Winter is coming — and it could bring heavy snowfall with it. If last year’s winter is any indication of what may be on the horizon for this year, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) will need all the help it can get.
DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia has announced that early registration has begun for emergency snow laborers for the upcoming snow season. Snow laborers are per diem workers who are called upon to remove snow and ice citywide from bus stops, crosswalks, fire hydrants and step streets in the city after heavy periods of snowfalls.
“While the uniformed men and women of the Department of Sanitation concentrate their efforts on city streets, emergency snow laborers are vital to keeping the city moving after heavy snowfalls,” Garcia said. “Their help, in targeting the city’s thousands of crosswalks, fire hydrants and bus stops, allows for the quicker removal of snow in the areas pedestrians frequent.”
Individuals interested in registering with the DSNY can do so at their local district garage on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. The list of garage locations can be found at www.nyc.gov/sanitation.
The emergency snow laborers will be paid a rate of $13.50 per hour, and $20.25 per hour after 40 hours are worked in a week, which is an increase from the previous year.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age, be eligible to work in the United States and capable of performing heavy physical labor. Applicants must bring with them two small photos (1 ½ square), original and copy of two forms of identification and their social security card.
Individuals may also register at select Department of Transportation (DOT) locations. The offices will be open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and require the same photographs and identification.
The office locations are as follows:
- Flatbush Yard, 2900 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn;
- Bronx Yard, Mosholu Avenue and Broadway (Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx;
- Kew Loop Yard, 78-88 Park Dr. East, Kew Gardens Hills; and
- Harper Street Yard, 32-11 Harper St., Flushing.