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

Education Coordinator, Youth Programs

QBG is seeking a full-time coordinator for four (4) non-school based programs for children ages 2-14: Children’s Garden, Garden Buds, Forest Explorers and Junior Naturalists.  The Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day running of these seasonal programs. The Coordinator helps create a welcoming environment for families. The Coordinator reports to the Education Manager and works closely with the Director of Education and other education staff to ensure the delivery of safe, organized, and fun youth programming.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Create and oversee all elements of current youth programs; including designing curriculum, coordinating registration, communicating with hundreds of families annually with diverse backgrounds, budgeting, tracking and evaluating
  • Hire, support, train and manage teaching staff, volunteers and interns for these programs
  • Develop and maintain a high morale of program staff and participating children
  • Maintain the Children’s Garden– design, plan, care for plants from seedling to maturity; care for chickens, and surrounding landscapes
  • Ensure that program activities and responsibilities are carried out including: health and safety, lesson delivery, inventory and organization of materials, garden maintenance and related tasks
  • Research and analyze effectiveness of offerings; conduct comparative research
  • Teach programs as needed
  • Take initiative in supporting the department as needed
  • Be involved in garden wide initiatives and programs as appropriate

 

Ideal candidates will:

  • Have previous related experience—preferably coordinating outdoor programming and/or informal teaching
  • Have a bachelors degree in education, botany, environmental studies, or related field or equivalent experience
  • Be committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in educational settings
  • Be passionate for working with children and families from widely varied backgrounds and life experiences
  • Have experience supervising staff, interns and volunteers
  • Be self-motivated with excellent communication and leadership skills–—ability to anticipate programmatic needs
  • Have experience working with plants
  • Be organized and efficient in managing spreadsheets of data, supply inventories and equipment—strong computer skills in google docs, Microsoft Office and others
  • Be able to multi-task and prioritize; excellent attention to detail
  • Have a drivers license
  • Be available on weekends in the spring and fall
  • Be able to work outdoors in a fast-paced environment
  • Be First Aid and CPR certified

 

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

Outreach Coordinator, NYC Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden is seeking a creative and dynamic individual to join our NYC Compost Project team in a full time position.  The position will require a high level of public engagement that demands aptitude for volunteer management, curriculum development and delivery and inspiring of new audiences to compost.  The qualified individual will be joining a team devoted to compost outreach, education, and creation from NYC residential food scraps!  Our team will look to this individual to engage new audiences through relationship building, social media, and partnerships; to be the primary point of contact for communications with volunteers and event participants; and provide training and supervision for a variety of interns and volunteers.

 

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 programs are funded and managed through the DSNY Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability (BRS) in partnership with host institutions.

 

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 FY19, the Garden served over 250,000 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.

 

This position is full time, Tuesday through Saturday with benefits.  Salary range is 42K – 45K.

 

Main Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and supervise weekly volunteer events, Master Composter volunteer hours and supervise select internships
  • Deliver programming on and off site, during work hours, evenings and weekends as scheduled including a variety of workshops, tours and presentations
  • Develop new audiences for programming and actively cultivate deeper connections in the community relative to composting and organics recycling
  • Provide administrative support for all programming, including registration, run of event, communication and follow-up; replenishment of print materials and hard goods; and create and send our monthly newsletter
  • Support Master Composter class and engage MCs in NYC Compost Project work

 

Supporting Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with Education Department regarding school visits and instructor updates
  • Work with staff to ensure well-maintained and smooth running operations
  • Keep detailed records and track outcomes relative to work plan and monthly reporting
  • Attend community meetings as needed
  • Promote programming through online, print and social media
  • Support the NYCCP Hosted by QBG team as needed and/or directed by the Project Manager or Director of Education
  • Act as an overall ambassador of Queens Botanical Garden and the NYC Compost Project

 

Qualifications:

  • Two years experience as an educator
  • Bachelors degree or equivalent experience
  • Fluency in a second language, particularly Mandarin and Cantonese is preferred
  • Experienced composter and recycler
  • Knowledge of farm or vegetable & herb production and experience as an educator on a farm or in an outdoor venue
  • Positive attitude and good work ethic, ability to self-direct for physical and administrative tasks.
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Local and community oriented with excellent communication skills
  • Adaptable and flexible to dynamic conditions and work hours
  • Ability to perform physical outdoor jobs in all weather and lift and carry up to 30 lbs
  • Administrative level skill with Google Docs, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and a high level of organization
  • Candidate must possess a valid NYC driver’s license and be willing to drive a large dump truck in NYC

 

The qualified candidate for this position will bring a mix of energy, adaptability, judgment, communication, critical thinking skills and a “roll up the sleeves” attitude towards their work.

 

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

PART-TIME POSITIONS

Forest Explorers Instructor

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 an Instructor 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 Instructor will work on a team of up to 8 teachers per season, working on various days of the week. Additionally, we hope this person 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 education, early childhood education, or related field
  • Experience working in an early childhood environment
  • Ability to make 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 – 1:30pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in all four seasons.

 

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

Outreach Instructor

The Education Department at 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. The Garden seeks Outreach Instructors to fulfill our after school program teaching needs January through June. Selected candidates will be assigned to conduct 2-3 afternoon classes throughout the Queens community. Additional morning work may also be available.

Responsibilities:

  • Teach programming to the standards set by QBG
  • Prepare and maintain all materials for scheduled programs
  • Set up and breakdown classrooms
  • Travel to and from Queens area schools

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in education, science or a related field.
  • Two years related experience
  • Class management experience in subject areas 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
  • Outgoing personality and enthusiastic attitude
  • Excellent communication and organizational abilities
  • Ability to commit to two or more afternoon programs per week.

Driver’s license, access to a vehicle and/or Department of Education fingerprinting, a plus.

Upon conclusion of the Garden’s after school programming season, Outreach Instructors may be asked to continue their service at QBG as a long-term part-time Instructor. Opportunities available to Instructors may include classes, workshops, tours, public programs and special events on Garden grounds or at local schools, community facilities, neighborhood festivals, etc. These programs cater to groups of all ages and occur on weekends, weekdays and evenings.

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

Seasonal Garden Assistant

We are seeking individuals with an interest in public horticulture to assist with gardening work during the 2020 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 and power gardening tools and equipment. Sharpening and general upkeep of grounds tools.
  • Garden Assistants must be available to supervise teens as part of the City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) 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.

Positions are available for up to 28 hours per week from mid-March through mid-October with possible extension into November and include some weekend work. A flexible schedule may be worked out to accommodate school or other needs.

Qualifications:

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

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

INTERNSHIPS

2020 QBG Farm and Compost Internship, NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) is seeking seasonal interns for the QBG Farm & Compost site, a program of the NYC Compost Project Hosted by QBG. 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 programs are funded by DSNY.

 

QBG Farm & Compost site is a place where New Yorkers can participate in and learn about composting and urban farming through tours, workshops, internships, and volunteer opportunities. We process over 300,000 pounds of food scraps and other organic material annually. The finished compost product is used across the Garden and the Farm as well as distributed to the community. On our farm, fruit and vegetables are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, and compost is applied to promote soil and plant health. Crops harvested are shared with seasonal interns and volunteers and donated to emergency food relief programs.

 

Interns will support NYC Compost Project staff in running and maintaining one acre of intensively planted, mixed vegetable, fruit, and flower production and educational areas. Interns will also help support on-site composting operations. One morning every week, interns will work alongside staff to assist in leading volunteer mornings. We are looking for dedicated, hard-working individuals with a keen interest in composting and urban farming.

 

Timeframe:

Interns must be able to work Mondays and Wednesday for a three- to six-month period of time between May and October.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn fundamentals of sustainable agriculture including crop choice, rotational growing, drip irrigation, and pest/disease management.
  • Acquire hands-on skills in urban farming through planting, tending and harvesting crops
  • Understand and maintain healthy soils, learn to use compost, cover crops, and mulch
  • Cultivate an in-depth awareness about food scrap recycling and waste reduction in NYC
  • Gain proficiency in composting by processing food waste and helping to manage onsite compost piles

 

Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills; comfortable leading groups
  • Commitment to being present and punctual on workdays
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all weather; able to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Interest in food waste reduction and urban agriculture
  • Ability to perform diverse, sometimes repetitive, tasks that can be physically demanding

 

Interns will receive a weekly stipend of $100 and a share of vegetables as available. Qualifying applicants are encouraged to earn school or program credit for their work with us and to research funding opportunities through their learning institutions.

 

To apply, qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Your cover letter should include any previous experience (not required) with agriculture or compost, your motivation for completing the internship, your availability, and how you heard about the internship. Please put “Farm and Compost Internship 2020” in the subject line of the email. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 27, 2020. Queens Botanical Garden is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Learn more at nyc.gov/compostproject and queensbotanical.org/farmandcompost/

Botanical Maintenance Intern

We seek individuals with an interest in maintenance to assist with general facilities and grounds maintenance. Under the supervision of QBG Maintenance staff, interns will learn through hands on experience all aspects of maintaining a public garden, such as electrical, plumbing, painting, construction work, and auto and heavy machinery repair. Interns will assist with the maintenance and repair of our Platinum Certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building and learn about eco-friendly features including geothermal heating and cooling systems, solar and green roofs, rain collection systems and green cleaning methods (chemical free and environmentally friendly).

Ideal Candidate:

  • Willingness to work independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all kinds of weather
  • Interest in assisting with general facilities and grounds maintenance
  • Ability to use basic hand and cleaning tools such as mops and brooms, and power tools such as lawn mowers, weed whackers, and string trimmers
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds
  • Must be committed to being present and punctual on work days

Intern Benefits:

  • Hands-on education with a variety of maintenance-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 gift shop

Dates & Times:

Interns must be able to commit to an entire season. Minimum weekly commitment of 15 hours, flexible schedule.

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.

This internship is unpaid.

Children’s Garden Programs Intern

Under the supervision of QBG Children’s Garden Manager, interns will work with children to facilitate lessons during spring, summer and fall programs. Tasks include assisting instructors to prepare materials, help children with various activities, and cleaning up after programs. Must be committed to being present and punctual on work days. Minimum age to apply is 15.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Have experience and enjoy working with children
  • Have an enthusiastic and energetic attitude
  • Pursuing studies in education, botany, environmental studies or related field
  • Be knowledgeable of basic small-scale vegetable gardening
  • Be self-motivated with the ability to work both alone and in groups

Intern Benefits:

  • Learn directly from Children’s Garden experts
  • Hands-on education with a variety of Children’s Garden-related activities
  • Experience an urban oasis in the heart of Queens
  • 10% discount on educational workshops and public programs
  • 25% discount in the QBG gift shop

Dates and Times:

Interns must be able to commit to an entire season. Several positions are available:

  • Spring Program- Saturdays 1pm-4:30pm, April through June
  • Summer Program- Mondays through Thursdays, 8am-3:30pm, last week of June through August
  • Fall Program- Saturdays 1pm-4:30pm, September and 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 an interview to determine if you are a right fit for the position.

This internship is unpaid.

Forest Explorers Intern

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. Under the supervision of QBG Forest Explorers staff, interns will assist the lead teachers with all aspects of the program. Tasks include co-facilitating play and art activities, assisting with the cleaning of our materials, setting up and putting away the meal tables and outdoor tents, keeping track of children’s & teachers’ supplies and taking children to and from the bathroom. Must be committed to being present and punctual on work days.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Some experience teaching or providing childcare for children ages 2-8
  • Pursuing studies in education, botany, environmental studies or related field
  • Have an enthusiastic and energetic attitude
  • Fluency in a foreign language(s) is a plus
  • This class takes place outdoors in all weather, interns should be comfortable outside in all weather and prepared with proper attire

Intern Benefits:

  • Learn about the inner-workings of a cultural institution’s ongoing early childhood education program
  • Gain valuable skills in facilitating alternative education models
  • Experience an urban oasis in the heart of Queens
  • 10% discount on educational workshops and public programs
  • 25% discount in the QBG gift shop

Program Dates & Times:

Interns must be able to commit to an entire season, minimum 1 day per week. Several positions are available:

  • Tuesdays 8:30am-12:30pm, Wednesdays 8:30am-2pm, Thursdays 8:30am-12:30pm and Fridays 8:30am-12:30pm

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.

This internship is unpaid.

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 Horticulture Volunteer

Under the supervision of QBG Education Coordinator, volunteers will care for and maintain the Children’s Garden and surrounding areas including gardening tasks such as weeding, mulching, pruning, raking, watering, mowing, weed whacking, transplanting, and propagation. Also includes providing support for the general operations of the Children’s Garden program and special events. Must be committed to being present and punctual on work days.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Be committed to the beautification and maintenance of the Children’s Garden for the entire 2020 growing season, and possibly beyond.
  • Have general knowledge of basic gardening skills
  • Willingness to learn how to care for a space primarily used by children
  • Have interest in organic practices of vegetable, fruit, and flower production
  • Be comfortable working independently and taking direction
  • Have experience supervising others and delegating tasks
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all weather
  • Ability to bend, stand, kneel, or crouch for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift 10 pounds, push a wheel barrow, and use basic hand tools such as a trowel, shovel, or rake

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Hands-on education and experience in organic growing practices
  • Potential to mentor and work with interns
  • Experience an urban oasis in the heart of Queens
  • 10% discount on educational workshops and public programs
  • 25% discount in the QBG gift shop

Dates and Times:

Volunteers must be able to commit to an entire season from April – October. Minimum weekly commitment of 15 hours, flexible schedule.

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- Seasonal

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

Dates and Times:
Volunteers must be able to commit to an entire season to be considered.
Minimum commitment of 1 day per week from April through June, 9am-12pm, 1pm-5pm or full day.

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.

We highly recommend attending our monthly Horticulture Volunteer Days (1st Wednesday of month starting in April) where you will have the opportunity to meet our horticulture staff and match an opportunity to your interests.

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.