Creative Placemaking Research Fellow

Posted Date: January 4, 2019
Location: New York City, New York
At the Trust for Public Land we don't just save land—we save land for people to enjoy, from neighborhood play lots to national parks. Our mission is to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.

Creative placemaking is a cooperative, community-based process using arts and cultural expression to create or rejuvenate parks and open spaces, thus deepening a sense of place and inspiring community pride. The Trust for Public Land sees creative placemaking as integral to delivery of our mission to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to connect with nature, because access to nature is an essential prescription for the physical, environmental, social, and economic health of a community. To that end, The Trust for Public Land is committed to empowering communities, especially those most vulnerable, to have a voice in shaping their neighborhood parks and open spaces.

The Creative Placemaking Program has several, high-level, national research projects underway. These projects seek to understand the impact of embedding arts and culture strategies into parks and public spaces. We are seeking a Creative Placemaking Research Fellow to lead research projects and efforts related to creative placemaking, parks, and equity for an eight-month part-time time position. The position may be extended, funding dependent.

Tasks
  • Provide overall project management and organization to several research initiatives
  • Assist with research and data collection efforts for national trends in how parks departments are using arts-based initiatives
  • Prepare memos, reports, and presentations for internal and external dissemination
  • Prepare materials for presentations, our website, and other project related needs
  • Organize, analyze and disseminate data.
  • Gather and review case studies from the field and conduct stakeholder interviews
  • Perform other relevant duties, including some administrative tasks, as necessary
 
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree (in progress or completed). Particular academic interests should include planning, parks, architecture, public health, policy, or a related field
  • Superior communication skills, especially in writing. Strong research and analytic skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under pressure, juggle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Ability to use good judgment, take initiative, and make recommendations in resolving problems.
 
Location and Timing
This is a 6-8 month, part-time, position. New York candidates are preferred but other locations will be considered. Start and end dates are flexible, but a January start date is preferred.