Project Manager (Five Mile Creek)

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 Texas office is working to ensure that every resident of the Lone Star State has close-to-home access to parks, trails, and the outdoors. As a part of this program, the Trust for Public Land is embarking on an ambitious plan to develop the Five Mile Creek Greenbelt, a network of parks and trails across southern Dallas. Once complete, the Greenbelt will encompass three new parks, over a dozen miles of new trails, and hundreds of acres of land protected as natural space.

Our Dallas office is seeking an organized and talented Project Manager to work on the Five Mile Creek Greenbelt. Reporting to the Parks and Schoolyards Director, this position will play a lead role in bringing to life the Five Mile Creek Greenbelt. This unique position will have a wide set of responsibilities including overseeing design and development of parks and trails within the Five Mile Creek Greenbelt, managing design and construction consultants, and leading community engagement activities.

Come be a part of an extraordinary organization that has created more than 5,000 parks, protected 3 million acres of natural areas, generated $80 billion for parks and conservation, and help put more than 8 million people within a 10-minute walk of a park.

The position will play a lead role in bringing to life TPL’s signature project in Dallas: the Five Mile Creek Greenbelt. This bold plan envisions a network of parks and trails stretching across the Oak Cliff neighborhood in southwest Dallas, including: South Oak Cliff Renaissance Park (opened in 2021), Judge Charles Rose Park (under construction), Woody Branch Park (design to commence in 2023), and a multi-modal trail connecting across the watershed (under design). With billions of dollars of federal funding available over the coming years and a city bond program expected in 2024, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to complete the Five Mile Creek vision.

TPL is seeking a full-time Project Manager to support the Five Mile Creek Greenbelt. Reporting to the Parks and Schoolyards Director, this position will be responsible for the day-to-day management of a portfolio of projects within the Five Mile Creek Greenbelt, including design and construction of individual projects. This position will work in partnership with our Community Conservation Leader to develop and execute a community engagement strategy for project.

This position will require strong teamwork and close collaboration with the entire Texas program, including other program staff, philanthropy staff, marketing, legal, and others across the organization. The ideal candidate has experience in landscape architecture, construction, and managing consultants.


  • Assumes primary responsibility for a portfolio of park and trail projects within the Five Mile Creek Greenbelt, including community engagement, design, and construction
  • Manage design, engineering, and construction consultants
  • Build authentic and meaningful relationships with residents and leaders within the Five Mile Creek community
  • Assist with fundraising for the project, including providing project updates (both written and verbal) and attending donor meetings
  • Speak publicly about the project to various audiences, including elected officials, public meetings, media, and general public
  • In partnership with colleagues, help plan, organize, and execute community meetings
  • In partnership with colleagues, help plan, organize, and execute volunteer events, such as park beautification days, park cleanups, and more.
  • Liaise with TPL’s legal department to coordinate contracts with consultants, partner organizations, and public agencies
  • Work to develop and maintain relationships with strategic partners like other nonprofit and for profit organizations, government agencies, Universities and other entities as needed.
  • Completes assorted administrative tasks required for a well-regulated organization
  • Other relevant duties as necessary.
  • Education and experience with landscape architecture, urban planning, and construction
  • Experience with public processes including permitting a plus
  • Demonstrated commitment to community engagement and empowerment
  • Team player with superior ability to collaborate with colleagues and partners
  • Highly organized and self-motivated
  • Able to manage consultants and other partners
  • Computer proficiency

  • Bachelor's degree preferred
  • +/- 5 experience in landscape architecture, design, or construction field
  • Ability to speak Spanish is highly desirable.
  • This position required occasional evening and weekend work for community meetings, volunteer events, etc.
  • This position is based in Dallas, and candidates with experience and understanding of the Five Mile Creek and Oak Cliff neighborhoods are preferred
As a full-time exempt employee, you will be eligible for Trust for Public Land’s comprehensive benefits program which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation, sick leave, holidays, and a 403(b) retirement plan, currently with an up to 7% company match. We offer competitive salaries commensurate with experience. The anticipated hiring range for this position is $75,000-85,000.

Trust for Public Land’s active goal is to be an inclusive and equitable place to work and build community. As the organization actively works to eliminate racial and other disparities it welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skillsets and experiences.