Youth Employment Programs

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

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 requires commitment for all of the below seasons: 

  • Spring 2024:
    • June 8-30, select Saturdays and Sundays, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Summer 2024:
    • July 8-August 16, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Fall 2024:
    • August 17 – October 19, Saturdays, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Hourly Rate: $16


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.

Applications for the 2024 Park Youth Representative Season are closed. Please check back in early 2025 for the 2025 Season.

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