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LOCATION: Philadelphia
WEBSITE: www.tpl.org

The Trust for Public Land is a national organization whose 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 help create is an open invitation for everyone 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’ve helped create, and countless more visit every year.  As a result of the work of The Trust for Public Land, Philadelphia has ten new outdoor classrooms, twelve acres of new green space, and 189,000 square feet of new tree canopy. 49 million gallons of stormwater have been diverted from nearby rivers and streams and 65 community groups have been engaged through the design and programming efforts.

The Philadelphia office is seeking to enrich its impact by working with residents and civic leaders in new ways. We look to bolster the role we play in community organizing to help communities build a sustained system for identifying and advancing shared priorities.

The FAO Schwarz Fellow at the Trust for Public Land


The FAO Schwarz Fellow will work with the Philadelphia office of The Trust for Public Land under the day to day management of a Program Manager, and with supervision and mentoring from the State Director. The Fellow will work with public school students on projects around schoolyards that have been, or soon will be converted into greened, high-quality public spaces. The Fellow will work to increase understanding of how parks can strengthen the connectivity and strength of communities, with particular attention to the lived experiences of climate change and our ability to mitigate the effects in our everyday lives.


The FAO Schwarz Fellow will educate students, teachers, and community members about how the schoolyard’s new green features create a healthier Philadelphia. The Fellow will:

Work with teachers to develop and implement schoolyard stewardship lessons  in schools where playground transformations are complete.

Develop more and better community engagement and stewardship events that will make a lasting impact on our work and those we serve.

Work with staff to develop outreach and communication strategies and educational materials (presentations, fliers, postcards, newsletters).

Organize and participate in outreach events, supervising children’s activities when they occur (workshops, barbecues, art projects, tabling at events, etc).

Conduct surveys of park users before, during and after park renovations.


The FAO Schwarz Fellow will work with our lead artist, community members and local artists to demonstrate the impact of climate change on Philadelphia’s citizens and strengthen their ability to advocate for responses. The Fellow will:

Work with Program Managers to develop surveys and interview questions that elicit stories, especially as they relate to young people’s experiences with excessive urban heat.

Facilitate conversations, conduct interviews, and brainstorm how community members can act locally and advocate for themselves through artistic and civic engagement.

Contribute to policy briefs, videos, and educational campaign collateral, etc., that can be presented to the City of Philadelphia to increase awareness of the impacts to residents.

Recommend tools and processes to replicate this work across other offices at The Trust for Public Land.

Review and enhance data collection techniques to better ascertain how we are expanding climate adaptation, social cohesion and creative collaboration with residents.


Applicants must be college seniors at the time of application and be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the two-year Fellowship. For more about what we are seeking, please see “What We’re Looking For.” 

Please visit our website and send a resume and a cover letter to westjobs@tpl.org by February 15, 2020 (11:59 pm EST), expressing your interest in working at the Trust for Public Land and your reasons for applying for the FAO Schwarz Fellowship. To be considered, please include FAO Schwarz Fellow within the subject line of your email. 

In your cover letter, please include your responses to the following questions:

Question 1: Please tell us how you learned about this opportunity and about your interest in the FAO Schwarz Fellowship. 

Question 2: Why are you interested in applying for the FAO Schwarz Fellowship position at this organization?

Question 3: What background and experiences would you bring to the direct service and special project work at this organization?

After carefully reviewing each application, we will interview promising candidates. We will select our Fellow by April 30th. Resumes and cover letters are also shared with the FAO Schwarz Fellowship. Thanks for your interest.