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NYC Parks Fellowship & Conservation Corps Program Application

About this Application

This application cannot be saved as a draft for later revisions. All submissions are final. You are encouraged to review the application before applying.

You are also invited to submit an optional letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should clearly identify the applicant’s name and include the author’s contact information. The letters may be submitted by the applicant or by the author on the applicant’s behalf.

All applications and letters of recommendation are due Monday, April 13, 2015, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.  



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Using this form, please address each of the following questions in approximately one paragraph each (200 words max.)


On a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being NOT AT ALL, 3 being MODERATELY, and 5 being VERY), please rank your interest in or ability to perform the following tasks by marking the corresponding number. Note: Not all divisions will have availability, but we will do our best to try and match participants’ skills and interests to the available placements.

The Art and Antiquities Division maintains over 800 monuments and pieces of art, organizes temporary exhibitions of contemporary art at sites across the city and shows in the Arsenal Gallery, responds to research queries from scholars and the general public, and produces historically-based content for the agency.

Each borough office works to provide clean, safe, functional and attractive parks and playgrounds for the public’s use and enjoyment. In addition to their maintenance responsibilities, the borough offices have significant responsibilities for capital projects, community relations, and special events. The borough offices also use data to implement a range of initiatives designed to improve park quality, efficiency, and effectiveness.

The Capital Projects Division is responsible for redesigning and rebuilding park sites throughout the city. In addition to designing and building parks and playgrounds, it also supports construction of bike paths, sea walls, outdoor pools, boardwalks, basketball courts, roller hockey rinks, baseball fields, beaches, and natural areas.

The Office of Public Affairs oversees all press and requests for information concerning all of the City’s parkland. The Press Office includes New Media, Graphics, and the Photo and Video Units and generates public attention about agency initiatives and resources, drafts and designs the agency’s major publications, and coordinates communication regarding events and issues.

The Community Outreach Division manages five units, including Partnerships for Parks (a joint program between NYC Parks and the City Parks Foundation that engages volunteers and works to strengthen neighborhood parks), GreenThumb (the largest community gardening program in the nation), Government Relations, Art and Antiquities, and Arsenal Operations.

The General Counsel’s office supervises all legal matters for the Agency. It also provides legal advice and assistance to employees working on agency matters.

The Office of Management and Budget is responsible for the internal management of the Agency and oversees several units including Budget, Revenue, Marketing and Special Events, the Parks Training Academy, Information Technology (IT), Computer Resource Centers, Operations and Management Planning, Personnel and Benefits, and Telecommunications. Additionally, the office directs the Parks Opportunity Program (POP), one of the largest paid Welfare-to-Work/Transitional Job Training programs in the country, and the Computer Resource Centers (CRC), which offer digital literacy classes, and special projects.

Operations is charged with performing analyses to develop cross-borough operations strategies and action plans. This division builds predictive and prescriptive performance measurement tools, leads the agency’s workforce agenda, and helps train staff on process improvements, industry best practices and advances in information technology.

The Natural Resources Group works to conserve the city’s natural resources for the benefit of ecosystem and public health through acquisition, management, restoration, advocacy and volunteer engagement using scientific research. Forestry staff citywide work to protect and support in the health and safety of trees in New York City’s urban forest and on City streets.

The Planning and Parklands Division is home to the Parks Department’s land use, environmental, real estate, and grant application functions. It is responsible for representing the agency’s involvement in complex planning and development initiatives, environmental reviews, and land use transactions.

The mission of NYC Parks’ Public Programs Division is to enable all New Yorkers to lead physically active lives through sports, fitness and outdoor adventure. NYC Parks strives to lead the City in providing free and low-cost opportunities for people to “get moving” by connecting New Yorkers to programs at recreation centers. Programs include sports leagues, arts and culture programs, computer resource centers, nutrition classes, swimming, summer camp and after school programming.

This division is responsible for the development, management, permitting, and licensing of all revenue-generating businesses on New York City parkland. It also vets, oversees, and assists in bringing large-scale events to NYC Parks to increase opportunities, services, and leisure activities for New Yorkers of all ages.

The Rangers connect New Yorkers to the natural world through environmental education, outdoor recreation, wildlife management and active conservation. Uniformed Rangers welcome school children and their teachers through The Natural Classroom, high school students through the Ranger Conservation Corps, families and adults through Weekend Adventures and Nature Centers, and groups looking for team building opportunities through the Adventure Course and Custom Adventures.


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