Paid Internship | Camden Redevelopment Agency

Introduction

The City of Camden Redevelopment Agency (CRA) seeks a graduate intern to assist the CRA and its project partners in conducting an Area-Wide Planning effort in the Mt. Ephraim Choice Neighborhood of Camden, New Jersey.  This is a grant-funded, temporary position.  The CRA is a public agency established by the City of Camden, New Jersey under the New Jersey Local Redevelopment and Housing Law.  The CRA is primarily responsible for the acquisition and sale of real estate in Camden’s redevelopment areas.  As a part of this responsibility, the CRA also manages Camden’s Brownfields Program which focuses on the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties.

Position Description

The intern will work with the CRA and its planning consultant to support the project activities.  The intern will assist in the collection of data, the review of existing planning and environmental documents and the coordination of community engagement activities.  Typical community engagement activities will include the coordination of meetings, producing meeting materials and compiling community comments. The intern will report to the CRA’s Director of Economic Development.  The position will require a commitment of at least 20 hours per week and the duration of the planning effort is anticipated to be four months.  Most of the work will be performed during business hours, although with some evening meetings are anticipated.  The schedule can be somewhat flexible to accommodate the intern’s academic commitments.  The intern must be a graduate student, ideally in a program focusing on environmental studies, planning or community development.  Also the intern must be well versed in PowerPoint and be able to produce graphic presentations.   Experience with GIS is a plus.

 

Compensation

This is a paid, grant-funded, temporary position.

 

Background 

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selected the CRA as a Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant recipient.  Under the grant, the CRA will work with the community and other stakeholders to develop an area-wide plan and implementation strategy for the Mt. Ephraim Choice Neighborhood, an area characterized by high unemployment and poverty rates, and low income levels.  The area is predominantly residential and commercial and contains many vacant brownfield sites.  The CRA will build on existing planning activities that the community has already developed for initiatives such as housing rehabilitation, new business creation, and the rehabilitation or demolition of existing business structures.  The Area-Wide Planning project will focus on brownfields that are a major impediment for these redevelopment considerations, particularly the Camden Laboratories catalyst site.  Project activities also will include additional community engagement activities, evaluation of existing planning documents and environmental data to determine the extent to which contamination and other issues will impact revitalization, and a market analysis.  The CRA will solicit proposals from planning consultants to conduct the project activities.

 

 

Project Supporting Partners

City of Camden, Housing Authority of the City of Camden, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, Liberty Park Neighborhood Association, United Neighbors of Whitman Park, Branch Village Resident Association, Rowan University, Virtua Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Camden Board of Education, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and New Jersey Environmental Protection Agency.

 

Contact

Submit a resume and writing sample to:

 

James Harveson

Director of Economic Development

Camden Redevelopment Agency

City Hall Suite 1300

PO Box 95130

Camden, NJ  08101-5120

jaharves@ci.camden.nj.us

856-757-7600