NRPA is a national, nonprofit with a mission to “advance parks, recreation, and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people.” NRPA has an extensive nationwide reach that represents a network of over 60,000 park and recreation professionals.
In 2015 NRPA launched the Great Urban Parks Campaign, an initiative seeking to build the capacity of park professionals to implement green stormwater infrastructure projects in parks. As the trusted leader for parks and recreation, NRPA continues to lead the movement to educate and empower park professionals to 1) promote and advance green infrastructure stormwater management projects in parks and 2) provide universal access to high quality parks, that improve environmental, social, and health outcomes in underserved communities.
To support NRPA’s green stormwater infrastructure work, NRPA’s Conservation team is accepting applications for a Program Specialist to organize trainings, manage grants, and develop content.
At NRPA you will be part of the team instrumental in developing content and opportunities for park and recreation and allied professionals (planners, developers, landscape architects etc.) to achieve the campaign goals. You will support the project manager and work with a group of passionate, creative, and fun leaders that are working to create more equitable, healthy, and resilient communities through parks.
In this position, you will:
Work closely with the program manager and larger team to provide and coordinate technical assistance for park and recreation agencies selected to receive grants to implement green stormwater infrastructure projects in parks;
Support program manager to coordinate a technical advisory coalition and develop and organize a multi-day training program for park professionals focused on green stormwater management design, planning, maintenance and community engagement.
Write and source content for blogs, magazines, and newsletters that focus on subjects such as green infrastructure, stormwater management, climate resiliency, community engagement, sustainability and environmental justice;
Develop and maintain a peer-to-peer professional green infrastructure network including park and allied professionals;
Present at and assist in organizing webinars, conference sessions, and videos;
Participate in partner meetings and help to maintain and establish new partnerships with national organizations;
Develop and compile grantee and evaluation data to write reports for funders;
Complete special projects and assignments, as directed.
Initial phone interviews will begin after October 9th and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is November 1st but the position will remain open until filled.
Salary: $40,000 - $45,000 range.
All applications must be received through the online system in order to be considered for the position. If you are being referred by a current NRPA employee, please be sure to add their name in the "Notes" section.
NRPA is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY employer with a COMMITMENT to DIVERSITY. Women and ethnic minorities ENCOURAGED to apply.
Discover the Benefits at NRPA
NRPA boasts a warm professional environment, with a relaxing and peaceful view of nature at its finest! At NRPA we are committed to promoting an environment of work-life balance. In the office you will have access to a fitness room with access to showers, walking and running trails, and indoor and outdoor eating areas. To promote healthy lifestyles, at work and away, we have established programs like Teleworking, Flextime Schedules, 37.5 hour work-week, Employee Assistance Programs, Educational Assistance Programs, Lunch-and-Learn sessions and more. Full time staff enjoy a very rich benefit package that includes:
403(b) matched at 6% and fully vested upon hire;
Group Health, Dental, and Vision for employee and family paid 80+% by NRPA;
Life insurance, Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability paid 100% by NRPA;
26 Paid days off per year plus 13 paid holidays, eligibility in the first month of employment;
Length of Service Awards and much more.
Passionate or highly motivated to advance and positively impact green infrastructure practices, park equity, environmental justice, community organizing, climate resiliency.
Strong presentation and writing skills
Ability to work individually, as well as part of a team
Ability to manage multiple, time sensitive tasks
1 year of related experience preferred
Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in conservation or social justice-related field
The National Recreation and Park AssociationNRPA is a national, non-profit service organization devoted to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all Americans. The Association works to extend the social, health, cultural, and economic benefits of parks and recreation. Through its network of over 50,000 recreation and park professionals, NRPA encou...rages recreation initiatives for youths in high-risk environments, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, and the conservation of natural and cultural resources. NRPA works closely with national, state and local recreation and park agencies, corporations and citizen groups in carrying out its vision.NRPA is committed to improving public understanding of leisure's significance in a full and meaningful life. Its long-range plan embraces the following goals.To promote public awareness and support for recreation, park and leisure services, the constructive use of leisure, and the physical and mental health of the individual. NRPA also strives to promote public awareness of the environmental and natural resource management aspects of recreation and leisure services.To facilitate adoption of socially progressive and environmentally appropriate public policy for recreation and leisure services.To strengthen professional and citizen skills and effectiveness, thus enhancing services to the public.For more information, contact NRPA headquarters at phone: 703-858-0784, fax: 703-858-0794 or e-mail: email@example.com.