The weather outside is frightful, and the subways may still be functioning but there’s no reason you should stop cuddling your radiator and go outside for extended periods right now except … could it be? … a bad weather-dependent contract job paying up to $22.50 an hour.
The city is currently looking for temporary snow laborers to remove snow and ice from bus stops, crosswalks, and fire hydrants. Eligibility requirements are simple: be 18 or older, be able to legally work in the U.S., and be able to perform “heavy physical labor.”
If you’re more into indy snow removal, grab a shovel and some friends and head over to Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, and anywhere else people have stoops and money. Then, if you like it, start doing it every winter, get ripped from it, unionize, and become the hero this city needs, preventing a single ice-slipping physical injury from ever happening again.
For real though, people pay good money to have their stoop scooped and iced, just don’t piss off the local kids who’ve been doing it since they could walk.
For the city gig, you’ll need to grab two small passport photos, your social security card and two forms of identification and head on over to a Sanitation Garage or the Department of Transportation RIGHT NOW (assuming right now is Monday through Saturday 7 am to 3 pm and not a city holiday) and start earning $15 an hour making NYC snow- and ice-free (that $22.50 per hour overtime pay kicks in after you work 40 hours a week).
In a city where there’s an almost decade-long wait list to become a Sanitation worker, any opportunity for city-paid physical labor should be looked at as a golden gig, so even if you’re not applying for this, be grateful for the weather — it means Sanitation workers and temporary snow laborers citywide are getting paid overtime to make the streets safer for the rest of us when we finally emerge from the shelter of our apartments.