Junior Project Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Details: This is a 12-month contract for a full-time, salaried position. Salary is commensurate with experience.



Application Deadline



419 Lafayette
7th Floor
New York
United States


Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is seeking a creative, thoughtful, and enthusiastic candidate to join the organization as Junior Project Associate. This is an entry level position that provides the opportunity to gain hands-on placemaking experience, while engaging in a wide range of program and project-related activities. This role is based out of our NYC office, and may require 30-40% domestic and occasional international travel.

Our ideal candidate will be an organized self-starter with the ability to work both independently and as a team, to comfortably engage with the public, and to consistently thrive under firm deadlines. This individual should have a demonstrated zeal for progressive urban policy and systemic change in cities, as well as a strong understanding of placemaking and community engagement. Preference will also be given to those candidates with a keen interest in transportation equity and a passion for changing the transportation status quo for all people.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Support PPS Transportation Program in the development of tools and resources related to our “Streets as Places” agenda
  • Contribute to a variety of public space projects through data analysis, report writing, project assistance, and other tasks as determined by supervisor

Required Qualifications & Skills:

  • Undergraduate degree in a related field (transportation focus is a plus)
  • Strong analytical, research, and organizational skills
  • Prior experience and/or familiarity with one or more of the following: 1) public space planning, design, and management issues; 2) project management processes; 3) PPS methodologies and approach to placemaking
  • Commitment to public engagement and community empowerment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytical, research, and organizational skills
  • Proficiency with Excel and Microsoft Office Suite, as well as graphic design proficiency including Adobe Creative Suite, PowerPoint, Keynote, etc

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with AutoCAD, Sketch-UP, or other design and drafting programs
  • Experience in economic analysis, surveying, data analytics and visualization
  • GIS or other mapping software
  • Work experience in planning, design, arts or management firm or non-profit
  • Graduate degree in planning or related fields

About PPS

PPS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build strong communities. We are the central hub of the global placemaking movement, connecting people to ideas, resources, expertise, and partners who see place as the key to addressing our greatest challenges.

Project for Public Spaces is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identification, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or veteran status.


Benefits package includes full health coverage, employee contributed 403(b), TransitCheck, and generous vacation and paid holidays. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


To apply, please send cover letter and résumé to info@pps.orgby August 24, 2018.