Employment Opportunities

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Come Grow with Us!

While the collections are the glories of Queens Botanical Garden, its core strength lies in its human resources. QBG counts its staff among its greatest assets.

QBG welcomes individuals interested in pursuing professional opportunities in all aspects, and at all levels, of botanical garden operations, from visitor services and education, to horticulture, security, and administration. If you enjoy sharing your knowledge and expertise with colleagues, appreciate working with the public, and are eager to learn and grow, we invite you to join QBG’s team.

This page is updated regularly as openings on staff become available, so be sure to check back often. Create an Applicant Account to apply to current and future openings.

MISSION

Updated by Board of Trustees on December 15, 2009

Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship.

 

Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) is a private non-profit cultural institution located on 39 acres of New York City public land in Flushing, New York. Last year (FY18), the Garden served approximately 250,676 visitors, including 32,000 schoolchildren, and 48,215 through outreach efforts offsite. A recently completed visitor survey reveals that 45% of visitors speak a language other than English at home. This fact underscores the importance of the mission and the challenges and opportunities QBG faces daily in creating programs, exhibits and landscapes that serve the needs of people who live in and visit one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the nation. The Garden has committed itself to addressing the complex and ever changing needs of its diverse community and to being the place where people, plants and cultures meet.

INTERNSHIPS

Children’s Garden Programs Intern

Under the supervision of QBG Children’s Garden Manager, interns will work with children to facilitate lessons during spring, summer and fall programs. Tasks include assisting instructors to prepare materials, help children with various activities, and cleaning up after programs. Must be committed to being present and punctual on work days. Minimum age to apply is 15.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Have experience and enjoy working with children
  • Have an enthusiastic and energetic attitude
  • Pursuing studies in education, botany, environmental studies or related field
  • Be knowledgeable of basic small-scale vegetable gardening
  • Be self-motivated with the ability to work both alone and in groups

Intern Benefits:

  • Learn directly from Children’s Garden experts
  • Hands-on education with a variety of Children’s Garden-related activities
  • Experience an urban oasis in the heart of Queens
  • 10% discount on educational workshops and public programs
  • 25% discount in the QBG gift shop

Dates and Times:

Interns must be able to commit to an entire season. Several positions are available:

  • Summer Program- Mondays through Thursdays, 8am-3:30pm, last week of June through August
  • Fall Program- Saturdays 1pm-4:30pm, September and October

To apply please e-mail [email protected] and tell us why you are interested in this volunteer opportunity including any previous experience you have. Selected applications will be invited to an interview to determine if you are a right fit for the position.

This internship is unpaid.

Forest Explorers Intern

Rooted in the traditions of the Forest School model, this drop-off outdoor nature program nurtures self-confidence and determination, and deepens children’s connection to the Earth. Under the supervision of QBG Forest Explorers staff, interns will assist the lead teachers with all aspects of the program. Tasks include co-facilitating play and art activities, assisting with the cleaning of our materials, setting up and putting away the meal tables and outdoor tents, keeping track of children’s & teachers’ supplies and taking children to and from the bathroom. Must be committed to being present and punctual on work days.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Some experience teaching or providing childcare for children ages 2-8
  • Pursuing studies in education, botany, environmental studies or related field
  • Have an enthusiastic and energetic attitude
  • Fluency in a foreign language(s) is a plus
  • This class takes place outdoors in all weather, interns should be comfortable outside in all weather and prepared with proper attire

Intern Benefits:

  • Learn about the inner-workings of a cultural institution’s ongoing early childhood education program
  • Gain valuable skills in facilitating alternative education models
  • Experience an urban oasis in the heart of Queens
  • 10% discount on educational workshops and public programs
  • 25% discount in the QBG gift shop

Program Dates & Times:

Interns must be able to commit to an entire season, minimum 1 day per week. Several positions are available:

  • Tuesdays 8:30am-12:30pm, Wednesdays 8:30am-2pm, Thursdays 8:30am-12:30pm and Fridays 8:30am-12:30pm

To apply please e-mail [email protected] and tell us why you are interested in this volunteer opportunity including any previous experience you have. Selected applications will be invited to an interview to determine if you are a right fit for the position.

This internship is unpaid.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Children’s Garden Horticulture Volunteer

Under the supervision of QBG Education Coordinator, volunteers will care for and maintain the Children’s Garden and surrounding areas including gardening tasks such as weeding, mulching, pruning, raking, watering, mowing, weed whacking, transplanting, and propagation. Also includes providing support for the general operations of the Children’s Garden program and special events. Must be committed to being present and punctual on work days.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Be committed to the beautification and maintenance of the Children’s Garden for the entire 2020 growing season, and possibly beyond.
  • Have general knowledge of basic gardening skills
  • Willingness to learn how to care for a space primarily used by children
  • Have interest in organic practices of vegetable, fruit, and flower production
  • Be comfortable working independently and taking direction
  • Have experience supervising others and delegating tasks
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all weather
  • Ability to bend, stand, kneel, or crouch for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift 10 pounds, push a wheel barrow, and use basic hand tools such as a trowel, shovel, or rake

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Hands-on education and experience in organic growing practices
  • Potential to mentor and work with interns
  • Experience an urban oasis in the heart of Queens
  • 10% discount on educational workshops and public programs
  • 25% discount in the QBG gift shop

Dates and Times:

Volunteers must be able to commit to an entire season. Minimum weekly commitment of 15 hours, flexible schedule.

To apply please e-mail [email protected] and tell us why you are interested in this volunteer opportunity including any previous experience you have. Selected applications will be invited to an interview to determine if you are a right fit for the position.

Garden Guide Volunteer

Perfect opportunity for nature lovers who enjoy engaging with the public and sharing their curiosity about plants and nature in a beautiful outdoor setting. We are looking for volunteers to help garden visitors of all ages understand and appreciate plant collections and ecosystems in the Garden. Guides will use our discovery carts and kits to interact with visitors and answer their questions. Must be committed to being present and punctual on work days.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Demonstrates an interest in nature, a willingness to grow and learn, and a friendly team attitude.
  • Enjoys working with the public
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work both alone and in groups
  • Willingness to work outdoors in various kinds of weather

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Training program on how to be a Garden Guide and use our discovery kits
  • Apron and quick guide of facts of the Garden, community and notable botanicals and animals provided
  • Experience an urban oasis in the heart of Queens
  • Free admission and parking on any day you volunteer
  • 10% discount on educational workshops and public programs
  • 25% discount in the QBG gift shop

Dates and Times:
Volunteer Guides are asked to commit to at least one three-hour shift at the same time each week for the Fall season from September through early November. Several positions are available:

  • Wednesdays 3-6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 9am-12pm, 1-3pm or 3-6pm

To apply please e-mail [email protected] and tell us why you are interested in this volunteer opportunity including any previous experience you have.

Selected applicants will be invited to participate in a Garden Guide training on the morning of Saturday September 12th.

Horticulture Volunteer- Seasonal

Work with our Horticulture team to do general gardening tasks such as weeding, mulching, tending, pruning, watering, grooming and planting bulbs. Includes educating interested visitors about plants grown in the Garden. Must be committed to being present and punctual on work days.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Have general knowledge of basic gardening skills
  • Willingness to learn plant identification
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all weather
  • Ability to bend, stand, kneel, or crouch for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds, push a wheel barrow, and use basic hand tools such as a trowel, shovel, or rake

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Learn directly from renowned Horticulture Department
  • Hands-on education and experience with a variety of plant-related activities
  • Experience an urban oasis in the heart of Queens
  • Free admission and parking on any day you volunteer
  • 10% discount on educational workshops and public programs
  • 25% discount in the QBG gift shop

Dates and Times:
Volunteers must be able to commit to an entire season to be considered.
Minimum commitment of 1 day per week, 9am-12pm, 1pm-5pm or full day.

To apply please e-mail [email protected] and tell us why you are interested in this volunteer opportunity including any previous experience you have. Selected applications will be invited to participate in a volunteer work day to determine if you are a right fit for the position.

We highly recommend attending our monthly Horticulture Volunteer Days where you will have the opportunity to meet our horticulture staff and match an opportunity to your interests.

Horticulture Volunteer- Herb Garden Specialist

Work with our Horticulture team and Herb Garden specialist to do general gardening tasks such as weeding, mulching, tending, pruning, watering, grooming, and planting herbs. Includes educating interested visitors about plants grown in the Herb Garden. Must be committed to being present and punctual on work days.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Have general knowledge of basic gardening skills and herbs required
  • Willingness to learn plant identification and how to care for an herb garden
  • Interest in herbal plants used for medicinal, culinary, aromatic, and artistic purposes
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all weather
  • Ability to bend, stand, kneel, or crouch for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds, push a wheel barrow, and use basic hand tools such as a trowel, shovel, or rake

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Learn directly from Herb Garden specialist and renowned Horticulture Department
  • Hands-on education and experience with herbal plants
  • Experience an urban oasis in the heart of Queens
  • Free admission and parking on any day you volunteer
  • 10% discount on educational workshops and public programs
  • 25% discount in the QBG gift shop

Dates and Times:

Volunteers must be able to commit to an entire season to be considered. Herb Group meets weekly on Tuesdays, 9am-1pm.

To apply please e-mail [email protected] and tell us why you are interested in this volunteer opportunity including any previous experience you have.

Select applications will be invited to participate in a trial volunteer work day in early June.

Queens Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).  The Garden does not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, gender expression, mental illness, socioeconomic status or background, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, predisposing genetic characteristic, immigration status, or any other legally protected status. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact Human Resources via email [email protected], phone 718-886-3800 or fax 718-463-0263.