSIP program and projects.
·  Develop written materials for a wide variety of audiences in multiple formats, with a particular focus on translating technical information into simple, engaging and accessible language.
·  Respond to requests from other departments and organizations for presentations, briefings and tours, and response to constituent requests for information regarding SSIP program and projects.
·  Coordinate and provide outreach and communication for joint efforts between SFPUC, SFMTA, SF Planning, SF Arts Commission, Public Works and other City and water industry agencies as they relate to SSIP program and projects.
·  Support and assist with engaging non-English and limited English proficiency communities throughout San Francisco.
·   Respond to customer inquiries and complaints related to SSIP program and projects and track and report on status as needed.
·   Participate in planning for and attending outreach events and activities, including possible evening and weekend events.


1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public relations, journalism, English, mass communications, public administration, public policy or a related field.

Substitution: Professional experience in public affairs, public information, editorial, newspaper, magazine, radio, television, public relations, social media, digital engagement, advertising or similar work involving collection and dissemination of news and information may be substituted for the required degree on a year-for-year basis (up to a maximum of 2 years). Thirty (30) semester units or forty-five (45) quarter units equal one year.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Desirable Qualifications: The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

– Experience working directly with Salesforce CRM and Sharepoint
– On-camera media experience
– Experience using analytics to develop social media and media campaigns
– Fluent in Spanish or Chinese
– Experience developing and producing videos for informational, promotional or marketing purposes, including development of scripts, storyboards, video editing and other aspects of video production
– Working knowledge of how a combined sewer system operates
– Experience working with multicultural communities
– Experience giving tours or presenting in an educational environment


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Issued:  June 21, 2018
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: 087400
PUC/CC/415-554-2416 (01134631)


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