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Wednesday, April 03, 2013
No. 17

Parks Seeks Applicants For New Conservation Corps

New Fellowship Program Seeks to Develop the Next Generation of Park Stewards and Sustain New York City’s Investment in its Parks and Natural Areas

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation is seeking applicants for the new NYC Parks Fellowship and Conservation Corps Program. Announced by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in his 2013 State of the City address, the Conservation Corps will help to improve the resiliency of New York City’s parks and beaches by engaging a group of 30 participants in public service and introducing them to park management, horticulture, environmental education and recreation, conservation, and sustainability. Beginning September 2013, the Conservation Corps program will support priority projects, provide valuable work experience, and foster the next generation of leaders dedicated to protecting and enhancing the City’s parks and natural resources.

"Under the leadership of Mayor Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor Harris, our City’s open spaces and parks have benefitted from new City investment and from the support of our partner agencies, the City Council, non-profit partners, and residents," said NYC Parks & Recreation Commissioner Veronica M. White. "It is now our task to ensure that these gains are maintained and that our parks will continue to be enjoyed by all New Yorkers. The NYC Parks Fellowship and Conservation Corps program will be vital to ensuring the high-quality of our Parks, to completing the restoration of our beaches, and in helping to create a greener, more resilient New York City for generations to come."

The NYC Parks Fellowship and Conservation Corps Program is a 40-week, paid work experience that includes on-the-job training and mentoring. Participants will support priority projects, such as the hands-on restoration of natural areas, including the forests, marshes, and trails damaged by Hurricane Sandy, efforts to connect New Yorkers to fitness, education, and other recreational programming, and community engagement and volunteer initiatives, as well as a range of administrative projects. This professional work experience will be complemented by regularly-scheduled group service projects and ongoing career development opportunities, with the intent of preparing participants for careers in the environmental sector and public service.

Participants will be selected through a competitive application process. Applications are due by May 1, 2013 and participants will begin the program in September 2013. Applications can be downloaded from the NYC Parks website at

The NYC Parks Fellowship and Conservation Corps program is supported by a $3 million grant from the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. NYC Parks is currently seeking funds to support a second year of the program, which would begin with new program participants in the summer of 2014.

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation is the steward of more than 29,000 acres of land including 1,700 parks, 14 miles of beaches, 500 community gardens, and 2,500 Greenstreets. Parks also manages the City’s athletic fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, recreation centers, public pools, nature centers, golf courses, monuments, and historic house museums, and cares for 2 million trees inside the parks and another 600,000 street trees. Parks also provides numerous free public programs and services in coordination with New York City’s local elected officials, community members, and non-profit partners. Parks has approximately 3,500 full-time employees and approximately 2,500 seasonal and transitional employees. The NYC Parks Fellowship and Conservation Corps maintains the tradition of Parks as a career training ground and partners with other City agencies in providing New Yorkers with job skills and well-defined career paths through a variety of programs.

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