Program Manager - Green Infrastructure

Posted: 08/04/17 | SHARE:


Building on more than forty years of experience working in cities, The Trust for Public Land’s Climate-Smart Cities program is helping cities take decisive action to integrate multiple-benefit green infrastructure within comprehensive efforts to reduce carbon emissions and promote climate resilience.  Our unique partnership model, both data-driven and people-driven, helps cities overcome key technical and organizational barriers to implementing this approach.  In our partnerships currently underway across the United States, we are helping cities address a diverse set of challenges, needs and opportunities in the face of climate change.
We are helping cities to design and develop parks and other green spaces that function as “green infrastructure” for climate equity solutions. Parks have the capacity to help restore key ecological functions to urban landscapes in communities that need it most, such as absorbing stormwater runoff, buffering floodwaters, and cooling the air while also helping to enhance connectivity for walking and biking.

Provide leadership and coordination for implementation of Climate-Smart Cities partnerships through collaboration with TPL field staff to engage community members, integrate spatial planning and science-based project designs, and put in place monitoring and evaluation for completed projects across the Climate-Smart Cities partnership portfolio.
This will include strong project management of each partnership, including adherence to the scope of work and budget, tracking progress against deliverables, and leading reporting—both internally to The Trust for Public Land as well as to external entities such as funders.  
Provide green infrastructure expertise to inform myriad activities within the Trust for Public land’s Parks for People Program, including local, state, and federal policy, strategic planning, philanthropy, and other relevant activities.
Identify and advance green infrastructure projects and policy with governments and nonprofit organizations.
Promote The Trust for Public Land’s Climate-Smart Cities programmatic approach with diverse audiences, including serving as a spokesperson in local public forums and in meetings with government officials, private funders, and other partners.



  • 4-6+ years experience with green infrastructure, landscape architecture, and community engagement at the City and/or State level. 

  • Ability to manage multiple, time sensitive tasks

  • Experience building diverse partnerships with agencies, government officials, non-profits, foundations, and community groups

  • Expertise in green infrastructure concepts, hydrology, stormwater management and ecosystem services; understanding of social and community aspects of neighborhood level green infrastructure and parks

  • Excellent communication skills, including clear writing ability, graphic communication, and effective public speaking. 

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience with green infrastructure project lifecycle, from conceptual to technical design, to construction, evaluation, monitoring, and stewardship

  • Project management experience, specifically with park development and/or restoration preferred 

  • Experience in a non-profit, philanthropically funded organization preferred

  • Bachelor's degree required, Master’s preferred with a degree in  landscape architecture, urban planning, or other related field

  • Proficiency in MS Suite and Adobe Creative Suite

  • Ability to prepare conceptual designs and project renderings, and graphic communication design using digital technology.  

  • Excellent research and writing skills for a range of audiences including academic and general outreach

  • This position requires frequent travel.

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