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. Join our Talent Community to be considered for current and future openings. Former employees with an existing applicant account must contact [email protected] to apply.

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. In FY23, the Garden served 291,027 visitors, including 24,348 schoolchildren. 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.

FULL-TIME

Assistant Botanical Garden Maintainer (Horticulture)

Assistant Botanical Garden Maintainer (Horticulture)

Code No. 92805

General Statement of Duties and Responsibilities

Under supervision, assists in the general maintenance and repair of botanical garden grounds, equipment, and facilities; performs related work.

Assists the Gardeners in maintaining and caring for living collections in the Garden and Arboretum, performs related work as required.

Examples of Typical Tasks

May assist in the maintenance and repair of grounds, property, greenhouses, path, sidewalks, and other equipment, structures, and facilities in a botanical garden (which includes snow removal and assistance with garbage pick-up).

Under supervision assists the Gardeners in the following tasks:

  • 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.
  • Assists with maintenance of irrigation systems
  • Performs simple recordkeeping and prepares simple written reports.
  • Drives vehicles and operates any other motorized equipment incidental to the performance of duties.
  • Assists in and performs tasks such as digging up, balling, burlapping and transplanting trees and shrubs. ¬†Digs up and transplants sod.
  • Assists in and performs tasks involved in maintenance and operations of greenhouses and nurseries.
  • 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.

Qualification Requirements 

Elementary school graduation and one (1) year of full time experience in professional landscaping, or gardening work.

Appointments or Promotions

Appointments to positions of this class are subject to personnel administration policies and procedures of the botanical garden, provided that all appointees must possess at least the qualifications recommended above.

License Requirements

A Motor Vehicle Driver’s License valid in the State of New York at time of appointment and ability to maintain.

Additional Requirements

  • May involve weekend, evening and emergency (for example, snow removal) work
  • Ability to use and operate standard landscaping power and hand tools,
  • Performs heavy physical labor on a daily basis in all weather conditions,
  • May be required to pass a written and/or practical test,
  • Good communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills

Strength in several of the following is desired

  • Experience and ability to use and perform basic maintenance of lawn mowers, string trimmers and leaf blowers
  • Experience and ability to use and perform basic maintenance of chainsaw, backhoe/frontloader, chipper, and other botanical garden tools and equipment
  • Experience in operating and maintaining in-ground irrigation systems

Note: Roman type is generally taken directly from the New York City job description. Italics have been added for clarification for Queens Botanical Garden. Some language in this description is taken from other City titles.

Schedule

This is a full-time Union position with benefits. This position requires a 40 hours/week schedule Sunday through Thursday 7am-4pm schedule.

Benefits & Salary

This is a full-time Union position with benefits- including 15 days paid vacation which is earned on an accrued basis, health, participation in the DC37 Health & Security Plan and CIRS savings and pension plans.

Salary range: Hiring rate: $41,371; Incumbent Rate: $47,577; Maximum: $61,179

To apply, submit your resume, cover letter and any supporting documents to our Career Center. If you encounter difficulties with uploading documents to the portal, please send via email to¬†[email protected].

Botanical Garden Attendant Guard

Botanical Garden Attendant Guard

Code No. 81718

General Statement of Duties and Responsibilities

Under supervision, attends, cleans, guards, and patrols an assigned general area in a botanical garden; performs related work. Will perform work of ordinary difficulty in cleaning public buildings and their immediate grounds; performs related light labor duties; performs related work.

Examples of Typical Tasks

Attends, performs various cleaning activities, guards and patrols an assigned general area in a botanical garden.  As needed in order to maintain cleanliness in bathrooms and other public facilities, sweeps, damp mops and wet mops, empties wastebaskets, cleans washbasins and other toilet facilities, and replaces bathroom supplies.  Responsible for more extensive cleaning or moving of chairs and tables during times of special or unpredictable events and emergencies.  Picks up papers and other debris on the ground, removes graffiti and cleans signs, sweeps and washes sidewalks and washes lower portions of buildings with brush and hose; removes snow where necessary; replaces bulbs and fuses; moves furniture; performs related work.

Is responsible for the protection of displays and/or display areas from loss or damage due to theft or vandalism, and for the protection of the botanical garden buildings, equipment, and exhibits. Responsible for proper notification of supervisors with regard to hazardous or unsecured conditions; filing incident reports.

Meets the public, including school system classes and teachers attending botanical garden instruction programs, and advises on the location of displays, display areas, buildings and exhibits, or on the arrangements and directions for public instruction groups.  Aids the public in cases of accidents or injuries.

Maintains order in the area of assignment, and assists in the detection, ejection and/or apprehension of miscreants, undesirables and disorderly persons. Required to take appropriate action; notify supervisors; call police, fire department or ambulance.

May check temperature readings in greenhouses.

May operate passenger and freight elevators.   May help with the delivery of packages or equipment to the receiving department.

Qualification Requirements 

  1. Graduation from a senior high school, or possession of a high school equivalency, or possession of an equivalent G.E.D. certificate issued by the armed forces; or
  2. Two (2) years of satisfactory, full-time paid experience in custodial, protection, attendance, or related work, including responsibility for meeting, advising, and directing the public; or
  3. A satisfactory equivalent
  4. Posses and maintain a valid Driver license; and
  5. New York State Security Guard Certification; and
  6. Weekend and/or evening work is required. Schedule may vary seasonally; and
  7. Certain medical and physical requirements; and
  8. Required to pass a written and/or practical test.

Appointments or Promotions

Appointments and/or promotions to positions of this class (Attendant Guard) are subject to personnel and administration policies and procedures of the botanical garden concerned, provided that all appointees must possess at least the qualifications listed above.

Note:  Roman type is taken directly form city job descriptions.  Italics added for clarification for Queens Botanical Garden staff.

Schedule

This position requires a 40 hours/week schedule. The schedule for this position will be Saturday and Sunday daytime, and Monday through Wednesday, 4pm-12am. Weekend and over-night shifts required.

Benefits & Salary

This is a full-time Union position with benefits- including 15 days paid vacation which is earned on an accrued basis, health, participation in the DC37 Health & Security Plan and CIRS savings and pension plans.

Salary range: Hiring rate: $31,481, Incumbent: $36,203, Max: $45,332

To apply, submit your resume, cover letter and any supporting documents to our Career Center. If you encounter difficulties with uploading documents to the portal, please send via email to¬†[email protected].

Professional Learning Coordinator

Professional Learning Coordinator (Full-Time/Non Exempt)

About this Opportunity

Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) is a professional learning resource for educators. QBG is one of eight Urban Advantage (UA) cultural institution partners serving the science education goals of teachers in NYC. The Professional Learning Coordinator will support the breath and quality of current training programs and expansion of professional learning resources to a larger audience. The Professional Learning Coordinator reports to the Professional Learning Manager and works in conjunction with education and other Garden staff. The Professional Learning Coordinator will support the management, writing and facilitation of professional learning for the UA program and non-UA professional development offerings.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the development and delivery of the Urban Advantage program including curriculum creation, facilitating professional learning workshops, and providing mentoring and technical assistance on and off-site to participating elementary and middle school educators.
  • Collaborate with partners at other institutions to assist in the delivery of the overall Urban Advantage science initiative
  • Support administrative and logistical duties such as data tracking, reporting and maintenance, program supply inventory and ordering, program registration, etc.
  • Attend UA partner meetings to work on long term program goals, occasionally hosting partner meetings at Queens Botanical Garden
  • Serve as a point of contact for teachers, program partners, and other stakeholders
  • Attend family engagement visits at UA school events such as Family Science Nights
  • Collaborate with teachers who request support in planning curricula
  • Work with teams to organize professional learning and UA related events
  • Travel for meetings, trainings and events to various institutions and schools across the city
  • Stay up to date in best teaching practices and strategies by researching, reading, participating in trainings and conferences
  • Support planning and facilitation of non-UA professional learning offerings for educators in and outside of QBG
  • Support additional QBG school programs as needed

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in science, education or related fields; Masters degree or teacher certification a plus
  • At least 3 years of professional formal or informal experience writing and teaching science curricula
  • Experience in standards-based science teaching, such as NGSS and Amplify
  • Commitment to culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Train the trainer/professional development experience
  • Strong computer skills especially Microsoft Office
  • Excellent verbal, writing and organizational skills
  • Team-player with strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience in community building with multiple stakeholders
  • Schedule flexibility and ability to work occasional weekends and evenings
  • Strong interest in botanical science and environmental sustainability
  • Cannot have worked for the NYCDOE in the last year

Preferred:

  • Familiarity with the NYCDOE
  • Familiarity with the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Familiarity with learning management programs and virtual teaching platforms

Schedule:

This is a full-time, non-exempt position with weekly on-site work, and some flexibility to work remotely. Benefits offered include excellent medical, vision, dental and life insurance, generous PTO, paid holidays, employee discounts, access to the Museums Council pass, which grants free admission to various museums and cultural institutions, pension and other retirement savings plans. Schedule is generally Monday through Friday, with some required weekends and evenings throughout the year. 

Salary Range:   $48,000 Р50,000

To apply, submit your resume, cover letter and any supporting documents to our Career Center. If you encounter difficulties with uploading documents to the portal, please send via email to¬†[email protected].

PART-TIME

Admission Cashier

Admission Cashier (Part-Time/Seasonal)

About This Opportunity

Admission Cashier/ Greeters at Queens Botanical Garden have the primary responsibility of operating the ticketing booth, selling admission and parking to guests, staffing the reception desk, selling concessions and admitting members and groups. Greeting duties include providing customer service; fielding questions about the Garden, providing wayfinding directions as well as providing information about upcoming programs and events. The cashier must be knowledgeable about the Garden’s admission and parking pricing policies as well as on the benefits of Garden membership.

Cashier Responsibilities:

  • Must be knowledgeable of all admission and parking fees, programs, events and rentals scheduled at the Garden
  • Sells admission and parking tickets by using a Point of Sale (POS) system
  • Completes member, credit card, and cash transactions, distributes correct change and admission tickets
  • Ensures the security of all Admission Booth cash and equipment
  • Provides excellent customer service, answers questions from guests, and resolves any questions or concerns
  • Keeps booth and surrounding area clean and well organized; weeds areas near Admission Booth, sweeps pathways, assures entrances and exits are always well groomed and maintained
  • Provides support at special events, rentals, and public programs, including concession sales and birthday rentals as instructed
  • Supports the store and reception desk, sells membership

Reception Desk Responsibilities:

  • Greets groups and visitors arriving for classes, tours, meeting and events
  • Answers phone inquiries and direct questions to appropriate staff extensions
  • Receives and logs delivered packages, communicates with appropriate staff for pickup
  • Maintains an attractive, neat appearance of store displays, lobby area, V&A terrace and refreshes literature and signage as needed

Qualifications:

  • High School diploma, some college preferred
  • Customer Service, Administrative and Clerical skills
  • Knowledge or ability to learn Point of Sale (POS) cash register; Counterpoint SQL, 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
  • Ability to perform all tasks required of the position including but not limited to weeding, stocking merchandise, accepting and moving deliveries and/or moving furniture up to 30 lbs.
  • Evening and Weekend work required
  • Assist at special events, may require late evenings
  • Second language (Mandarin, Spanish or Korean) preferred but not required

Schedule:

Multiple part-time seasonal positions available. Positions are available from 10-28 hours per week from mid-March through mid-December with possible extension. This position includes some weekend and evening work.

Salary:   $16 per hour

To apply, submit your resume, cover letter and any supporting documents to our Career Center. If you encounter difficulties with uploading documents to the portal, please send via email to¬†[email protected].

Education Instructor

Education Instructor (Part-Time/Seasonal)

About This Opportunity

The Education Department at Queens Botanical Garden offers public events, school workshops, kids programs and teacher training programs throughout the year following QBG’s mission of cultural connection to plants and ecological sustainability. The Garden seeks seasonal Instructors who are passionate about environmental education to fulfill our teaching and programmatic needs. Multiple positions available for Spring, Summer and Fall seasons.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teach QBG environmental, art, sustainability and gardening programming to the standards set by QBG either at the Garden or out in the community
  • Work with Education Manager, and other QBG staff to implement interactive and engaging gardening and environmental and sustainability workshops and activities
  • Create a safe and welcoming space for participants
  • Prepare and maintain all materials for scheduled programs.
  • Set up and break down programming spaces
  • Travel from QBG to other locations to implement program, and transport materials as needed
  • Support horticulture and gardening needs of the department
  • Support additional needs of the Education Department

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor‚Äôs degree or two years relevant experience in education, science, or a related field
  • Class/ group management experience, especially with children
  • Experience teaching in subject areas of botany, environmental studies, ethnobotany, or life sciences a plus
  • Experience and interest in working with diverse communities
  • Must be able to work with varied size groups of children and adults
  • Enthusiastic and collaborative attitude
  • Excellent communication and organizational abilities
  • Ability to commit to two or more half days of programming per week, minimum of 8 hours per week

Instructors may conduct such activities as workshops, group tours, special event activity tables, and lessons on Garden grounds or at local schools, community facilities, neighborhood festivals, etc. These programs cater to groups of all ages, especially children and families, and occur on weekdays and weekends.

Schedule:

Multiple part-time seasonal positions available. All spring roles must be available for training on March 18 & 19. We are currently looking to offer 2 or more shifts within the following program offerings, with a possible fall extension available:

Group programs

  • April ‚Äď June: Monday – Friday (9am-1pm)

After school programming at Queens based schools

  • March ‚Äď June: Monday – Friday (12pm-5pm or 5 hours per session)

Children’s Garden

  • April ‚Äď June, Saturdays & Sundays (12pm-4pm)
  • July & August, Mondays – Thursdays (8am-4pm)

Salary:   $20 per hour

To apply, submit your resume, cover letter and any supporting documents to our Career Center. If you encounter difficulties with uploading documents to the portal, please send via email to¬†[email protected].

Garden Assistant

Garden Assistant (Part-Time/Seasonal)

About This Opportunity

QBG seeks individuals with an interest in public horticulture to assist with gardening work during the 2024 growing season. Duties and responsibilities include assisting horticulture staff in the planting, cultivating, and care of trees, shrubs, flowers and other flora as well as leading a group of 5-6 student youth in these same tasks for 6 weeks in July and August.

Duties include:

  • Preparing soil, planting, weeding and mulching
  • Fertilizing and watering
  • Pruning and grooming trees, shrubs and plants
  • Mowing lawns
  • Operating and caring for hand gardening tools and gas power equipment and vehicles. Sharpening and general upkeep of grounds tools
  • Garden Assistants must be available to supervise teens as part of the City‚Äôs Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) for 6 weeks in July and August
  • Under the supervision of QBG horticulture staff, Garden Assistants will be expected to work with volunteers who may come to us as individuals or as part of a group

Qualifications:

  • Some experience and/or training in gardening work, including planting, cultivating, and caring for trees, plants, shrubs and lawns
  • A high school diploma or equivalent
  • A Motor Vehicle Driver‚Äôs License valid in the state of New York
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in all weather conditions; work includes kneeling, bending, stooping, and reaching; ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Willingness to use gas powered equipment
  • Good interpersonal skills; second language a plus
  • Experience working with youth and leading groups a plus

Schedule:

This is a part-time seasonal position. Positions are available for up to 28 hours per week April through mid-November and may include some weekend work.

Salary:   $18 per hour

To apply, submit your resume, cover letter and any supporting documents to our Career Center. If you encounter difficulties with uploading documents to the portal, please send via email to¬†[email protected].

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Seasonal Garden Guide

Garden Guides engage and help visitors enjoy Education and Public programs at the Garden.  Perfect for friendly people who have strong communication skills, interest in environmental sustainability, love to engage with nature, and excited to share their enthusiasm for the Garden with visitors.

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
  • Some experience leading tours or public speaking is preferred

Volunteer Benefits

  • Training program on how to be a Garden Guide
  • QBG swag
  • 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

Schedule

  • Volunteers must be able to commit to an entire season to be considered in spring and fall

For more information and to apply, visit: https://queensbotanical.org/gardenguide/

Seasonal Horticulture Volunteer

About this Opportunity

Work with our Horticulture team to do general gardening tasks such as weeding, mulching, tending, pruning, watering, and planting. 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 Store

Schedule

  • Volunteers must be able to commit to an entire season to be considered
  • Minimum commitment of 1 day per week in spring, summer and fall

To apply please sign up for a community volunteer day on Eventbrite. You can also submit an inquiry to [email protected].

Health & Safety: proof of full Covid-19 vaccination required for employment.

Queens Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).¬† The Garden does not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant‚Äôs race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, national origin, disability (physical or mental), age, marital status, veteran/active military service member status, political affiliation, mental illness, socioeconomic status or background, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, genetic information, immigration or citizenship status, status as victim of domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking, arrest or conviction record, pre-employment marijuana testing, sexual and reproductive health decisions, employment/unemployment status, salary history, credit history, marital/partnership stratus, caregiver status, height and weight, 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 x 203.