Community Engagement and Coordination Intern

Posted Date: April 22, 2019
Location: Dallas, Texas

The Trust for Public Land is a national non-profit organization that creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Our North Texas office is on a mission to ensure that every resident of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan has access to a park, trail, or green space within a ten-minute walk of where they live.

As a part of this program, the Trust for Public Land is embarking on the development a new network of parks and trails along Five Mile Creek in southwest Dallas. Essential to this process is deep engagement with the residents and neighbors of this dynamic part of Dallas. Through community meetings, stakeholder interviews, interactive events, and design workshops, we will collaborate with the communities of the Five Mile Creek watershed to develop a shared vision and plan for new greenspaces in the area.

We are seeking an organized and talented person to join our team this summer as a paid intern who will support our work to design and develop new parks in the Five Mile Creek watershed. Primary responsibilities will include event management, volunteer organization, and community engagement. The intern will work with their manager to develop a community engagement plan, organize local groups and volunteers, create engagement materials, assist with social media, manage community meetings, and report findings to stakeholders, including senior staff at Dallas Park and Recreation Department.

This unique internship offers the opportunity to:

  • Engage closely with communities to determine their needs and desires in parks and open spaces
  • Work in a fast-paced multi-disciplinary environment
  • Play a role in improving Dallas’ parks and open spaces
  • Think creatively about how to engage residents and park users to provide better quality parks in Dallas

...and will help build your knowledge of:

  • What makes a great community greenspace
  • How to engage communities
  • Organizing and leading volunteers
  • Municipal government and public policy

Reporting to the Parks for People Program Manager, this internship’s goals and responsibilities will include:

  • Organize community meetings to gather neighborhood input and feedback for new parks in the Five Mile Creek watershed
  • Research and develop relationships with other organizations and residents within the Five Mile Creek watershed
  • Create materials and collateral for engaging communities
  • Liaise with community groups to help raise awareness of The Trust for Public Land’s work in the Five Mile Creek watershed
  • Help coordinate events and participate in neighborhood events
  • Organize and manage volunteer groups for events
  • Assist with outreach and communications (print, digital, social media, etc)

Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in or recent graduate from a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program
  • Strong leadership skills with previous experience organizing and motivating volunteers
  • Strong interpersonal skills, able to effectively communicate with diverse audiences across multiple mediums (spoken, written, email, and social media)
  • Ability to self-motivate and work productively without supervision
  • Ability to speak to large groups, with written and verbal presentation skills
  • Experience creating promotional and marketing materials, such as flyers and digital
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Time Commitment: 40 hours per week from May 20 through August 23, 2018. Responsibilities may include working evenings and weekends. Start and end dates are flexible, and additional time off may be negotiated.

Pay: $15 / hour