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play:groundNYC
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New York, NY

play:groundNYC


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Published 12 days ago

April 12, 2021
March 5, 2021
$20 per hour

play:groundNYC is looking for part-time play staff who are enthusiastic, playful and patient to provide an engaging environment for children attending the adventure playground on Governors Island as well as some off-site programming as part of our 2021 season.

Mission Statement: play:groundNYC is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the city through play. Our playworkers support children’s play at our adventure playground — The Yard — and through partnerships with community organizations in diverse neighborhoods across New York City.

About The Yard play:groundNYC is preparing to reopen The Yard, New York City’s only adventure playground, on Governors Island for the 2021 season. At this unique play space, kids can imagine a world of their own making and experience self-directed play. Modeled after a junkyard, the adventure playground lets children shape their environment using an assortment of loose parts materials, tools, and objects. Please note: We will be operating with our 2020 Covid safety protocols in place.

Responsibilities:

• Collaborate with the adventure playground team to document and reflect on play experiences through written assessments and team meetings 

• Participate in caregiver activities. Offer material support when called upon by young persons, and present ideas if asked, but be comfortable with them being rejected. 

• Attend monthly staff meetings which might not take place on a day one otherwise works.

• Maintain the playground through active reporting of suggestions for improving the functioning of the playground to the lead playworker and the Executive Director. 

• Maintain the adventure playground site, including restocking and organizing materials as needed, making repairs, and identifying hazards, in cooperation with the play:groundNYC team.

• Routinely assess risk/benefit and inspect the space for safety. 

• Represent play:groundNYC and educate parent visitors to play:ground regarding the role of play in child development and the importance of child-directed activities during the school day and at home.

Characteristics of a playworker: 

• A playworker is patient reflective and playful. 

• The role includes building trust with the children on site by providing space for children’s exploration and experimentation. This includes the need to be able to respond to children who exhibit difficult behavior with compassion rather than discipline. 

• A playworker is infinitely aware of the environment and all of the children within it and is able to quickly assess risk versus hazard. 

• A playworker MUST be comfortable with allowing children to take risks and to provide feedback and guidance in a way that doesn't impede the children’s own play. 

Experience / Qualifications: 

• Have experience working with young people between the ages of six and fourteen. 

• Experience as playworker or knowledge of playworker field a bonus but not required. 

• Experience with tools is desired

• CPR / first aid certification preferred. It may be required for certain positions, in which case

we will pay for the cost of certification. 

• Spanish language proficiency is desired but not required. 

• Be able to lift more than 25 lbs 

• Be punctual 

Prerequisites:

• This job entails working with young people in a messy setting. Playworkers will need to be comfortable getting dirty. 

• Must pass a background check. 

• Must be at least 18 years old. 

• Must be willing to follow our Covid safety plan

• Must be comfortable with referring to people by their preferred pronouns.

Schedule: play:groundNYC seeks to hire for a variety of schedules including summer camp, after school and weekend play. The most competitive applicants will be able to work flexible schedules over the course of the season (April-November). Below is listed examples of schedules we will need to staff. These schedules may change. 

• April: Some site set-up support in April, dates tbc. Weekends of April 24-25 for staff training and May 1-2 for opening day weekend training

• May-June: Weekend days plus some weekdays 

Late June, July and August: Weekends and some weekdays during summer camp

• September-November: Weekend days plus some weekdays.Several days of site break down and clean up in November.

If anything changes beyond our control (for example another citywide lockdown, the temporary closure of Governors Island, or a rise in infection rates) that makes it impossible for us to open The Yard, we reserve the right to postpone contracts and adjust schedules accordingly. 

play:groundNYC is looking for part-time play staff who are enthusiastic, playful and patient to provide an engaging environment for children attending the adventure playground on Governors Island as well as some off-site programming…

Details at a glance

  • Part Time Schedule
  • Temporary
  • High School Diploma Required
  • Entry level

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish language proficiency is desired but not required.

Spanish language proficiency is desired but not required.

Location

On-site
40 Barry Road, New York, NY 10004

How to Apply

Please submit a recent resume along with a cover letter to rebecca@play-ground.nyc by 5pm March 5, 2021. 

Competitive applications will specifically address why training and working as a playworker in an adventure playground environment appeals to you.

play:groundNYC is an organization that prioritizes diversity, equity and justice. We strive towards building a culture of inclusiveness by supporting the recruitment and retention of a diverse team and by promoting an environment free from discrimination where all people are recognized as equals.

In accordance with state, federal and local laws, play:groundNYC aim to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, national origin, genetic information, religious beliefs, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, pregnancy, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected classifications, activities, or conditions as required by law.


Please submit a recent resume along with a cover letter to rebecca@play-ground.nyc by 5pm March 5, 2021. 

Competitive applications will specifically address why training and…

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