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. Former employees with an existing applicant account must contact [email protected] to apply.
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.
Becoming a Garden Guide Volunteer is a 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.
- 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 independently
- Willingness to work outdoors in various kinds of weather
- 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
Dates and Times
Guides are asked to commit to one three-hour shift at the same time each week for the season starting in September. Several positions are available:
- Wednesdays 3-6pm, Saturdays & Sundays 9am-12pm, 1-3pm or 3-6pm
To apply please email [email protected] and tell us why you are interested in this volunteer opportunity including any previous experience you have.
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.