Public Programming Assistant

Bryant Park Corporation and 34th Street Partnership seek seasonal, part-time assistants to work at free public events. Assistants work under the supervision of event managers to ensure successful event execution. Events and programs the Assistants can expect to assist include: HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival; literary events; music and theater performances; and classes in mediation, language, fly fishing, yoga, and more.

The Public Programming Assistants must be energetic and assertive, enjoy working extensively outdoors, and be passionate about the public events and activities hosted in Bryant Park, Herald Square, Greeley Square Park, and Plaza33.

The Assistant can expect to work a range of irregular shifts (spanning any hour of any day of the week) as the parks’ robust event schedules dictate. The position is expected to suit students with part-time class schedules, or those looking to supplement a part-time job. Ideal applicants are college graduates with an open and flexible schedule, or with consistent morning, evening, and/or weekend availability.

Applicants must be available to work from early May through October (exact dates are flexible). Training will take place in early May – if hired, Assistants will be expected to make themselves available. Compensation is $13 per hour. Assistants may work 10 - 30 hours per week, depending on how personal availability and the event schedule overlap. This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable event production experience by working for two organizations that are dedicated to making New York City safer, cleaner, more beautiful, and more engaging. Public Programming Assistants are expected to uphold the mission of creating a rich and dynamic visual, cultural, and intellectual outdoor experience for New Yorkers and visitors alike in some of the greatest public spaces in the world.

Duties Include

  • Execute public programs and activities in the parks, including equipment setup, communication with instructors and/or performers, and supervision of the event
  • Serve as a park ambassador and interact withvisitors to the park politely and patiently
  • Troubleshoot logistical event issues and manage accordingly
  • Coordinate with other park staff for event setup and breakdown
  • Document events by taking photos and conducting attendance counts
  • Occasionally work at the onsite pop-up Park Shop & Info tent
  • Prepare materials for upcoming events, including informational signage and programs
  • Administrative duties, including data entry, as needed


  • Enrolled in or recently graduated from four-year college
  • Flexibility to work non-traditional/irregular hours, must be available evenings and weekends for most of May - September
  • Responsible, proactive, mature and outgoing
  • Possess strong communication and observational skills
  • Possess a “no job too small” attitude
  • Ability to maintain high energy and friendly attitude through entire shift
  • Ability and willingness to work outdoors in most weather conditions
  • Ability to take direction, but also adapt to changing situations as needed
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds regularly and 50 pounds occasionally, and stay on feet for extended periods of time
  • Experience in event planning and/or customer service preferred

To Apply:

Interested candidates should e-mail opsintern@urbanmgt with “Public Programming Assistant” and your name in the subject line. Submit a cover letter expressing your interest in the body of the e-mail. Attach your resume in .doc or .pdf format. Phone calls will NOT be accepted.