Stockton Parks Fellow

About the Organization: At TPL, we don't just save land—we save land for people to enjoy, from neighborhood parks to national parks. Our mission is to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Every park, playground, and public space we create is an open invitation to explore, wonder, discover, and play. We're proud to say that we've been connecting communities to the outdoors—and to each other—since 1972. Today, millions of Americans live within a 10-minute walk of a park or natural area we helped create, and countless more visit every year.

The Stockton Parks team at Trust for Public Land (TPL) is seeking a Parks Fellow who is passionate about elevating the role of local parks and open space in addressing some of the most critical health, climate, and equity challenges facing communities today.  Our team is dedicated to TPL’s mission to create parks and protect land for people. We work to ensure equitable outdoor access, protect public lands, and increase opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Ideally located in Stockton or Sacramento, the intern will attend in-person meetings and events in the field. Work with TPL team will be primarily remote, with occasional in-person meetings in Stockton, Pasadena, Sacramento or San Francisco.

The Fellow’s primary responsibilities will involve assisting the Stockton Parks team in community engagement on parks and access to greenspace primarily in South Stockton. The fellowship will include assorted administrative and programmatic tasks and projects. These duties will be in support of the Stockton Parks team, which manages public grants, government affairs, philanthropy, urban park development, and communications. The Fellow will report to the Stockton Parks Project Manager.

  • Support the implementation of our campaign to increase funding for local parks in Stockton
  • Research local and regional schoolyards and urban park legislation, tracking support and opportunities to engage and build relationships with community members and elected officials
  • Research and track state and federal grant funding and private funding programs focused on increasing equitable access to the outdoors
  • Conduct research and prepare blogs, letters, fact sheets, internal communications, and assist with press releases and presentations related to parks and greenspace in Stockton
  • Attend and represent TPL at local/regional public meetings, coalition meetings, and partnership meetings, etc.
  • Participate in regular team and organizational meetings
  • Collaborate with other TPL staff on projects.
  • Participate in regular team and organizational meetings.
  • Analyze qualitative data and information to identify key insights and recommendations.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with colleagues, municipalities, partner organizations and others.
  • Support and engage with other relevant projects as opportunities arise.
  • Perform general administrative duties in support of assigned project work

Essential Qualifications
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills for a broad audience (residents, government, local community-based organizations)
  • Willingness to adapt and remain flexible as projects and priorities change
  • Basic computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
  • Passion for parks, people, and working together
  • Positive attitude, with interest and ability to develop client and partner relationships, being sensitive to balancing project aims with clients’ and partners’ needs
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively on a geographically distributed team and with staff in other departments
  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Comfort with problem-solving quantitative data
  • Commitment to the full fellowship term (12 months)
Desired Experiences
  • Policy and/or government experience
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in urban planning, parks and recreation, geography, community development or related fields a plus
  • Experience working with any of the following types of software:
  • GIS data using Esri software (ArcCatalog, ArcPro, etc.)
  • Data analysis software (e.g. SQL, R, advanced Microsoft Excel functions, Tableau, SurveyMonkey)
  • Relationship Management software (MailChimp, Salesforce, etc.)
  • Experience performing background research, tracking projects, preparing narrative reports, tables, charts and presentation graphics
  • Experience communicating research findings to specific audiences
  • Experience with local government policies and structures
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Experience as a community advocate and/or offering community service

Term/Time Commitment:  The term for this fellowship is 12 months, with potential to extend; applicants must be able to work 20 hours per week, including some evenings and weekends for community events.  Occasional in-person meetings will be held in Stockton, Pasadena, Sacramento or San Francisco.

Compensation:   This is a part-time, non exempt position, working 20 hours per week.  This fellow will be compensated at a rate of $25/hr.  

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 encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skillsets and experiences to apply.