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Organization Name
Houston Parks and Recreation
Facilities Management & Development (FMD)

601 Sawyer, Ste.700
Houston, Texas 77007

Organization Description
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department oversees over 350 developed parks and more than 200 green spaces totaling over 38,924.42 acres.  Amenities include 268 playgrounds, seven golf courses, Japanese Garden and Garden Center, 38 municipal swimming pools, 13 Water Playgrounds, 3 staffed tennis centers, 7 Skate Parks and 5 Dog Parks.  The Facilities Management and Development Division oversee planning, acquisition, design, construction, maintenance and repair of all park facilities. The division's 115 employees represent a wide range of skills and professions including landscape architects, planners, electricians, HVAC technicians, plumbers, carpenters, painters, concrete finishers and heavy-equipment operators. Through the City’s 311 Program and regularly scheduled maintenance, the Division maintains community centers, aquatic facilities, multi-use pavilions, park amenities including trails, ball field and security lights, sports field and court structures, playground equipment and parking lots. The division also maintains a 72-hour response time for graffiti abatement.  In addition, the division supports recreation programs, special events, citizen requests and facility needs.

Description of Internship
Assist Planners with Park Visitor Counting Project which involves Intern conducting counting of park visitors, surveying of park visitors via short answer survey, data entry and some analysis.  Other projects may include organizing, cataloging and scanning park history, trail, FEMA, and FMD Planning files.  The intern may also assist in categorizing park property between natural and designed properties and updating GIS database with park trails data.  Another project involves reviewing National Accreditation Standards and assist the Division in preparing for department re-accreditation.   

Criteria for Interns

All applicants for the Internship Program are required to:

Contact Name
Renissa Garza-Montalvo, Senior Project Manager, Facilities Management & Development

Contact Number
(713) 865-9342

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