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. 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 FY20, the Garden served 164,546 visitors, including 14,378 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

Executive Director

Executive Director

Mission

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.

About Queens Botanical Garden

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. 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.

COVID-19 Impact

Queens Botanical Garden’s search for its next Executive Director comes at a critical juncture for the organization. The COVID-19 pandemic presented significant challenges to the organization’s staffing, finances, and operations, including a mandated temporary closure that necessitated layoffs and furloughs and stymied the impressive recent growth of the Garden’s earned revenue streams. Essential staff members in Horticulture, Maintenance, and Visitor Services tended to the Garden’s living collections and its campus throughout the closure, while all other departments quickly pivoted to remote work. The Education, Public Programs, Marketing, and Development departments piloted digital resources and events to engage our core audiences from home, while Finance and Administration adapted the Garden’s business operations to online platforms.

At the same time, the pandemic reinforced the fundamental need for city dwellers to connect with green spaces. A new-found appreciation of the role of urban gardens, coupled with the innovation and resilience of our staff, enabled Queens Botanical Garden to become one of the first NYC cultural institutions to reopen during the pandemic. Amidst the tumult, loss, and increasing recognition of social injustices of this pandemic year, the Garden has been a constant, uplifting presence for the diverse communities of Queens. It offers a peaceful, safe, and healthy oasis for community healing and social connection. Since reopening on July 21, 2020, the Garden has welcomed over 117,000 people—the vast majority of them Queens residents—who come to our grounds to experience the beauty and balm of the Garden; expand their horticultural knowledge; practice Tai Chi and take healthful walks; or simply to breathe in the fresh air.

The Opportunity

Against this complex backdrop, Queens Botanical Garden seeks an outstanding leader and innovator with the vision, cultural competencies, and empathy necessary to address both the challenges and the opportunities wrought by the pandemic. They will embrace the duality of the Garden as both a horticultural sanctuary and a cultural nonprofit situated within one of the most diverse counties in the country. The next Executive Director of Queens Botanical Garden must devise strategies to turn the reinvigorated appreciation of outdoor spaces into new contributed and earned revenue opportunities. They will uplift the Garden’s commitment to horticulture, sustainability, diversity, and an enhanced onsite experience. They will also bolster the Garden’s reputation as a premier environmental education organization by fostering the successful completion of the new $34M Education Center Project, which includes the building and its landscapes.

The Executive Director will be committed to rebuilding and leading an incredibly passionate and dedicated staff. To this end, they will ensure that longstanding support from government entities continues, while also inspiring interest and securing commitment from private funding sources to support the long-term stability of the Garden. The Executive Director will reaffirm Queens Botanical Garden’s role as the leading center for botanical education in Queens and demonstrate the organization’s commitment to serving the evolving needs of its home borough’s diverse communities. They will also bolster the Garden’s brand and position the Garden as an attractive destination for visitors as New York City tourism rebuilds post-COVID.

The Executive Director’s essential duties are to lead the development of the gardens, programs, services, and capital improvements of this 39-acre oasis to uphold our vision to be the place where people, plants, and cultures meet. Reporting to the 15-person Board of Directors, and working with staff, volunteers, and community members, the Executive Director is responsible for leading and overseeing the business of the Garden. Their vision and fundraising acumen will chart a new course for the future of Queens Botanical Garden.

Responsibilities

Organizational Management & Strategy

  • Be the visionary leader of a diverse, resourceful, and dedicated staff of 27 full-time and approximately 40 part-time and seasonal staff members
  • Devise strategies for growth in staffing, programming, and plant collections
  • Ensure the successful completion of the $34M Education Center Project and future capital projects
  • Be the vision behind Strategic Planning and support various associated initiatives for its successful implementation
  • Identify and court potential Board Members who reflect the Garden’s values and will uphold their financial commitments

Institutional Advancement

  • Serve as the main liaison to government funders, including with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York City Council; Queens Borough President; and the New York State Senate and Assembly; cultivate relationships with incoming elected officials
  • Work with the Board of Trustees and Director of Development to develop the organization’s pipeline of foundation, corporation, and individual donors, with a particular focus on individual donors
  • Establish a strong culture of philanthropy on the Board of Trustees
  • Use the extant Capital Campaign to establish a clear trajectory for additional major gift donor opportunities
  • Prioritize the growth of Queens Botanical Garden’s endowment for the long-term stability and success of the organization

Communications, Brand-Building, and Public Engagement

  • Champion Queens Botanical Garden’s commitment to inspiring gardens, innovative education, cultural programming, and environmental sustainability
  • Ensure that the Garden remains a welcoming environment for all visitors
  • Develop and promote the Queens Botanical Garden brand; be the organization’s lead spokesperson in the community and the press
  • Drive audience development and visitation through brand-building activities and relationships
  • Ensure the Garden is known to other key corporate, individual, and foundation stakeholders in Queens and New York City

Financial and Administrative

  • Manage the organization’s $4+ million annual budget
  • Ensure appropriate use of organization’s funds

Desired Qualifications

  • Proven commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace that reflects the organization’s diversity, equity, access, and inclusion goals
  • Prior experience leading a similarly sized institution, such as a botanical garden, museum, cultural organization, park, or similar destination
  • Expertise in at least one of QBG’s main program areas (horticulture; education; cultural programming; sustainability); interest in cultivating knowledge of all areas
  • Seasoned, bold fundraiser; ability to inspire support from new audiences
  • Experience in reaching out to, and successfully working with, community leaders across a diverse cultural landscape
  • Knowledge of Queens and New York City government
  • Experience in creating and implementing strategies for organizational growth
  • An entrepreneurial spirit; desire to further develop the brand of Queens Botanical Garden

For consideration, please submit your resume, cover letter, and any relevant documents via our recruitment portal at https://qbgarden.org/recruit/ed/qbg.

If you encounter difficulties with uploading documents to the portal, please send via email to [email protected].

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 at [email protected].

Director Of Finance And Administration

Director of Finance And Administration

Mission

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.

About Queens Botanical Garden

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. 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.

Responsibilities

Financial Management

  • Manage the day-to-day finance and accounting function for the organization (general ledger, accounts payable and receivable, cash disbursements and receipts, purchasing, payroll, bank reconciliations and cost allocations)
  • Monitor cash flow and investment account balances and manage banking relationships; provide forecasting
  • Prepare monthly financial reports for department managers, senior staff, Finance Committee and Board with related analysis and forecasting
  • Prepare financial reports for grants and other ad-hoc reporting as needed
  • Interface with external auditors and manage and lead the annual audit process and tax filings (IRS Forms 990, 990-T and NYS CHAR500)
  • Manage the annual budgeting and planning process; monitor progress and changes
  • Update and implement all necessary internal control policies and accounting practices
  • Ensure compliance with applicable financial and accounting standards, government regulations, and with public and private funding sources
  • Support financial systems used in earned revenue operations related to admissions, QBG Store, facilities rentals, and public programming
  • Contracts management and financial management; ensure that the contract billing and collection schedule is adhered to and that financial data and cash flow are steady and support operations.

Human Resources, IT and Administration

  • Provide leadership in development of policies, procedures, business and strategic planning and reporting
  • Oversee payroll, compensation, benefits, and employee recruitment and onboarding process
  • Further develop human resources and administration, enhancing professional development, compensation and benefits, performance evaluation, training, recruiting and staff development
  • Manage the organization’s insurance policies and risk program
  • Provide leadership and oversight for technology systems including interfacing with outsourced IT support provider and IT infrastructure
  • Oversee general office management and administrative functions to ensure efficient and consistent operations as the organization scales

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance with sufficient nonprofit experience; MBA and/or CPA preferred.
  • Minimum seven years of progressively increasing experience and success in accounting or finance with nonprofit experience strongly preferred
  • Experience in Human Resources oversight
  • Experience in Grants Management and reporting preferred
  • Advanced skills in relevant accounting, financial and office applications. Software currently in use includes FundEZ, QuickBooks Online, Zoho, Microsoft Office, BeyondPay
  • Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with vendors
  • 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
  • Experience managing a small team

For consideration, please submit your resume, cover letter, and any relevant documents via our recruitment portal at https://qbgarden.org/recruit/fad/qbg.

If you encounter difficulties with uploading documents to the portal, please send via email to [email protected].

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 at [email protected].

Compost Outreach Coordinator

The NYC Compost Project, 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 and staff are funded and managed through the DSNY Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability (BRS) in partnership with host institutions. 

 

The Outreach Coordinator for the NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden reports to the Compost Project Manager. This position will require a high level of public engagement that demands aptitude for teaching, working with volunteers and community members, and inspiring new audiences. Our team will look to this individual to maintain and nurture existing community relationships while actively growing our network of community managed food scrap drop off sites in Queens. 

 

The Outreach Coordinator will present composting workshops, provide technical assistance, support and open community managed food scrap drop off sites, and coordinate events. 

 

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 
  • Develop new and steward existing relationships with partner organizations, community groups and compost sites Manage and deliver off-site programs inclusive of registration, promotion, and follow-up 
  • Track programmatic data for submission to DSNY, including all information about events, Master Composters and community contacts 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. 
  • Coordinate and deliver compost workshops, presentations, and other events in Queens 
  • Manage and report sales of compost bins, compost crank, and any other compost-related equipment 
  • Manage Compost Helpline and e-mail inquiries 
  • Support the NYCCP hosted by QBG team as needed and/or directed by the Project Manager or Director of Education 

 

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree with minimum two years of related work experience 
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills (inclusive of Excel, MS Word, Outlook, and Google forms) 
  • Foundation in the basic science of composting and a strong interest in learning and teaching best practices in urban composting 
  • Strong public speaking skills; able to lead workshops, trainings and presentations in an informal setting 
  • Commitment to the values and mission of NYC Compost Project and Queens Botanical Garden 
  • Good sense of humor, flexibility and openness to learning 
  • Comfortable with and sensitive to a wide range of people and environments
  • Valid driver’s license 
  • Ability to speak fluently in Spanish and/or Mandarin strongly preferred 

 

Qualified candidates should submit their cover letter and resume via our online applicant portal at https://qbgarden.org/recruit/compostoc.

 

Please be sure to describe any training and previous experience with heavy equipment and composting in your cover letter. 

 

Anticipated start date for this position is ASAP. This is a full-time position with benefits. 

 

This position is funded through June 30, 2022, with possible renewal depending on budget. 

 

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.

Compost Project Coordinator

The NYC Compost Project, 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 and staff are funded and managed through the DSNY Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability (BRS) in partnership with host institutions. 

 

The Project Coordinator for the NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden reports to the Compost Project Manager. This person is primarily responsible for delivering workshops and trainings (including the yearly Master Composter course), providing technical assistance to community compost sites, and planning public outreach events. This person must be able to track all of their activities and efforts and submit data to the Project Manager in pre-defined quantitative or narrative format as needed. 

 

Responsibilities: 

  • Plan and teach workshops on a range of composting topics to a wide variety of audiences based on program goals and direction of the Project Manager 
  • Plan, coordinate and teach the yearly Master Composter Certificate Course with the Project Manager Develop new and steward existing relationships with partner organizations, community groups and compost sites Provide ongoing technical assistance, resources and other support to community compost sites across Queens 
  • Track programmatic data for submission to DSNY, including all information about events, Master Composters and community contacts Plan several larger public events yearly (i.e. Pumpkin Smash, Leaf raking events, tours of compost sites, etc.) and carry out strategic outreach to reach new communities Provide ongoing support to Master Composters in completing their service requirements, and volunteer projects September 2021 
  • Maintain supply of educational and outreach materials provided by BRS and Queens Botanical Garden 
  • Maintain bins, signage and active compost piles at QBG’s compost demonstration site • Manage and report sales of compost bins, compost crank, and any other compost-related equipment 
  • Manage Compost Helpline and e-mail inquiries
  • Support the NYCCP hosted by QBG team as needed and/or directed by the Project Manager or Director of Education 

 

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree with minimum two years of related work experience • Strong administrative and organizational skills (inclusive of Excel, MS Word, Outlook, and Google forms) 
  • Foundation in the basic science of composting and a strong interest in learning and teaching best practices in urban composting 
  • Strong public speaking skills; able to lead workshops, trainings and presentations in an informal setting 
  • Commitment to the values and mission of NYC Compost Project and Queens Botanical Garden 
  • Good sense of humor, flexibility and openness to learning 
  • Comfortable with and sensitive to a wide range of people and environments 
  • Valid driver’s license 

 

Qualified candidates should submit their cover letter and resume via our online applicant portal at https://qbgarden.org/recruit/compostpc

 

Please be sure to describe any training and previous experience with heavy equipment and composting in your cover letter. 

 

Anticipated start date for this position is ASAP. This is a full-time position with benefits. 

 

This position is funded through June 30, 2022, with possible renewal depending on budget.

 

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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Garden Discovery Guide

Mission
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.

Discovery Guides use our discovery cart and kits to engage visitors. Perfect for people with knowledge of plants and plant ecosystems, a willingness to grow and learn, and a friendly demeanor. Guides should 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 and use our discovery kits
  • Vest and quick guide of facts of the Garden, Community and Notable Botanicals and Animals provided
  • 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
  • Guides are asked to commit to one three-hour shift at the same time each week for the season. Several positions are available:
    • Wednesdays 3-6pm, Saturdays & Sundays 9am-12pm, 12-3pm or 3-6pm

To apply please complete an inquiry form. You can also contact us at [email protected].

Horticulture Seasonal Volunteer

Mission
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.

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

Schedule:

  • Volunteers must be able to commit to an entire season to be considered
  • Minimum commitment of 1 day per week from September through November, 9am-12pm, 1pm-5pm or full day

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

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 x 215.