Youth Opportunities

Teen Corps

During the summer Riverside Park Conservancy provides a paid experiential learning program for high school volunteers interested in learning basic horticultural knowledge and skills.

Volunteers work closely with Conservancy staff to maintain key park areas, participate in ecological revitalization projects, and prepare sites for fall planting projects.

All high school teens (rising freshmen — graduating seniors) are welcome to apply. Priority is given to teens living in the West Harlem neighborhoods of Hamilton Heights, Manhattanville, and Morningside Heights.

Teen Corps Interns:

  • Assist in caring for diverse plantings of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, grasses and bulbs
  • Assist with seasonal landscaping work including weeding, watering, removing ‘invasive’ species, mulching, aerating tree pits, and general park cleanup
  • Assist with preparation, staffing, and cleanup for community volunteer groups
  • Assist in maintaining equipment and supplies needed to perform weekly tasks

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2023 COHORT. Applications will be open again in February 2024. 

For any questions, please contact [email protected]


Photo to go with SYEP section

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) with our Sports Camp

The Conservancy works in partnership with SYEP to hire several seasonal employees as part of its Multi-Sport Summer Camp. If you are between the ages of 14-24 and are interested in this program, or other youth employment opportunities for the summer, please visit the official SYEP website here.

You must select Manhattan as the borough and PAL as the host site to be considered to work with us in Riverside Park. If you have any questions, you can reach out to Ahmed Cohen at [email protected]