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MainStreet Revitalization Specialist in Urban Design

Aaron Zahm

Full-time consultant position for next fiscal year, regular weekly statewide travel serving predominately rural towns, cities and villages focused on historic and traditional commercial centers

Eligible candidates are consultants in Urban Design with strong planning background and landscape architecture skills or, Regional/Community Planner with strong landscape architecture and urban design skills or, Landscape Architect with strong planning and urban design skills to provide services to New Mexico MainStreet local affiliates. Candidates must demonstrate they can modify their skills, knowledge and adapt tools scaled appropriately to each community’s unique assets and realistic capacity to complete an economic development strategy or project. Candidates should be able to demonstrate commitment to community-based economic development principles, strategies, and good practices in implementation.

Consultant awarded contract is responsible for delivering trainings, services, technical assistance and identifying resources for local partners to meet their Economic Transformation Strategies for their project area through the Main Street Four Point Approach™, as part of an interdisciplinary team of professionals. Consultant will also work with New Mexico MainStreet to meet its own strategies and performance goals as established by the National Main Street Center, Inc. and their MainStreet Four Point Approach™, the Economic Development Department and the New Mexico State Legislature. New Mexico MainStreet has adopted three key community economic development strategies to guide the state program’s work:

  • Build Capacity for Local Economic Revitalization and Re-development Efforts
  • Enhance the Entrepreneurial and Creative Economy
  • Create Thriving Places

Job Expectations include but are not excusive of other duties:

  • Training local leaders in good urban design practices
  • Working with Non-profit affiliates, local and regional governmental partners and community stakeholders
  • Creating Revitalization Plans
  • Master Plans and Metropolitan Redevelopment Plans (Review and Implementation)
  • Working with HPD and NMDOT to ensure projects meet appropriate standards
  • Public Infrastructure Projects including construction documents for NM MainStreet’s Great Blocks
  • Placemaking including economic vitality through civic spaces, farmers and public markets, performance and gathering spaces, way finding and public art
  • Streets, traffic calming and pedestrian safety, redesign of curb and sidewalk, sidewalk extensions, lighting, appropriate landscape, parking and tactical urbanism.
  • Infill redevelopment

For further information about the position please contact Rich Williams NM MainStreet Director 505-827-0168 or Daniel Gutierrez Assistant Director 505-827-0151

RFP anticipated to be released in early May contingent upon funding from the state legislature.

Surroundsings - 2017 Summer Internship

Aaron Zahm



Our projects span all types and scales, making each day at work in our collaborative studio diverse, challenging, and engaging. The candidate’s responsibilities will be wide-ranging, from supporting our project managers with the production of renderings, 3D modeling, to Construction Document production, to visiting active construction sites. You will also assist us with the organization of our studio and database assets.


Currently attending an accredited BLA/BSLA/MLA program; exemplary BS Arch and B Arch program candidates will be considered


Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop/InDesign/Illustrator; After Effects/Premiere a plus)
AutoCAD or VectorWorks (VectorWorks a plus)
SketchUp (Rhino/Lumion a plus)
Strong time-management, team leading and organizational skills
Strong self-editing skills to improve accuracy of work
Strong work/studio culture ethic
Strong spatial cognition skills
Local knowledge of Southwest (water/plants/climate) a plus


Prior BSLA/BLA or other design related degree preferred


Applications due by March 31st, 2017. We are looking for those who are driven, passionate about landscape architecture, exhibit emerging leadership, and have a wide range of skills to contribute to our work and our team.  

Please submit your CV, portfolio, and a brief cover letter telling us about yourself and why you might be a great fit with our team. Email your materials as a link or PDF (less than 20mb) to

Water Conservation and Resource Manager

Aaron Zahm

Bernalillo County - Water Conservation and Resource Manager


Under general direction of the Natural Resources Program Manager or Department Director, responsible for leading County water resource planning, water rights management, and developing, implementing, and managing all aspects of County water conservation efforts, programs and incentives. Serve as County’s water conservation and water planning subject matter expert.

Full position description here.