Overview

Trust for Public Land Park Equity & Climate Policy Internship
Anticipated Start Date: July 2024
Location: Remote (flexible) with preference to be close to any of TPL’s offices across the countryTrust for Public Land (TPL) is seeking a summer intern who is passionate about elevating the role of local parks and open space in addressing some of today’s most critical health, climate, and equity challenges. The intern will play a crucial role in advancing the 10-Minute Walk(R) Program’s Key Park Equity Policy Framework, through the addition of a climate-focused policy category. The 10-Minute Walk Program is an award-winning national program engaging city leaders to close the park equity divide so that every resident has access to a quality park or greenspace within a 10-minute walk of home. Anchored in a rigorous, research-to-practice approach, the 10-Minute Walk Program works at every scale – locally to nationally, to identify the barriers to equitable parks work, generate policy recommendations, and provide resources, guidance, and technical assistance to boost practice on the ground.

The primary responsibility of this internship is to support the 10-Minute Walk team in identifying and documenting city government policies for advancing climate resilience as a key component of park equity.  The intern will report to TPL’s 10-Minute Walk Associate Director of Policy and Public Affairs and will work closely with the 10-Minute Walk team and Senior Program Manager, TPL’s Climate Team, and others within the organization.

Responsibilities:  

Research & Projects (70%) 

  • Identify, review, and create summaries of relevant literature to develop understanding of how parks and green spaces are currently being leveraged in climate resilience efforts.
  • Review and assess city policy and planning documents, as related to several key projects around climate, and park equity.
  • Support and implement outreach to city leaders, parks practitioners, and partners.
  • Help design, coordinate and implement interviews with city leaders.
  • Assist in updating a policy scan tool with a climate category.

Communications Support (20%) 

  • Develop a methodology and findings brief.
  • Prepare a presentation to share findings, both internal and external facing versions.
  • Inform messaging and communications tools for sharing information and learnings.

Professional Development (10%) 

  • Assisting with a research project that will reach a broad audience of parks and climate professionals.
  • Career development coaching, including mentor meetings.
  • Opportunities to engage with a wide range of professionals within TPL and external subject matter experts.
  • Exposure to and training on leading-edge policy issues at the intersection of equity, climate resilience, and parks.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Interest and curiosity in urban greenspaces and their impact on community wellbeing.
  • Professional or academic experience with climate, sustainability, urban planning and/or landscape architecture.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative environment; a self-starter who enjoys crafting and implementing new ideas while deeply listening to others.
  • Willingness to adapt and remain flexible as projects and priorities change.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented and organized.
  • Basic computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
  • Access to a reliable Wi-Fi connection.

Term/Time Commitment:  

This internship is intended to start mid-July 2024. The candidate will work 20-30 hours per week, depending on the candidate’s availability.  Internship length will be up to 12 weeks (about 3 months) depending on the selected candidate’s schedule.

Compensation: 

The salary for this internship will be $20/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.

About Trust for Public Land (TPL)

At Trust for Public Land, 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.