Trust for Public Land’s Heat Response Project Seeks Documentarian

Professional Opportunities

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Millions of people live near a Trust for Public Land park, green schoolyard, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. TPL’s work is focused on four major initiatives: Parks, lands, schoolyards and trails. The process of creating parks and public green space brings people together and increases community capacity to fix problems far beyond the boundaries of the park. The Trust for Public Land is reimagining and realizing the power of land for people to create stronger communities that move our society forward. TPL is committed to contributing to climate resilience, advancing equity and access to greenspaces, and promoting public health.

The TPL is requesting proposals for Documentarian Support for the Trust for Public Land’s “Heat Response Project” with a submission deadline of February 5, 2021.


The Trust for Public Land is seeking a documentarian to review past work, observe/record key learnings, as well as work on the initiative entitled Heat Response: Creative action for Philly’s Rising Temperatures. TPL is looking for someone who can identify, analyze, and describe the story and impact of this project. Documentation may take form as a report, story map, deck–or other medium, we’re open to ideas and will look to you for your advice. The output from this work will serve as a reflection tool for TPL’s national organization as they consider the project’s impact on TPL members and the communities TPL serves. Documentation will be shared with organizations who can learn from TPL’s work; policymakers who are devoted to public art and/or climate justice; and potential supporters, including donors, who can be more informed on who to invest in.

Scope of work

TPL welcomes creative ideas on how documentation can be conducted. All activities must adhere to COVID-19 guidelines and be adaptable to restrictions as they are enacted or lifted throughout the course of the documentation. At this point, TPL anticipates three key activities, but welcome proposals that provide for additional/modified activities as long as strong rationale is provided. The selected documentarian will provide the following services among other elements still to be identified. Services will cover a period of February 2021 to June 2022.

Duties will include:

  • Review existing/ongoing cataloging and reporting of communication;
    • Review existing collateral we’ve used to engage communities and other audiences;
    • Review recordings of key project meetings/webinars;
    • Highlight key learning moments that have been articulated through various forms of communication (emails, memos, etc.).
  • Witness field work;
    • This may include key community engagement activities (workshops, community build days, outreach sessions, etc.);
    • This may also include direct interviews with staff involved in project and key project partners (artists, residents, and advisory team members).
  • Articulate a narrative;
    • Summarize for The Trust for Public Land and other identified audiences the key lessons, growth, challenges, and obstacles that have been foundational throughout the duration of this project;
    • Present narrative in compelling manner either through a high-quality report with visual accompaniments, a story map, or other media solutions – our budget should be taken into consideration when determining which media is most effective.


TPL is looking for a budget totaling $25,000 for the 2 years of this initiative. Should your recommendations exceed these requirements, TPL would appreciate you conveying these in a tiered manner for consideration.

Evaluation Criteria

All entries will be reviewed. Top submissions may include a follow-up call to allow for additional details and questions. TPL will take creativity, past work samples, qualifications, and cost into consideration. 

The proposal deadline is February 5, 2021.

The application form and can found here.

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Questions can be directed to Carole Rosenstein at [email protected].

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