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HYG Team Members (NOTE: The response to this initiative has been overwhelming. The program is no longer accepting applications at this time. If spots open up during the school year we will open up the online application. Please sign up for our emails to get updates on the program.)

Job Description:

The Harlem Youth Gardeners (HYG) Team Members will work part time Tuesday - Thursday (19hr/wk) over the summer, assisting with gardening and park maintenance work in four Historic Harlem Parks (Jackie Robinson, Marcus Garvey, Morningside and St. Nicholas). The HYG summer program is open to youth between the ages of 14 - 19. Over the 2020/2021 school year the program will transition to an eight hour per week after school and Saturday program for ages 13 - 17. The program will provide an opportunity to learn about the history and ecology of the parks, gardening and landscaping, skills, as well as environmental science, ecosystems, botany, and sustainability.

The program will involve on-site field work in the parks, and will require manual/physical labor for up to six hours. Applicants must be comfortable working in inclement weather and have a strong interest in improving Harlem parks, gardening and ecology, field work, and learning new skills.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Two recommendations from mentors who know the applicant well
  • Ability to keep to a regular work schedule and fulfill all of the job requirements
  • Attendance will be required with no more than 2 unexcused absences permitted
  • Ability to be organized and motivated throughout the program

Preference will be given for residents in the following Zip Codes which border the Historic Harlem Parks 10025, 10026, 10027, 10030, 10031, 10035, 10039

Compensation $18/hour

Friends of Morningside Park is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, political orientation or any other characteristic protected by federal state or local law. We value having diverse staff in gender, ethnicity, and background. BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Online applications are now closed. If you are interested in staying informed if positions open up, please sign up for our email updates.


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To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the principal duties satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the principal duties of the job, except where to do so would cause an undue hardship on Friends of Morningside Park’s business operations. Employment at Friends of Morningside Park is at-will, which means that either the employee or Friends of Morningside Park can terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without cause or notice. Nothing in this Job Description should be construed to diminish the at-will employment relationship in any manner.