Lower Phalen Creek Project - We’re Hiring!


Job Description:

The Wakan Tipi Center (WTC) Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of fundraising, planning, partnerships, community engagement, design, construction, and operations related to the Wakan Tipi Center. The WTC Director will also ensure that LPCP’s other projects – such as daylighting Phalen Creek and community engagement for Swede Hollow Park – coordinate with WTC activities. Finally, the WTC Director will manage the connectedness of WTC within the broader community and region through partnerships, the business community, transportation, and infrastructure. This position will report to the Executive Director.

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Swede Hollow Park Community Engagement Project 

Job Description:

In collaboration with LPCP and our partner organizations, the Community Engagement Consultant (CEC) will work as a team member on the Swede Hollow Park Community Engagement Project. The CEC will help develop and implement a community engagement plan that gathers guidance from stakeholders in creating a Master Plan for Swede Hollow Park. This is a short-term contract position through August 2019 consisting of up to 100 hours total.

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Our Staff

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Melanie Kleiss - Executive Director


Mishaila Bowman- Communications and Outreach Associate


Jim Rock (contractor) - Dakota Interpretation
Indigenous Educational Design

Jennifer Halcrow (contractor) - Development

Veronica Burt (contractor) - Community Engagement


Board of Directors

Thomas Draskovic
Lakota Language & Culture Teacher, American Indian Magnet School

Chip Lindeke
Treasurer; Principal, Raffetry Rafferty Tollefson Lindeke Architects

Dan McGuiness
Chair; East Side Resident; Mississippi River Program; National Audubon Society (Retired)

Amin Omar
East Side Resident; Director, Horn of Africa Community

Cynthia Whiteford
Secretary; Lowertown Resident; Senior Vice President, Trust for Public Land (Retired)

Our Partners

American Indian Family Center
Audubon Society
Capitol Region Watershed District
City of Saint Paul City Council
City of Saint Paul Division of Parks and Recreation
City of Saint Paul Office of the Mayor
City of Saint Paul Department of Public Works
City of Saint Paul Department of Planning and Economic Development
District 4 Dayton’s Bluff Community Council
District 5 Payne Phalen Planning Council
District 19 CapitolRiver Council
East Side Area Business Association
East Side Neighborhood Development Company
Friends of the Mississippi River
Friends of Swede Hollow
Historic Saint Paul
Metropolitan State University
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Mississippi Park Connection
National Park Service’s Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
Railroad Island Implementation Task Force
Ramsey County Board of Commissioners
Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District
Saint Paul Garden Club
Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation
Urban Roots
Trust for Public Land

Key Funders

Capitol Region Watershed District
Cottonwood Foundation
Daniela Bell
David Winton Bell Foundation
DNR Metro Greenways Program
Katherine B. Andersen Fund of the Saint Paul Foundation
Lowertown Future Fund
The McKnight Foundation
McNeely Foundation
National Park Trust
St. Paul Garden Club
Saint Paul Foundation
STAR Cultural Grant Program – City of Saint Paul
Toro Giving Program
Vinaya Foundation
Xcel Foundation