programs & partnerships internship
Spring 2018 - flexible start date

Deadline: Priority given to applications received by 5pm on Friday, February 16th.

About Portland Parks Foundation
Portland Parks Foundation (PPF) is a small nonprofit organization with a mission to mobilize public and financial support for a thriving and accessible parks system for a healthy Portland.  Founded in 2001, we work closely with Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) to achieve the city’s vision for an exceptional parks system on a par with any in the world.       

Through leadership and partnership, PPF has raised over $13 million and organized events with hundreds of volunteers for Portland parks. Current major efforts include building the Footbridge Over Burnside to provide safe passage on the Wildwood Trail; helping to complete funding for Cully Park in a partnership with Verde; supporting local, parks-based advocates through a small grants program and technical assistance; and supporting priority programs of PP&R such as Summer Free For All. Further details of PPF’s work may be found on its web site, www.portlandpf.org.  PPF is committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion in its work. 

Internship Overview
The Programs and Partnerships Intern will play an important role in supporting PPF’s work to build strong, supportive partnerships—across sectors and communities—to drive iconic and community-driven public parks projects. This internship provides an opportunity to work on innovative community events, help fundraise, and develop as a young professional in a fun environment. The ideal candidate will have a strong desire to work in the nonprofit sector, as well as interest in parks/natural areas and philanthropy. This internship is unpaid, and runs from February through April 2018. Hours are flexible and dependent on schedule. 

The PPF Internship will be focused primarily on program and development activities of PPF; responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

Assist the work of PPF's Development & Programs Officer to mobilize the community on behalf of Portland parks and to strengthen local park “Friends” organizations through technical training and through grants. 

  • Technical Assistance for Friends Groups
    • Support program development and outreach to parks groups to support capacity-building, knowledge-sharing, and strengthened networks
    • Support program evaluation through surveys and individual follow up
  • Grants Assistance
    • Support grant applicant tracking; compile information and materials for distribution to the grants review committee; support any follow up communications with grant seekers, including requests for information, decline and award letters
  • Communications
    • Assist in developing targeted communications to friends groups and in writing stories around PPF’s impact on friends groups for potential inclusion in our monthly enewsletter, on our website, and in our annual report

Assist the Development & Program Officer with efforts to meet revenue goals, including:

  • Prospect Research
    • Research potential corporate sponsors for Portland Parks Foundation and for Summer Free For All, which empowers Portlanders to create and cultivate community through free, accessible, family-friendly activities that celebrate our city’s growing cultural diversity
  • Assist in promoting the Charles Jordan Circle of donors through communications that will engage members further in PPF’s mission
  • Donor Records
    •  Update and expand database’s donor information as assigned


  • Strong written and verbal communications skills with attention to detail
  • Computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office programs
  • Strong time management skills
  • Interest in obtaining valuable experience by learning fundraising and community-based programing in a nonprofit environment
  • Ideal candidate is interested in parks as an essential component of a sustainable, healthy, equitable, and inclusive community

Work Schedule
Work hours are flexible within a normal business day. Candidates who can commit a minimum of 6 hours/week are preferred. There will be occasional evening meetings or other meetings for which attendance will be either required or optional; if an evening meeting is required, the normal work week may be adjusted in consultation with the supervisor.

How to Apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter to Development and Program Officer Kamla Hurst at khurst@portlandpf.org, or call with questions at 503-445-0994. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.