Position Title: Community Engagement Fellow

Hours: 21 hours a week with some evenings and weekends (Tuesday availability in-person is ideal)

Salary: $24,024 + health, dental, paid time off and sick time

Work Location: A combination of: 100 Gold Street, Manhattan; Freshkills Park, Staten Island; Work from home

Timeline: Position starts Spring 2022 and is funded for 12 months with the possibility for extension contingent upon funding.

About the Alliance:

The Freshkills Park Alliance works in partnership with the City of New York to transform the former Fresh Kills Landfill (1948-2001) into Freshkills Park, which will be the largest public park built in New York City in more than a century. The nonprofit serves as the park’s primary advocate, championing its completion, and increasing public access and engagement alongside government, civic and community stakeholders. With a focus on sustainability and environmental reclamation, the Alliance continuously works to make the park a destination for all.

Position Description:

The Alliance is seeking a Community Engagement Fellow to plan with and assist the Community Engagement Coordinator and other Freshkills Park staff to engage and expand audiences, visitors, and advocates for Freshkills Park in NYC, including among communities of color and immigrant communities in Staten Island with an emphasis on equity and accessibility.

The Fellow will play a role in refining and conducting outreach and engagement activities that will help align the Park’s programmatic offerings and initiatives with the wants and needs of new and pre-existing constituents. They will work with the Coordinator to identify and develop new programming opportunities and will collaborate with other Freshkills Park staff to ensure that the Alliance is responsive to the community.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Assist with implementing best practices for outreach and assist with developing and conducting programs responsive to community needs with Community Engagement Coordinator and other Freshkills Park staff;
  • Conduct outreach through phone, email, and in-person to schools, environmental organizations, community organizations, local businesses, community boards, NYC elected officials, and city agencies to increase program participation and build advocates for the Park;
  • Support Freshkills Park Alliance and Freshkills Parks staff by acting as a liaison with local communities to ensure programs and practices reflect the diversity and needs of Park visitors and Staten Island residents of all ages;
  • Research potential new partners and local communities to ensure our offerings reflect the diversity of Staten Island families, and address barriers to access and/or participate in events at the Park;
  • Assist in the planning and creation of a membership program for Alliance constituents with a focus on advocacy, fundraising, equity, and community engagement;
  • Represent the Alliance and the Park at community meetings and other events as assigned and participate in, and provide support for special projects and initiatives of the Alliance;
  • Design promotional materials for dissemination in the community and for use on social platforms;
  • Perform all duties, administrative tasks, and other related work as assigned.

Qualification Requirements:

  1. At least two years of college completed or two years of equivalent experience in community organizing or a related field;
  2. A strong interest in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the responsibilities described above;
  3. Excellent writing, organization, and analytical skills;
  4. Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and social media;
  5. Comfort working in an outdoor environment;
  6. A valid NYS driver’s license.

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

  1. Experience in public programming such as recreation, education, art, science and outdoor activities like kayaking and hiking;
  2. Participation in/knowledge of diversity, equity, accessibility, and/or inclusion initiatives;
  3. Knowledge of/interest in the social, political, and cultural landscapes on Staten Island historically and presently;
  4. Works well as a self-starter and as a part of a team;
  5. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite;
  6. Proficiency in a language other than English is a plus.

Please send a cover letter and resume to freshkillspark@parks.nyc.gov no later than February 6, 2022.

In accordance with NYC Parks guidelines, we have adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy to safeguard the health of our employees and their families; our visitors; and the community at large during the pandemic. All Freshkills Park Alliance employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as determined by the CDC, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. Potential employees will be given the opportunity to provide proof of vaccination or request a reasonable accommodation at the onset of employment.

The Freshkills Park Alliance is committed to attracting and retaining diverse staff, while working to foster an equitable and inclusive work environment where cultural diversity is celebrated and valued. We strongly encourage people from historically marginalized groups to apply.

The Freshkills Park Alliance is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or creed, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, ability, age, arrest or pre-employment conviction record, or military status.


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