Youth Opportunities

Teen Corps

2024 Dates: July 10th to August 30th

Riverside Park Conservancy provides an experiential learning program for high school interns interested in basic horticultural and environmental restoration. Interns will work closely with our zone gardeners to care for NYC’s essential open space by maintaining key horticultural sites, managing woodland areas and keeping the park safe, clean, and healthy.

Teen Corps runs from Wednesday, July 10th through Friday, August 30th. Corps members meet every Wednesday and Friday from 9:00am-12:00pm in Riverside Park, anywhere from 120th St to 181st St. Upon completion of 50 hours of service over the summer, teens receive a $1,000 stipend.

To be eligible to apply, teens must live in the West Harlem neighborhoods of Morningside Heights, Manhattanville, or Hamilton Heights – extending from 110th Street to 155th Street, between Riverside Drive and St. Nicholas Ave/Morningside Ave.

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

For any questions, please contact [email protected].

2024 Teen Corps applications are now closed.

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]