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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 diploma or 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 today

POP Workers get paid 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.

On May 26, 2023 the hourly salary will increase from $15.45 to $16.88 per hour

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.