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Seasonal Positions

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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.
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, 135 KB)
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. • Uphold discipline and prevent disturbances within the recreational area. • Maintain accurate records.
Mobile Unit Supervisor (PDF, 107 KB)
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Under supervision, with latitude for independent initiative and judgment, supervise mobile unit seasonal staff. • Plan, organize and supervise day-to-day operations of the Mobile Unit Program. • Provide instruction, leadership and supervision in a variety of activities including sports, fitness, 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.
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.
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.
Project Coordinator for Heat Resilience (PDF, 137 KB) New
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Under the direction of the co-director of the Urban Field Station at NYC Parks and the senior spatial analyst at DOHMH’s BESP, coordinate citywide monitoring efforts to understand baseline spatial distribution of temperature in priority and control neighborhoods for evaluation of Cool Neighborhoods NYC interventions. Serve as liaison between Parks, Health, and ORR • Order equipment and oversee installation of equipment. • Coordinate current research and monitoring efforts related to the Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE) in New York City. Synthesize research on key topics and identify research gaps. Nurture new partnerships focused on UHIE. • Help prepare products and materials to support fundraising, program implementation, and inform future capital investments in green and natural infrastructure. • Assist in the data collection and analysis of health, demographic and land cover data sets, including tree canopy, other vegetation, and all types of impervious surfaces, to help identify areas of the city that can benefit from additional greening and impervious surface removal to protect from the UHIE. Coordinate local experiments and demonstration sites. • Prepare reports, memos, fact-sheets, presentations, public engagement efforts, organize meetings, and other duties.
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, 91 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 Contracts Coordinator (PDF, 116 KB) New
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Under general supervision, with latitude for independent initiative and judgment, coordinate all non-technical aspects of contract administration for projects such as sidewalk repair, street tree planting, horticulture, and reforestation contracts. • Assist with the preparation of contract documents, including Certificate to Proceed (CP) requests, title requests, scopes, bid pages, contract transmittals, technical clarifications and contract increases. • Coordinate with Parks’ Management Services Office to track contracts after transmittal in order to ensure the timely assignment of bid dates. After the bid, assist in preparation of bid analyses for review and prepare adjustments. • Track progress of contract registrations, issuance of awards letters and order-to-work letters. • Attend pre-construction meetings, keep records and issue pre-construction meeting minutes. • Monitor progress of contract registrations and payment processing, and enter subcontractor information in the City’s Financial Management System (FMS). • Oversee contract management during construction phase including contract correspondence; review contract payments and due dates for contract milestones. • Assist project managers in preparation of time extensions and change orders when necessary and monitor approvals. • Track contract productivity and enter data in the Agency’s database programs and Excel worksheets to keep contract status information and databases up-to-date and communicate daily, weekly and monthly progress/status.
Trees and Sidewalks Forester (PDF, 189 KB) New
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.
Watershed Planner (PDF, 93 KB)
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Under direction of the Wetlands Restoration Program Manager, lead the development of restoration and green infrastructure planning projects at the watershed scale. • Collect and analyze habitat and water resource information using GIS and field assessments to establish goals, objectives, and constraints for watershed planning. • Identify and prioritize opportunities for habitat restoration, management, and protection and green infrastructure. • Collaborate with multiple stakeholders, including community members, in an interdisciplinary and governmental context to achieve project goals. • Research, analyze, frame and document opportunities to advance restoration and watershed planning. • Compile, analyze and interpret environmental studies, and prepare technical reports and presentations on project status and objectives for funders, collaborators, and the public.
Web Developer (Digital Media) (PDF, 104 KB) New
• Under direct supervision, with latitude for independent initiative and judgment, design and build front-end web applications, and related software functions. • Architect and develop scalable, responsive front-end systems using HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, and front-end libraries. • Leverage API services and data feeds to build dynamic large scale web applications. • Maintain and enhance existing custom applications and content management systems built in-house. • Analyze and research solutions to improve efficiency, scalability, and stability of various systems and components. • Collaborate with an agile team of developers, designers, and project managers throughout system development, and iteratively improve and refine applications.

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