• Landscape Architect United Kingdom
  • PUBLIC PRACTICE in United Kingdom, , United Kingdom
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  • 1 month ago

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Are you looking to use your landscape architecture skills for public good?

Public Practice is looking to recruit talented, motivated and experienced Landscape Architects who want to gain experience working in the public sector.

We are looking for professionals across England to join our Associate Programme. The Associate Programme involves completing a competitive four-stage application process. When you apply to this advert, you’re applying to the Associate Programme rather than a single role at a local authority. Successful candidates (known as Associates) will secure a 12-month minimum employment contract, in a forward-thinking public sector organisation in England, with salaries ranging from £30,000 - £55,000.

As an Associate, you will spend the majority of your time in your public sector job, but you will also receive training through a unique 10-day Learning & Development Course run by Public Practice, joining a cohort of... interdisciplinary placemakers who are also transitioning into a career within the public sector.


Following the Environment Bill, there is an ever-increasing focus on ecology, blue and green infrastructure and biodiversity in local government. There is also renewed attention to new settlements and large-scale master planning for development, both in terms of supporting quality public realm, as well as active travel and healthy living. A Landscape Architect placement may involve:
• Taking a landscape-led approach to the strategic planning for emerging masterplans, urban extensions or for new settlements.
• Integrating green infrastructure and sustainable urban drainage into major developments, infrastructure or highways.
• Preparing public realm design guides across Authorities or areas of development.
• Securing funding for restoring or revitalising parks and open space.
• Promoting active travel and sustainable forms of transport through public realm improvements.
• Implementing bio-diversity net-gain
• For more information about roles that Landscape Architects can take on in the public sector, visit the disciplines section of our website: https://www.publicpractice.org.uk/disciplines/landscape-architecture

• WORK FOR A FORWARD-THINKING AUTHORITY: We only work with ambitious organisations. Every placement is carefully selected and shaped by Public Practice.
• JOIN A COHORT OF INTERDISCIPLINARY PLACEMAKERS: You will be part of a diverse cohort of highly skilled practitioners with different backgrounds, experiences and disciplines.
• LEARN ABOUT HOW THE PUBLIC SECTOR WORKS: The Learning and development Course introduces you to the formal processes and protocols of working in the public sector, as well as the informal tactics and techniques you’ll need to navigate the system. Beginning with a two-day induction before you start in post, the programme helps you build your knowledge on the fundamentals of public sector workings and public sector placemaking.
• BUILD YOUR NETWORK: Whether through learning sessions, or our programme of events, including our annual Community Forum and our Community Field Trips, we will draw on our network to introduce you to people, organisations and ideas that can support your practice.


Public Practice is a social enterprise that aims to help built environment practitioners transition and flourish in public sector placemaking careers. We believe that:
• the built environment is where the symptoms and solutions to society’s most complex challenges are played out.
• the public sector is where an impactful change to the built environment can truly be made.
• an interdisciplinary placemaking approach, with a diversity of thought, experience and skills required to deliver that change.


We offer placements in Authorities across all regions of England. Opportunities to work from home have increased, but there is generally an expectation that Associates are present at their Authorities’ offices on a weekly basis (around two days per week). You will also need to be able to attend any in-person Learning and Development Course days, which will include a number of in-person days across throughout the 12-month programme.

• The first stage of the application process is completing an online form where applicants are assessed anonymously based on their answers to four questions. The deadline for applications is 2 pm 30 May 2024.
• Those successful at the online stage will be invited to a day-long online assessment between 4 -10 July 2024
• If successful at the assessment day, applicants will then be considered for matching to placements we have available and may be asked to submit a statement of interest for a proposed role.
• If the applicant and the Authority agree, a final interview with the Authority will take place during July and August.
• If your match is confirmed, you will then begin the Public Practice Associate Programme and start your new career in the public sector from October 2024.
• We strongly recommend you read our take our Eligibility Quiz or attend an information session for further information on our programme before applying through our online form that can be found on our website: https://www.publicpractice.org.uk/calendar/associate-programme


Public Practice is committed to creating equal access to our recruitment process for all, if for any accessibility reasons you would prefer to submit your application in an alternative format, please email [email protected] or call 020 3858 7447 to discuss your requirements.

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