The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. TPL collaborates with local governments, parks departments, and school districts to restore and create parks, playgrounds, and trails. We work on all aspects of the park design and build process, including participatory design, concept design, construction management, and park stewardship.
The Bay Area Parks for People Team is part of the larger California team, and the intern will have many opportunities to interact with CA staff, including land protection, legal services, and philanthropy. The intern will be working on the projects listed below:
The Oakland Green Schoolyards Project includes the design and construction of five living schoolyard pilot projects in Oakland.
The Richmond Wellness Trail is a multi-benefit planning and design project that connects the BART/Amtrak to the new Ferry and creates neighborhood green spaces for people in some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Richmond.
There are several design and construction projects in San Francisco currently, such as Buchanan Mall, which includes designing a concept plan to improve a five-block green space corridor in the Western Addition neighborhood, and Sgt. Macaulay Park, which includes renovating a park in the Tenderloin neighborhood.
Read blog posts from last year's TPL interns, Whitney Francis, here and here and Victoria Mendez, here and here.
What you will do
Assist with community meetings and workshop preparation.
Create outreach materials, drafting press releases, and newsletter.
Help develop a a community engagement strategy, organize meetings, and develop concept plans for other potential Richmond projects.
Organize and help implement a stewardship plan for green schoolyards.
Assist with grant writing.
Eligibility and Requirements:
Self-motivated, clear communicator, excellent writing skills and a strong interest in the mission of the organization.
Ability to work on challenging and complex projects with moderate level of supervision
Ability to bring a high degree of flexibility, creativity, vision, and resourcefulness to projects
Demonstrated awareness and understanding of environmental justice issues in low-income, urban communities
Flexibility with periodic nighttime and weekend community meetings
Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and the internet.
Organized and flexible, with strong time-management skills.
Ability to work on challenging and complex projects with moderate level of supervision.
Ability to juggle multiple projects at one time.
Graphic skills (proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, Microsoft Office)
Community organizing and research/planning skills (especially experience working with diverse communities)
This opportunity is open to all class years and students in any major, with special attention to Environmental Studies, Urban Studies, Geography, History, or Design. Coterms are eligible only if they hold undergraduate status.