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Volunteer opportunity description

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is the largest combined water and wastewater utility in the United States, and holds the critical mission of enriching the environment and protecting public health for all New Yorkers by providing high quality drinking water, managing wastewater and stormwater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution. Relatedly, our vision is to be a world class water and wastewater utility, while building a sustainable future for all New Yorkers.

DEP relies on its talented and dedicated workforce of nearly 6,000 employees. As such, we have recognized that the ability to succeed in fulfilling our mission and serving our customers is dependent upon attracting, growing, and retaining a diverse, healthy and high performing workforce that reflects all segments of our society and values all aspects of our needs. DEP's Bureau of Organizational Development & Human Resources (OD&HR) is at the focal point of these exciting efforts, which is concentrated on ensuring our operation is staffed with the best-qualified, developed, healthy, happy, and engaged employees.

Project and Position Overview:  DEP’s Bureau of OD&HR’s, Strategic Workforce Planning & Employee Engagement Directorship is seeking to recruit 20 Engagement & Wellness Liaisons to join us in partnership with WorkWell NYC as we strive to empower all DEP employees within NYC’s five boroughs and Upstate NY regions live healthy and active lifestyles – at work, at home, and beyond. Through our partnerships, we will offer convenient and accessible health and wellness programs to DEP employees in our remote office locations (i.e. repair yards, wastewater treatment plants, reservoirs, etc.).

These are unpaid volunteer positions.

Key Responsibilities: The Engagement & Wellness Liaisons will work alongside the Employee Engagement Coordinator and Engagement & Wellness Expansion Project Specialist (Agency Volunteer Program Coordinator) to support ongoing:

  • Organizational delivery and maintenance of WorkWell NYC programming at various DEP worksites (i.e. prepares for virtual classes/talks/events, manage employee attendance, stamps employee participation cards, distributes employee rewards, assists with set-up and breakdown of event spaces, collect and send attendance sheets, etc.)
  • Partnerships with designated agency leaders to support remote worksites interested in expanding engagement and wellness promotion activities (i.e. delivers, distributes and posts internal communications, obtains employee feedback, etc.)
  • Volunteer recruitment and onboarding efforts (i.e. New Hire Orientation, etc.)
  • Engagement and wellness activities/events to deliver solutions that build an effective, high-performing, engaged, healthy, and accountable employee workforce (i.e. Lunch-n-Learns, Employee Recognition Ceremonies, Employee Resource & Wellness Groups, etc.)

Location: This is an opportunity to work within various DEP office and field locations across the five boroughs.

Qualifications:  

  • A current college/university and/or New York City agency employees
  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills
  • Ability to multitask and work in a high-pressure environment
  • A team player; able to work independently or as part of a team to accomplish set goals
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite, including MS Word and Excel
  • Must have access to a desktop computer or laptop

Time Commitment: The desired start date is October 2020 and end date is June 2021. The position is 9 months in duration, 10-15 hours/month, with the possibility of extension.

Volunteer Supervisor: This position will report directly to the Employee Engagement Coordinator.

Training/Support Provided: The Engagement & Wellness Liaisons will receive a NYC Service/DEP orientation and have ongoing bi-weekly check-ins with their supervisor for the duration of the project.

Benefits: The Engagement & Wellness Liaisons will receive experience working in local government, as well as a letter of recommendation and proof of service upon successful completion.

Requirements

Qualifications:  

  • A current college/university student and/or New York City agency employee
  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills
  • Ability to multitask and work in a high-pressure environment
  • A team player; able to work independently or as part of a team to accomplish set goals
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite, including MS Word and Excel
  • Must have access to a desktop computer or laptop

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About the organization

DEP

Contact:
Andrea Shivcharran
Deputy Director, Strategic Workforce Planning
718-595-4019
Organization’s website:
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/...
Volunteer opportunity website:
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/...