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Challenge Course Facilitator (PDF, 184 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 • 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. • Experience in adventure education area related to the duties described above.
City Park Worker (PDF, 43 KB)
• Assist in general maintenance work, including lawn mowing, edging, seeding, snow removal, cultivating, fertilizing, sod laying and hedge trimming, sweeping and raking of litter and emptying of receptacles. • Clean and maintain facilities including comfort stations. • Perform minor repair work including but not limited to plumbing, masonry, electrical, painting, carpentry, metal work and vehicle and equipment repair. • Drive vehicles and operate certain other motorized equipment. • Perform safety checks on facilities and equipment. • May move furniture, climb and perform other physical activities as required in the performance of assigned duties. QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS A Motor Vehicle Driver License valid in the State of New York is required. There are certain medical and physical requirements. PREFERRED SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS 1. Ability to drive to locations in all five boroughs. 2. Ability to work flexible hours, nights and weekends as needed. 3. Commercial Driver License a plus. Duration of Positions: 3½ months to 6 months
City Seasonal Aide/Security Guard (PDF, 115 KB)
Job Qualifications for City Seasonal Aide/Security Guard • Must be at least 18 years of age • Must pass a background check • Must be able to work holidays, weekends and flexible shifts Preferred Skills/Qualifications • Valid New York State Driver License • High School Diploma and 60 College credits or higher in Environmental or Criminal Justice • Military experience a plus • Related security experience
Coop Ed. Trainee for Summer Camp (PDF, 103 KB)
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Assist with organizing and implementing program activities such as group team games, tournaments, multi-game events and other formal competitive activities. • Work with the 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.
Gardener I (PDF, 121 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 supervise seasonal employees, as well as volunteers. • As directed, perform tasks in connection with cleaning grounds and painting fixtures and equipment. QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS 1. One year of full-time experience in gardening work, including experience in each of the following planting, cultivating and caring for trees, plants shrubs and lawns; or 2. A certificate from a horticulture or botanic program containing college-level courses, such as programs offered by the New York Botanical Garden, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, etc.; or 3. A satisfactory combination of education and/or experience that is equivalent to ?1? above. Thirty semester credits from an accredited college, at least fifteen of which must be in horticulture, agriculture, agronomy, plant pathology, botany, landscape design or architecture, entomology, forestry, floriculture, plant production and/or crop management, may be substituted for the one year of the work experience described in ?1? above. LICENSE REQUIREMENT A motor vehicle driver license valid in the State of New York. This license must be maintained for the duration of employment. PREFERRED SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS 1. Familiarity with local and ornamental plant species. 2. New York State Pesticide Applicator License category 3A or 7 a plus. 3. Ability to initiate and complete projects in a timely manner. The lengths of positions will vary.
Jr. Summer Camp Counselor (PDF, 132 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. • 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.
Kids in Motion Playground Associate (PDF, 105 KB)
Kids in Motion staff (Playground Associates) lead four to seven hours of free activities for children per day, including organized sports, games, fitness demos, guided walks, board games, water games and more! You can indicate your preferred length of employment from the above list upon interview. Public Programs, a division of NYC Parks will operate the Kids in Motion program at 100 locations, including: 55 locations that will operate from April – October 30 locations that will operate from July – September 15 locations that will operate from July – October MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Organize group or team games, tournaments, multi-game events and other formal competitive activities. • Distribute, collect and perform minor repair and adjustments to athletic equipment and play materials. • Ensure proper health and safety standards of the playground; Inspect play areas and reports evidence of unsafe or hazardous conditions. Cordon off or remove hazardous equipment. Write work orders for repairs. • Maintain the health and safety of children under your supervision. • Document and report accurate records of attendance, incidents, and injuries. • Uphold discipline and prevent disturbances within the recreational area. • Conduct community outreach to increase participation in in recreational programming and special holiday events. • Applicants must be able to work both independently and in groups.
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.
Mobile Unit Playground Associate (PDF, 103 KB)
A visit from a Play, Skate or Fitness Mobile highlights any event, especially when a group might not have access to a Park or Recreational facility nearby. Mobile Units visit church family days, community block parties, health fairs & summer camp celebrations. They also enhance Parks –sponsored programs like Summer Festivals, Pumpkin Fest, and the Playground Associate Programs. The Mobile Recreation Vans travel citywide providing equipment & instructional activities from community events, which include in-line skating, arts & crafts, sport & fitness activities. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Organize free and innovative activities in parks and playgrounds for children and their families, including sports, fitness and outdoor adventure, games, arts and crafts and special events. • Engage the community by organizing recreational programming and special events. • Distribute, collect and perform minor repair and adjustments to athletic equipment and play materials, including demonstration of the application or use of the material supplied. • Inspect play areas and report evidence of unsafe or hazardous conditions. Cordon off or remove hazardous equipment. Ensure proper health and safety standards of playground by removing broken glass, litter or other hazardous materials. • Uphold discipline and prevent disturbances within the recreational area. • Maintain accurate records.
Mobile Unit Supervisor (PDF, 103 KB)
A visit from a Play, Skate or Fitness Mobile highlights any event, especially when a group might not have access to a Park or Recreational facility nearby. Mobile Units visit church family days, community block parties, health fairs & summer camp celebrations. They also enhance Parks –sponsored programs like Summer Festivals, Pumpkin Fest, and the Playground Associate Programs. The Mobile Recreation Vans travel citywide providing equipment & instructional activities from community events, which include in-line skating, arts & crafts, sport & fitness activities. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Under supervision, with latitude for independent initiative and judgment, staff a mobile unit. • Plan and organize day-to-day operations of the Mobile Unit Program. • Provide instruction and leadership in a variety of activities including sports, fitness, in-line skating, table games, playground games and arts & crafts at various locations throughout the five boroughs. • Drive Parks’ mobile unit van with supplies to and from garage to various locations within the five Boroughs. • Work closely with Recreation staff to ensure that programs are professionally implemented. • Provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all participants and opportunity for equal participation among children. • Maintain accurate records. • Responsible for the custody and maintenance of the Mobile Unit vehicle and for reporting all needed repairs to the citywide coordinator. Ensure vehicle is neat and organized. Track and maintain inventory of equipment and submit weekly reports to Citywide Coordinator.
Movie Mobile Unit Playground Associate (PDF, 105 KB)
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Travel to and from garage to various Parks around the five boroughs • Assist with the set up and break down of movie screen and audio equipment • Work closely with Parks Managers and borough coordinator to insure that movie showings are professionally implemented • Assist with light maintenance and insure that movie locations are safe and feasible • Maintain accurate records such as daily vehicle trip ticket, van inventory and program sign in sheets • Maintain mobile unit; vehicle keep van neat and organized. Keep inventory of equipment and update citywide and borough coordinator on repairs needed of vehicle and replacement of supplies.
Movie Mobile Unit Playground Associate (PDF, 106 KB)
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Travel to and from garage to various Parks around the five boroughs • Assist with the set up and break down of movie screen and audio equipment • Work closely with Parks Managers and borough coordinator to insure that movie showings are professionally implemented • Assist with light maintenance and insure that movie locations are safe and feasible • Maintain accurate records such as daily vehicle trip ticket, van inventory and program sign in sheets • Maintain mobile unit; vehicle keep van neat and organized. Keep inventory of equipment and update citywide and borough coordinator on repairs needed of vehicle and replacement of supplies.
Movie Mobile Unit Supervisor (PDF, 105 KB)
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Drive to and from garage to various Parks around the five boroughs • Set up and break down of movie screen and audio equipment • Work closely with Parks Managers and borough coordinators to insure that movie showings are professionally implemented • Evaluate movie sites and insure that locations are safe and feasible • Maintain accurate records such as daily vehicle trip ticket, van inventory and program sign in sheets • Maintain mobile unit vehicle keep van neat and organized. Keep inventory of equipment and update citywide and borough coordinator on repairs needed of vehicle and replacement of supplies. .
Natural Resource Technician & Educator (PDF, 182 KB)
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Non-native invasive species management. • Identify and map plant communities in natural areas. • Re-construct, restore and maintain trail infrastructure. • Conduct trail assessment, inventory and planning. • Safely operate and maintain supplies, tools and equipment including machines and vehicles. • Identify sites and execute all facets of restoring natural areas. • Conduct wildlife assessment, wetland education and stewardship. • Utilize GPS equipment and GIS programs for ecological stewardship. • Work with volunteers, Parks and non-Parks staff on ecologic projects. • Help prepare reports, assess data, inventory items and record keeping. • Perform other work-related duties as advised. • Develop and implement education programs for pre-K up to college level students, and educators that include narration, hands-on inquiry-based lessons in STEM related fields to ensure an engaging experience. • Guide groups seeking an educational experience in Staten Island north shore parks and facilities. • Generate teacher lessons, student activities, and other print and digital resources to support Hudson River Estuary education • Develop metrics to measure the success of programs and resources. • Regularly communicate with educators and NYC DOE staff. • Coordinate and collaborate with consultants/contractors associated with education and stewardship programs.
Nature Center Adventure Guide (PDF, 104 KB)
The Urban Parks Rangers’ (UPR) mission is to link New Yorkers to the natural world through environmental education, outdoor recreation, wildlife management and active conservation. POSITION DESCRIPTION • Staff and program centers during open hours. • Greet guests and provide information as requested. • Plan and offer environmental education and outdoor adventure programs in center and surrounding parkland. • Outreach to Friends of groups, schools, day camps and other community organizations, as well as the general public to ensure high program attendance. • Answer phones, take messages, and provide customer service. • Perform daily AED Inspections and report as necessary. • Maintain Center cleanliness including sweeping, mopping, dusting, removing garbage and other organizational tasks.
Playground Associate (PDF, 109 KB)
Work Location: Ocean Breeze Park, Staten Island MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Organize group or team games, tournaments, multi-game events and other formal competitive activities. • Distribute, collect and perform minor repair and adjustments to athletic equipment and play materials. • Ensure proper health and safety standards of the playground by removing broken glass, litter or other hazardous materials. • Inspect play areas and reports evidence of unsafe or hazardous conditions. Cordon off or remove hazardous equipment. Write work orders for repairs. • Organize the community by attending meetings and assemble volunteers to assist in recreational programming, including teen programs, holiday events and upkeep of the playground and facilities. • Uphold discipline and prevent disturbances within the recreational area. • Accurately record and track memberships, enrollments, attendance and facility permits for membership office. • Coordinate mailing lists, fliers, and correspondence for the special events division. • Maintain accurate records.
Summer Camp Counselor CSA (PDF, 143 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. • 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 PA (PDF, 168 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. • 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. • Applicants must be able to work both independently and in groups.
Summer Sports Experience Playground Associate (PDF, 93 KB)
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • 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. • 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.
Swim Instructors (PDF, 89 KB)
New York City/Parks & Recreation is looking for Swim Instructors to organize and instruct tots, children, and adults in our Learn to Swim Program this summer, instruct seniors in water exercise and Learn to Swim as well as physically and intellectually challenged persons, coach swim teams, supervise adult lap swim, and act as Aquatic Directors at camps in all 5 boroughs. Full time and part time summer job positions available.
Timing Official (PDF, 146 KB)
Work Location: Ocean Breeze Park, Staten Island MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Under supervision of the Administrator for Ocean Breeze, perform functions related to event management in regards to timing event system, equipment, computer networking, and software while maintaining event databases at Ocean Breeze, including facilitating the timing of indoor track meets. • Assist management in establishing membership and meet attendance goals. • Develop and implement meets and recreation programming, including fitness, afterschool or arts & culture programs for all age groups. • Preserve the condition of the facility ensuring that established health and safety standards are met. • Participate in departmental training and conduct training seminars. • Organize and promote special events. • Prepare reports and presentations for management.
Trees and Sidewalks Forester (PDF, 189 KB)
Major Responsibilities • Under general supervision, perform advanced professional forestry functions in the field and office; perform related work. • Enforce Parks Department standards for tree pruning, removal, planting and replacement. Assess work to be done by contractors; engage in directly and supervise employees involved in professional forestry activities. • Conduct field inspections for tree condition assessment and risk rating, sidewalk rating and design for forestry services contracts. • Consult with engineers, developers and contractors on a regular basis throughout projects. • Survey sites for planting potential and make decisions regarding species selection and site design. Perform post-planting field inspections and inspect trees. • Respond to citizen inquiries and maintain working relationships with community boards, community groups and officials within and outside of the agency. Coordinate community-based greening efforts and lead tree stewardship workshops. • Examine other agency and permit applications to assess impact on trees and landscapes and/or issue tree planting permits. • Manage borough-wide tree database and track, monitor and produce reports on budgets, productivity, accomplishments and program status updates.
Wildlife Area Associate (PDF, 182 KB)
POSITION DESCRIPTION Under the supervision and direction of the NYC Parks’ Wildlife Unit, the Wildlife Area Associate will work at the Rockaway Beach Endangered Species Nesting Area (RBESNA) to assist with the deployment of seasonal staff and interns, perform data entry, report writing, and other administrative tasks. Additional responsibilities include monitoring and protecting endangered species, providing educational programs, and community outreach. The Rockaway Beach Endangered Species Nesting Area is a section of beach approximately 1 mile long (20 city blocks) and about 1 block wide. The site is home to piping plovers, least and common terns, American oystercatchers, black skimmers, as well as other migratory birds that use the site as a safe haven. NYC Parks is mandated by federal (Endangered Species Act) and state law to provide protection for the piping plover, a New York State Endangered and Federally Threatened species. Under supervision, the Wildlife Area Associate will work weekends and some holidays during the season and is responsible for administrative duties, writing reports, data gathering and entering, site construction and maintenance in addition to their monitoring and protecting duties.
Wildlife Monitor (PDF, 104 KB)
POSITION DESCRIPTION Wildlife Monitors will work at the Rockaway Beach Endangered Species Nesting Area (RBESNA) to monitor and protect endangered species, and provide educational programs and community outreach. The Rockaway Beach Endangered Species Nesting Area is a section of beach approximately 1 mile long (20 city blocks) and about 1 block wide. The site is home to piping plovers, least and common terns, American oystercatchers, black skimmers, as well as other migratory birds that use the site as a safe haven. NYC Parks is mandated by federal (Endangered Species Act) and state law to provide protection for the piping plover, a New York State Endangered and Federally Threatened species. Under supervision, Wildlife Monitors will work weekends and some holidays during the season and are responsible for site construction and maintenance in addition to their monitoring and protecting duties.

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