The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation manages 14 percent of the land in New York City. These assets range from playgrounds and large parks, to tranquil wooded areas and more than 14 miles of beaches. Parks serve as New Yorkers’ backyards, as vital meeting areas for outdoor play and recreation – but also as critical engines for economic growth and development.
NYC Parks’ mission is to plan resilient and sustainable parks, public spaces, and recreational amenities, build a park system for present and future generations, and care for parks and public spaces to benefit New Yorkers across the five boroughs.
Through an effort to improve the quality, accessibility, efficiency and sustainability of our city parks by increasing investment in underserved neighborhoods and expanding parkland: NYC Parks’ Community Parks Initiative is completely redesigning and reconstructing dozens of parks in neighborhoods across the city with the greatest needs—35 of which are completed, 17 of which are in active construction and 15 that are in the procurement process.
NYC Parks is also leading in innovative park design with Parks Without Borders, a new design approach that focuses on improving park entrances, edges, and spaces adjacent to parks. By extending parks into communities, Parks Without Borders will improve New Yorkers’ access to quality parks.
Ongoing work to care for our parks has:
– Reconnected the City’s two most northern boroughs, Manhattan and The Bronx, when NYC Parks’ historic High Bridge was reopened.
– Re-energized Flushing Meadow Corona Park in Queens, one of New York’s largest parks, drawing visitors from around the globe.
– Reinforced our commitment to growing greenspaces by meeting our goal to plant 1,000,000 trees.
The work of the agency goes far beyond the maintenance of New York City’s nearly 30,000 acres. Parks is the City’s leading programmer of cultural, athletic and social activities, including nature walks, concerts, Learn to Swim classes, sports clinics, historic house tours, and much more. Each year Parks hosts annual events such as WinterJam, Adventures NYC, and the Fall Field Day. In addition, Parks produces many special events, concerts and movie premieres, as well as providing free rental equipment for skating, baseball, and miniature golf.
The Parks Commissioner is appointed by the Mayor to oversee and direct the work of the agency. The Commissioner appoints Deputy Commissioners, Borough Commissioners, and Assistant Commissioners who are responsible for managing the agency’s divisions. These senior officials supervise the work of thousands of Parks employees. They work with elected officials to complete capital improvements for parks, playgrounds, and recreation centers. They work with the private sector to sponsor free public events. They get the community involved in Parks through volunteer initiatives and educational and athletic programming in recreation and nature centers. They prepare Parks’ budget and monitor the work of Parks’ ice-skating rinks, golf courses and other concessions.
Natural Resources Group (NRG) is a division within NYC Parks & Recreation (Parks) and is responsible for acquisition, protection, restoration, and management of remnant and restored natural areas within the nearly 29,000 acres of City parkland. NRG develops natural area management and restoration programs and provides technical research that aids in the protection of the City’s natural resources. The Wetlands Team within NRG, which focuses on the assessment, management and restoration of wetlands and riparian resources, has positions available for a qualified interns.
Aquatic Monitoring Intern
The 2021 Aquatic Monitoring Interns (2 positions) will work closely with the Aquatic Ecologist and other staff at NRG to monitor fish, eel and oyster populations in the Bronx River and assess aquatic resources at lakes and ponds throughout NYC. Largely field-oriented with one half-day per week entering data virtually, the intern’s responsibilities will include:
•Working with staff and volunteers to conduct aquatic wildlife monitoring of river herring, eel and oyster populations
•Monitoring and restoring diadromous fish populations on the Bronx River by maintaining, cleaning and documenting use of two fishways in River Park, Bronx
•Independently collecting environmental and water quality data
•Working with staff to assess and document lake and pond conditions, including Harmful Algal Bloom monitoring and treatment assessment
•Entering monitoring data and uploading photo and video data into office database
•Assisting with quality control of all data and databases
•Assisting with data analysis and reporting
•Working with staff to train and educate volunteers and students in aquatic monitoring activities
QUALIFICATIONS/SPECIAL SKILLS/AREAS OF INTEREST
•Current college student or graduate with a background or strong interest in aquatic ecology and wildlife
•Experience with field data collection
•Knowledge of aquatic fish and macroinvertebrate species
•Familiarity with aquatic wildlife population and water quality monitoring techniques
•Ability to independently work in and travel to field sites
•Excellent analytical, organizational, and written communication skills
•Ability to work in challenging outdoor environments and weather conditions
Expected length of internship: April – November. Depending on availability, the internship may be broken down into Spring/Summer/Fall sessions with flexibility to accommodate school schedules. Please describe availability within these months in cover letter.
Hours: 20-35 hours/week; flexible/by arrangement
Please email cover letter and resume to Leslie.Nusblatt@parks.nyc.gov