Dallas Community Conservation Fellow

Posted Date: August 4, 2021
Location: Dallas, Texas
The Trust for Public Land is seeking an organized and talented student from UNT-Dallas to join our team in September 2021 as a Community Conservation Fellow.

In this internship, the Fellow will work with their manager, teammates, and partner organizations to further community engagement related to the new Charles Rose Park. Specifically, the Fellow will develop and implement health-related programming and activities for the public to participate in, such as yoga and mindfulness sessions, community walks and fitness events, and community surveys about healthy lifestyle habits.
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
  • Directly improve the health and quality-of-life for Dallas residents
  • Design and develop one of Dallas’ newest parks
  • Explore new strategies for community engagement, including virtual and “socially distant” methods
…and will help build your knowledge of:
  • What makes a great community greenspace
  • Community health strategies and programs
  • How to engage communities
  • Organizing and leading volunteers
  • Municipal government and public policy
Reporting to their Community Conservation Leader, the Fellow’s goals and responsibilities will include:
  • Develop and implement community health programming and events in the Highland Hills neighborhood around Judge Charles R. Rose Community Park
  • Collaborate with partner organizations to provide health programming and content, such as yoga sessions and wellness events
  • Develop, distribute, and analyze results from community health survey
  • Help execute “Virtual Park Bench Chats” featuring health-related content
  • Help coordinate and participate in virtual community meetings
  • Serve as a reliable community contact and liaison between TPL and the Highland Hills community
  • Build relationships with neighbors and stakeholders through social media, phone calls and email outreach
  • Identity and engage with local community organizations and stakeholders
  • Document and track outreach and community conversations
  • Record community feedback
Selected fellows are community-driven and excited about using parks and greenspace to improve community health. Qualifications include:
  • Currently enrolled or recent graduate of UNT-Dallas
  • Interest in and knowledge of how parks and greenspaces can improve community health
  • Strong organizational capabilities and ability to plan and execute events and work with partner organizations
  • 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 with minimal supervision
  • Knowledge and familiarity with digital communication tools, including email, social media, and MailChimp
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Fluency in Spanish (a plus, not required)
Time Commitment: 20 hours per week from September 1, 2021 – December 17, 2021. Responsibilities may include working evenings and weekends, as well as regular visits to TPL project locations throughout Dallas. Start and end dates are flexible, and additional time off may be negotiated.
Pay: $15 / hour
COVID-19 / Work From Home: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all employees of The Trust for Public Land are working from home. If you do not have access to a laptop or computer, The Trust for Public Land will provide you one. The Community Conservation Fellow will be expected to participate in regular check-in calls with their supervisor and team members at least twice per week, and be responsive to phone calls, emails, and text messages during normal business hours.
Although this position will be primarily “virtual,” a key responsibility will be to plan and execute in-person events and activities in Highland Hills. These events will be entirely outdoors, and we will follow CDC guidelines around masks and maintaining safe distances.