Community Outreach Fellow – Brookside Gardens

Community Outreach Fellow – Brookside Gardens
Organization Montgomery Parks
Location Wheaton, Maryland
Job Type Seasonal
Application Deadline Oct 30, 2023


Brookside Gardens, a Montgomery Parks facility, seeks a fellow to engage with the community, partners, and other interested parties to ensure Brookside Gardens mission and services are represented and accessible to the community at large, with an emphasis on inclusion for individuals with disabilities. The fellowship will conclude with a capstone project. The project will integrate the knowledge and skills the fellow has gained in the field through interactions with staff, public and community stakeholders. Themes for project must revolve around: community engagement, health and wellness, or workforce development, serving individuals with disabilities. This is an opportunity for the selected candidate to develop work experience through independent projects and team collaboration.

Examples of Important Duties

  • Reviews, develops, and implements practices and/or strategies in organizational development related to ADA.
  • Increases visibility and understanding of the needs of peoples with disabilities
  • Serves as an advocate in the community to ensure that the needs of people with disabilities are a priority in the programs and services offered by Brookside Gardens.
  • Assists with efforts to provide equitable access to the Gardens’ program offerings and volunteer program
  • Works effectively with broad and diverse populations including people with disabilities.
  • Assists with engaging Montgomery County residents through various means.
  • Cultivates and promotes positive relationships with appropriate partner organizations.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. One year of customer service experience
  3. Must be at least 18

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in community engagement.
  • Experience serving individuals with disabilities.
  • Applicants who are multilingual are encouraged to apply.

Important Skills and Characteristics:

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work with community members and co-workers.
  • Comfortable engaging with the public in formal and informal settings.
  • Strong planning, decision-making, and evaluation skills.
  • Ability to exercise good judgement
  • Ability to understand and follow detailed instructions
  • Ability to utilize a computer
  • Attentive to detail, responsible, and personable

Working conditions:  
Primarily works indoors.  Must be able to sit for a duration.  Works independently and as part of a team. Works primarily Monday through Friday, some evenings and weekends required.

Supplemental Information: 

  • This position is not eligible for benefits.
  • Fingerprinting and background investigation will be completed prior to hire.
  • Additional duties and full list of Job Description available upon request.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate a workplace culture of diversity, equity and inclusion without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other non-merit factor.

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