Trails Crew Associate

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Start Date: ASAP  Compensation: New hire $20.98 / hr. Incumbent $24.13

NYC Parks is the steward of over 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 look after 600,000 street trees, and two million more in parks.

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. Employees who work for 6 months or longer are eligible for healthcare benefits.

All staff will be provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


  • Under general supervision, with latitude for independent initiative and judgment, collaborate with natural resource management and maintenance staff to plan and design trails that encourage community use and protect sensitive natural resources.
  • Prioritize and implement trail projects in parkland throughout New York City through a combination of improvements and closures to existing unofficial trail networks.
  • Contribute to an accurate database of trail networks and features via ArcMap and ArcGIS Online and make maps for internal and external audiences as needed. Document all new and ongoing projects.
  • Assist in data entry, editing and analysis as needed. Create draft trail maps using appropriate symbology for spatial and tabular data for use in reviewing trails with park managers and for trail improvement projects.
  • Support one-time and long-term volunteers, interns and seasonal field crews.
  • Assist in planning and teaching workshops to partners and staff.


  • High school graduation or equivalent and three years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to duties described above; or
  • Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” above.


  • Associate degree or higher, preferably in environmental science or outdoor recreation.
  • Experience in natural resource management, including trail standards, design and construction.
  • Ability to identify native and invasive plants.
  • Basic carpentry skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and liaise with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Experience with ArcGIS and handheld GPS and tablets.
  • Willingness to work outdoors for long hours in NYC natural areas in various weather conditions.
  • A valid New York State driver license.

Residency in New York City, Nassau, Orange, Rockland, Suffolk, Putnam or Westchester counties required for employees with over two years of city service. New York City residency with 90 days of hire required for all other candidates. Fees: Hired candidates will be subject to a processing fee of $61.00. Hired candidates who are not currently employed by the City will be subject to an $88.25 background check fee.

Vaccination Requirement: As of August 2, 2021, all new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered city employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by the hiring agency.

Additional Information

HOW TO APPLY For more information and to apply email resume and cover letter to Tely Renata ( or or mail to: Tely Renata, NYC Parks-Arsenal North, 1234 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10029
Parks & City Employees: Include your ERN on your cover letter and resume. All candidates please indicate which position you are applying for.

Contact Information

NYC Parks-Forestry, Horticulture, and Natural Resources Division
Website: Apply Online