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Boston Parks for People Intern

Boston, MA

MISSION
The Trust for Public Land (www.tpl.org) is a national nonprofit organization with a mission of creating parks and protecting Land for People. Working in collaboration local communities—and with federal, state, and local public agencies— we help plan, fund, protect, and create parks and open spaces across the U.S., ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. The Trust for Public Land is currently working to ensure that everyone in America has a high-quality park or open space within a 10-minute walk of their home—and that new green spaces address our nation’s pressing equity, climate, and health challenges.

GEOGRAPHY
From 30 offices nationwide, The Trust for Public Land works from Main Street to the mountaintops. Our Boston office serves Massachusetts and Rhode Island, where we are focused on creating quality urban green spaces in historically marginalized communities.

 
POSITION 
The Project Intern provides program, project, administrative, and other support for The Trust for Public Land's parks for people program. This position helps evaluate, plan, fund, complete, and promote park development, open space protection, green infrastructure, and special events projects. 
 
FUNCTIONS

  • Researches and coordinates information about public financing options for parks, open spaces, and green infrastructure
  • Assists program staff with research, coordination, and administration, such as drafting letters, memos, funding proposals, updating data bases, and presentations, and scheduling meetings
  • Works with program and administrative staff on project fundraising, and special events
  • Attends partner, stakeholder, and other meetings, under guidance of program staff
  • Helps plan and conduct community engagement activities
  • Creates programming materials for special events and engagement activities, such as posters, flyers, and informational media
INTERACTIONS
This position primarily interacts with internal program staff but also interacts with project partners, community members, public officials, landowners, and outside consultants, such as appraisers, environmental engineers, surveyor, and landscape architects. 
 
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Current degree candidate in conservation, environmental science, urban planning, sustainability, political science, law, real estate, or another relevant field
  • Experience living and/or working in Roxbury, Dorchester, or Mattapan, where most of our active Boston projects are located—or in other historically marginalized urban communities
  • Ability to facilitate group discussion and connect with community members
  • Commitment to empowering Environmental Justice communities
  • Limited local travel required
 
 SKILLS
  • Ability to think creatively and work collaboratively with team members to problem-solve
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Computer literacy, including MS Office applications
  • Graphic design experience desirable but not required
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Valid driver's license desired but not required
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs
This internship plays $19/hour. 15-25 hours a week. From early January to Mid-May (flexible)
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