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 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.

FULL-TIME POSITIONS

Farm Manager

The NYC Compost Project (NYCCP), created by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) in 1993, works to reduce waste in NYC and rebuild NYC’s soil by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. NYC Compost Project is a program of and funded by the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY).

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 visitors 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 address the complex and ever-changing needs of its diverse community.

The Farm Manager will be responsible for preparing, planting and maintaining a 3/4-acre farm using exclusively organic methods and supporting the Farm & Compost Site closed loop narrative.  The Farm Manager will report directly to the Compost Project Manager and work with the entire team to support the mission of NYC Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden.  The position also requires supervision of volunteers and interns, facilitation and sometimes leadership in education programming, management and implementation of all aspects of crop production, maintenance of farm infrastructure and, as necessary, creating new infrastructure.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Create shareable seasonal crop plans for interns and others in a supporting or supervisory role.
  • Conduct soil cultivation, mulching, watering, raking, propagating, watering, weeding, edging, pruning, ordering supplies, seed starting, bed preparation, planting, harvesting
  • Maintain crops for at least three separate purposes: Volunteer shares and food pantry donations, Educational programming and QBG Events, making sure that progress is made according to budget parameters
  • Operate machinery such as tractors, tillers, string trimmers, and mowers as well as basic hand tools
  • Oversee volunteers and interns
  • Support and lead educational activities at the QBG Farm & Compost Site
  • Maintain orderly records of crops plans, purchases, and plantings
  • Track produce harvested and distributed as well as event programming attendance and interactions in the DSNY Monthly Report.
  • Maintain NYCCP compost and QBG promotional materials at the Farm & Compost site.
  • Maintain a clean, safe, and organized work environment
  • Adhere to budget and document orders and receivables
  • Maintain a “Standard Operating Procedures” for a safe, efficient farm operation.
  • Staff Food Scrap Drop-offs as needed from December through February
  • Ensure that all equipment is secure and well maintained
  • Perform preventive maintenance on assigned equipment and vehicles
  • Maintain inventory of equipment and tools

 

Requirements:

  • Bachelors in Agriculture or 3 years minimum hands-on experience
  • Strong organic farming skills, composting and integrated pest management
  • Ability to lift 50+ lbs.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all seasons
  • Team player, creative, organized, enthusiastic
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work alone and in groups
  • Strong work ethic
  • Driver’s license
  • Basic carpentry skills
  • Skilled use of MS office (word, outlook, excel, and powerpoint) and Google apps.

CLICK HERE to apply.

PART-TIME POSITIONS

Forest Explorers Co-Teacher

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. 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 your children first. Each day includes: Storytelling, Creative Arts, Open-ended Play, Guided Exploration, Community Mealtime.

A Part-Time Co-Teacher is sought to assist with the implementation of this program. S/he assists with all aspects of the program including planning, setup, organizing materials, preparing meals and cleaning up after class. The Co-Teacher also assists children with using gardening tools properly, eating at meal time, changing wet clothes and shoes, using the bathroom, and conflict resolution.

Requirements:

-Bachelor’s degree in education with a focus on early childhood (or similar degree)

-1-2 years of experience with an early childhood program

-Experience working with diverse populations

-Must be adept at working in an outdoor environment

-Enthusiastic attitude with excellent communication and organizational abilities

-Able to co-facilitate and co-plan with other teachers

 

Ideal candidates will also:

-Have an interest in alternative education models and an inquisitive attitude

-Be able to lift heavy objects (tents, tables, bins with supplies, children)

 

Program Schedule:

This position is ongoing. General schedule is approximately 8:30am – 1:30pm for all seasonal sessions. This position will not be scheduled for the month of December nor for periods between seasonal programs.

  • Fall 2018: 12 weeks from September-November, Tuesday – Friday
  • Winter 2019: 10 weeks from January – March, Tuesday – Friday
  • Spring 2019: 12 weeks from April – June, Tuesday – Friday

 

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to: [email protected]. No calls please.

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.

Special Event & Rental Assistant

The Rental Assistant at Queens Botanical Garden provides support to the Visitor Services Department and our earned income initiatives through the rental of the Garden’s facilities and thirty-nine acres. This position reports directly to the Special Events & Rentals Manager.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with booking, marketing, and facilitating photo permits, wedding ceremonies, private parties, receptions, clubs, grounds rentals and commercial photo shoots
  • Coordinate setup and breakdown of chairs, tables, signage, and tech equipment
  • Provide best-in-class customer service by greeting guests and ensuring clients’ needs are met with the highest level of hospitality
  • Ensure that the Garden’s standards are maintained during special events including, but not limited to monitoring noise levels, garbage disposal, and restroom cleanliness
  • Assist in clerical duties of the Rental Department including checking emails, answering phone calls, and attending to walk-in inquires such as site-visits and appointment bookings
  • Assist with updating QBG Events Calendar, send weekly all-staff emails regarding events, enter and monitor rental data-tracking
  • Create rental invoices via FundEZ, secure monetary-contracts into QBG’ safe and record into ledger

 

 

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • College degree in Hospitality or equivalent experience preferred
  • Prior experience in customer service and administration
  • Knowledge of Point of Sale (POS) cash register. Experience with Counterpoint SQL or like system preferred
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office – Outlook, Excel, Word etc.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with staff and visitors in high-volume setting
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Experience in cash handling
  • Physical Requirements:  Duties are performed outside of a typical office environment and include frequent on-site event management and logistics. Considerable physical stamina is required as well as the ability to lift up to 20lbs
  • Evening and Weekend work required, may require late evenings
  • Driver’s License preferred
  • Second language preferred but not required

 

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

INTERNSHIPS

Archive Intern

The Development & Marketing team is seeking a dedicated volunteer to assist in the long-term project of digitizing and recording Queens Botanical Garden’s historical archives.

All in a day’s work:

  • Work with the Development & Marketing Departments to learn how to archive historical photos, slides, and files.
  • This individual will be trained in QBG’s archiving process, which includes physical and digital recording of important QBG/Queens history.
  • Everyday tasks include organizing the archival storage, identifying and labeling archived documents and photos, scanning photos, files, and slides, and assisting with administrative tasks as needed.

Desired qualifications:

  • Patience and attention to detail are both necessary to excel in this position.
  • Interested in Queens history and/or photography will find this position relevant to their interests and career.
  • Proficient in using a PC computer; we do not use Apple products at QBG. Familiarity with Photoshop, Bridge, Excel, photography, and professional scanning equipment is a plus, but not necessary.
  • Willingness to be trained in unfamiliar technology is key; we would welcome a fast learner who enjoys working with technology.

What’s in it for you:

  • S/he will learn how to identify, label, archive, store, and preserve relevant historical records according to QBG’s standards.
  • This individual will acquire technology skills and the ability to identify useful records as they work through the Garden’s 79-year history.
  • This position offers very useful experience to individuals interested in entering the non-profit sector, museum administration, the arts, or pursuing further education in library science or history.
  • Experience an urban oasis in the heart of Queens
  • Free admission and parking on any day you volunteer and passes for friends & family
  • 25% discount in the QBG gift shop

This internship is unpaid. Schedule is Mondays or Wednesdays, 9 am – 5pm.

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

Special Events Intern

The Special Events and Rentals team is looking for a dedicated volunteer to assist throughout our busy wedding and special events season. Seeking customer service oriented individuals able to commit from March through October.

All in a day’s work:

  • Assist Special Events Manager in the production of events and special projects
  • Provide friendly, courteous, polite and helpful customer service
  • Greet guests and take care of their needs during events
  • Ensure that all room and event setups are complete
  • Prepare client correspondence and assist with client communications when necessary
  • Create and send follow up letters for each event, as well as thank you cards
  • Monitor voicemail and email when needed
  • Answers telephone promptly and consistently
  • General light cleaning

Desired qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Dependable and punctual
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to follow-through on tasks until completion
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and to lift/move furniture
  • Positive attitude and presentable appearance
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures
  • Flexible schedule with ability to work weekdays, evenings and weekends.

What’s in it for you:

  • Hands-on education in special event management
  • Experience an urban oasis in the heart of Queens
  • Free admission and parking on any day you volunteer and passes for friends & family
  • 25% discount in the QBG gift shop

This internship is unpaid.

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

Visitor Services – Pumpkin Patch Support Intern

The Visitor Services team is looking for a dedicated volunteer to assist throughout our busy Fall season. Seeking customer service oriented individuals able to commit through beginning of November.

The QBG Pumpkin Patch will welcome thousands of people from Queens and beyond to have the quintessential fall experience every weekend in October.

All in a day’s work:
•      Provide friendly, courteous, polite and helpful customer service to Garden guests
•     Greet guests and provide directions to restrooms, facilities, and entrances/exits
•     Setting up and replenishing pumpkins
•     Assist with set up and break down of tables and chairs for events and programs
•     Provide directions to guests for Garden events and programs
•     Litter pick-up
•     Resetting Pumpkin Patch exhibits for the next day

Desired qualifications:
•     Good communication skills
•     Dependable and punctual
•     Strong attention to detail and ability to follow-through on tasks until completion
•     Ability to stand for long periods of time and to lift/move 20+ lbs
•     Positive attitude and presentable appearance
•     Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures
•     Flexible schedule with ability to work weekdays or weekends*
*Pumpkin Patch dates are Oct 3 & 4 (Set-up) Oct 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 27, 28 (Event Days) and Nov 1 & 2 (Breakdown)

What’s in it for you:
•     Hands-on education in Visitor Services for a Cultural Institution
•     Experience an urban oasis in the heart of Queens
•     Free admission and parking on any day you volunteer and passes for friends & family
•     25% discount in the QBG gift shop

This internship is unpaid.

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

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 our volunteer events or apply to one of our long term volunteer opportunities below.

 

 

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.