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Philadelphia Parks & Recreation occasionally has positions and internships available that are both paid and unpaid.  These positions will be posted when they become available.
Architectural Researcher
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation seeks an architectural researcher for a temporary, nine-month position. This job entails researching historic properties (buildings and parks), formerly managed by the Philadelphia Department of Recreation, in order to create comprehensive files for management of the properties. Research focuses on early parks and recreation facilities, some of which date to the colonial period. The research entails primary and secondary research within city agencies (e.g., Philadelphia Historical Commission, Department of Public Property, Philadelphia City Archives) and outside archival institutions (Free Library, HSP, Temple Urban Archives, etc), deed research, architectural drawings and architectural field surveys. Duties include: assisting full-time staff with organizing the collection, including history files, drawings, plans, photographs, and digital files; scanning archival photographs; properly rehousing items and assisting with special projects as needed.

Download the full Architectural Researcher job description and learn how to apply
Field Inspector
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is currently seeking a seasonal employee (9 months at 40 hours per week) to work as a field inspector in the Operational Standards Unit. The Inspector will collect data and create reports as it relates to identified features at our PPR facilities city-wide. The PPR Facilities Standards Manual will be used as a guide to measure compliance.

We will be filling 1 position, and the inspector will be working in the North Region.

Download the full Field Inspector job description and learn how to apply
Please visit the City of Philadelphia's Office of Human Resources website for additional civil service and non-civil service job opportunities. 

Ways to Volunteer

At a neighborhood park
If you would like to volunteer in a neighborhood park, check our list of Friends groups with websites to see if your park has an active group and reach out to them directly. If you don’t see your park listed, please contact Barb McCabe, Director of Stewardship, at 215-683-3679.
If you're a business or corporation
If you’re a corporate entity looking for an individualized volunteer experience for your employees in a watershed park, please contact Jennifer Mahar at the Fairmount Park Conservancy at 215-988-9334.
If you're a non-corporate group
Please contact Barb McCabe, Director of Stewardship, at 215-683-3679.