Project Coordinator for Heat Resilience - NYC Parks

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NYC Parks is the steward of nearly 30,000 acres of land, including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. We look after 600,000 street trees, and two million more in parks, as well as thousands of acres of wetlands.

The Cool Neighborhoods NYC initiative is led by the NYC Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency (ORR) and is designed to keep New Yorkers safe during extreme heat from the rising temperatures of climate change. The program will advance strategies to mitigate heat risk in neighborhoods designated by the Department of Health as most exposed to heat-related health impacts. The Cool Neighborhoods Project Coordinator is a dual position with the New York City Parks Department (NYC Parks) and their Urban Field Station, and the Bureau of Environmental Surveillance and Policy within the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to many aspects of the program. The mission of NYC Parks' Forestry, Horticulture and Natural Resources team, in which the Urban Field Station is nested, is to protect, restore, and manage New York City's natural infrastructure to maximize environmental and community health and resilience. The Bureau of Environmental Surveillance and Policy (BESP) in the Division of Environmental Health at (DOHMH) works to inform and improve environmental health policies and programs by conducting environmental health surveillance, conducting research, and developing and supporting health informatics.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the direction of the co-director of the Urban Field Station at NYC Parks and the senior spatial analyst at DOHMH's BESP, coordinate citywide monitoring efforts to understand baseline spatial distribution of temperature in priority and control neighborhoods for evaluation of Cool Neighborhoods NYC interventions. Serve as liaison between Parks, Health, and ORR

  • Order equipment and oversee installation of equipment.
  • Coordinate current research and monitoring efforts related to the Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE) in New York City.
  • Synthesize research on key topics and identify research gaps. Nurture new partnerships focused on UHIE.
  • Help prepare products and materials to support fundraising, program implementation, and inform future capital investments in green and natural infrastructure.
  • Assist in the data collection and analysis of health, demographic and land cover data sets, including tree canopy, other vegetation, and all types of impervious surfaces, to help identify areas of the city that can benefit from additional greening and impervious surface removal to protect from the UHIE. Coordinate local experiments and demonstration sites.
  • Prepare reports, memos, fact-sheets, presentations, public engagement efforts, organize meetings, and other duties.