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.

MISSION

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.

FULL-TIME OPPORTUNITIES

Public Programs Manager

PUBLIC PROGRAMS MANAGER

Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) is a private non-profit cultural institution located on 39 acres of New York City owned land. QBG serves over 241,000 people each year and strives to keep programs accessible to all audiences. The majority of visitors to the Garden (75%) speak a language other than English at home. The Garden has committed itself to addressing the complex and ever changing needs of its diverse community. Visitorship and outreach efforts have grown over the past five years, with a goal of serving 275,000 people by 2018. Public Programs will play a vital role in this effort by attracting new audience and interest.

QBG seeks an energetic, enthusiastic individual with strong organizational and communication skills to manage all aspects of public programming. The specific charge of the position will be the leadership, creation, coordination, and implementation of visitor-friendly and engaging public programs. The Public Programs Manager will report directly to the Director of Education and Garden Operations and will ensure that these programs complement and supplement existing programs, attract diverse audiences of all ages, serve the institution’s mission, and are guided by its long-range plan. The Manager must be a strategic thinker, build external partnerships easily, and be an effective communicator across all departments.

This is a Full-time position whose primary focus is to attract weekend visitation. Position will be Wednesdays through Sundays.

Primary duties include:

  • Effectively curate and produce public programs in various genres (e.g. workshops, demonstrations, performances, lectures, etc.) that represent QBG’s dual mission of environmental sustainability and cultural diversity with the goal of attracting, expanding, and diversifying audience.
  • Lead the planning, execution, and reporting of all public programming
  • Collaborate with various internal departments (Visitor Services, Development, Marketing, Security, Education) to strategize long-term programming strategies and vision
  • Lead Committee meetings
  • Analyze events and implement evaluation methods to determine success
  • Manage a budget; track expenses and revenue for all events
  • Work with Marketing and Development staff to seek sponsorship and carry out work for sponsored programs. S/he may also provide press interviews and information, garden and green building tours and assist with programs originating within other departments.
  • S/he will be responsible for writing and compiling text of seasonal program calendars
  • Assist with outreach
  • Represent the Garden at various community meetings
  • May serve as manager in charge on weekends
  • Assist with other garden wide initiatives

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Environmental Studies, Ecology, Arts, Tourism or related field
  • Experience in program creation and management
  • Five or more years creating public programs +/or education programs
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication and customer service skills
  • Have great attention to detail, highly organized with effective problem solving skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others in other departments
  • Previous experience managing a budget and running reports
  • Public garden/museum/gardening/environmental topics experience/knowledge a plus
  • Multiple language skills a big plus (especially Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Korean)
  • Occasional evening work
  • Demonstrated ability to create and implement systems

Visitation is at its highest on weekends; working both Saturdays and Sundays is a requirement with some seasonal variation.

To apply, send letter and résumé to Human Resources Manager, Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355 or e-mail [email protected].

PART-TIME OPPORTUNITIES

Part-Time Instructors

PART-TIME INSTRUCTORS

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.

Requirements:

  • 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 Forest Program Instructor

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 while deepening 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.

A Part-Time Instructor is sought to assist with the teaching and implementation of this program. He/She assists with all aspects of the program—from preparing materials to help in teaching the class to breaking down after the class, as well as assisting children with: using gardening tools properly, eating at meal time, changing wet clothes and shoes, using the bathroom, conflict resolution. This position is subject to seasonal change.

Ideal candidates will:

  • Have experience working with children between ages 2 and 6
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree in education, botany, environmental studies or related field OR equivalent experience
  • Have an enthusiastic attitude and be self-motivated
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Be able to lift heavy objects (tent, tables, bins with supplies)

Dates and Times

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; Mornings; May and June with possibility to continue

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to: [email protected].

No calls please.

INTERNSHIPS

City Service Corps 2016-2017 (Stipend)

City Service Corps 2017-2018 (Stipend)

CLICK HERE for the Member Position Description for “Department of Sanitation: Compost Corps hosted by Queens Botanical Garden” (PDF) and HERE to apply on the NYC Service website. When applying select our site for consideration, which is listed as “Department of Sanitation: Compost Corps: Queens Botanical Garden”.

Forest Explorers Interns

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).

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays; Mornings; March through June

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.

Special Events and Rental Assistant Intern

Special Events and Rental Assistant - Intern

Assist Special Events Manager in the production of events and special projects and provides friendly, courteous, polite and helpful customer service. Responsibilities Include, but is not limited to:

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist with client communications when necessary
  • Assist and support organizing and events manager in day-to-day tasks
  • Greet guests and take care of their needs at special events
  • Ensure that all room and event setups are completed
  • Prepare client correspondence and assist with client communications when necessary
  • Monitor voicemail and email when needed
  • Create and send follow up letters for each event, as well as thank you cards
  • Answers telephone promptly and consistently
  • General light cleaning

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Demonstration of excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Dependability and punctuality, attention to detail
  • Ability to follow-through on tasks until completion
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time, ability to lift and move furniture
  • Positive image and tidy appearance
  • Willingness to work and learn
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures.

Scheduling flexibility: ability to work weekdays, evenings and weekends.
Contact: Ebony Wiggins at [email protected]

HR & Office Intern

HR & Office Intern

QBG seeks a driven, detail oriented student seeking to gain knowledge and experience in the field of non-profit business administration. The HR & Office Intern will support both the Human Resources and Administration department with daily activities such as recruiting, payroll, billing, reconciliation, IT support, volunteer coordination and general organization. Additionally, the HR & Office intern will have the opportunity to take part in larger initiatives and projects, such as vetting and upgrading systems, organizing support for Garden events and more.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Assist in the recruiting process, including reviewing and posting job descriptions, vetting potential candidates, coordinating interviews and facilitating the onboarding process
  • Assist in the oversight and coordination of volunteers and other interns
  • Draft correspondences related to policy change and general communication
  • Research HR law and best practices and formulate recommendations based on findings
  • Assist in general organization and upgrade of filing system
  • Troubleshoot basic hardware and software

Qualifications:

  • Current student or recent graduate studying Business Administration, Human Resources
  • Professional level of discretion and confidentiality a must
  • Thorough attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently
  • Out of the box thinker with creative problem solving skills
  • Previous experience in an office environment preferred
  • Knowledge of HR law, practices and systems

Internship is unpaid. Schedule is flexible during the regular work week (M-F, 9 am – 5pm)

To apply, send resume and cover letter to [email protected]. No Phone Calls Please.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer Opportunities

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.