New York Restoration Project Seeks AmeriCorps Public Programs Assistant

Joining New York Restoration Project’s AmeriCorps team is a way to put your idealism into action and to positively impact communities throughout NYC! We are seeking to fill an AmeriCorps service position to start in March 2016 for a 6-month term of service.


NYRP carries out founder Bette Midler’s dream of a cleaner, more beautiful New York City by restoring, developing, and revitalizing underserved parks, community gardens, and open space in all five boroughs. We invest in the communities we serve by providing ongoing maintenance and enriching educational and public programming because we believe that every individual has the right to a beautiful neighborhood and the responsibility for contributing to its care.

Summary of Position

The Public Programs Assistant will work with the Public Programming team to implement over 150 free, outdoor programs focused in arts and healthy living. This position offers the opportunity to strengthen communities while adding an array of experience to your resume. This position will work closely with the Public Events Manager and Volunteer Programs Manager, and will report to the Director of Special Events & Programming.

Job Description

Responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting the coordination and execution of public events including but not limited to: arts, culture & wellness events, volunteer days, tree giveaways, and a variety of community garden programming
  • Coordinating and implementing localized, grassroots outreach efforts for public programs
  • Building relationships with local organizations, vendors, and community members
  • Assisting with program evaluation through data collection and data management
  • Collecting feedback and reporting to the team in order to strengthen future events
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule and to travel throughout NYC, including evenings and weekends.


  • Experience in event planning
  • Ability to clearly communicate, both verbally and written, internally and externally (Spanish speaker preferred, though not required)
  • A self-starter who is able to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel) + Adobe Creative Suite and/or Publisher
  • Ability to multi-task and problem solve with attention to details
  • Enthusiasm for the arts, community engagement, horticulture, and a willingness to learn
  • Experience and comfort working with community members
  • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs (carrying equipment is a common part of the role)
  • Valid Driver’s License preferred, but not required


  • Earn a living stipend of $1,600 per month
  • Put current student loans into forbearance during your term of service
  • Earn an education award of $2,887.50 to help pay for college, graduate school, vocational school or to repay student loans
  • Individual Health Insurance
  • Networking opportunities with professional organizations and community leaders.
  • Involvement in a variety of national and local environmental programs and efforts.

How to apply


Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their resume, cover letter, and references by email to or standard mail to the attention of the Director of Special Events and Programming at 254 W. 31st Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

AmeriCorps Eligibility

Candidates must be US citizens or lawful US residents; must be at least 17 years of age. To earn the education award individuals must have a high-school diploma or equivalent. For more information on the AmeriCorps program go to:

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.