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

Communications and Marketing Manager

Communications and Marketing Manager (Full-Time/Exempt)

About this Opportunity

The Communications and Marketing Manager will develop and execute strategies to build the Garden’s visibility and brand through a variety of channels, including digital marketing, press and media relations, and on-site visual collateral. Their work will connect the public to the Garden’s many identities—that of a botanical garden, a cultural institution, an urban oasis, a leader in sustainability, a climate change mitigator, and an exciting destination for people of all ages and backgrounds in the heart of the most diverse county in the country. They will work across teams at the Garden to identify and share compelling stories to build audience and signal the Garden’s values; help drive ticket sales and create visual identity for on-site programs; and bolster the Garden’s profile through strategic partnerships. The Communications and Marketing Manager reports to the Director of Development and works closely with the Executive Director. They also provide a high level of support to the Deputy Director, Director of Programs, and Assistant Director of Visitor Services and their respective teams.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage external communication tools, including QBG website and e-blasts, social media platforms, advertising, QBG’s profiles and ratings on various public sites, and related tools
  • Lead marketing- and communications-related in-house graphic design efforts to create digital and print collateral, including banners, brochures, postcards, fliers, etc.; support department Directors in their efforts to ensure brand integrity through the production of other public-facing digital and physical QBG collateral
  • Manage QBG’s public relations, including press and media relations
  • Support Visitor Services and Programs teams in their efforts to attract and diversify audiences and drive sales
  • Support Development team on the execution of public-facing fundraising efforts, including Giving Tuesday, Annual Appeal, and Rambling Rose Gala, and in delivering marketing benefits to Corporate Sponsors
  • Photograph Garden activities and programs as needed and oversee the organization and sharing of digital photo library
  • Edit videos and virtual content to publish on website and social media channels
  • Manage communications and marketing budget
  • At times, supervise volunteers and interns
  • Be involved in Garden-wide initiatives, such as strategic planning

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, public relations, advertising, graphic design, journalism, or related field
  • At least three years of experience in marketing, communications, and/or public relations, including wide-ranging experience in website and social media management
  • Exceptional visual and written storytelling skills
  • Leadership, organization, and communication skills
  • Proficiency with Canva and WordPress; familiarity with Adobe programs InDesign, PhotoShop, and Illustrator strongly preferred
  • Photography skills and aesthetic eye for landscapes, flora, people, and events. Familiarity with DSLR cameras a plus
  • Interest in cultural communities and organizations, sustainable practices, farms, public gardens, and museums highly desired
  • Willingness to work weekends and occasional evenings, as needed

Schedule:

This is a full-time, exempt position with weekly on-site work, and 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:   $60,000 – 66,000

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].

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 – 52,000

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

Maintenance & Custodial Assistant

Maintenance & Custodial Assistant (Part-Time/Seasonal)

About This Opportunity

The Part-Time Custodial Assistant reports to the Facilities Supervisor, and under supervision, utilizes “green cleaning” procedures to clean Garden public restrooms, buildings and grounds.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Custodial

  • Maintain cleanliness of public and staff restrooms, and other building spaces
  • Do green cleaning (chemical free and environmentally friendly)
  • Vacuuming carpets, sweeping floors, dusting and cleaning offices and shared spaces and stairwells
  • Cleaning windows
  • Clean out waterways
  • Working with Community Service volunteers to complete these tasks
  • Performing other cleaning tasks as needed

Maintenance and Grounds

  • Look for any litter, debris or other items and remove as appropriate.
  • Look for any safety hazards. Remove as able or report to supervisors.
  • Assist with setup/breakdown of tables and chairs
  • Assist Maintenance Team with repairs, installations, and other projects
  • Interact with visitors to encourage behavior that is in compliance with Garden rules

Qualifications:

  • Willingness to work independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all kinds of weather
  • Experience with green cleaning practices
  • Ability to bend, stand, kneel, or crouch for periods of time
  • Ability to use basic hand and cleaning tools such as mops and brooms as well as screwdriver, wrench, etc.
  • Current Driver’s License preferred but not necessary
  • NY State Security Guard certification a plus

Schedule:

This is a part-time seasonal position. Position is available Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 6:30pm, April through mid-November, with occasional other hours and possible extension. This position includes weekend 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].

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’s 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.