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.
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 an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship. QBG is a private non-profit cultural institution located on 39 acres of New York City public land in Flushing, New York. The Garden serves nearly 210,000 visitors each year; a visitor survey reveals that 75% of all visitors speak a language other than English at home. This astounding fact underscores the importance of the Garden’s mission and the challenges and opportunities it faces daily in creating programs, exhibits and landscapes that serve the needs of 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.
General Statement of Duties and Responsibilities
Under supervision, assists in and performs gardening work; performs related work.
Examples of Typical Tasks
- Under supervision, assists in and performs tasks such as planting, cultivating and caring for trees, flowers, plants, shrubs and other flora.
- Assists in and performs tasks such as digging up, balling, burlapping and transplanting trees and shrubs. Digs up and transplants sod. Pots flowers and plants. Propagates plant life.
- Assists in and performs tasks involved in maintenance and operations of greenhouses and nurseries.
- Assists in preparation of soil and seed beds. Receives training to grade, sod, weed, mulch and mow lawns. Assists in repairing damaged planted areas, fertilizing and watering soil. Is trained in pruning and spraying trees, shrubs and plants and assists with integrated pest control.
- Assists in and performs tasks involved in operation and care of hand and power gardening tools and equipment. Makes necessary operating adjustments to same; reports needs for repairs and replacements to supervisor.
- Performs simple recordkeeping and prepares simple written reports.
- Drives vehicles and operates any other motorized equipment incidental to the performance of duties.
- May supervise subordinate seasonal employees, as well as volunteers.
- As directed, performs various tasks in connection with cleaning of grounds including removal of snow, trash and other obstructions and painting of fixtures and equipment.
- One year of full-time experience in gardening work, including experience in each of the following: Planting, cultivating, and caring for trees, plants, shrubs and lawns; or
- Thirty credits, at least fifteen of which must be in horticulture, agriculture or a related field, from an accredited college or community college; or a certificate from a recognized horticultural or botanical program; or
- Education and/or experience equivalent to “1” or “2” above.
Candidate must possess a Motor Vehicle Driver’s License valid in the State of New York.
- Applicants will be required to pass a written and/or practical test.
- Applicants must be in good physical condition and be able to pass an exam by a doctor.
- Good communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
- May involve weekend, evening and emergency (for example, snow removal) work.
Strength in several of the following is desired:
- Experience and ability to use and perform basic maintenance of chain saw, backhoe/frontloader, chipper, and other botanical garden tools and equipment.
- Interest in/knowledge of plant records management (research, identification, labeling, and signage) and collections management software (such as IrisBG).
- Interest in/knowledge of native and invasive plants and sustainability.
Hiring Rate: $40,410
Incumbent Rate: $46,472
Note: Roman type is taken directly from city job descriptions. Italics added by Queens Botanical Garden staff.
To apply, send resume and cover letter to [email protected]. No Phone Calls Please.
QBG provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, QBG complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training
For greater than four decades, QBG’s education programs have provided environmental education with a focus on children offering school programs, family programs, adult education, public programs and special events.
The Education Assistant assists the Education team, with a focus on school programs and professional development, in providing the Garden’s programming, building on QBG’s strengths and promoting the Garden’s mission. This position helps with invoicing, communicating and taking registration with teachers, tracking data, cultivating partnerships with schools and other community-based organizations, assisting with online database, and helping shape additional department goals.
The Education Assistant is expected to:
- Provide overall administrative support to Education programs, mostly of youth and adult workshops from reservation to fulfillment, including invoicing and making phone calls
- Provide administrative and logistical support to teacher professional learning and Urban Advantage programs
- Assist with maintenance, reporting and analysis of database on all QBG Education programs
- Cultivate new audiences through visits, calls, emails
- Teach programs as needed
- Explore new opportunities for Education programs
- Take initiative in supporting the department as needed
- Assist with organization-wide programs and initiatives as needed.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in education, administration, or related field or equivalent
- Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
- Excellent communication and computer skills, including good knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite programs, FundEZ and registration systems (or capacity to learn)
- Ability to juggle and prioritize multiple projects
- Excellent attention to detail
- Teaching experience
- Includes occasional evening and/or weekend work
This position is full-time non-exempt, 35 hours per week.
To apply, send cover letter and resume to [email protected]. No phone calls please.
The Education Department of Queens Botanical Garden offers public events, school workshops and teacher training programs throughout the year expressing QBG’s mission of cultural connection to plants and ecological sustainability.
Part Time Instructors are sought for opportunities to teach classes, provide programs and offer tours. Instructors are being engaged to fulfill educational opportunities both at the Queens Botanical Garden and at other locations. He/She is responsible for all aspects of the program — from preparing materials to teaching the class to breaking down after the class.
This position is subject to seasonal changes in volume of workshops. Examples of opportunities are as follows:
- On-site environmental workshops & tours for various groups
- Off-site programs in schools or at other community facilities
- On-site green building and landscape tours
- Off-site programs for children, families, clubs, etc. at neighborhood festivals, street fairs, holiday events, etc.
- On-site weekend programs and workshops
- Special events such as Arbor Fest and Harvest Fest
- Teacher training classes
- ‘How to Garden’ classes.
- Bachelor’s degree in education, science or a related field. Master’s a plus
- Two years related experience
- Must have knowledge of botany, environmental studies, ethnobotany or life sciences
- Experience and sensitivity working with varied populations
- Must be able to work with large groups of children and adults in an outdoor setting
- Outgoing personality and enthusiastic attitude
- Excellent communication and organizational abilities
- Flexible hours, including weekend and evening availability.
We seek candidates with strengths in one or more of various specialties including the following:
- Green infrastructure and sustainable landscaping knowledge
- Science practices, including general science content and controlled experiments
- Gardening knowledge
- Awareness of local environmental issues.
Driver’s license, a plus. Department of Education fingerprinting, a plus.
To apply, please put “Part Time Instructor” in the subject line and email resume and cover letter to [email protected].
No calls please.
Part-Time Coordinator of Volunteers
QBG seeks an organized, innovative and personable individual to coordinate our well-established and growing volunteer program. The right candidate excels at working with individuals and groups of all ages and diverse backgrounds. This position relies heavily on the ability to forge new relationships while maintaining long standing partnerships. A creative problem solver with flexibility and a can-do attitude is a must.
- Analyze annual volunteer needs of departments throughout the Garden
- Work with individual departments and/or managers to develop projects or work plans for incoming volunteers
- Recruit and interview individuals for short and long term volunteer/internship opportunities
- Solicit corporate, school and other groups to fulfil special event or horticulture needs
- Partner with school/community organizations through CUNY Service Corp, YAIP, WBL, SYEP, John Bowne High School, etc. to place student interns
- Coordinate individual group and volunteer placements and supervise activities day of
- Facilitate orientation and/or training for new volunteers
- Maintain records for all volunteers including personal/emergency contact information, policy agreements, and volunteer hours log
- Track volunteer data and produce monthly, quarterly and annual reports
- Research potential funding and support opportunities for the volunteer program
- Develop a volunteer recognition program and corresponding event
- Attend outreach and recruitment events
Required Qualifications and Experience:
- Experience and/or interest in education, non-profit, horticulture, or related field
- Impeccable time-management skills a must
- Proficient in Microsoft Office
- Demonstrated written and verbal communication and presentation skills
- Prior experience recruiting and coordinating volunteers and/or interns preferred
- Prior experience working with adults with special needs a plus
- Fluency in English required. Additional languages a plus, including ASL
This position is part-time with hours subject to change per seasonal needs. Flexibility and willingness to work weekend events required.
To apply, send resume and cover letter to [email protected]. No Phone Calls Please.
The Development Associate assists the Development Department in all ways as it seeks support from institutional sources including government, foundations, and corporations as well as individuals. Reporting to the Director of Development and working closely with the Executive Director, and Assistant Director of Development, the Development Associate will support the team’s ongoing work of fundraising.
- Provide support for the general operations of the Development Department, including fundraising events, receptions, meetings, correspondence, etc.
- Identify and research prospective foundation and corporate grants.
- Write letters of inquiry and acknowledgment letters.
- Follow all processes and procedures for receiving and recording gifts and updating funder lists.
- Track all donors and prospects in DonorPerfect, run reports, generate mailing lists.
- Research new funding prospects and support all efforts to identify, cultivate, and steward new and existing donors.
- Support institution-wide initiatives as appropriate.
- Support the Executive Director as appropriate.
- Write content for QBG website, newsletters, e-news, as needed.
Knowledge and Skills
- Strong writing skills; ability to construct clear, articulate, and persuasive letters and proposals.
- Proficiency in MS Word and Excel.
- Strong editing skills.
- Attention to detail.
- Enthusiasm for meeting deadlines.
- Interest in learning new skills.
- Strong contributor in a team environment.
- Keen time management skills.
- Deep interest in research, writing, and reporting.
- Knowledge of DonorPerfect or other CRM database preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Experience working in deadline-driven environments.
- Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments, meet deadlines.
- Willing and able to complete all aspects of the grant process including but not limited to research, writing, tracking grant proposals and funds received, entering data, and performing varied clerical work.
- Willing and able to work occasional evenings and weekends in support of Development or institutional events as needed.
This position is part-time, up to 28 hours per week
To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to [email protected]
The Education Department at the Queens Botanical Garden provides workshops and tours to a large and diverse audience. The Teacher Professional Learning and Science Educator will primarily work with the Urban Advantage (UA) program, a citywide program that supports science education and investigations. UA connects both elementary and middle schools, teachers, students, and families with the excitement of scientific discovery and learning that takes place in eight renowned science-rich cultural institutions in New York City through developing and delivering rigorous pedagogy based teacher education workshops aligned to local, state, and national standards, providing on-site assistance at schools and directly engaging with students and families.
S/he reports to and assists the Professional Development Manager and the Head of Interpretation.
- Assisting in the development and delivery of elementary and middle school teacher professional learning and school program workshops
- Visiting schools throughout New York City to provide on-site support for teachers and students
- Attending and providing activities at Family Science Events throughout New York City
- Attending and supporting professional learning workshops at other institutions
- Collaborating with partners at other institutions to assist in the delivery of the overall science initiative
- Attending program and partnership meetings
- Serving as a key contact for teachers, program partners, and various other individuals
- Providing logistical support for educational programming
- Maintaining and updating departmental records and documents
- Updating and retrieving information from Google Docs and various databases
- Assisting with other duties as assigned by the Professional Development Manager, the Head of Interpretation, and the Education Director
- Master’s degree in science or science education or education
- Three years of formal or informal science teaching experience
- Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office and Google Docs and the possibility of moderating online forums
- The ability to multi-task and prioritize
- High level of self-motivation and ability to anticipate programmatic needs
- Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills
- Ability to travel and move materials between various locations
- Schedule flexibility and ability to work weekends and evenings
- Valid driver’s license
- Fingerprint and criminal record check clean
- Cannot have worked for the NYCDOE in the last year
20-25 hrs per week.
To apply, send cover letter and resume to [email protected]. No calls please.
Forest Explorers Interns
Forest Explorers is an outdoor drop-off nature program at Queens Botanical Garden.
Rooted in the traditions of the Forest School model, this program nurtures self-confidence and determination and deepens children’s connection to the Earth. Through sensory-based learning in our natural environment, children uncover nature’s treasures, create meaningful community, and form enduring relationships. Children will be guided through this three-hour outdoor program by experienced educators who put the social, emotional, and physical needs of children first.
Each Day Includes: Storytelling, Creative arts, Open-ended play, Guided thematic exploration, Community snack time. Open to children ages 2-6 who are potty trained or in the process of potty training and are willing and excited to be outdoors.
Queens Botanical Garden is looking for interns to assist with this program during program hours.
Ideal candidates will:
- Have experience working with children
- Be pursuing studies in education, botany, environmental studies or related field
- Have an enthusiastic and energetic attitude
- Be self-motivated with the ability to work both alone and in groups
Dates and Times
There are several positions available, and any or all of the following listed can be combined.
Ideally, these candidates will be available for the following schedule: (can be flexible).
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings
This is an unpaid internship. To apply please put “Forest Program Internship” in the subject line and send cover letter and resume to [email protected]. No calls please.
Queens Botanical Garden (QBG), in partnership with the Department of Sanitation of New York’s (DSNY) NYC Compost Project, is seeking seasonal interns for the QBG Farm & Compost site.
QBG Farm & Compost site is a place where New Yorkers can participate in and learn about urban farming and composting through tours, workshops, internships, and volunteer opportunities. Fruit and vegetables are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides and compost is made and applied to promote soil and plant health. Crops harvested are shared with seasonal interns and volunteers and donated to emergency food relief programs. Compost is used across the botanical garden and the farm as well as distributed to those who participate in Food Scrap Drop Offs.
Interns will support NYC Compost Project staff in running and maintaining one acre of intensively planted, mixed vegetable, fruit, and flower production and educational areas. Interns will also help support on-site composting operations; including processing organics collected at food scrap drop-offs. We are looking for dedicated, hard-working individuals with a keen interest in urban farming and composting.
Farm interns must be able to work Mondays and Thursdays over a three to six month period of time between late April and October.
- Gain skills in urban farming through planting, tending and harvesting cropsLearn about maintaining healthy soils by using compost, cover crops, and mulch
- Gain proficiency in composting by assisting staff in processing food waste collected at public food scrap drop-off sites into compost, and assist with management of onsite compost piles
- Cultivate an in-depth awareness about food scrap recycling and waste reduction in NYC
- Self-motivated, excellent communicator, with the ability to work alone as well as with others
- Commitment to being present and punctual on work days
- Willingness to work outdoors in all weather; able to lift up to 40 pounds
- Ability to perform diverse, sometimes repetitive, tasks that can be physically demanding
The internship is unpaid, but qualifying students are encouraged to earn school or program credit for their work with us and to research funding opportunities through their learning institutions.
To apply, qualified candidates should complete the online form at bit.ly/CP_qbgintern and email a resume to [email protected]. Please put “Farm and Compost Internship 2018” in the subject line of the email. Applications are due by Sunday, February 18, 2018. Queens Botanical Garden is an equal opportunity employer.
The NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden works to rebuild NYC’s soils by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. The NYC Compost Project is funded and managed by the NYC Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability. Learn more at nyc.gov/compostproject and queensbotanical.org/farmandcompost/.
Led by our knowledgeable staff, volunteers can participate in a variety of activities – from seeding to weeding, or supporting our education and administration departments — while gaining new experience and skills. We welcome individuals, community organizations, corporations, as well as high school and college groups.
We offer a pleasant work environment, friendly coworkers, flexible scheduling, and the opportunity to be part of a special 39-acre urban oasis.
CLICK HERE to learn more about volunteering.
QBG provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, QBG complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.