Playground Associates

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The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks) serves as the steward for over 29,000 acres of land, which includes 1,000 playgrounds, 34 recreation centers, 66 pools and 14 miles of beach. Our primary responsibility is to build and maintain clean, safe and accessible parks, and to create cultural and educational programs for New Yorkers of all ages to enjoy. The mission of the Recreation Division is to enable all New Yorkers to lead physically active lives through sports, fitness and outdoor adventure. Recreation programs include specialized exercise classes, youth sports, senior activities, summer camps and free after school programs. Recreation programming occurs throughout the City in NYC Parks recreation centers, parks and playgrounds.


  • Organize group or team games, tournaments, multi-game events and other formal competitive activities.
  • Distribute, collect and perform minor repair and adjustments to athletic equipment and play materials.
  • Ensure proper health and safety standards of playground by removing broken glass, litter or other hazardous materials.
  • Inspect play areas and reports evidences of unsafe or hazardous conditions. Cordon off or remove hazardous equipment. Write work orders for repairs.
  • Organize the community by attending meetings and assemble volunteers to assist in recreational programming, including teen programs, holiday events and upkeep of the playground and facilities.
  • Uphold discipline and prevent disturbances within the recreational area.
  • Accurately record and track memberships, enrollments, attendance and facility permits for membership office.
  • Coordinate mailing lists, fliers and correspondence for the special events division.
  • Maintain accurate records.
Minimum Qual Requirements

1. A four year high school diploma or its educational equivalent, and either:

a) Two summer seasons, or six months, of experience as an instructor, counselor, or coach in an organized recreational program; or

b) Completion of sixty credits toward a baccalaureate degree in an accredited colleges; or

2. Education and/or experience equivalent to “1” above.

Preferred Skills

1. Excellent communication and organizational skills.

2. Experience coaching, sports and fitness.

3. Valid New York State driver license.

To Apply

City employees:
1) Apply through Employee Self Service (ESS) under Recruiting Activities

2) Search for Job ID# 111438

For all other applicants:
1) Go to

2) Click Job Search

3) Under External Applicants, click External Applicant NYC Careers site

4) Search for Job ID# 111438

Work Location


Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.