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.

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.

Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship. QBG is a private non-profit cultural institution located on 39 acres of New York City public land in Flushing, New York. The Garden serves nearly 210,000 visitors each year; a visitor survey reveals that 75% of all visitors speak a language other than English at home. This astounding fact underscores the importance of the Garden’s mission and the challenges and opportunities it faces daily in creating programs, exhibits and landscapes that serve the needs of 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

Gardener

General Statement of Duties and Responsibilities

Under supervision, does gardening work: performs related work.

 

Examples of Typical Tasks

 

Plants, cultivates, and cares for trees, flowers, plants, shrubs, and other flora. Digs up, balls, burlaps, and transplants trees and shrubs.  Digs up and transplants sod.  Pots flowers and plants.  Propagates plant life.

 

Prepares soil and seed beds. Grades, sods, cultivates, weeds, mulches, and mows lawns. Repairs damaged planted areas. As necessary, fertilizes, implements integrated pest management, waters soil, prunes and sprays trees, shrubs, and plants.

 

Operates and cares for hand and power gardening tools, equipment, and structures; makes necessary operating adjustments to same; reports need for repairs and replacements.

 

As required, keeps simple records, including plant records, inventory and mapping, and makes written reports.  May conduct research and provide information for reports, proposals, purchases and text for labels and interpretative signage, among other materials. 

 

May supervise subordinate employees, including temporary workers, unpaid personnel, instructing them in gardening techniques and in the proper use and care of materials and equipment including greenhouse tasks. Assists with garden and grounds preparations for special events.

 

As directed, performs various tasks in connection with cleaning of grounds including snow removal and removal of trash and other obstructions and painting of fixtures and equipment.

 

Qualification Requirements

  1. Two (2) years of full-time paid experience in gardening work, including experience in each of the following: planting, cultivation, and caring for trees, plants, shrubs, and lawns; or
  2. Thirty credits in gardening, agriculture, or a related field from an accredited college or community college, and one (1) year of experience as described above; or
  3. A satisfactory equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

License Requirements

A gardener must posses:

  1. A motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of New York at time of appointment and maintain it.
  2. A Commercial Pesticide Applicator-Category 3-A License issued by the State of New York Department of Environmental Conservation at the time of appointment.

 

Strength in several of the following is desired:

  • Pruning and arborist skills
  • Experience and ability to use and perform basic maintenance of chain saw, backhoe/frontloader, chipper, and other botanical garden tools and equipment
  • Knowledge of and experience with Integrated Pest Management
  • Interest in/knowledge of plant records management (research, identification, labeling, and signage) and collections management software (such as IRIS BG)
  • Interest in/knowledge of landscapes that express cultural traditions and environmental stewardship
  • Design skills
  • Computer skills
  • Excellent supervisory and communication skills

 

Additional Requirements

  • Good physical condition
  • This position will be scheduled to work Sunday-Thursday

Direct Lines of Promotion

From:  Assistant Gardener               To:  Park Supervisor

Supervisor (formerly Foreman) of Gardeners

 Gardener Level II

  • Hiring Rate: $54,181
  • Incumbent Rate: $62,308

 

Note: Roman type is taken directly from City job description, as this position is represented by DC37.  Italics added for information and clarification by Queens Botanical Garden.

 

CLICK HERE to apply. No Phone Calls Please.

PART-TIME POSITIONS

Part-Time Instructors

The Education Department of Queens Botanical Garden offers public events, school workshops and teacher training programs throughout the year expressing QBG’s mission of cultural connection to plants and ecological sustainability.

Part Time Instructors are sought for opportunities to teach classes, provide programs and offer tours. Instructors are being engaged to fulfill educational opportunities both at the Queens Botanical Garden and at other locations. He/She is responsible for all aspects of the program — from preparing materials to teaching the class to breaking down after the class.

This position is subject to seasonal changes in volume of workshops. Examples of opportunities are as follows:

  • On-site environmental workshops & tours for various groups
  • Off-site programs in schools or at other community facilities
  • On-site green building and landscape tours
  • Off-site programs for children, families, clubs, etc. at neighborhood festivals, street fairs, holiday events, etc.
  • On-site weekend programs and workshops
  • Special events such as Arbor Fest and Harvest Fest
  • Teacher training classes
  • ‘How to Garden’ classes.

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 varied 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 hours, including weekend and evening availability.

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.
To apply, please put “Part Time Instructor” in the subject line and email resume and cover letter to [email protected].
No calls please.

Seasonal Farmer

Seasonal Farmer, NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden

 

Queens Botanical Garden (QBG), in partnership with the Department of Sanitation of New York’s (DSNY) NYC Compost Project, is seeking a seasonal farmer for the QBG Farm & Compost site.

 

QBG Farm & Compost site is a place where New Yorkers can participate and learn about urban farming and composting through tours, workshops, internships, and volunteer opportunities. Fruit and vegetables are grown with a focus on soil health and care, without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Crops harvested are shared with seasonal interns, volunteers, and donated to emergency food relief programs.

The seasonal farmer will support the farm manager in running and maintaining one acre of intensively planted, mixed vegetable, fruit and flower production and educational areas. This job includes working with our interns, volunteers, and visiting public groups. We are looking for a dedicated, hard-working individual with prior farming or gardening experience.

 

Timeframe:

Seasonal Farmer will begin in March and run through June of 2019

 

Qualifications:

  • Prior experience working on a vegetable farm or garden for a minimum of one season
  • Self-motivated, excellent communicator, with the ability to work alone as well as with others
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all weather
  • Able to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Ability to help manage groups that range in age, abilities, and cultural backgrounds
  • Familiarity with computers; excel, google docs
  • Attention to detail and an eye for garden aesthetic
  • Knowledgeable about making, maintaining, and applying biologically active compost

 

Work will include, but is not limited to:

  • Plant propagation from seed
  • Greenhouse seedling care
  • Drip irrigation & overhead watering
  • Harvesting & post-harvest handling
  • Record keeping
  • Packing produce for donation
  • Care for flowers and shrubs
  • Pest & disease ID and management
  • Nutrient management with a focus on compost & compost tea applications
  • Mulching and weeding
  • Post pounding and trellising
  • Mowing and weed trimming

 

This is a paid position of $15/hour.

Required work days are Monday-Thursday from 8:00am-4:00pm with a one hour, unpaid lunch break.

 

CLICK HERE to apply. Qualified candidates should email a resume and cover. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled. Queens Botanical Garden is an equal opportunity employer.

 

The NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden works to rebuild NYC’s soils by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. The NYC Compost Project is funded and managed by the NYC Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability. Learn more at nyc.gov/compostproject and queensbotanical.org/farmandcompost.

INTERNSHIPS

HR Database Intern

The Human Resources team is seeking a dedicated volunteer to assist in the long-term project of digitizing and updating volunteer records in our new Volunteer Software.

All in a day’s work:

  • This intern should enjoy data entry and updating databases or records with new information, correct and modify inaccurate files and records, create and organize spreadsheets.
  • This individual will be trained in QBG’s new Volunteer Software program and learn how to build records and reports.
  • Everyday tasks include organizing the volunteer records, inputting them into the software, attaching file to their records, inputting archived hours tracking and data, and assisting with administrative tasks as needed.

Desired qualifications:

  • Patience and attention to detail are both necessary to excel in this position.
  • Interest in learning about building new software will find this position relevant to their interests and career.
  • Proficient in using a PC computer. Familiarity with Excel is a plus, but not necessary.
  • Willingness to be trained in unfamiliar technology is key; we would welcome a fast learner who enjoys working with technology.

What’s in it for you:

  • This individual will acquire technology skills and learn how to set up and launch a new software.
  • This position offers very useful experience to individuals interested in developing data entry skills.
  • 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

This internship is unpaid. Schedule is Tuesday afternoons or Thursdays, 9 am – 5pm.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to [email protected]

Farm & Compost Intern

2019 QBG Farm and Compost Internship, NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden (QBG), in partnership with the Department of Sanitation of New York’s (DSNY) NYC Compost Project, is seeking seasonal interns for the QBG Farm & Compost site.

QBG Farm & Compost site is a place where New Yorkers can participate in and learn about urban farming and composting through tours, workshops, internships, and volunteer opportunities. Fruit and vegetables are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, and compost is made and applied to promote soil and plant health. Crops harvested are shared with seasonal interns and volunteers and donated to emergency food relief programs. Compost is used across the botanical garden and the Farm as well as distributed to those who participate in Food Scrap Drop-Offs.
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; including processing organics collected at food scrap drop-offs. We are looking for dedicated, hard-working individuals with a keen interest in urban farming and composting.

Timeframe:
Interns must be able to work Mondays and Thursdays over a three- to six-month period of time between mid-April and late 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
– Gain proficiency in composting by processing food waste and helping to manage onsite compost piles
– Cultivate an in-depth awareness about food scrap recycling and waste reduction in NYC

Qualifications:
– Self-motivated, excellent communicator, with the ability to work alone as well as with others
– 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, monthly MetroCard, and share of vegetables. Qualifying applicants are encouraged to earn school or program credit for their work with us and to research funding opportunities through their learning institutions.

CLICK HERE to apply. Qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover. 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 2019” in the subject line of the email. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply is Monday, February 4, 2019. Queens Botanical Garden is an equal opportunity employer.

Your The NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden works to rebuild NYC’s soils by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. The NYC Compost Project is funded and managed by the NYC Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability. Learn more at nyc.gov/compostproject and queensbotanical.org/farmandcompost/

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.

 

 

QBG provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, QBG complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.