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.

Available Positions

Education and Social Media Coordinator

PPS is looking for a new addition to our staff, someone to work with our Communications and Education teams on a wide variety of programs. You’ll be responsible for our training and internship programs, in addition to running the day-to-day activity on our social media and writing content for our website. We need a talented high-energy multi-tasker, someone who can write up a post for Facebook while greeting training participants and mentally planning our next blog post. If you are the sort of person who jumps at the chance to take on new projects and has a lot of thoughts on place, urbanism, and all of the issues facing cities and towns, send us an application!

Duties and Responsibilities
Education, Training, and Events

  • Work with Director of Education and Training to manage in-house training programs
  • Work with communications team on marketing and outreach for all events and training programs
  • Work with the Partnerships Coordinator to develop a program of non-training in person and digital events, both in and out of the office (lecture, webinars, networking events, etc)
  • Manage the PPS “on-the-road” training program
  • Manage the PPS Intern program

Communications

  • Manage PPS social media, including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Assist with Twitter
  • Write weekly blog posts on various topics for the PPS website
  • Manage the “Great Public Spaces” website
  • Format blog posts written by other staff members for publication
  • Assemble a biweekly newsletter
  • Assist the Communications Director with other writing tasks

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Communications, Marketing, Urban Planning, or another related field
  • Experience in nonprofit education and events (or equivalent relevant experience)
  • Familiarity and fluency in digital media, strategy, and outreach
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Deep interest in Placemaking and related issues
  • Self-driven, able to navigate multiple tasks at once, confident in proposing and implementing new ideas and directions for the program
  • Knowledge of WordPress, MailChimpGoogle Analytics, and basic graphic design (Photoshop, InDesign) is a plus

Salary and Benefits

  • $45,000 – $50,000 per year, relative to experience
  • Full benefits package included

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled. To apply, please email Stephen Burke (sburke@pps.org) with a resume and cover letter, along with 2-3 non-academic writing samples (existing or new material is fine, and we’d like to see how you can write in a variety of styles). Please include “Education and Social Media Coordinator” in the subject line of your email.


Internships

Citi Bike Observational Study Internship

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is seeking an intern to assist with data collection for an observational study of Citi Bike bikeshare stations. Building off a study completed in 2013, PPS is now embarking on an expansion of the study as Citi Bike prepares to expand into northern Manhattan. We will conduct a before and after study to fully gauge the infrastructure’s impact.

The intern’s primary responsibilities will pertain to site observation, data collection, organization, consolidation and report writing. Interns will be expected to travel to site and document their observations and should be prepared to work select weekends.

The internship will begin in September and conclude in November, with the potential for extension into the spring. A minimum of 10 hours of work per week is expected for this position and applicants must be able to work in the PPS office in New York City.

Background
Bikeshare stations are ideal triangulators. They are natural conversation-starters, attract a stream of diverse users at all times of day & night, and act as landmarks that concentrate activity. Our initial research question asks: Are bikeshare stations adding to the sociability and amenability of the places they occupy? After our preliminary observation and analysis, the answer appears to be ‘yes.’ People — not just bikeshare users, but everyone passing by station docks — are adopting the bikeshare system as part of the social infrastructure of the city.

The initial findings are summarized here and have been featured in two bikeshare feasibility studies, Raleigh, NC, and Eugene, OR, and featured by Cambridge, MA as a positive indicator of bikeshare.

Who Should Apply
As many of the proposed sites will be completed in late September, applicants should have relatively open availability in September and early October.

Candidates will be full-time graduate students who possess a passion for transportation, public spaces, and placemaking. Interns should be punctual, self-motivated, prepared to go on site to observe data at timed intervals, and able to work independently with minimal supervision. Ideal candidates should have strong writing and communication skills, comfort in an office environment, and experience/exposure to collecting and assembling observational data.

Learning Outcomes
Interns will learn how to formulate a research project and assemble the data for a comprehensive report. They will also learn how to conduct site observation, as well as the PPS institutional methodology for behavior mapping/trace/counting etc. Moreover, interns will acquire an understanding of the nexus between transit stations and public spaces.

Compensation
Interns will be provided a monthly stipend of $500. Transportation to the office and selected bike share stations will also be reimbursed. Meals will be purchased

How to Apply
Please send your resume and cover letter to dleyzerovsky@pps.org by close of business on August 28. You can address the letter to David Leyzerovsky. Please indicate you are applying for the “Citi Bike Observational Study Internship” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For general questions about our internships, check out our Internship FAQ.