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

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

PART-TIME POSITIONS

Children's Garden Instructor

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 throughout each season. 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.

 

Children’s Garden Instructors are responsible for all aspects of the program including preparing materials, teaching the various thematic workshops, oversight of general safety of children, and breakdown each day.

 

Primary Responsibilities include:

  • Working with children and facilitating lessons during programming
  • Creating thematic activities and leading children on exploration throughout QBG’s 39- acres
  • Overseeing overall safety and discipline of a group of children
  • Assisting with creation and implementation of environmental and nature-based education curriculum as needed
  • Supervising, mentoring, and teaching high school-level and above interns
  • Planting, preparation, and maintenance of the Children’s Garden

 

Ideal candidates will:

  • Have ample experience working with and teaching children, specifically with 4-6 year olds. Be able to command and maintain the attention of a group of young children, while creating a welcoming, inclusive, and fun environment.
  • Be a minimum of sophomore in college, pursuing studies in education, botany, environmental studies or related field or has studied one of these fields
  • Have experience supervising, teaching, and motivating interns and volunteers
  • Be knowledgeable of basic small-scale vegetable gardening
  • Be an enthusiastic and energetic leader in a fast-paced environment
  • Have excellent communication and organizational abilities

 

Schedule:

  • Spring Children’s Garden: eight Saturdays from April through June
  • Potential to continue with summer program, fall program, or other educational programs.

CLICK HERE to apply.

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 apply.

Program Assistant

The Program Assistant will aide Public Programs and Education staff in executing weekend programming for QBG Visitors including helping to develop family friendly arts activities, staffing weekend activity tables, and assisting in event production and staffing for public events. The Program Assistant will be scheduled to work up to 16 hours per week on Saturdays, Sundays and occasional week days. This position is seasonal, from mid-March to end of October, with possibility to extend.

 

Primary duties include:

  • Develop and produce family friendly nature and arts activities
  • Work as a public face of the garden, providing information about programs and garden visitation
  • Source and prepare arts and crafts materials for programs workshops and events
  • Coordinate volunteer needs with Coordinator of Volunteers. Greet and track program volunteers and delegate volunteer assignments
  • Assist with the setup and breakdown of events and workshops
  • Assist with documentation and evaluation of programs
  • Contribute feedback and research ideas to inform program content development
  • Organize inventory and maintain programmatic materials

 

Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience working with the public, particularly with families and children, and assisting with events
  • Interest in plants, horticulture, environmental sustainability or ethnobotany
  • Background in visual arts, performing arts, design, k-12 education, or customer service a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree or working toward a bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Additional language skills (Chinese or Spanish) a plus
  • Weekend availability required

 

Physical Requirements:

This is an active role participating in Public Programs covering the entirety of our 39 acre garden. The individual in this position must be able to move throughout the grounds as well as remain stationary at event stations. Event setups and breakdown will require moving of tables, chairs, materials and other equipment weighing up to 20 lbs.

 

CLICK HERE to apply.

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.

Maintenance Intern (PAID)

QBG seeks an individual 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, and construction work in all weather conditions. Intern will be expected to work with volunteers who may come to us as individuals or as part of a group. During the months of July and August intern must be available to oversee a small group of teens as part of the City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). This is a paid internship.

 

Primary duties include

  • Help with general facilities and grounds maintenance
  • Assist Maintenance Team with electrical, plumbing, painting, and construction work
  • 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, and rain collection systems
  • Do green cleaning (chemical free and environmentally friendly)
  • Assist in the maintenance of water features for multiple fountains
  • Set up and break down special events both indoors and outdoors
  • Be introduced to auto repair, including heavy machinery
  • Interact with visitors to encourage behavior that is in compliance with Garden rules
  • Act as team leader for Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) participants and oversee SYEP summer projects including painting of the perimeter fence

Desired qualifications

  • Willingness to work independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all kinds of weather
  • 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 power tools such as lawn mowers, weed whackers, and string trimmers
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds
  • Current Driver’s License preferred but not necessary

 

Internship is available for up to 28 hours per week Tuesday- Friday from mid-March through mid-August with possible extension into fall.

CLICK HERE to apply.

Seasonal Horticulture Internship (PAID)

Queens Botanical Garden seeks individuals with an interest in public horticulture to assist with gardening work during the 2019 growing season. Under the supervision of QBG horticulture staff, interns will learn through hands on experience all aspects of maintaining a public garden, such as planting, weeding, watering, grooming and mulching in all weather conditions. Interns will be expected to work with volunteers who may come to us as individuals or as part of a group. During the months of July and August interns must be available to supervise a small group of teens as part of the City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).

 

In addition to assisting with gardening work for QBG as a whole, interns will have the opportunity to assist with the following based on their training and interests:

 

  • Assisting with the American Garden Rose Selections ™ Rose Trials including caring for test roses and helping with the assessment of plant performance.
  • Serving as Helen & Martin Kaltman Interns—caring for our Fragrance Walk.
  • Assisting in the care of Herb garden and Wedding garden displays.
  • Assisting with the care and beautification of our sustainably landscaped Parking Garden.

 

This internship is ideal for someone making progress towards a degree or certificate in horticulture, conservation studies, botanical or environmental education.

 

Internships are available for up to 28 hours per week from May through August with possible extension into fall. A flexible schedule may be worked out to accommodate school or other needs. Occasional Weekend work required.

 

Qualifications:

  • A high school diploma or GED and at least 3 months paid, volunteer, home or school gardening experience
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in all sorts of weather; work includes kneeling, bending, stooping, and reaching; ability to lift 40 pounds
  • Willingness to learn about use of tools and equipment
  • Good interpersonal skills; second language a plus

 

CLICK HERE to apply.

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 Seasonal Horticulture Volunteer

The Children’s Garden is seeking a dedicated volunteer who will work closely with the Education Coordinator to maintain the Children’s Garden and surrounding areas. Looking for an applicant is who committed to the beautification and maintenance of the Children’s Garden for the entire 2019 growing season, and possibly beyond.

Roles:

  • General garden maintenance including weeding, mulching, pruning, raking, watering, mowing, weed whacking, transplanting, and propagation
  • Working with Education Coordinator to care for and maintain the Children’s Garden and surrounding areas
  • Providing support for the general operations of the Education Department and Children’s Garden program, including special events
  • Commitment to being present and punctual on work days
  • Potential to supervise horticulture interns at various times throughout the year

Desired qualifications:

  • General knowledge of basic gardening skills
  • Willingness to learn how to care for a space primarily used by children
  • Interest in organic practices of vegetable, fruit, and flower production
  • Comfortable working independently and taking direction
  • 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

What’s in it for you:

  • Hands-on education and experience in organic growing practices
  • Potential to assist in children’s programs
  • Potential to mentor and work with interns
  • Experience a specially designed garden inaccessible to the public
  • Free admission and parking on any day you volunteer and passes for friends & family
  • 25% discount in the QBG gift shop
  • 10% discount on educational workshops and public programs

Minimum seasonal commitment from April – October.

Minimum weekly commitment of 15 hours, flexible schedule.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to: Samantha Ross, Education Coordinator of Youth Programs e-mail: [email protected]

Children's Garden Spring Saturday Program Volunteer

Get planting in the Spring session of Children’s Garden! Over the course of 8 Saturdays, kids will help get the Garden ready for the growing season, focusing on preparing garden beds, starting seedings, and planting.

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

Dates and Times

  • Saturdays, 1 – 4:30pm, April 13 through June 8 (skips May 25)
  • Training date: April 6th, time TBD

To apply, send cover letter and resume to: Samantha Ross, Education Coordinator of Youth Programs e-mail: [email protected]

Children's Garden Buds Spring Volunteer

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

Dates and Times:

  • 1 Volunteer each needed for Thursday, Saturdays, and Sundays
    • Thursdays: 9 AM to 2PM
    • Saturdays: 8:30 AM to 12:30PM
    • Sundays: 8:30 AM to 12:30PM

    Possible to work Thursdays from 9 AM to 10:30AM, plus 3-4 hours another day. Thursday/prep time flexible. Ideally someone will assist with Thursday programs then spend a few hours preparing for weekend classes. Flexible to do prep on another day (Friday preferable).

Program Times:

Thursdays, 10 to 11 am: May 9, 16, 23, and 30 (6/7 make-up) Saturdays, 9:30 to 10:30am: May 4, 11, 18, and June 1 (6/8 make-up) Saturdays, 11am to 12pm: May 4, 11, 18, and June 1 (6/8 make-up) Sundays, 9:30 to 10:30am: May 5, 12, 19, and June 2 (6/9 make-up) Sundays, 11am to 12pm: May 5, 12, 19, and June 2 (6/9 make-up)

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- Urban Bee Garden

Working with our Horticulture team and Bee Garden specialist to do general gardening tasks such as weeding, mulching, tending, pruning, watering, grooming, planting herbs, annuals, and perennials. Includes educating interested visitors about plants grown in the bee garden and about honey bees. Must be committed to being present and punctual on work days.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Willingness to learn how to care for an urban bee garden and its pollinators
  • Interest in bees and beekeeping – Preferably not allergic to bees!
  • Working with beekeeper and horticulture department to care for and maintain small, intimate garden
  • 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:

  • Work directly with Bee Garden specialist and renowned Horticulture Department
  • Hands-on education in beekeeping with the potential to help harvest honey!
  • 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 Mondays from 10 am – 1 pm

Minimum commitment of 1 day per week from May – June, September – 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.

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.

 

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