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Seasonal Positions

NYC Parks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

City Park Worker (PDF, 80 KB)
NYC Parks is the steward of nearly 30,000 acres of land - 14 percent of New York City - including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. We operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds, 1,800 basketball courts, 550 tennis courts, 67 public pools, 51 recreational facilities, 15 nature centers, 14 golf courses, and 14 miles of beaches. We care for 1,200 monuments and 23 historic house museums. We look after 600,000 street trees and two million more in parks. We are New York City's principal providers of recreational and athletic facilities and programs. We are home to free concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • 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.
City Seasonal Aide/Security Guard (PDF, 91 KB)
Members of the Parks Security Service are City Seasonal Aides/Security Guards and perform routine patrols of parks, beaches, pools and related facilities to promote proper use and enjoyment of parks. Job Qualifications • 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 Criminal Justice studies • Military experience a plus • Related security experience
Coop/Jr. Summer Camp Counselor (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.
Gardener II (PDF, 135 KB)
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Plant and cultivate trees, flowers and shrubs. • Prepare soil and seed beds. Grade, sod, weed, mulch and mow lawns. • Operate and maintain Parks & Recreation mowing equipment and sprinkler system. • Supervise employees and volunteers and instruct them in proper gardening techniques and all aspects of general park maintenance. • Maintain records and prepare written reports. • Interact with staff and the public in a courteous and professional manner. 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. Additional requirements for Assignment Level II Candidates must have one additional year of satisfactory, full-time experience in gardening work, including experience in each of the following areas: propagating, planting, cultivating, and caring for trees, plants, shrubs and lawns.
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.
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 Instructor (PDF, 87 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. Qualification Requirements: 1. Three years of participation in a recreational pursuit, art, craft or other as a team member, teacher, performer, coach, official, contestant or demonstrator including at least one year of experience in a recreational pursuit, art, craft to be performed on the job, as described above; or 2. Major study in that recreational pursuit, art, or craft to be performed on the job, as described below, acquired in a high school, college or other appropriate institution over at least a three year period; or 3. A satisfactory equivalent combination of education and experience as described above. However all candidates must have at least one year of experience or education in that art, craft or recreational pursuit to be performed on the job as described above. Skills/Qualifications: 1. American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. 2. American Red Cross CPR or equivalent certification. 3. 3 years Recreation experience, including 1 year of aquatics experience or equivalent education and experience. 4. High School diploma or G.E.D.
Swim Instructor (PDF, 87 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. Qualification Requirements: 1. Three years of participation in a recreational pursuit, art, craft or other as a team member, teacher, performer, coach, official, contestant or demonstrator including at least one year of experience in a recreational pursuit, art, craft to be performed on the job, as described above; or 2. Major study in that recreational pursuit, art, or craft to be performed on the job, as described below, acquired in a high school, college or other appropriate institution over at least a three year period; or 3. A satisfactory equivalent combination of education and experience as described above. However all candidates must have at least one year of experience or education in that art, craft or recreational pursuit to be performed on the job as described above. Skills/Qualifications: 1. American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. 2. American Red Cross CPR or equivalent certification. 3. 3 years Recreation experience, including 1 year of aquatics experience or equivalent education and experience. 4. High School diploma or G.E.D.
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.

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