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Madison Square Park Conservancy is responsible for the maintenance of the park’s lawns. During the month of October, Oval lawn and Farragut lawn are open daily for public use starting at 10 AM through 5 PM, weather permitting. Learn more about park hours and rules by visiting our FAQ page.

Public Programs Associate

Public Programs Associate

Madison Square Park, a seven-acre urban oasis, is located in the heart of Manhattan’s Flatiron District at East 23rd Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues. Madison Square Park Conservancy raises 100% of the funds that support a program of commissioned contemporary public art, lush horticulture, Park maintenance, Park security, and other free cultural programs.

Art, Horticulture and Sustainability are the pillars of public programming at Madison Square Park Conservancy. Public Programs Associate works with Art, Horticulture, and Sustainability departments to implement all virtual and in-person public programs. The position will implement an annual schedule of free programs for Madison Square Park communities, overseeing all administrative and programmatic tasks including in-person and remote set up, contracts, correspondence.

Key Responsibilities

  • Public Programs Associate works in conjunction with commissioned artist and curatorial staff, Horticulture department and Sustainability department to implement vision.
  • Public Programs Associate will implement conceived programs including in-person, virtual and hybrid talks, performances, film screenings, tours, concerts, lectures, symposia, and events on and off-site. Programs are held on Zoom, in person, or live-streamed.
  • Maintain schedules, develop implementation plans, create work back timelines and supply lists, oversee requirements, procure permits, and maintain inventories of program supplies.
  • Public Programs Associate sends confirmation letters to participants, issues agreements/contracts, confirms fees, timing, dates, and accommodations.
  • Acts as main contact during programs and oversee all set-up and breakdown.
  • Coordinates tech rehearsals for all participants in advance of program.
  • Schedule support staff to implement programs.
  • Craft youth education guides for select exhibitions and public programs.
  • In collaboration with the Communications Department, draft visitor-facing communications, including listings and schedules for programs, and contribute to press and social media to promote public programs.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Excellent written and oral skills
  • Familiarity with  Microsoft suite, Google Suite, Adobe Suite, Zoom
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Ability to work effectively on multiple projects and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work collaboratively across departments and a willingness to be hands-on with the performance of a variety of assigned tasks. Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and new opportunities.
  • Past professional experience organizing events, in-person programs, Zoom and livestream programs 


Weekday schedule with evening and weekend work required, dependent on programs.  


Salary Range is based on experience


Paid Employee Health plan, Dental & Vision Plan, Vacation/Sick Days, Personal day, Floating Holidays, Discretionary End of Year Bonus, 401K Plan

To Apply

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume with the position in the subject line to Applications without cover letters will not be reviewed. No calls, please.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. We encourage applications from people with BIPOC identities.

Please be aware that Madison Square Park Conservancy has required COVID-19 vaccination for all employees by October 1, 2021. The organization will consider accommodations for medical and religious-based reasons.

Madison Square Park Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity (“EEO”) laws. The Conservancy prohibits discrimination against applicants for employment because of the individual’s race or color, religion or creed, alienage or citizenship status, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, domestic partnership status, genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, arrest or pre-employment conviction record or any other characteristic protected by law.


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