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Opportunities galore from Fairmount Park Conservancy, Onyx Valley Studios and the Philadelphia Free Library
Happy Almost Fall and may the Heat Gods please take their business elsewhere, preferably offshore! Meanwhile, for a little change, and to show how bursting at the seams Philadelphia can be sometimes with good opportunities, we bring you this all-opportunities News post, with three opportunities for you, from Fairmount Park Conservancy, the Free Library of Philadelphia and Onyx Valley Studios.



(Students, this is for you!) Onyx Valley seeks Campus Reps – Deadline Sept. 1 and Oct. 15, 2018

Onyx Valley is looking for motivated students to help us build visibility, manage activities and events, and promote our mission to drive diversity and representation in the tech industry on college campuses. The student would be responsible for helping promote Onyx Valley’s diversity in the tech industry efforts on their campus.

The position comes with a scholarship or stipend for up to $2,000.
First round applications are due by September 1st.
Regular applications due Oct. 15.
Hours required are 5-10/week, commitment of 2 semesters
Apply online at the Onyx Valley website.

Onyx Valley offers recruiting and consulting services to tech companies and organizations with user experience (UX) needs that are interested in attracting and retaining diverse talent.

Philadelphia Free Library seeks Community Organizers – Deadline – Rolling

This is a temporary, 23-month grant-funded project under the auspices of the Philadelphia Rebuild Program. The Community Organizer will work with the neighborhood Friends of the Free Library groups.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The primary responsibilities of the Community Organizer will consist of, but are not limited to, the following duties::

Developing and supporting library Friends groups across the City
Preparing library Friends groups to participate in the Rebuild community engagement process
Building long-term relationships between the library and neighborhood organizations, stakeholders, and community members
Providing targeted outreach to non-library users to understand how the library can better serve the needs of that neighborhood
Training and supporting staff in their community engagement work
Working with library staff to create and implement a neighborhood specific community engagement plan
Supporting library staff and administrators in their work to create a regional coalition of organizations and individuals working to improve their communities
Supporting City-Wide library advocacy


A minimum of one year of community organizing experience. Additional experience preferred
Experience facilitating community meetings and creating outreach and engagement plans
A demonstrated commitment to and experience with community empowerment, capacity building, and leadership development
Ability to work frequent evening and weekend hours
Ability to travel throughout the City. Possessing a valid driver’s license preferred
Ability to work collaboratively with staff and community partners to build upon existing community relationships
Ability to meet people where they are at and support their personal and professional development
Ability to work with diverse populations and acknowledge the variety of experiences that individuals have with institutions such as the library
A good faith commitment to working within assigned neighborhoods for the full 23 months
A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or additional community organizing experience

Additional Desired Qualifications:

Fluency in a language other than English a plus
Understanding of the history and economic condition of Philadelphia neighborhoods as well as the underlying political and social influences
This position has a Full Benefit Package including Health, dental, life, and disability insurances; flex benefits and retirement plan; generous leave time allowance.

Interviews will be held on a rolling basis with the position starting as soon as the applicant is available

For more information and to apply see the job posting at the Job Bank.

FDR Park in Philadelphia, site of an environmental art show on Oct. 20, 2018.
FDR Park in Philadelphia, site of an environmental art show on Oct. 20, 2018.

Fairmount Park Conservancy seeks community-engaging environmental art project for FDR Park event – Deadline Sept. 13, 2018 (Note – Below is an excerpt of the open call information. For complete information see the Conservancy website.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: September 13, 2018, 11pm EST
Fairmount Park Conservancy seeks to commission one artist or artist team to create an outdoor
environmental art installation or interactive experience that invites visitors and community
members to engage with the relationship between FDR Park and climate change. The project
must be installed or activated by Friday, October 19, 2018. The duration of the project or
installation is negotiable; there is a possibility for installations to remain on view for several
weeks. Artists may submit ideas for participatory projects, installations, sculpture, and
multi-disciplinary interventions that engage FDR Park users. A stipend of $4,000 will be allocated
for the artist/artist team. This commission is part of the Arts and Culture Program at the
Conservancy, supported by grants from CUSP at The Franklin Institute and William Penn
This project is part of the FDR Park Master Planning process. For more information about the master plan, including relevant documents and background, please visit FPC website.

FDR Park regularly experiences flooding due to its natural hydrology, and climate change experts
predict the park will be impacted by sea level rise and additional flooding due to severe storms in
the next 50-100 years. The planning team is considering how the park can help mitigate the impacts of the warmer and wetter future predicted for Philadelphia, while also safeguarding the
park’s infrastructure against rising sea levels, more severe storms, and a changing climate.
Proposed projects should take the past and potential future of the park into consideration and
aim to further residents’ engagement with and understanding of the relationship between the
park and climate change, focusing on solutions.

FDR Park is located at South Broad Street and Pattison Avenue in South Philadelphia.

Fairmount Park Conservancy seeks to commission one temporary outdoor public art project…The artist selected will also be asked to work with an environmental educator (selected by the Conservancy) to support the development of an educational curriculum centered around the piece, and to participate in a “Family Day” that invites South Philly residents to engage with the project and the park and learn about solutions ​to climate change and sea level rise.

Family Day is currently slated for Saturday, October 20, 2018.

There are no limitations as to material or form and may include: sculptural and interactive
installations, participatory projects, visual, auditory, sensory, and/or multi-disciplinary
interventions. Projects must consider exposure to the elements (wind, rain, etc.) as well as the
possibility for installations to remain on view for several weeks.

A budget of $4,000 has been allocated for the artist or artist team selected. The $4,000 budget
will be inclusive of all artist(s) fees, artist stipend, time, fabrication, installation, transportation, de-installation and all other project-related expenses.

Local Philadelphia artists, as well as artists who reside within the Greater Philadelphia area, are
invited to submit a proposal. Artists with strong connections to South Philadelphia and/or FDR
Park will be given special consideration. Artists of all backgrounds and disciplines may apply.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, September 13 at 11pm.

See the full call with complete details at the Conservancy website.

For questions concerning proposals, please email us at