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. Create an Applicant Account to apply to current and future openings.

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. 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.

FULL-TIME POSITIONS

PART-TIME POSITIONS

Communications Coordinator

Reporting to the Marketing Manager, the Communications Coordinator will help support QBG’s in-house Marketing team with the goal to achieve QBG’s visitation and revenue goals. This position will work with all departments to promote the Garden’s mission in print and digital media, and in person at onsite and offsite locations. The Coordinator will be responsible for graphic design projects, communications with and outreach to partner organizations, social media platforms, online presence, and more. This position may supervise interns and volunteers.

 

Responsibilities Include:

  • Designing digital and print marketing collateral to promote programs and events following the Garden’s graphics standards. Materials include banners, postcards, brochures, flyers, etc.
  • Facilitating day-to-day website updates through content management platform such as WordPress
  • Publishing listings of QBG events and programs
  • Assisting in outreach and follow-up correspondence with media to secure coverage
  • Updating content for the website, e-blasts, bi-weekly e-newsletters, and more
  • Curating and posting content on social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Monitoring general news and social media and creating reports on media coverage and social media activity
  • Coordinating with partners and organizations to establish ongoing cross-promotions
  • Providing support for the general operations of the Marketing Department, including press conferences, meetings, media correspondence, photography, etc.
  • Supporting public events and programs by designing and installing signage, interfacing with the public, and more
  • Fielding media inquiries and requests for media assets and information
  • Representing the Garden at offsite events in the community
  • Conducting research projects and administrative tasks such as updating email databases, recordkeeping, digital archiving, etc.
  • Being involved with institution-wide initiatives as appropriate

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree or two years of college and/or experience in Communications, Marketing, Advertising, Graphic Design, or related field
  • Two years of related professional experience required
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Bridge, etc.)
  • Excellent writing, communication, organizational and “people” skills
  • Ease with technology and aptitude in word processing, spreadsheets, and database programs, including Microsoft Office, CMS, and Constant Contact
  • WordPress and HTML knowledge preferred
  • Photography skills a plus
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects at a time
  • Availability to staff select evening and weekend events
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to “hit the ground running,” tackling projects with a proactive and hands-on manner
  • Openness to growing and learning in the field of communications and the missions of non-profits
  • A driver’s license is helpful

 

This position is part-time, 28 hours per week.

 

CLICK HERE to to submit your resume and cover letter via our applicant portal.

Forest Explorers Program Co-Teacher

Program Description: Forest Explorers is an outdoor drop-off program for children ages 2-6 at QBG. Rooted in the traditions of the Forest School model, this early childhood program nurtures self-confidence, independence and interconnectedness while deepening children’s connection to the natural environment in their own city. Through exploration-based learning, children uncover nature’s treasures, create meaningful community and develop trust in themselves and the world around them. As a community of educators and families, we consciously work to build an inclusive and diverse community that supports the development of the whole child. Our educators put the social, emotional, and physical needs of the community first when making decisions.

Job Description: QBG seeks a Part-Time Co-Teacher to assist with the implementation of this program. This position assists with all aspects of the program including setup and breakdown of our outdoor classroom, co-facilitating class activities, attending and contributing to team meetings, participating in collaborative decision making and assisting with the care of the children.

 

The co-teacher will work on a team of up to 8 teachers per season, working on various days of the week. Additionally, we hope the educator will assist with creating new assessment models to evaluate the program’s success in commitment to its mission.

Requirements;

  • Bachelor’s degree (or in process) in early childhood education, or related field
  • Training and/or certificate in Early Childhood Education or equivalent
  • Have minimum 1-2 years experience working as an early childhood educator or day care provider
  • Have experience making decisions collaboratively as part of a team
  • Be self-motivated, patient with children and a flexible team member
  • Be able to lift heavy objects (tents, tables, bins with supplies, children)
  • Be comfortable outside in all weather and prepared with proper attire.
  • Enthusiastic attitude with excellent communication and organizational abilities

 

Program Schedule: Start and end times have some flexibility each day. Program hours are 8:30am – 3:30pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in all four seasons.

 

CLICK HERE to submit your resume and cover letter via our applicant portal.

Instructor

The Education Department of Queens Botanical Garden offers public events, school workshops and teacher training programs throughout the year following QBG’s mission of cultural connection to plants and ecological sustainability. Our programs operate through semesters inspired by the NYC Public School Calendar.

 

The Garden seeks Part-Time Instructors to fulfill opportunities to teach classes, provide programs and offer tours. These opportunities are conducted both at the Queens Botanical Garden and at locations throughout the community. Opportunities may include classes, workshops, tours, public programs and special events on Garden grounds or at local schools, community facilities, neighborhood festivals, etc. Our programing caters to groups of all ages and occur on weekends, weekdays and evenings.

 

Instructors are responsible for all aspects of the programs they are scheduled for. These responsibilities include:

  • Preparing and maintaining all materials
  • Breaking down and cleaning up after classes
  • Setting up for upcoming programs

 

Scheduling for instructors is subject to semester needs and instructor availability and is not guaranteed. Our programs offer structured scheduling during QBG’s Fall and Spring semesters with flexible scheduling in between those semesters in Winter and Summer.

 

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 various 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 availability, including weekends and evenings, and ability to commit to 2 or more shifts per week depending on the season.

 

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.

 

CLICK HERE to submit your resume and cover letter via our applicant portal.

INTERNSHIPS

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Make a difference. Be part of someplace special by volunteering at QBG!

Led by our knowledgeable staff, volunteers participate in a variety of activities—from seeding to weeding, or supporting our education and administration departments—while gaining new experience and skills.  We offer a pleasant work environment, friendly mentors, flexible scheduling, and the opportunity to be part of a special 39-acre urban oasis.

Children's Garden Buds Summer Volunteer

Garden Buds is a one-hour class for 2-3 year olds and their caretaker. Tailored to our youngest gardeners, these classes let children explore the wonder of nature through hands-on work and play in the garden, taste garden produce, and create botanical crafts.

Responsibilities include:

  • Help set-up for class
  • Greet families and assist children with activities throughout class
  • Assist instructor in facilitating class
  • Clean-up and prepare for the next class

Ideal candidates will:

  • Have experience and enjoy working with children
  • Have an enthusiastic and energetic attitude
  • Be self-motivated with the ability to work both alone and in groups

Program Dates and Times:

Saturday and Sunday mornings, 7:30 AM to 11:30AM

Optional: 2-4 hours on Fridays to prepare for weekend classes:

• Saturdays: July 27, August 3, 10, and 17 (8/24 make-up date)
• Sundays: July 28, August 4, 11, and 18 (8/25 make-up dates)
• Fridays, optional: July 26, August 2, 9, and 16 (8/23 make-up date)

To apply, send cover letter and resume to: Samantha Ross, Education Coordinator of Youth Programs e-mail: [email protected]

Children's Garden Summer Junior Naturalist Volunteer

Program Description:

Looking for a long term volunteer to assist with a program that gives middle schoolers the summer of a lifetime! Instructors challenge the naturalists to use their observation skills and individual experiences as each discovers how plants, sustainability, and local ecosystems are part of their everyday life. Using critical thinking and team collaboration, budding ecologists will learn to hunt edible wild weeds, identify local birds and mammals, trap insects and freshwater macroinvertebrates, and so much more! The session concludes with our annual overnight campout at QBG.

Responsibilities include:

  • Help set-up for programs
  • Assist with all aspects of the program: assisting participants with activities
  • Assist instructor in facilitating programs
  • Be a leader and role model to middle school participants
  • Clean-up and prepare for the next day

Ideal candidates will:

  • Have experience and enjoy working with children
  • Have an enthusiastic and energetic attitude
  • Be self-motivated with the ability to work both alone and in groups

Dates and Times:

Volunteers must be able to commit to the entire duration of the program to be considered:

  • July 8 through August 1, Mondays through Thursdays 8AM to 3:30 PM
  • Overnight on August 2-3
  • Training Week: last week of June (specific dates and times TBD)

To apply, send cover letter and resume to: Samantha Ross, Education Coordinator of Youth Programs e-mail: [email protected]

Garden Greeter Volunteer

Perfect opportunity for nature lovers who enjoy engaging with the public and sharing their curiosity about plants and nature in a beautiful outdoor setting. You can help Queens Botanical Garden in its mission to being the place where people, plants, and cultures meet by becoming a Garden Greeter. As a Garden Greeter, you’ll help garden visitors of all ages understand and appreciate plant collections, ecosystems, and landscape design in this exceptional 39-acre urban oasis. Greeters will be stationed in specialty areas around the garden, interacting with visitors. 

Ideal Candidate:

  • Friendly attitude and willingness to work independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all kinds of weather such as hot sun and light rain
  • Knowledgeable about plants, QBG and the surrounding community or a willingness to grow and learn
  • Enjoys engaging with visitors and student groups and telling them about points of interest in the Garden and reminding them to follow proper Garden etiquette

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Monthly tours of the Garden led by a Horticulture expert to learn to identify notable botanicals
  • A QBG apron to wear while volunteering
  • Use of the QBG quick-guide of facts of the Garden, Community and Notable Botanicals
  • 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

Dates and Times:

Greeters are asked to commit to at least one 3-hour shift at the same time each week for the season, spring, summer or fall.

  • Wednesdays, 3pm-6pm
  • Sundays, 9am-12pm
  • Saturdays, 9am-12pm, 12pm-3pm and 3pm-6pm
  • Weekdays, 10am-1pm (during school group programs)

To apply please e-mail [email protected] and tell us why you are interested in this volunteer opportunity including any previous experience you have. Selected applications will be invited to an interview to determine if you are a right fit for the position.

Horticulture Volunteer- Herb Garden

Work with our Horticulture team and Herb Garden specialist to do general gardening tasks such as weeding, mulching, tending, pruning, watering, grooming, planting herbs. Includes educating interested visitors about plants grown in the herb garden. Must be committed to being present and punctual on work days

Ideal Candidate:
• Knowledge of herbs and / or gardening required
• Willingness to learn plant identification and how to care for an herb garden
• Interest in herbal plants used for medicinal, culinary, aromatic, and artistic purposes
• 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 Herb Garden specialist and renowned Horticulture Department
• Hands-on education in herbal plants
• 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

Dates and Times:
Volunteers must be able to commit to an entire season to be considered.
Available weekly on Tuesdays from 9 am – 1 pm
Minimum commitment of 1 day per week from April – October

 

To apply please e-mail [email protected] and tell us why you are interested in this volunteer opportunity including any previous experience you have. Selected applications will be invited to participate in a volunteer work day to determine if you are a right fit for the position.

Horticulture Volunteer- Wedding Garden

Work with our Horticulture team and Wedding Garden specialist to do general gardening tasks such as weeding, mulching, pruning, watering, deadheading, planting annuals, and tending perennials. Includes general garden maintenance to keep Wedding Garden clean, green, and growing.  Must be committed to being present and punctual on work days.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Knowledge of seasonal gardening
  • Willingness to learn plant identification and how to care for a private garden
  • Interest in water features, garden design, and botanical care & maintenance
  • 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 directly from one of our experienced gardeners and work hands-on with renowned Horticulture Department
  • Use gardening techniques in a gorgeous garden, otherwise closed to the public
  • 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

Dates and Times:

Volunteers must be able to commit to an entire season to be considered.

Available weekly on Wednesdays from 9 am – 12 noon

Minimum commitment of 1 day per week from April – October

 

To apply please e-mail [email protected] and tell us why you are interested in this volunteer opportunity including any previous experience you have. Selected applications will be invited to participate in a volunteer work day to determine if you are a right fit for the position.

Membership/Development Volunteer

A great opportunity to work with our Membership & Development team including office work (e.g. assembling mailings), occasional assistance at events, Member assistance (e.g. calling Members by phone to facilitate pickup of their QBG membership cards—Mandarin skills would be of particular help!).

Typical tasks will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Prepare membership packages and other related mailings;
  • Contact members via email and phone;
  • Assist at Membership or Development events as available;
  • Provide member services at QBG Front Desk (reception area), if called upon;
  • Assist with printing jobs or Development mailings;
  • Assist the Director of Development and Assistant Director of
  • Development with non-membership tasks as needed.

Position Requirements:

  • Acute attention to detail;
  • Customer service skills;
  • Knowledge and experience in Excel or similar spreadsheet programs;
  • Interest in communicating with members and visitors.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Interest in helping people;
  • Conversant in English; fluent in Mandarin a plus;
  • A desire to learn new things;
  • Ease with technology, including Excel.

We hope the person who chooses to join our team will commit to staying with us for the long-term.

Availability is Wednesday afternoons or Thursdays all day.

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.