Community Outreach and Resident Expert (CORE) Fellow

Community Outreach and Resident Expert (CORE) Fellow

Type of offer:
The Trust for Public Land is hiring two CORE Fellows to help us achieve these goals in Denver and Colorado Springs. Each CORE Fellow will serve as a liaison with one of two “anchor” organizations: Environmental Learning for Kids (Montbello, Denver) and the RISE Coalition (Southeast, Colorado Springs) to advance park, trail, schoolyard and other green infrastructure priorities within their neighborhoods and cities. In partnership with each anchor organization, CORE Fellows will be a part of TPL’s Parks for People team and will help guide youth in a 2-year “Project Management 101” program, the goal of which is to understand community priorities by centering youth voice and leadership. The fellow will work closely with ELK and RISE throughout this program and will work directly with youth to develop a project that they lead from inception to implementation, providing youth leaders with the tools and expertise they need to become positive agents of change in their communities forever. Fellows will also help with all aspects of other TPL projects (from community engagement, design, and construction) by assisting project managers in their project tasks and helping the team center community in everything we do.

While these two positions will be focused primarily in either Montbello (ELK) or Southeast (RISE), the fellow will also participate and support the work of the Parks for People team broadly in communities across Colorado such as the Westwood neighborhood in Denver, the city of Greeley, and the town of Clifton. CORE Fellows will have opportunities to learn about and engage with all aspects of TPL’s work (such as land protection and conservation finance) and will be given the opportunity to engage with TPL national staff and leadership with expertise in community engagement, climate, health, and equity. Through our established mentorship program each CORE Fellow will be paired with a colleague doing similar work in an office outside Colorado, further deepening their understanding of TPL and learning from our talented staff across the organization.
This is a 2-year, full time fellowship. You will be an employee of The Trust for Public Land and you will be paid $24.04/ hour (annualized at $50,000) with benefits. Fellows are expected to commit to the position for the full 2-year time period. This position is primarily funded by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and The Colorado Springs Health Foundation and will include learning opportunities and networking opportunities organized by GOCO to connect the fellow to other organizations across the state.

Responsibilities or Lists of Tasks:

60%      Working in community with associated TPL projects/community partners/managing youth 

  • Represent TPL in the focus communities (Montbello and Southeast)
  • Engage with and help lead with community partners (ELK and RISE) the youth programs embarking on the CORE 2-year “Project Management 101” program.
  • Work with TPL and community partners to develop outreach and communication strategies
  • Assist with program evaluation and work with TPL’s academic partners and consultants to interview and survey youth and community partners.
  • Develop outreach and educational materials (flyers, newsletters)
  • Organize and participate in outreach events (workshops, barbecues, art projects, tabling at events, etc.)
  • Generate and maintain community contact lists
  • Work with project staff to compile and summarize community feedback
  • Assist project staff to document meetings and events
  • Assist project staff with any other documentation related to outreach activities
  • Provide general administration and program support.

20%       Professional Development

  • 1:1 Meetings with supervisor
  • Time spent with mentor
  • Skill based trainings or research related to career aspirations
  • Networking among TPL colleagues and community partners

10%       Internal-focused work

  • Weekly Parks for People team meetings, monthly Colorado staff meetings, monthly TPL all staff meetings, project coordination meetings, HR trainings, etc.
  • Help us develop and improve the fellowship experience by participating in the CORE Fellowship Program development by providing feedback and insights at key milestones.

10%       Community Building

  • Statewide networking and learning opportunities through GOCO.
  • Learning about and supporting other TPL projects in communities where TPL is working, such as Greeley, Clifton, and the Westwood neighborhood in Denver.      
Location: Denver, Colorado
Organization: The Trust for Public Land
Deadline: May 23, 2021
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