Jobs & Internships

OPEN: Board of Directors Post

Concrete Safaris currently has two openings with our board of directors. These are volunteer positions with a fundraising component, and a commitment of 2 years. Learn more HERE.

Apply for a position below HERE.

FULL-TIME POSITIONS (PAID) -- None available at this time. Please check back next year.


PART-TIME POSITION (PAID) Photography Specialist
Concrete Safaris – East Harlem, NY 
$17 / hour - Part-time (20 hours/week)

Opportunity for someone who loves photography, children and youth, and community building, and desires to make an impact in an underserved community. Concrete Safaris is seeking a part-time photography instructor to work with 2nd - 5th grade students in our after school program and 14-24-year-olds in our internship program.


The Photography Specialist teaches children and youth the fundamentals of using cameras and accessories, including technique, theme, composition, and other basic photography techniques. A final exhibition of selected photographs 
centered around environmental health will be held in June for the community. The Photography Specialist will help to create and modify after-school curriculum as needed, and train interns to assist with and lead lessons. S/he will also plan and execute the final exhibit, including final selection of photos, framing and hanging photos, and curating exhibit with the NYC Department of Health. 

Minimum of 21 years of age. Certification in First Aid and CPR. Possess strong listening, communication, and organizational skills. Must be skilled in both black and white, and color digital photography. High School diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree in education, photography, fine arts, mixed media, or related field preferred. Prior experience and enthusiasm for working with school children and youth preferred. Outgoing and friendly personality; responsible, punctual, professional and motivated. Experience living and photographing in an urban setting preferred. Bilingual in Spanish and English a plus. Ability to meet and deal courteously with the public and garden visitors. Ability to use standard office equipment including computers, printers, and copy machines, computer software including Microsoft Word and Excel, and photography editing programs. Must be available December 2017 - June 2018 

Physical Requirements 
Ability to stand, stoop, reach and bend. Mobility of arms to reach, dexterity of hands to grasp and manipulate large and small objects. Ability to stand for long periods. Ability to walk long distances. Ability to lift, push and/or pull objects, which may be approximately 50 pounds.  Ability to work outdoors and tolerate varying weather conditions. Some Saturday work is required. 

Responsibilities: 1. Creating a fun and welcoming atmosphere for our participants. 2. Allowing participants the opportunity to express themselves through art and activity. 3. Leading all photography sessions. 4. Creating new and exciting creative experiences for participants. 5. Responsible for maintaining inventory of supplies. 6. Responsible for submitting ordering requests to Executive Director and having equipment ready and functioning on a daily basis. 7. Responsible for the clean-up and organization of the photography area. 8. Participating in and assisting with programmatic needs including photographing community events. 9. Additional duties as assigned.


Please review before you apply to better understand what we do. No phone calls, please.


PART-TIME POSITION (PAID) Community Liaison 
Concrete Safaris – East Harlem, NY  
$17 / hour - Part-time (20 hours/week)
Job Summary

Under direct supervision of the Executive Director, the Community Liaison is a high-energy position for someone who loves interacting with children, families, and community agencies. The Community Liaison is responsible for activities between youth and families, community boards, local residents, police, civic, educational, religious and governmental organizations and neighborhood community groups and manages and coordinates functions whose focus is to grow community support for Concrete Safaris’ initiatives. They will manage and implement organizational projects related to community interests, and overall relationship- building within the community.

Duties and Responsibilities

The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other nonessential or peripheral duties that may be required. Concrete Safaris retains the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of the job at any time.

Administration and Supervision

Assist the Executive Director in community building through social media, events, and in-person meetings and activities.

  • Be warm, fun, welcoming, and engaging! Make our community one that everyone will want to join!

  • Conduct after school, summer program, internship, and special event outreach activities, including (but not limited to) school program recruitment, program registration, general Q&A, open houses, pick-up time, and Saturday volunteer sessions.

  • Carry out the social media strategy and publish a quarterly e-newsletter on all programs and special event mass mailings for e-list. Work in conjunction with the PR team to share our work.

  • Oversee intern placements, trainings, compliance, scheduling, and concerns.

  • Assist with planning 3 seasonal dinner event, including chef selection, locations, tickets, activities, and all other requirements.

  • Conduct outreach campaign for a Streetscape project within Jefferson Houses.

  • Assist in the resolution of personnel, student, and parent complaints and problems, and the implementation of discipline and termination guidelines.

  • Recruit, train, coordinate and supervise volunteers and interns.

  • Plan quarterly staff adventures.

  • Meet with local PTA’s and Tenant Associations to attract youth/family participation in programs.

  • Monitor expenditures and payroll for assigned budgets in accordance with established procedures.

  • Compile and submit detailed reports and evaluations on attendance, academic performance, health effects, and other factors in partnership with an external evaluation team.

  • Assist with preparing program budget and grant project descriptions as appropriate.

  • Work with City agencies and serve as the liaison to various community boards and task forces.

  • Facilitate initial parent committee meetings until parent officers are able to run meetings on their own. Attend and document PAC meetings (i.e., taking meeting notes, and developing agendas).

  • Attend required trainings and workshops.

  • Attend and participate in staff meetings and related activities.

  • Participate in outside groups and committees as assigned.

  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required or requested.

  • Refer child and youth participants for services within the East Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Center, and to the East Harlem HUB through Union Settlement.

  • Create and conduct alumni outreach campaign and involve in events.

Education, Experience and Training

Education: BA in Early Education, Social Work, Political Science, or Sociology required. MA/Graduate Student preferred.

Experience: At least two years of experience working in a nonprofit setting. Experience working closely with families in a community based setting required. Case management experience preferred. Ideally has roots in the Harlem community.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Recreation programming including youth activities, special events, sports, exercise, fitness, leadership, community organizing, and nutrition.

  • Principles and practices of supervision, training, and performance management.

  • Knowledge and ability to apply rules and monitor program compliance with related laws and regulations.

  • Knowledge of childhood and youth development principles and practices.

Ability to:

  • Work under stressful situations; stay calm; and have excellent problem solving skills.

  • Participate in active sports and recreation activities.

  • Use mathematical reasoning.

  • Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for program personnel.

  • Prepare and administer program budget and reports, and maintain records.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other professionals, subordinate employees, other organizations, volunteers, and the general public.

  • Demonstrate ability to keep sensitive information in confidence.

  • Flexibility with regard to work hours, must be available to work some nights and weekends.

  • Work well under pressure and handle multiple program needs at one time.

  • Have a passion and commitment to serving the public.

Skills to:

  • Operate modern office equipment and current technology and applications, such as Microsoft Office computer applications, Excel, Word. InDesign a plus.

  • Must speak Spanish.

  • Demonstrate cultural competence.

  • Strong written and oral communication, organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.

  • Self-starter and collaborative.

Other Requirements

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to conduct activities involving walking 30% of the time, standing 30% of the time, and sitting 40% of the time. Please note: special event days may require 8-10 hours on your feet.

  • Ability to lift and carry burdens weighing up to 50 lbs.

  • Ability to grasp and manipulate office equipment as well as tools, equipment and materials used in the maintenance of recreational facilities.

  • Ability to use a computer for extended periods of time.

  • Maintain a current annual health screening.


This is a 20-hour/week, part-time position. $17/hour. If you are qualified, available, and interested, please apply here. In your cover letter, please: 1. Confirm your availability from Monday - Saturday, through June 16th, and detail your availability thereafter (Required: Full Saturdays in July and select Saturdays in August as well as select nights and weekends. This schedule will change on weeks when there are late night or early meetings or events); 2. Tell us about an adventure you planned and completed in the past five years; 3. Tell us why you want to work at Concrete Safaris and what you can offer our youth and families.

BENEFITS Staff Team Building Adventures

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL: Part-Time Professional (20 hours/week)

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED: 4-year degree + 2 years of community/nonprofit work, or equivalent

INTERNSHIPS - To apply for any position below, click HERE.

Garden Program Intern (Paid)

Build your skills as a Garden Program Intern by learning how to garden and how to teach gardening in the after school, summer, and field trips settings. Work with 7-12-year-old children. Must be available for 20-hours per week, including 3 - 6 p.m., Monday - Friday, during the school year. Must be physically fit and capable of gardening and staying active for up to 6 hours per day. Map reading skills a plus. Must have a non-violent, non-sexual criminal history and be between the ages of 16 and 24.

How to apply

Please complete the online application above.

Time Commitment

3 months or longer
Time commitment
20 hours per week
Times of day
Mostly Afternoons & Some Morning / Evenings
Days of week
Weekdays & Some Saturdays
Fixed schedule
Start and end dates
Immediate start - December 2016 with possibility for extension

Details for all volunteer positions....

New York, NY

See above mentioned descriptions.

See above mentioned descriptions
All volunteers must pass the NYC DOE screening requirements, background check and National Sex Offender Check [when applicable].

Compensation and Benefits: 
N/A. All positions may be adapted for an internship format. College credit may be obtained in connection with your university, so long as your university agrees.

How to Apply: 

As an equal opportunity program, Concrete Safaris encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, or physical ability, and evaluates all candidates on a merit basis.

Interested? Please apply HERE.