Join MillionTreesNYC Spring Planting Day as a Compost Coordinator!

Every planting season, MillionTreesNYC engages enthusiastic, energetic, and environmentally–minded New Yorkers in volunteering to help plant 20,000 trees at parks citywide!  Join us and fellow volunteers to make New York City greener and greater, by volunteering to help support our planting day as a Compost Coordinator. We are looking to recruit Master Composters, and green gurus who can help manage our compost collection at each of our planting sites. As we provide our planting volunteers with light breakfast and lunch refreshments, they need gentle reminders about which waste goes where. As a Compost Coordinator we ask that you review our orientation guidebook and commit to staffing from 9-1PM. All Compost Coordinator volunteers will receive training by our staff, breakfast and lunch, t-shirt and giveaway item.

DATE: Saturday, April 28
TIME: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM




Register to volunteer as a Compost Coordinator by emailing with your contact information and preferred planting site. Parks staff will be coordinating transport compost materials to drop off sites, but any volunteers with their own transportation who would be willing to drop off would be appreciated. Please list that in your email to us.


Thank you for helping to make NYC greener and greater.


Northern Manhattan Parks


Summer Youth Employment Program (S.Y.E.P.,) Assistant and Volunteer/ Research Coordinator.

Four (4) positions

Six (6) week or twelve (12) week internships available





Manhattan Parks and Recreation/ Operations and Maintenance Division:

This unit is responsible for repair and maintenance of all park properties and regulation of all park events and activities.


Other agencies/ organizations involved in this program:

The Department of Parks and Recreation (D.P.R.) works with The Summer Youth Employment Program (S.Y.E.P.,) which is operated by the Department of Youth and Community Development (D.Y.C.D.). When S.Y.E.P. participants are assigned to Parks their work in the park makes a big difference if they are scheduled, monitored, trained and tasked appropriately.

Park volunteers usually come from Partnerships for Parks and are a variety of corporate groups, community members and not-for-profit organizations that want to make a difference in our parks.



This internship provides supervising and coordinating experience, teen-mentoring skills and some specialized skills in horticulture, Geographic Information Systems and Operations Management. Each intern will help encourage and monitor our S.Y.E.P. participants and our volunteers to ensure that all activities are safe and engaging so that we can get the most out of both resources.


The two interns we are seeking will help us to work with Partnerships for Parks and the Summer Youth Employment Program  in Ft. Tryon, Anne Loftus, Inwood Hill Park, Isham Park and Dyckman Fields in Northern Manhattan near the Hudson River. Four (4) interns will have a morning in Ft. Tryon, Monday – Friday with some Saturdays for at least 20 hours per week, (see more details regarding schedule and duties attached.)




  • Full-time College student, recent college graduate or part-time college student with at least 2 years experience working in a position with the following types of duties:

o       Clerical, customer relations

o       Knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs like Word and Excel

o       Data entry experience or ability to type 50 WPM.


Preferred skills:

  • 30 College credits, knowledge of Arc Map or AutoCAD a plus,
  • experience using independent judgment or supervising with an energetic and enthusiastic personality,
  • Interest in: not-for-profit management, youth and child development, or operations management, horticulture, forestry, geographic information systems, ecology, engineering, or conservation biology/ ecology, are a definite plus but we will accept a detail oriented person with goals and dreams in any career field related to government.



Be ready to learn about NYC Parks and grasp the city by its roots!


CONTACT PERSON: please list here who will be responsible for receiving resumes etc. name, phone number and email


Terese Flores

Parks and Recreation Manager

Northern Manhattan Parks

24 W. 61st Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10023

Phone: 212-408-0261 Fax: 212-408-0202


Dear GreenTeam-ers,

We are disappointed to inform you that due to the unusually warm weather, the Parks Department has had to make the hard decision to cancel Winter Jam 2012, originally scheduled for Saturday, February 4 in Prospect Park. It is simply too warm to make snow, and the long-range weather forecasts and current ground temperatures make it extremely unlikely that snow could be made.

Winter Jam has been an official NYC Parks tradition for the past ten years and we could not have had the success that we have without volunteers like you! We appreciate your eagerness to come out in any weather to help us recycle to keep our events clean and green.

Although disappointed that we won’t be working with you all at Winter Jam 2012, we would like to make you aware of some other great green volunteer opportunities.

GrowNYC: is one of our partner organizations and you will usually find their table right next to ours in the Green Zone at our Special Events. With a similar mission to recycle and compost, GrowNYC is always seeking volunteers to help out at events throughout the five boroughs. With too many opportunities to list in this blurb, you can find a comprehensive listing of GrowNYC’s volunteer opportunities at their home page.

MillionTreesNYC: Save the date for the upcoming Spring Planting Day which will take place on April 28th! Find out more information on how to get involved with the program. By filling out the mailing list form, you will receive the program’s newsletter as well as information about upcoming volunteer events.

Green Teens: is a New York City Parks & Recreation anti-litter initiative to engage young people to become stewards of their parklands and recreation centers.Through the program, you can learn how to make a “green” positive impact in your local neighborhood parks and recreation centers by removing litter, collecting recyclables, watering trees, attending sustainability workshops and most importantly encouraging the public not to litter. Green Teens is currently accepting submissions for their “Anti-Litter Video Public Service Announcement Contest”. Find out more information about the program as well as how to submit entries for the PSA contest by visiting their blog.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG): is another Green Zone partner who offers a variety of volunteer opportunities from work in BBG’s adminsitrative office to helping young visitors learn and explore in the learning garden to helping at the BBG special events. With a diverse mix of volunteer opportunities available, you should sign up to participate!

With a whole year before Winter Jam 2013, we hope you will continue to volunteer from now until then to make sure that New York City stays clean and green!

Mulchfest 2012 Volunteer Orientation

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Arsenal (in Central Park)

830 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

3rd Floor Gallery

MulchFest is an annual event held by the Department of Parks &
Recreation, in partnership with the Department of Sanitation, that provides
New Yorkers with the opportunity to bring their holiday trees to be
recycled at designated sites across the five boroughs. At these sites we
use “chipping machines” to turn dead trees into mulch, which
can then be placed in tree pits and horticultural areas to help conserve
warmth and soil moisture throughout the winter.

Every year, MillionTreesNYC seeks Education Volunteers to help out at
MulchFest by assisting at mulching sites in flagship parks across the city
and teaching New Yorkers about the importance of tree care during the
winter. It’s also a great opportunity to pick up some mulch for use on the
trees on your block!

MulchFest Education Volunteers:

• Teach event visitors about the environmental benefits of

• Help bag mulch for park patrons to take home with them;

• Promote the MillionTreesNYC Stewardship Program.

Register for our orentation session to find out how YOU can participate!
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We need your skills (+ the power of social media for good) to help bring attention to the positive effects of transforming abandoned rails to beautiful trails and thus create The Rockaway Beach Branch Greenway/Queens Highline/Queensway!

Facebook Group:
Use hashtag #QueensHighline when tweeting

Contact Anandi Premlall for more info.

The GreenTeam is a dedicated group of
New Yorkers pitching in to reduce the ecological footprint of public events
in parks.

Volunteer at
Pumpkin Fest on October 29!

The GreenTeam seeks environmental enthusiasts
to help out as Recycling Volunteers at the Parks Dept.’s annual fall
harvest celebration—Pumpkin Festival—on Saturday, October 29th
in Central Park! Last year at Pumpkin Festival, the GreenTeam broke a Parks
record by collecting 60 bags of recyclables. Help us make history again
this year, sign up here to

Recycling Volunteers will:

  • Work in pairs and small teams to collect
    recyclables throughout the event.
  • Teach event visitors about recycling and
    other environmental programs in New York City.
  • Compete to win prizes for the most
    recyclables collected at the event.
  • Click here to volunteer!

What? Pumpkin Festival

When? Saturday, October 29th, 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

Where? Central Park, the Bandshell area (enter at 72nd


Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, October 29, 2011

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Central Park Bandshell
Enter at 72nd Street


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Girl in witch costume with pumpkins in background

Join NYC Parks for Pumpkin Festival, New York City’s annual celebration of the fall harvest season in leafy Central Park!

Taking place on Saturday, October 29, Pumpkin Festival takes the very best traditions of the autumn season and offers them all for FREE! Activities will include:

    • Fright Night at the Movies Haunted House–our spooktacular haunted house is back again this year and scarier than ever!
      • Catch a sneak peek of the Haunted House
        on Friday, October 28th from 5-7pm!
    • Pumpkin Patch – kids take home a free pumpkin!
    • Arts & Crafts – including pumpkin decorating!
    • Marionette Performances by Puppets in the Park
    • Walkabout Characters
    • Pumpkin Decorating
    • NY Rangers Road Tour & Slapshot Booth
  • Obstacle Course
  • Live Entertainment

All events are free! Event is rain or shine!

Please note that the lines for the Haunted House and Pumpkin Patch may close early. While supplies last!