Junior Seasonal Engagement and Programming Assistant

Industry: Not‐for‐Profit – Environmental
Department:Engagement and Programming
Reports to:  Sr. Director of Engagement and Programming
Posted date March 2021
Salary: $20.00/hr.
Start date: April 2021
Schedule: April through November 2021, 30 hours a week, able to work some weekend and evenings
Reporting Location: TBD and Remote
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. It is well documented that green spaces provide innumerable health benefits – both mental and physical and with the onset of COVID-19, community gardens and access to open spaces have proven to be an essential part of our city’s infrastructure. 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 Junior Seasonal Engagement and Programming Assistant to work closely with the Senior Director of Engagement and Programming. 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 Junior Engagement and Programming Assistant will work on supporting special projects and initiatives across NYRP’s community gardens. Projects may include but are not limited to researching and drafting network-wide capacity building activities and resources, assistance with partnership maintenance, support on internal reporting (qualitative and quantitative), digital and local community organizing, and data management.
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, while working remotely and in the field (abiding by NYRP COVID policies). The right candidate will be interested in community outreach and environmental justice, food security, asset, and resource mapping. The term of service is from April to October 2021.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Working from April to October 2021; 30 hours per week
  • Attend and participate in external meetings, including community board and other grassroots efforts.
  • Working with the Senior Director of Engagement and Programming on network-wide strategies to increase community participation.
  • Assist with the tracking and reporting community activities in and around NYRP gardens
  • Coordination on local asset mapping (partners and local stakeholders)
  • Assisting with updating NYRP’s Database
  • Identifying new regional opportunities for NYRP programs and services
  • Participating and support regional activities which may include resource, prepared food, or produce distribution


  • High school diploma or equivalent required with flexibility for higher education (some college, current college or graduate students are welcome to apply)
  • 2-4 years’ experience of working with community members either through organizing, advocacy, food security, environmental justice.
  • 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 $20 hourly an hour (based on experience)
  • Networking opportunities with professional organizations and community leaders
  • Involvement in a variety of environmental programs and efforts


Interested individuals are encouraged to send a cover letter and resume by email to [email protected] or standard mail to 254 W. 31st Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

NYRP is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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.

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