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Hawai'i Intern - Parks Events and Activities

Honolulu, HI
The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national non-profit organization that creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. In Hawaiʻi, TPL has been active since the 1970’s resulting in over 77,000 acres and counting of land protected. TPL’s work and programs focus on creating meaningful connections between people and ʻāina.

In 2020, TPL Hawaiʻi launched our urban Parks for People program in Hawai‘i with a pilot project at ‘A‘ala Park in Chinatown/Downtown on O‘ahu. The Parks for People Program creates and revitalizes urban parks with communities to improve health and quality of life. With approximately  18,000 people living within a 10-minute walk of the park, ‘A‘ala presents an incredible opportunity to help local residents improve their health and quality of life, bringing Trust for Public Land’s nationally recognized parks expertise to bear. TPL works to maximize the true potential of urban greening through a unique, climate-smart partnership model.

TPL’s strategy is two-fold: (1) work with the community to improve infrastructure, safety of the park, and (2) activate the park with positive activities and events (dynamic programming) led by community. This position primarily supports the park activation strategy.

Responsibilities & Duties:
The TPL Parks Events and Activities Coordinator would work closely with the TPL Parks for People Program Manager to create, and implement park activation and dynamic programming at ʻAʻala Park in Downtown Honolulu. Duties include:
  • Developing partnerships with community organizations, businesses, and individuals to use ʻAʻala Park as an open, green space for positive programming in the park and building community cohesion and resiliency.
  • Working with the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Parks and Recreation to strengthen ʻAʻala Park as a resilient community space for Downtown and Chinatown Honolulu.
  • Supporting the TPL Parks for People Program Manager in applying for and obtaining permits for community activities in the park and assisting community partners in providing required documentation for permits or clearances.
  • Identifying, offering, and marketing community led programming (classes, activities, events) connected to wellness and health, art and culture, keiki to kūpuna, and other community-desired programming hosted in ʻAʻala Park that will build community pride, community cohesion, and community resiliency.
  • Assisting the TPL Parks for People Program Manager in scheduling activities and events, collecting waivers/permissions, tracking registration, contracting with teachers/lesson providers and community partner organizations, contracting with event/tent contractors, and processing invoices.
  • Creating easily accessible resources for the public to register for programs and activities and participate in events and activities.
  • Tracking public attendance of events and activities, collecting feedback, and adjusting programming as needed.

Qualifications:
  • Level of Education Required: High school and/or associate’s degree; Experience may substitute education.
  • Ability to both support events and activities and meet deadlines.
  • Interest in urban planning and/or development, particularly urban environmental quality of life issues including parks and trails, environmental justice, brownfields, walkability, climate change, community development, and housing.
  • Excellent relationship building, collaboration, and communication skills.  Existing connections to Kalihi/Downtown Chinatown businesses, residents, or community organizations a plus.
  • Experience in community organizing, coalition building, community capacity building, and working with community leaders, and public agency staff to promote and implement successful projects.
  • Experience in collaborating and negotiating with diverse groups and interests in Hawai‘i, including communities of color and historically marginalized communities.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, initiative, energy, the capacity to lead and inspire others, and the capacity to be a high performer and a team player, with common sense and resiliency.
  • Willingness to attend evening and weekend meetings or events/activities.
  • Computer Proficiency: Microsoft Office, Word, Outlook, Excel and familiarity with geographic information systems (GIS) and sophisticated spatial and data analysis.
  • Fundraising, non-profit experience, and marketing skills a plus
Schedule: No more than 20 hours per week; scheduling flexible based on program activities (possible weekend activities - these will be scheduled in advance and off weekdays to offset hours

Compensation: This role will be compensated at a rate of $25/hr.

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