Youth Employment Programs

Prospect Park Alliance offers two robust youth employment programs in the heart of Brooklyn’s Backyard.

Park Youth Representatives

Park Youth Representatives are trained to engage our community in learning about environmental stewardship and wildlife. Park Youth Representatives lead nature walks, actively engage our community of park goers in nature education activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center and at pop-up locations throughout the park, and care for the Audubon Center’s live animal collection including a snake, aquatic and terrestrial turtles, fish and insects. Throughout the year, Park Youth Representatives are able to connect with our community across the park and deepen their knowledge of our park environment, wildlife, stewardship and sharing this knowledge with the public.

2024 Park Youth Representatives Schedule + Hourly Pay Rate:

  • April – June + September – November: Saturdays + Sundays
  • July – August: Thursday – Friday, Saturday-Sunday  
  • Public school holidays except for Thanksgiving (Nov 23) + Christmas Day (Dec 25)
  • Hourly Rate: $16

Stay tuned for our Employment Application.

Woodlands Youth Crew

Woodlands Youth Crew members engage in a variety of projects to help sustain and restore Prospect Park’s 250 acres of woodlands. Projects can include trail maintenance and the creation of new rustic woodland pathways, planting native species of flora to create a thriving forest, and removing invasive weeds that impact the health of the woodlands and its waterways. Throughout the sessions, Woodlands Youth Crew members are able to see the areas they work on transform into healthier, more resilient ecosystems and, in turn, come to understand the importance of their individual contribution to the health and longevity of Prospect Park.

2024 Woodlands Youth Crew Schedule + Hourly Pay Rate
Please note that participation in Woodlands Youth Crew requires commitment for all of the below seasons: 

  • April 27 – June 29: Saturdays + Sundays, 8 am – 3:30 pm 
  • May 19 – June 23: Sundays, 8 am – 3:30 pm
  • July 8 – August 16: Monday–Friday, 8 am – 3:30 pm
  • September 12 – October 19: Saturdays, 8 am – 3:30 pm 
  • Hourly Rate: $16

Applications are due on Friday, March 1.
Visit our Employment Application to Apply Today

Youth Employment Programs receive generous support from the Carol and Edmund Blake Foundation, the Gray Foundation, and New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.

Join Woodlands Youth Crew

Visit our Employment Application to apply for 2024 Woodlands Youth Crew. Applications are due by Friday, March 1.

Park Youth Representatives

Stay tuned for the applications for the Park Youth Representative program.

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