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Join a City Parks Alliance Project as Data Collector

The project manager for City Parks Alliance, a terrific group that studies and advocates for urban parks, contacted me about an interesting opportunity — and a paid position — to work with CPA and the RAND Corporation as part of an important study about the connection between urban parks and public health. They’re looking for data analysts, and the job description is below. Details are below; note that the deadline for applying is February 17, 2014.

Data Collector for National Study of Neighborhood Parks


The City Parks Alliance (CPA) in conjunction with the RAND Corporation is conducting a four-­‐year study to determine the correlation between urban parks management and policies, and physical activity. This will be the first national observational, longitudinal study of neighborhood parks to observe park use in order to shape public policy on health promotion. The primary aims of the study are to identify and disseminate best practices.


CPA seeks 4 temporary, part-­‐time data collectors to observe and record physical activity data in 20 city parks in New York City, NY. Data collection will occur in parks during the Spring 2014 for 3 non-­‐ contiguous hours/day for 4 days per park. Data collectors must be available in the morning, afternoon, and early evening during all days of the week (including Saturdays and Sundays) to conduct observations. Primary responsibilities will be to observe and record park activity as well as contextual conditions, interview park staff, and entering information into a provided handheld computer tablet.


•   Must be available to participate in webinar training in February 20th.

•   Must be available to attend an all expense-­‐paid training session March 13th-­‐15th in Dallas, TX.

•   Must have access to wireless Internet (e.g. at home, coffee shop)

•   Must be familiar with Google Maps.

•   Must have a flexible schedule to accommodate the data collection schedule.

•   Must provide own reliable transportation to park locations.

•   Must enjoy and be physically able to work outdoors, including walking and standing for long periods of time.

•   Must be extremely punctual and highly attentive to details.



•   Team oriented and comfortable working in pairs or in small groups.

•   Comfortable engaging with the public as a part of the data collection team.

•   Experience collecting field research data.


•   This is a paid position and more details will be provided upon hiring.


Please send resume and cover letter describing relevant work experience to:


DEADLINE:  February 17, 2014 



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