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Richard Hammond

Richard Hammond

Austin, TX, US

 
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About 

I graduated in 2014 from Penn State University with a Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Environmental Inquiry. After graduating, I worked for the Penn State Hamer Center for Community Design assisting with mapping and analysis work related to natural gas development in Pennsylvania. I then served in the Peace Corps in Zambia for 27 months from 2015 - 2017. While in Zambia I focused on teaching about improved farming practices, home gardening, tree planting, healthy cooking, and food processing projects. I also served as a provincial coordinator for the Peace Corps Zambia Malaria Committee. Currently I work as a Landscape Architect/Planner and also volunteer with OpenStreetMap Zambia, assisting with their social media. I have a strong interest in GIS, Planning, Conservation, Food Security, and Botany. 

Employment 

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Austin, TX, US, Park Planner

Jul 2019 - current
 

OpenStreetMap Zambia, Lusaka, ZM, Volunteer Social Media Manager

Nov 2017 - current
 

CV, Inc, Rockville, MD, US, Entry Level Landscape Architect/Planner

• Conducted Forest Stand Delineations and prepared associated plans and reports.
• Designed and Prepared Conceptual Layouts for chain retail businesses.
• Prepared presentation graphics (rendered plans, perspectives, and diagrams).
• Designed Planting Plans for Bio-Retention and Wetland Areas.
• Created GIS Datasets and Maps for site planning on current and proposed projects.
• Created interactive WebMaps using QGIS and Leaflet for presentation and analysis purposes.
• Assisted with Wetland and Stream Delineations

May 2018 - Jul 2019
 

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VA, US, Garden Specialist IV

• Designed planting arrangements in three containers gardens within the enclosed Atrium.
• Supervised a team of adult volunteers
• Propagated plants from seed and cuttings
• Performed garden maintenance tasks such as pruning, weeding, and mulching.
• Greenhouse Experience
• Worked in Both Indoor and Outdoor Gardens

Mar 2018 - May 2018
 

Peace Corps Zambia, Mazabuka, ZM, Forestry Extension Agent

• Utilized open source mapping software to create a map of my catchment area to assist the local health center
• Conducted independent research into local flora and compiled data from various sources into a chiTonga Botanical Dictionary.
• Demonstrated healthy cooking techniques and food processing with locally available resources, including wild fruits.
• Assisted Farmers with improved agricultural practices and agroforestry techniques through workshops, handouts, and one-on-one training.
• Connected qualified farmers within the community to a microlending organization (Zidisha) and monitored and evaluated their progress.
• Organized an environmental education camp for primary school students throughout Southern Province.
• Served as a Provincial Malaria Coordinator on the Peace Corps Zambia Malaria Committee and provided knowledge and resources to other volunteers throughout Southern Province.

Feb 2015 - Apr 2017
 

Penn State Hamer Center for Community Design, University Park, PA, US, GIS/Research Assistant

• Conducted spatial analysis of the Marcellus Shale region using GIS software and prepared associated webmaps.
• Created a 3D models of the Penn State Campus and Blossburg, PA using CityEngine
• Conducted site and precedent analysis as well as early design work for a new Student Farm at Penn State

Feb 2014 - Dec 2014
 

Fairfax County Park Authority, Fairfax, VA, US, Planning and Development Intern

• Created a series of regional park plans and basemaps in GIS and CAD
• Prepared a grading plan to accommodate a new play structure in Stuart Road Park.
• Updated technical facility standards and details for the Park Authority
• Prepared signage and locator maps for a trail system within the county.
• Participated in Community Planning Workshops
• Reviewed zoning applications
• Assisted with an invasive plant inventory in a resource-based park

May 2012 - Aug 2012
 

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Preforming Arts, Vienna, VA, US, Agriculture and Sustainability Intern

• Worked with both Wolf Trap National Park and The Wolf Trap
Foundation.
• Designed, Built, and Maintained two vegetable gardens; a small
15x20 one and a larger 50x50.
• Tended to a 50x90 ft vegetable garden.
• Designed a composting system for Wolf Trap National Park
• Began the process for implementing a Farmers Market at the
Park
• Worked with little supervision.

May 2011 - Aug 2011
 

Education 

The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), University Park, PA, US, Bachelors, Landscape Architecture

Aug 2009 - May 2014
 

The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, AU, Landscape Architecture

Study Abroad

Jul 2013 - Nov 2013
 

Akademie für internationale Bildung, Bonn, DE, Landscape Architecture

Study Abroad

Jan 2013 - May 2013
 

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