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NYC Parks paid work and job training

Parks Opportunity Program (POP) by NYC Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks) and NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA)

Services Provided Help with finding work, High School Equivalency (HSE or GED) prep, Internship or short-term job, Training for a new job

Eligibility Adults, Public assistance recipients, Youth and young adults

Schedule 6 months or more, Daytime

Last Updated Last updated on Mar 17, 2023

POP Workers earn $15.45/hour to clean and green NYCs parks, playgrounds, and other facilities.

POP Workers are referred to the program by HRA and are employed by NYC Parks full-time for six months. POP also provides on-the-job training, other training opportunities, and career coaching to find work after the program.

Who it's for Who it's for

To take part in POP, you must:

  • Be an NYC resident
  • Receive cash assistance and qualify for referral by HRA

Duration and Length Duration and Length

Throughout the six-month program, POP Workers receive orienting, on-the-job training, career coaching, and specialized training opportunities. Once hired, POP Workers will work a 40-hour workweek, which includes career coaching and training services.

Next Steps

To see if you’re eligible for a referral to work at the Parks Opportunity Program, text “POP” to 646-629-1567.