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Seasonal Positions

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Seasonal Positions

Assistant Ranger (PDF, 162 KB)
The New York City Urban Park Rangers seek naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts who want to spend their summer working with the public to build park stewardship and to act as ambassadors for New York City’s vast greenspace. As an Assistant Ranger, you will work outdoors in flagship parks in all five boroughs in the greatest city in the world. Under supervision, Assistant Rangers will provide nature and history-themed educational programs throughout the day. Assistant Rangers will spend part of their day patrolling frequented paths helping the public appreciate the natural and historical elements of our parklands, and providing general information and a uniformed presence. Assistant Rangers will be uniformed and trained to use a radio for communication, and to promptly respond to quality of life issues. 35 hours per week, including some nights and weekends
Challenge Course Facilitator (PDF, 286 KB)
The Urban Park Rangers of the City of New York/Parks & Recreation seek athletic, outdoor recreation leaders and youth development outdoor educators to work as facilitators at an exciting challenge course facility in Queens. Facilitate high and low-ropes programs for a diverse community including youth, adults, and people with disabilities. Lead off-course programs focusing on team building, leadership, and group dynamics. Perform routine assembly, inspection and maintenance of challenge course. PREFERRED SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or two years of experience in adventure education area related to the duties described above. • Experience using ropes, harnesses, belay systems and carabiners. • Comfortable working at heights • Experience coordinating and leading curricula-based youth and adult programs. • B.A. preferred. • Driver’s License preferred. • Ability to work weekends as needed
Fellowship and Conservation Corps Member
We seek motivated and energetic individuals to apply to the 2014-2015 NYC Parks Fellowship and Conservation Corps Program. Participants will gain valuable work experience that will help them to become the next generation of leaders dedicated to public service and to protecting and enhancing New York City's parks and natural resources. Each year, we select 30 applicants as Corps Members to the NYC Parks Fellowship and Conservation Corps Program. The program is a paid, 40-week public service commitment. The fellowship year starts on Monday, September 8, 2014 and ends Friday, June 12, 2015. Corps Members are paid $18.00 an hour and are provided health insurance while in the program. Corps Members are responsible for finding their own housing; NYC Parks does not pay for or subsidize any relocation or housing costs. Candidates who are not current City residents are required to establish City residency within 90 days from hire to meet the NYC residency requirement. Application deadline: Friday, March 21, 2014, by midnight EST.
Gardener II (PDF, 77 KB)
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Assist in the planting and cultivating of trees, flowers and shrubs including tasks such as digging up, balling, burlapping, transplanting trees and shrubs, digging up and transplanting sod, potting flowers and plants as well as propagating plant life and pruning and spraying trees, shrubs and plants. • Assist in the maintenance and operations of greenhouses and nurseries. • Prepare soil and seed beds. Grade, sod, weed, mulch and mow lawns. Repair damaged planted areas, fertilizing and watering soil. • Assist in and perform tasks involved in the operation and care of hand and power gardening tools and equipment. Make necessary operating adjustments to same; report needs for repairs and replacements to supervisor. • Perform simple record keeping and prepare simple written reports. • Drive vehicles and operates other motorized equipment incidental to the performance of duties. • May plan volunteer events and supervise volunteers. • As directed, perform tasks in connection with cleaning grounds and painting fixtures and equipment.
GIS Specialist (PDF, 201 KB)
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES •Under direction of the Director of GIS & Analytics, with latitude for independent initiative and judgment, contribute to and support the TreesCount!2015 through GIS mapping support and data analysis. •Coordinate and support the volunteer outreach, mapping events, data collection and quality assurance aspects of the Census using maps and data. •Support the usage and assist in the administration of the TreesCount!2015 Web App and data collection platform by NYC Parks staff and partner groups. •Review and perform quality assurance on incoming Tree Census data. •Support the review and integration of Census data into NYC Parks’ Forestry Management system. •Prepare maps, diagrams, and other data and analytical products to support the outreach, communication and reporting needs of the Census. •Provide other GIS mapping, data management and analytical support as needed.
Jr. Summer Camp Counselor (PDF, 63 KB)
• Assist with organizing and implementing program activities such as group team games, tournaments, multi-game events and other formal competitive activities. • Work with Senior Counselor to assist with upholding camp rules and preventing disturbances within the recreational areas. • Document and report attendance, incidents and injuries. Keep accurate records. • Maintain the health and safety of children under your supervision. • Inspect play areas and report evidence of unsafe or hazardous conditions to Camp Director and remove children from such areas. Cordon off or remove hazardous equipment before allowing children to resume activities. • Manage, distribute and collect athletic equipment and play materials. Keep accurate inventory.
Lifeguard
This is one of the best jobs in New York City and a guaranteed way to be in top physical condition while helping to keep millions of New Yorkers safe.
Programming Associate (PDF, 71 KB)
Under the guidance and discretion of the Program Director, the Programming Associate will be responsible for the following: • Conduct community outreach by assembling volunteers to assist in the events • Greet and support artists, teachers and other vendors who are presenting programs in Riverside Park including equipment load-in Stage-manage all programs and events in Riverside or West Harlem Piers Park. • Manage reservations for events • Administer various sports and recreation equipment. Maintain an inventory of all Riverside Park program materials and equipment • Distribute flyers and posters throughout the community and in the Park • Maintain and manage database for mailings • Assist the Program Director with all clerical duties including data entry • Perform regular event paperwork filing and report creation • Interact with the public in a pleasant and supportive manner
Summer Camp Counselor (PDF, 189 KB)
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Organize and implement group or team games, tournaments, multi-game events and other formal competitive activities. • Document and report accurate records of attendance, incidents and injuries. • Work closely with Camp Director and supporting staff to remain organized, follow daily schedules, report to trips and activities on time and ensure that parents are well informed. • Maintain the health and safety of children under your supervision. • Ensure proper health and safety standards of areas utilized by campers by removing broken, glass, litter or other hazardous materials. • Inspect play areas and report evidences of unsafe or hazardous conditions to Camp Director and remove children from such areas. Cordon off or remove hazardous equipment before allowing children to resume activities. • Uphold discipline and prevent disturbances within the recreational area.
Summer Camp Counselor (PDF, 63 KB)
• Organize and implement group or team games, tournaments, multi-game events and other formal competitive activities. • Document and report accurate records of attendance, incidents and injuries. • Work closely with Camp Director and supporting staff to remain organized, follow daily schedules, report to trips and activities on time and ensure that parents are well informed. • Maintain the health and safety of children under your supervision. • Ensure proper health and safety standards of areas utilized by campers by removing broken, glass, litter or other hazardous materials. • Inspect play areas and report evidences of unsafe or hazardous conditions to Camp Director and remove children from such areas. Cordon off or remove hazardous equipment before allowing children to resume activities. • Uphold discipline and prevent disturbances within the recreational area.
Summer Sports Experience Playground Associates (PDF, 71 KB)
• Applicant should have experience in coaching, and or playing multiple sports, and must feel comfortable teaching skills to youth participants. • Organize and implement group or team games, tournaments, multi-game events and other formal competitive activities. • Develop various curricula to meet facility needs, facilitate skill development among participants/staff and evaluate outcomes and objectives during and after program implementation. • Demonstrate good oral communication skills, be able to take and give direction, and create and facilitate lesson plans for event management. • Document and report accurate records of attendance, incidents and injuries. • Maintain the health and safety of children under your supervision. • Ensure proper health and safety standards of areas utilized by children by removing broken, glass, litter or other hazardous materials. • Inspect play areas and report evidences of unsafe or hazardous conditions and remove children from such areas. Cordon off or remove hazardous equipment before allowing children to resume activities. • Uphold discipline and prevent disturbances within the recreational area. • Applicants must be able to work both independently and in groups. • Applicants must be willing to travel via public transportation throughout New York City.
Summer Sports Experience Playground Associates (PDF, 71 KB)
• Applicant should have experience in coaching, and or playing multiple sports, and must feel comfortable teaching skills to youth participants. • Organize and implement group or team games, tournaments, multi-game events and other formal competitive activities. • Develop various curricula to meet facility needs, facilitate skill development among participants/staff and evaluate outcomes and objectives during and after program implementation. • Demonstrate good oral communication skills, be able to take and give direction, and create and facilitate lesson plans for event management. • Document and report accurate records of attendance, incidents and injuries. • Maintain the health and safety of children under your supervision. • Ensure proper health and safety standards of areas utilized by children by removing broken, glass, litter or other hazardous materials. • Inspect play areas and report evidences of unsafe or hazardous conditions and remove children from such areas. Cordon off or remove hazardous equipment before allowing children to resume activities. • Uphold discipline and prevent disturbances within the recreational area. • Applicants must be able to work both independently and in groups. • Applicants must be willing to travel via public transportation throughout New York City.
Trees Count 2015! Data Collection Field Staff (PDF, 68 KB) New
• Under the supervision of a Data Collection Supervisor, work in field teams of two. • Collecting individual tree data. • Conducting quality assurance of collected data – including use of a GPS unit or rolling wheel to collect location information. • Collecting biophysical data such as species and DBH. • Assessing specific site conditions and observations. • Fieldwork will take place in all five boroughs of New York City.
Trees Count 2015! Data Collection Principal Field Staff (PDF, 69 KB) New
• Under general direction, oversee work done by seasonal interns in field teams of two in conducting the collection of individual tree data and quality assurance of all collected data – including use of a GPS unit or rolling wheel to collect location information, collection of biophysical data such as species and DBH, and assessment of specific site conditions and observations. • Coordinate fieldwork and assist in the data collection, management of field data, and quality assurance. • Assure data collection protocols are followed and documented correctly. • Coordinate field schedules, equipment use, and site logistics.
Trees Count 2015! Event Staff (PDF, 67 KB)
• Under the direction of the Street Tree Census Coordinator and Assistant Street tree Census Coordinators maximize the day-to-day operations of the Trees Count 2015 Street Tree Census with attention to detail and effective communication. • Coordinate and execute operational aspects of the street tree census, including but not limited to: organizing and leading events with volunteer groups, recruit, train, and deploy volunteers; manage and maintain data collection equipment, meet project milestones to ensure timely completion of the census and provide proper levels of support for volunteer groups. • Supervise, train and motivate volunteers, group leaders, summer interns, and other agency and Parks staff, involved in Census events. • Work closely with Parks staff involved in volunteer recruitment, training, and technology matters relating to the census. • Represent the project and the Agency to the general public and outside organizations such as community boards, community interest groups.

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