The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) hires temporary Emergency Snow Shovelers to remove snow and ice from bus stops, crosswalks, fire hydrants, and other locations throughout the City.


You can register to be an Emergency Snow Shoveler if you are:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Able to perform heavy physical labor


Registration is now open. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, you must schedule a registration appointment online and follow health and safety protocols, including wearing a mask or face covering, while at the appointment.

You must bring the following to your appointment:

  • Two small photos (1.5 inch square)
    • The photos must be the same style as those used for a passport.
  • Social Security card
  • Two forms of identification (original and copy), such as:
    • Driver license
    • Passport
    • School photo ID
    • IDNYC card

You should not attend the appointment if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.

Schedule a registration appointment.


Pay is $18 per hour and increases to $27 per hour after the first 40 hours worked in a week. Payment is made by check and normally takes about 4 to 6 weeks, but it can take up to 12 weeks.

If you haven't been paid by the City after 12 weeks, send a letter to:

Department of Sanitation
Payroll Department
59 Maiden Lane, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10038

The letter should have the following information:

  • Name
  • Social Security Number
  • Dates and times worked
  • Name of garage you worked out of

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