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 POSITIONS

Director of Development

Director of Development

The Director of Development is expected to provide leadership in development of the Garden and its contributed support and oversee all aspects of fundraising including solicitation of individuals and representatives from foundations, corporations and different levels of government. The Director is expected to help broaden the donor base and create a culture of development within the organization as it meets current needs, formulates and takes the next steps for institutional development.

Working with the Executive Director, board, staff, volunteers and community members, the Director of Development (DOD) plays a major role in moving the ideas envisioned in the Strategic, Master, Budget and other plans forward and will help complete the Education Center Project. This $33-35M project is approximately 83% funded and includes a 13,000 sf Education Building, which is in Design Development, adjacent landscapes and the Kids Culture Garden. They will also be involved in Strategic Planning, as we “right-size” our organization to adjust to current world financial realities and consider how to bring Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion ideas more strongly into our work.

The Director of Development is part of the Senior Staff leadership team and reports to the Executive Director. In the absence of the Executive Director and the Assistant Director, the DOD may be called upon to be in charge and/or be asked to be in charge of a broader swath of responsibilities, as the situation requires.

The Director of Development is expected to:

  • Work with the Board to strengthen its fundraising capacity and ambassador roles,
  • Establish, attain, and strive to exceed fundraising goals for and per the adopted budget,
  • Shift the mix of funding to more private support and to more unrestricted revenue,
  • Help articulate and develop funding for the next phases of the Garden’s capital development, which includes working with the Executive Director, Board, other staff and consultants, to raise $1.65M in private funds for the Education Center Project, along with additional governmental dollars,
  • Work with senior and programmatic staff to gain support for their areas,
  • Provide leadership for the Rose Gala and other fundraising events,
  • Continue to develop the membership program, including through corporate, community and cultural involvement, with the idea to turn visitors into members into donors,
  • Devise and take the next steps in developing a major gifts program, the endowment, and in planned giving,
  • Increase internal capacity, especially in the use of technology,
  • Be involved in Garden-wide initiatives, such as in strategic planning,
  • Supervise staff that currently comprises 2-3 people and which may include interns, event staff and volunteers. The DOD is the liaison for various consultants, depending on the project.

Qualification Requirements

  • Leadership, consensus-building, organizational, planning, sales and supervisory skills,
  • Superb communication skills, both verbal and written,
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with sufficient non-profit experience; Master’s degree and some fundraising credentials preferred,
  • Five years of progressively increasing experience and success in fundraising,
  • An interest and ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds,
  • Ease with using technology and in using new technology; currently the Garden uses Donor Perfect, Fund EZ, and Microsoft Office,
  • Knowledge of government, cultural organizations, museums, public gardens, and educational organizations a plus,
  • Driver’s license, willingness to work evenings & weekends.

To apply, CLICK HERE.

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.

Marketing Manager

The Marketing Manager, who reports to the Executive Director, will provide leadership in developing the Garden, its image and visibility, through traditional and innovative approaches.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate marketing plans and initiatives, including participating in program meetings and developing the capacity of board members, staff, and volunteers to serve as ambassadors for QBG
  • Manage QBG’s public and community relations, including press and media relations
  • Manage internal and external communication tools, including website and e-blasts, social media platforms, advertising, QBG’s profiles and ratings on various public sites, and related tools
  • Provide content and editorial support for the QBG Member Newsletter and other publications
  • Work with staff to attract and diversify audiences with the goal of bolstering admissions and participation and turning visitors into members and members into supporters
  • Serve as the in-house graphic designer, coordinating and creating digital and print collateral, including banners, brochures, postcards, fliers, etc. Develop templates in accordance with recently adopted visual systems and assets; champion the organization-wide follow-through of QBG’s graphic and editorial standards and consistent voice and narrative with staff and partners
  • 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 such as YouTube
  • Serve as the point person for various partner groups including the Queens Tourism Council, NYC & Company, Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, and other local entities, etc.
  • Identify prospective partners and collaborate in the cultivation of partnership, sponsorship, and fund requests, particularly as they relate to the marketing of, and outreach for, public programs
  • Prepare budgets and reports for outreach and marketing
  • 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
  • Three plus years of experience in marketing and public relations, including wide-ranging experience in website and social media management
  • Leadership, organization, communication, exceptional writing, supervisory, and technology skills
  • 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 evenings and weekends

Anticipated start date for this position is October 2020. This is a full-time position with benefits.

To apply, CLICK HERE.

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.