If your passion is public spaces and you would like to support Placemaking with your writing, planning, or design skills, you are welcome to send us your resume and writing samples or portfolio to info@pps.org.

PPS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We hire equally, regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status.


Graphic Designer with Web Design Skills

As Graphic Designer for PPS, you’ll hop on board with both the design and communications teams to help develop our web and print communications materials as well as our project and program deliverables. In collaborating with these teams, your enthusiasm and web design skills will help refine the organization’s overall visual communications strategy and web presence. We are looking for an idealist who’s zealous about public spaces and the idea of building and expanding our impact through engaging and thoughtful design and best practice web design.



  • Assemble communications materials for PPS print materials, website and blog
  • Refine and update our visual communications style guide to facilitate more effective communication and brand identity
  • Support graphic design needs for project managers and public space design team
  • Layout reports, design community process graphics, and produce materials for conferences and trainings


  • Implement design, user experience, and bug fixes and improvements to our websites
  • Prepare insightful, well-organized and presentable reports on site usage
  • Continually evaluate usability of site and work with communications staff to determine necessary improvements accordingly
  • Manage day-to-day updates and maintenance of WordPress sites


  • BA/BS degree or higher in related field with 1 to 3 years experience
  • A strong portfolio displaying a wide variety of work
  • Expert knowledge and understanding of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign
  • Experience in best practice website UX, mobile/responsive design, and WordPress
  • Strong level of skill designing for web using HTML, CSS and basic php. Other programming knowledge a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. Ability to take and implement take constructive criticism well.
  • Excellent organizational skills with an attention to detail, while still meeting deadlines

To Apply

Please submit or provide a link to your portfolio, a resume and a cover letter stating your interest in this position to jkent@pps.org using the title of the position in the subject line by September 28th.


Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design Intern

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is seeking a part-time intern to assist with the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD) program. The internship will begin in mid-October and conclude in early December with the potential to extend into spring. A minimum of 14 hours (maximum 20) of work per week is expected for this position and applicants must be able to work in the PPS office in New York City.

About CIRD

CIRD is one of the NEA’s key design leadership initiatives, and is conducted in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Project for Public Spaces, Inc., along with the Orton Family Foundation and CommunityMatters® Partnership. The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ provides communities access to the resources they need to convert their own good ideas into reality. CIRD works with communities with populations of 50,000 or less, and offers annual competitive funding to as many as four small towns or rural communities to host a two-and-a-half day community design workshop. With support from a wide range of design, planning and creative Placemaking professionals, the workshops bring together local leaders from non-profits, community organizations, and government to develop actionable solutions to the community’s pressing design challenges. The community receives additional support through webinars, conference calls, and web-based resources. www.rural-design.org

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting the Project Manager with administrative responsibilities, including but not limited to:
    • Managing and tracking CIRD contacts
    • Organizing and maintaining project folders
  • Writing content for CIRD social media accounts
  • Locating, posting and updating CIRD resources on the website
  • Researching community foundations and rural philanthropists
  • Copy-editing CIRD reports and other written materials
  • Drafting CIRD blog posts and articles

Desired Qualifications:

The position requires a self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented person with excellent writing, oral communication, research, and organizational skills, as well as the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Writing ability should be at a professional level.

Candidates should have a strong interest in and understanding of rural design, social practice and community-based art, and Placemaking issues. Candidates should be full-time graduate students pursuing an urban studies design/planning degree, or recent graduates.

CIRD is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts. As a federally funded program, CIRD program staff are required to maintain the highest level of professional work standards.

Ideal candidates would have:

  • Excellent communication, writing, and research skills (including copy editing)
  • Incredible attention to detail and organizational skills
  • A familiarity with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) in a professional context
  • A working knowledge of Placemaking and a passion for exploring and developing thriving public spaces
  • Competency with Google Docs, Excel, and Word
  • Basic knowledge of Drupal sites is a plus

Compensation: Monthly stipend

How to Apply

Please send your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample related to rural issues and/or urban planning to dleyzerovsky@pps.org by close of business on Wednesday, October 14. You can address the letter to David Leyzerovsky. Please indicate you are applying for the “CIRD Internship” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
For general questions about our internships, refer to our Internship FAQ.