Skilled Volunteer Opportunities with Philadelphia Parks Alliance



Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


5070 Parkside Avenue
Suite 3500A
United States


The Philadelphia Parks Alliance champions the public's interest in outstanding parks, recreation, and open spaces - key to making Philadelphia a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable city for all. We lead a diverse and expanding citizen's movement which mobilizes community support and shapes public policy around the idea that great public spaces help create a higher quality of life for all Philadelphians.

Please visit our website for more information.

The Parks Alliance is a fast-paced and lively 501(c)(3) non-profit that welcomes big ideas and big personalities at our West Philadelphia office. Our work is collaborative by nature and empowering by design. We are committed to our “no coffee, no copies” volunteer policy--volunteers have real responsibility and do valuable work. These positions are unpaid, but we can promise a rewarding experience doing work that matters.

We are currently seeking volunteers in the following areas:

Community Organizing. Through our Recreation Community Initiative (RCI), the Parks Alliance supports and advocates for Philadelphia’s playgrounds, community centers, and recreation centers. Our volunteers help us build capacity at rec centers throughout the city by engaging neighbors, increasing programming, and activating community networks. We're looking for volunteers who are excited to work in the field and/or help run the program from the office.

Program Leader. Have you ever wanted to get more involved in Philly's neighborhoods? We are looking for passionate volunteers to start programs at rec centers across the city. The program can be for any age group and any type, including youth education programs, adult intramural sports, basic computer skills classes. The Parks Alliance will provide you with the resources and support necessary to get the program running and make it successful.

Development & Grant Writing. Development is how nonprofits find funding, primarily through relational resources. We would love participants with a background in grant writing and/or fundraising to join us. But don’t fret, we are also looking for volunteers who are ready to learn the unique world of development and can help us with tasks ranging from donor research to board development.

GIS & Reporting. Our GIS and Reporting team analyzes data, writes reports, and distributes information related to parks and recreation in Philadelphia. We provide maps and statistics to City Council members, Recreation Center Advisory Councils, park advocacy groups, and other local organizations, and are working to publish them online for public use. In 2017, we are looking for volunteers that are both proficient in GIS and have strong writing skills.

Design. Decent infrastructure is essential for a sustainable city. We have a need for design students to analyze our public space infrastructure and produce alternate designs for buildings and parks based on the needs of the surrounding community. Experience required.

Public Policy. In the coming year, the Parks Alliance will advocate for a higher parks and recreation budget and publish materials on city and state policies that influence parks and recreation. We are looking for volunteers with strong writing backgrounds and knowledge of public policy to research and draft these materials. This volunteer will gain valuable experience working with advocacy and lobbying groups to develop the materials, which will be used statewide.

Urban Studies. Before starting a new community outreach project, we like to have a complete understanding of the surrounding neighborhood. Help us better serve our communities by researching the history of neighborhoods, explaining its development and social changes over time, and giving us valuable information on the current wants and needs of the community. The best applicants will be asked for a writing sample that shows their ability to pull narratives from research.

Communications. It’s 2016--social media and the internet are pivotal tools for any organization. Help us grow our online presence by managing our website and social media accounts. Prefer writing in sentences longer than 140 characters? We have a blog that could use your help, too! Experience required.

How To Apply

Email Katie Breiner - - with your resume and a cover letter explaining why you want to work with us. Format your email title as ‘[area of application] Volunteer Application’. Example: Development Volunteer Application.


Call the office at 215-879-8159 and ask for Katie to get more information on our volunteer opportunities.