What's your definition of long term? The majority of animation positions are contract jobs. Depending on the company, the position, the contract (they could be looking for animators for the entire length of a series or movie, just the pilot, or maybe just a couple of seconds in a commercial) and the type of animation that's being done, a contract could last anywhere from a couple of weeks to a year or two. You most likely won't be able to find a job with the kind of job-security that lasts years and years. In order to dig up contracts, you're going to have to work on your ferreting and networking skills. Once you start gaining experience and build a reputation as a good worker and solid employee, it should become easier to find contracts as the animation community is a small one and employers start passing your name around.
To start off, you can try to call any animation or production studios you know of in New York. Even if they don't have anything for you, ask them if they know of anyone who does, and if they know of any other animation studios in the area.
here are some job openings in the New York area:
Here's a list of animation companies in New York. The list might not be very up to date, so you may come across some dead websites and numbers. I suggest calling as many as possible.
· 1 decade ago