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Seasonal Engagement Assistant

Industry: Not‐for‐Profit – Environmental
Department: Engagement and Programming
Reports to: Community Engagement Coordinator
Date posted: March 1, 2019                        
Salary: $16-$18 hourly
Start Date: April, 2019
Classification: Non-Exempt

NYRP improves, maintains, and programs open spaces in communities lacking adequate resources. Working on public and private land citywide, NYRP’s flexible approach to land management serves as a model for non-profit municipal engagement. Together with partners in city agencies, non-profit organizations, and local communities, NYRP demonstrates the social and environmental value of building ownership over open spaces.

Position Summary
NYRP is seeking a Seasonal Engagement Assistant to work closely with the Engagement and Programming Department. The position supports the strengthening of NYRP’s commitment to empowering communities while also providing an opportunity to gain an array of experiences and transferable skills to your resume. The Engagement Assistant will work on building the capacity of community garden groups through the provision of information, community organizing, event support, trouble-shooting and brainstorming. As a part of the Engagement and Programming Department, Seasonal Assistant will have the opportunity to work across NYRP’s various departments, particularly Operations staff in the field.
To be successful in this role, a candidate must have strong communication skills, experience living or working in focus neighborhoods, and the ability to work a flexible schedule, including some weekend and evenings. The right candidate will be interested in community outreach and empowerment, networking, asset and resource mapping. Seasonal Engagement Assistant will be responsible for a specific NYRP catchment area or designated to a special project, serving as an ambassador for NYRP. 

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Working from April to October 2019; 30 hours per week
  • Attend and participate in monthly garden group meetings (taking notes and supporting facilitation, etc.)
  • Working with garden groups and Engagement and Programming to increase community participation
  • Tracking and reporting community event participation in and around NYRP gardens
  • Supporting NYRP outreach, which may include tabling, flyering, and some canvassing
  • Assist in data collection and updating NYRP’s database
  • Identifying new regional opportunities for NYRP programs and services
  • Participate in regional community-based events as assigned


  • High school diploma or equivalent required with flexibility for higher education (some college, current college or graduate students are welcome to apply)
  • 3-5 years’ experience working in focus region
  • Interest in urban planning, sociology, and/or community engagement
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects while working under deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and written, internally and externally
  • Ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and eagerness to learn
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • Ability to multi-task and problem solve with attention to details
  • Experience and comfort working with community members
  • Spanish speaking preferred


  • Hourly rate of $16-$18 an hour (based on experience)
  • Networking opportunities with professional organizations and community leaders
  • Involvement in a variety of national and local environmental programs and efforts

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their resume, cover letter, and references by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or standard mail to the attention of the Senior Director of Engagement and Programming at 254 W. 31st Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed (religion), color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status, and shall also follow the requirements of the Human Rights Law with regard to non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.