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

Director of Finance & Administration

The Director of Finance & Administration provides leadership in the assurance of a sound financial future and in managing daily fiscal and administrative operations.

 

Queens Botanical Garden has a $5.4 million operating budget (FY19) including half a million for special projects, 34 full-time and approximately 70 part-time and seasonal employees, 237 long-term individual and nearly 2,000 volunteers (FY18) who help with events and special projects. The Director works closely with the Board Finance Committee, which is a subset of the 15-member Board of Directors.

 

As a member of the Senior Staff management team reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Finance & Administration will provide leadership in:

 

1. Managing financial operations including supervising accounting and bookkeeping functions, budgeting and reporting, payroll, cash, the annual audit, and tax filings, etc. The Director will also prepare materials for the Board Finance Committee and meetings of the full Board.

 

This hands-on position also includes:

 

  • Maintaining appropriate system of internal controls
  • Providing leadership in the development of policies, procedures, business and strategic planning and reporting
  • Assuring compliance with federal, state and local tax filings and regulations
  • Preparing ad-hoc budgets and reports in conjunction with other staff as needed

 

2. Supervising administration, human resources and technology functions, including coordinating benefits, office equipment and systems, insurance and their respective contractors/consultants, and the Volunteer Program.

 

  • Providing leadership and oversight for technology systems and development

 

3. Supervising Visitor Services/Business Operations including admissions, parking, QBG Store, rentals and concessions, visitor reception and related areas, creating more of a sales approach to encourage utilization of QBG facilities and services.

 

  • Overseeing data tracking, the recording of facility usage organization-wide

 

The Director is also responsible for:

 

  • Managing appropriate contracts (computer services, payroll, insurance, rentals, maintenance, etc.) and credit card processing
  • Assisting with Garden-wide initiatives.

 

Qualifications and Experience

 

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance or a related area with sufficient non-profit experience; Master’s degree and/or CPA preferred
  • Minimum seven years of progressively increasing experience and success in finance, human resources and/or business with non-profit experience strongly preferred
  • Computer literacy; software currently in use includes FundEZ, Microsoft Office, Beyond Pay, Counterpoint (POS) and Donor Perfect
  • Excellent interpersonal, consensus-building, organizational, communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work with various people with diverse skills while keeping both the detail and the larger context in view.

 

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

Organics Recovery Coordinator, NYC Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden is seeking a skilled individual with an aptitude for machines and a love of working outdoors.  The Organics Recovery Coordinator will be based at Queens Botanical Garden and reports to the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden Project Manager. The person in this position will support our Operations Coordinator and will share responsibility for accepting and processing residential food waste. This includes staffing Food Scrap Drop Offs, making large quantities of compost with volunteers by hand and working in the field in all aspects of compost production. The ideal candidate will enjoy physical labor; delight in working with people and sharing knowledge as well as working solo running machines.

 

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.

 

This position is full time, Sunday through Thursday with benefits.  Salary range is $42,000 – $45,000.

 

Main Responsibilities:

  • Process organic waste by making compost. This includes utilizing heavy equipment, preparing feed stocks and maintaining all aspects of the composting operation at Queens Botanical Garden year round.
  • Deliver compost for public greening events and support these events with technical advice as needed.
  • Staff food scrap drop-off sites run by the NYCCP Hosted by QBG.
  • Keep detailed records and track outcomes relative to work plan and monthly reporting;
  • Model best practices in urban composting operations at all times.
  • Work with NYCCP Hosted by QBG staff to ensure well-maintained and smooth running operations;
  • Support the NYCCP Hosted by QBG team as needed and/or directed by the Project Manager or Director of Education

 

Supporting Responsibilities:

  • Ability to lift & move items up to 50 pounds onto and off of box trucks and throughout worksites.
  • Maintain compost demonstration site.
  • Support outreach efforts relative to technical assistance to community compost sites and foods scrap drop offs.
  • Attend community meetings as needed.
  • Contribute to our monthly newsletter and designated online social media.
  • Act as an overall ambassador of Queens Botanical Garden and the New York City Compost Project.

 

Qualifications:

  • Experienced composter and recycler.
  • Experience operating a skidsteer or equivalent heavy equipment.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not necessary for an exceptional candidate
  • Chinese speakers are encouraged to apply.
  • Positive attitude and good work ethic, ability to self-direct for physical and administrative tasks.
  • Local and community oriented with excellent communication & customer service skills.
  • Adaptable and flexible to dynamic conditions and work hours.
  • Ability to perform physical outdoor jobs in all weather.
  • Administrative level skill with Google Docs, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, are critical to job performance.
  • Minimum of two years’ work experience in a related field
  • Candidate must possess a valid NYC driver’s license and be willing to drive in NYC.

 

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

 

CLICK HERE to apply. Please upload both a cover letter and resume as one document in your application.

Outreach Coordinator, NYC Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden is seeking a creative and dynamic individual to join our Compost Project team in a full time position.  The position will require a high level of public engagement that demands aptitude for teaching, working with volunteers and community members, and inspiring new audiences.  The qualified individual will be joining a team devoted to compost outreach and education, and creating compost from NYC residential food scraps!  Our team will look to this individual to maintain and nurture existing community relationships while actively growing our network. The Outreach Coordinator will present composting workshops, provide technical assistance, support partner-managed food scrap drop offs, and coordinate compost distribution and application events in Queens.

 

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.

 

This position is full time, Tuesday through Saturday with benefits.  Salary range is $42,000 – $45,000.

 

Main Responsibilities:

  • Develop new audiences for outreach and actively cultivate deeper connections in the community relative to composting and organics recycling.
  • Coordinate and deliver compost workshops, presentations, and other events in Queens
  • Coordinate compost distribution for public greening events and residential pickup.
  • Manage and deliver off-site programs inclusive of registration, promotion, and follow-up
  • Promote NYCCP Hosted by QBG programming through online, print and social media.
  • Support the expansion of community composting and food scrap drop-off sites throughout Queens by providing field-based technical support and training.
  • Support the Master Composter class and engage Master Composters in NYC Compost Project work.

 

Supporting Responsibilities:

  • Maintain compost demo site at the farm
  • Keep detailed records and track outcomes relative to work plan and monthly reporting
  • Attend community meetings as needed
  • Contribute to our monthly newsletter and designated online social media
  • Work with NYCCP Hosted by QBG staff to ensure well-maintained and smooth running operations
  • Support the NYCCP Hosted by QBG team as needed and/or directed by the Project Manager or Director of Education, inclusive of food scrap drop-offs and special events
  • Act as an overall ambassador of Queens Botanical Garden and the New York City Compost Project.

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree preferred (ideally, in a related field)
  • Fluency in a second language, particularly Mandarin and Cantonese is preferred
  • Experienced composter and recycler
  • 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
  • Administrative level skill with Google Docs, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, are critical to job performance
  • Candidate must possess a valid NYC driver’s license and be willing to drive a box truck in NYC.

 

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

 

CLICK HERE to apply. Please upload both a cover letter and resume as one document in your application.

PART-TIME POSITIONS

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

Children's Garden Seasonal Program Intern

QBG’s Gardening Programs for Kids bring together youngsters ages 2 to 14 from around New York City to enjoy seasonal, hands-on learning and gardening experiences year-round. Our young gardeners explore concepts of ecological balance, sustainability, and conservation as they learn how to prepare soil, select seeds and plants, and care for and later harvest their own vegetables, flowers, and herbs that they turn into nutritious and delicious snacks in the classroom. We explore these concepts at age-appropriate levels within each of the three programs offered. We strive to create an immersive experience in all its programs- a blend of structured and freeform exploration designed to provide children the supports they need to express their natural curiosity.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with children and facilitating lessons during spring, summer and fall programs
  • Assist instructors to prepare materials, help children with various activities, and clean up from programs

Ideal candidates will:

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

Dates and Times
There are several positions available. Interns must be able to commit to an entire season to be considered:

  • SPRING program: Saturday afternoons Saturdays, 1 to 4:30pm, April 13 through June 8 (skips May 25)
  • SUMMER Program: July 8-August 22, Mondays through Thursdays, 8:00 AM to 3:30 pm (most days). Summer Training: last week of June (specific dates and times TBD)
  • FALL: Five Saturdays afternoon in September and October

Minimum age to apply is 15. This is an unpaid internship. To apply please put “Children’s Garden Internship” in the subject line and send cover letter and resume to: Samantha Ross, Education Coordinator of Youth Programs e-mail: [email protected].  No calls please.

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.

 

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.

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.