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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.
Associate Park Service Worker (PDF, 89 KB)
POSITION DESCRIPTION • Under general supervision, drive vehicles and operate motorized equipment in a safe manner to perform assigned duties. • Maintain tools, equipment and vehicles and ensure they operate in proper working condition. • Effectively maintain landscape and grounds. Clean and repair facilities and ensure agency rules and regulations are followed. • Supervise assigned personnel and closely inspect work assignments to ensure all tasks are completed in a timely manner and according to agency specifications. • Maintain accurate records, track assignments and order necessary supplies.
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 (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.
Ecological Restoration Design Project Manager (PDF, 98 KB) New
The mission of Forestry, Horticulture and Natural Resources (FHNR) is to protect, restore, expand and manage New York City’s natural spaces and green infrastructure to maximize their benefits and promote their value within and outside of the urban ecosystem. NRG has a full-time 1.5 year position available (with potential for extension) as an Ecological Restoration Design Project Manager (PM) with excellent graphic design and AutoCAD skills to support the design of wetland restoration projects. Experience in wetlands or ecological restoration, urban planning, or green infrastructure design is preferred. The PM will help advance coastal wetland restoration, shoreline enhancement, and waterfront access projects from the feasibility assessment to concept and final design stages. At new sites, the PM will advance restoration concepts into functional designs for the purposes of better estimating costs, obtaining permits, or securing funding. Where funding has been secured, the PM will develop documents for construction, including final designs, cost estimates and specifications. The PM may also assist with conducting ecological assessments to inform wetlands restoration and protection planning and design. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Under direction of the Wetlands Restoration Program Manager and Landscape Architect, manage the development, planning, permitting, and implementation of wetlands and aquatic resource restoration and watershed planning projects. • Develops and carries out restoration planning projects. • Assist in obtaining internal and external approvals for proposed projects. • Prepare suitable graphics, data, presentations, and reports to communicate existing conditions and design intent. • Investigate, research, and propose solutions to problems that address project goals. • Develop construction specifications, estimates of quantities, and cost estimates for proposed work. • Research, analyze, frame and document opportunities to advance restoration and watershed planning. • Prepare conceptual designs, functional, and final restoration designs. • Present projects to stakeholders, other governmental agencies and departments, contractors and their representatives consultants, community members, and the public. • Conduct site inspections during investigation, design development and construction phases of project.
Ecological Restoration Project Manager/ Restoration Planner (PDF, 163 KB) New
The Natural Resources Group (NRG) is a division within NYC Parks & Recreation, and is responsible for acquisition, protection, restoration, and management of remnant and restored natural areas within the City’s parkland. NRG develops natural areas management and restoration programs and provides technical research that aids in the protection of the City’s natural resources. NRG has a full-time 1.5 year position available (with potential for extension), to implement wetland restoration, coastal waterfront access and living shoreline, watershed planning, and wetlands assessment projects with the aim of meeting environmental and community-oriented goals. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Under direction of the Wetlands Restoration Program Manager, manage the development, planning, permitting, and implementation of wetlands and aquatic resource restoration, assessment and watershed planning projects. • Work with agency staff and partner organizations to identify restoration needs and provide guidance on restoration designs based on ecological and physical principals and processes across a range of systems, including coastal and freshwater wetlands, streams, living shorelines, and stormwater capture wetlands. • Prepare permit applications for wetlands and stormwater management and coordinate with regulatory agencies. • Prepare consultant scopes of work and coordinate in-house and contractor efforts related to restoration design and construction, including site assessment, soil sampling, topographic surveys, and construction oversight. • Collaborate with multiple stakeholders 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.
Freshkills Park Programming Associate/Education (PDF, 105 KB)
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.
Freshkills Park Programming Associate/Operations (PDF, 106 KB)
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Ensure park facilities (buildings and cars) are in good order and maintain equipment. • Assist in planning, organizing and supervising recreational programs and volunteer service projects at Freshkills Park. • Assist in organizing and conducting special events at Freshkills Park including races, sporting events, arts events, and festivals. • Organize, schedule, and assist on field trips for 6-12 grade students; and record participation. • Assist in the operations needs of summer intern projects on site. • Recruit volunteers, community groups and vendors for various events or activities and direct their efforts. • Distribute promotional and educational materials about the park and upcoming events.
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.
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.
Landscape Designer (PDF, 216 KB) New
The mission of Forestry, Horticulture and Natural Resources (FHNR) is to protect, restore, expand and manage New York City’s natural spaces and green infrastructure to maximize their benefits and promote their value within and outside of the urban ecosystem. NRG has a full-time 1.5 year position available (with potential for extension) as a Landscape Designer (Designer) with excellent graphic design and AutoCAD skills to support the design of wetland restoration projects. Experience in wetlands or ecological restoration, urban planning, or green infrastructure design is preferred. The Designer will help advance coastal wetland restoration, shoreline enhancement, and waterfront access projects from the feasibility assessment to concept and final design stages. At new sites, the Designer will advance restoration concepts into functional designs for the purposes of better estimating costs, obtaining permits, or securing funding. Where funding has been secured, the Designer will develop documents for construction, including final designs, cost estimates and specifications. The Designer may also assist with conducting ecological assessments to inform wetlands restoration and protection planning and design. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Prepare conceptual designs, functional, and final restoration contract designs; • Prepare suitable graphics, data, presentations, and reports to communicate existing conditions and design intent; • Develop construction specifications, estimates of quantities, and cost estimates for proposed work; • Investigate, research, and propose solutions to grading, access, and site utilization problems that address project goals; • Assist in obtaining internal and external approvals for proposed designs; • Present projects to stakeholders, other governmental agencies and departments, contractors and their representatives, consultants, community members, and the public; and • Conduct site inspections during investigation, design development and construction phases of project
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.
Nature Center Adventure Guide (PDF, 105 KB)
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.
Programming Associate (PDF, 159 KB)
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES Under the guidance and discretion of the Program Director, the Programming Associate will be responsible for the following: • Conduct community outreach by assembling volunteers to assist in the events • Greet and support artists, teachers and other vendors who are presenting programs in Riverside Park including equipment load-in Stage-manage all programs and events in Riverside or West Harlem Piers Park. • Manage reservations for events • Administer various sports and recreation equipment. Maintain an inventory of all Riverside Park program materials and equipment • Distribute flyers and posters throughout the community and in the Park • Maintain and manage database for mailings • Assist the Program Director with all clerical duties including data entry • Perform regular event paperwork filing and report creation • Interact with the public in a pleasant and supportive manner
Project Manager for Stream Restoration Planning (PDF, 168 KB) New
The Natural Resources Group (NRG) is a division of NYC Parks & Recreation, and is responsible for acquisition, protection, restoration, and management of remnant and restored natural areas within the City’s parkland. NRG develops natural areas management and restoration programs and provides technical research that aids in the protection of the City’s natural resources. NRG has a full-time 1.5 year position available (with potential for extension), to implement wetland assessment and planning projects with the aim of meeting environmental and community-oriented goals. These goals include characterizing NYC’s freshwater streams, identifying and prioritizing opportunities for wetland and riparian restoration and stormwater management. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Under direction of the Wetlands Restoration Program Manager, manage the development, planning, and implementation of wetlands and aquatic resource restoration, assessment and watershed planning projects. • Identify stream and wetland restoration and green infrastructure opportunities. • Provide guidance on restoration designs based on ecological and physical principals and processes across a range of systems, including coastal and freshwater wetlands, streams, living shorelines, and stormwater capture wetlands. • Analyze and present data using GIS and statistical software. • Manage consultant contract for remote sensing mapping of streams and wetlands. • Collaborate with multiple stakeholders 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. • Supervise field staff and interns conducting stream assessment field work.
Stewardship Field Staff (PDF, 147 KB)
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES • Under general supervision, lead and participate in invasive removals, native vegetation plantings, erosion control, coastal/park clean-ups and other service projects throughout New York City. • Supervise employees and volunteers and instruct them in proper project techniques and the proper use and care of equipment and materials. • Manage and supervise volunteer events. • Maintain records and prepare written reports, including the regular entry of fieldwork into Access and Excel tracking forms, and sketching work areas in Arcview. • Coordinate on-site efforts with other work happening within the division, with local park managers, local community groups and other agencies.
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.
Vegetation Monitoring Field Technician (PDF, 106 KB) New
NYC Parks is seeking a Field Technician with prior fieldwork experience, preferably in vegetation monitoring, to assist with data collection and analysis of vegetation data. We are collecting data on vegetation and associated white-tailed deer impacts in forested ecosystems in NYC Parks as part of an effort to assess the impact of deer on the City’s ecosystems. The Field Technician will work with NYC Parks Ecologists using GPS units and ArcGIS to create maps and data representing collected field data. The Field Technician will aid in data entry and data clean up. In addition, there may be some opportunities to help Ecologists with other fieldwork. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES Field Work: • Collect vegetation data in forested areas of the City • Use GPS units and GIS software, input collected field data, and plot points Data Entry: • Use Excel, Access, and other software to enter data and perform data quality checks Data Organization/Inventory/Process: • Organize and maintain plant specimen collection and associated log • Organize data and maintain database • Create field maps detailing habitat type and urban structures
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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