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Seasonal Positions

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Aquatics Program Assistant (PDF, 105 KB)
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Assists in organizing and preparing for swim meets and other aquatic program activities including clinics, trainings and special events. • Distributes and collects equipment such as noodles, kickboards, and other aquatic related program materials. • Organizes and assist in aquatic programming and upkeep of teaching materials, forms, etc. • Participates in Aquatic Recreation special events. • Completes basic administrative functions which include answering phone, responding to emails, drafting letters, processing paperwork, faxing documents, organizing employee databases, as well as collecting and analyzing data. • Provides customer service face to face, and by phone calls and emails.
Challenge Course Facilitator (PDF, 182 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.
City Park Worker (PDF, 80 KB)
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.
City Seasonal Aide (PDF, 89 KB)
EXAMPLES OF TYPICAL TASKS • Perform light repair and general maintenance work in building and grounds of various public structures. • Use hand and powered grass mowers and other equipment. • Pick up litter, rake debris and dig pits and ditches and remove snow and ice. • Clean interiors and exteriors of structures. Perform sidewalk and road depression repair work. • Adjust, lubricate and make minor repairs to equipment and machinery. After appropriate training operate, maintain and winterize the chlorination and filtration equipment in indoor and outdoor swimming pools. • Aid in the operation of chemical sewage treatment apparatus and auxiliary equipment. • Assist in providing informational, educational and safety services to the general public in person and over the telephone. • Complete simple reports on activities performed.
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.
Environmental Graphic Designer (PDF, 104 KB)
• Help execute a citywide upgrade of all park signage, including identifier, regulatory, wayfinding and historical signs • Design and layout signs within existing system, recommend improvements as needed • Conduct site visits and create detailed signage proposals and install plans • Project manage all incoming signage projects, working across different divisions to determine sign content, sizing, and placement • Liaise with internal divisions and external vendors to secure quotes and drawings, • and place orders • Manage the design of facility interiors (paint, murals, interior signage systems) • Own and maintain the agency's signage guidelines.
Freshkills Park Programming Associate (PDF, 105 KB) New
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Under supervision, perform responsible work in the planning, coordination and evaluation of educational and recreational programming for Freshkills Park. • Organize, schedule, publicize and lead tours, including hiking, kayaking, and school field trips; and record participation. • Using existing topical lesson plans, teach classes at the park or in classrooms across the city. Build positive relationships with teachers and seek new partnerships with public and private schools in all boroughs. • Assist in planning, organizing and supervising volunteer service projects at Freshkills Park. • Assist in conducting special events at Freshkills Park including races, sporting events, arts events, and festivals. • Recruit volunteers, community groups and vendors for various events or activities and direct their efforts. • Create promotional and educational materials about the park and upcoming events. • Ensure park facilities are in good order and maintain equipment.
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.
Junior Graphic Designer (PDF, 103 KB)
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Using NYC Parks’ brand guidelines, execute production-level design of print materials, merchandise, signage, and other collateral for various divisions of the agency; opportunity to conceptualize and execute new designs as needed. • Ensure consistency of all promotional materials. • Liaise with vendors and set up production-ready files. • Create original art and illustrations.
Kids in Motion Playground Associate (PDF, 149 KB)
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 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
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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.
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.
Sign Production Designer (PDF, 244 KB)
The Marketing and Special Events division of NYC Parks develops and executes the materials, sponsorships, proposals, and citywide festivals that help the Agency fulfill its mission. Additionally, the marketing team crafts and implements advertising campaigns for various City initiatives and oversees the Parks brand and identity. The sign production designer will play an integral role working independently as well as collaboratively in visually communicating the agency’s mission. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Using NYC Parks’ brand guidelines, execute production-level design of all signage, including regulatory, wayfinding, history, and public art signs. • Conduct site visits and develop packages to indicate on-site sign placement. • Ensure consistency of all signage design citywide. • Liaise with signage vendors and set up production-ready files. • Opportunity to conceptualize and develop new interpretive signage as needed.
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.
Wildlife Area Associate (PDF, 92 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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