The Blizzard of 2017 had schools closed, train service shut down and many in Queens buried under many inches of snow with no power.
To help combat the winter’s oncoming snow, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is looking to hire Emergency Snow Laborers, which are per-diem workers who shovel snow and clear ice from bus stops, crosswalks, fire hydrants and step streets in the city after heavy snowfalls.
“While the uniformed men and women of the Department of Sanitation concentrate their efforts on driving snow plows and salt spreaders to keep city streets accessible, Emergency Snow Laborers work in areas important to pedestrians to help keep the city moving,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “Snow laborers work to clear the city’s crosswalks, fire hydrants, step streets and bus stops, and allow for the quicker removal of snow and ice in these areas.”
Snow laborers will be paid $15 per hour, and $22.50 per hour after working 40 hours in a week. Individuals who wish to register as a snow laborer can do so at the following DSNY and DOT locations in Queens:
- 34-28 21st St., Long Island City
- 120-15 31st Ave., Flushing
- 58-73 53rd Ave., Woodside
- 48-01 58th Rd., Maspeth
- 52-35 58th St., Woodside
- 153-67 146th Ave., Jamaica
- 5-40 44th Dr., Long Island City
- 32-11 Harper St., Flushing
The DSNY locations will be open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The DOT will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Snow laborers must be at least 18 years old, be eligible to work in the United States, and capable of performing heavy physical labor. Applicants must bring two small photos (1 ½ square), an original and a copy of two forms of identification and their social security card when they register.
For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/sanitation.