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

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].

Assistant Botanical Garden Maintainer

Assistant Botanical Garden Maintainer

 

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 (a partial pandemic year), 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.

 

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.

 

General Statement of Duties and Responsibilities

Under supervision, assist in the general cleaning and maintenance and repair of botanical garden buildings and grounds, equipment, and facilities; performs related work.

 

Examples of Typical Tasks

May assist in the maintenance and repair of property, offices, greenhouses, path, sidewalks, fences, benches, and other equipment, structures, and facilities in a botanical garden (which includes snow removal, and seasonal assistance with garbage pick-up).

Assists in electrical work, painting, glazing, stone work, woodworking, shop work, metal work, or automotive repairs.

Assist in the repair and maintenance of heating apparatus and plumbing fixtures.

May operate boilers and other heating equipment.

May on occasion meet with public, including school system classes and teachers attending botanical garden instruction programs, and advises on the location of displays, display areas, buildings and exhibits, or on the arrangements and direction for public instruction groups.  Aids the public in cases of accidents or injury.  

 

Qualification Requirements

Elementary school graduation and one (1) year of experience in assisting with building construction or maintenance work.

 

Appointments or Promotions

Appointments to positions of this class are subject to personnel administration policies and procedures of the botanical garden, provided that all appointees must possess at least the qualifications recommended above.

 

License Requirements

A motor vehicle operator’s license valid in New York State at time of appointment and ability to maintain.

 

Additional Requirements

May be required to pass a written and/or practical test

May be required to obtain NY State Security Guard Certification within 3 months of employment.

Weekend work required

 

Salary Range: $37,861-$43,540

Note: Roman type is taken directly from New York City job descriptions. Italics added for clarification for Queens Botanical Garden.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter via our applicant portal at https://qbgarden.org/recruit/abgm/qbg.  No phone calls please.

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]

INTERNSHIPS

Fall Children's Garden Programming Intern

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.

Under the supervision of QBG Children’s Garden Manager, interns will work with children to facilitate lessons during our Fall Program. From seed to table, our young gardeners have the opportunity to grow and harvest vegetables, put the garden to sleep for the winter, and explore the environments around them. Tasks include assisting instructors to prepare materials, maintenance of garden plots, help children with various activities, and cleaning up after programs. Must be committed to being present and punctual on workdays.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Enjoy working with children
  • Have an enthusiastic and energetic attitude
  • Be self-motivated with the ability to work both alone and in groups
  • Willingness to work outdoors in various kinds of weather

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Learn directly from experienced Education staff
  • Intimate experiential learning environment with a variety of program-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:

  • Interns must be able to commit to an entire season to be considered
  • 12pm-4pm on Saturdays, and/or Sundays
  • 6 Weekly Sessions from September 11th – October 17th

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

Fall Garden Buds Intern

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.

Under the supervision of QBG Children’s Garden Manager, interns will work with children to facilitate lessons during our Fall Garden Buds Program. Tailored to our youngest gardeners, these classes let children explore the wonder of nature through hands-on work and play in the garden, harvest garden produce, and create botanical crafts. Tasks include assisting instructors to prepare materials, maintenance of garden plots, help children with various activities, and cleaning up after programs. Must be committed to being present and punctual on workdays.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Enjoy working with children
  • Have an enthusiastic and energetic attitude
  • Be self-motivated with the ability to work both alone and in groups
  • Willingness to work outdoors in various kinds of weather

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Learn directly from experienced Education staff
  • Intimate experiential learning environment with a variety of program-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:

  • Interns must be able to commit to an entire season to be considered
  • 8am-12pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and/or Sundays
  • 4 Weekly Sessions: Session 1: Friday, September 10 – Sunday, October 3. Session 2: Friday, October 15 – Sunday, November 7

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

Fall Afterschool Garden Adventures Intern

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.

Under the supervision of QBG Children’s Garden Manager, interns will work with children to facilitate lessons during our Fall Program. This after-school program for 1st to 5th graders is a blend of structured and freeform exploration. Our program is designed to provide children the support they need to express their natural curiosity. Tasks include assisting instructors to prepare materials, help children with various activities, and cleaning up after programs. Must be committed to being present and punctual on workdays.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Enjoy working with children
  • Have an enthusiastic and energetic attitude
  • Be self-motivated with the ability to work both alone and in groups
  • Willingness to work outdoors in various kinds of weather

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Learn directly from experienced Education staff
  • Intimate experiential learning environment with a variety of program-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:

  • Interns must be able to commit to an entire season to be considered
  • 2pm-5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 9 Weeks, 2 Sessions per week: Tuesday, September 21 – Thursday, November 18

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

Children's Garden Horticulture Intern

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.

Under the supervision of QBG Children’s Garden Manager, interns will work in the Children’s Garden to maintain all garden bed crops, plants, and flowers. Tasks include watering, weeding, maintenance of a 3-bin compost system, and other garden upkeep. Must be committed to being present and punctual on workdays. This is a great fit for anyone wanting to learn more about gardening, horticulture, or just get outside & get reengaged with nature.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Enjoy gardening
  • Be knowledgeable of basic small-scale vegetable gardening a plus
  • Have an enthusiastic and energetic attitude
  • Be self-motivated with the ability to work both alone and in groups
  • Willingness to work outdoors in various kinds of weather

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Learn directly from experienced Education staff
  • Intimate experiential learning environment with a variety of horticulture-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:

  • Interns must be able to commit to an entire season to be considered
  • Hours flexible (3 hours/week minimum commitment)

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

Pumpkin Patch 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.

Under the supervision of QBG Public Programs Manager, interns will  support our very popular Pumpkin Patch Program at the Garden. They will help to prepare and set-up the Patch, and provide event day support to greet visitors, help them navigate the Patch and hand out materials. Guides should have strong communication skills, love to engage with nature, a friendly team attitude, and be 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:

  • Learn directly from experienced Public Programs staff
  • Uniforms and training 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:

  • Interns must be able to commit to an entire season to be considered
  • Available Shifts:
    • Shift 1: Prep- Fridays October 8 & 15; 3:30-5:30pm. Patch- Sundays October 17, 24, 31 & November 7; 11am-5pm.
    • Shift 2: Prep- Wednesdays October 6 & 13; 3:30-5:30pm, Patch- Saturdays October 16, 23, 30 & November 6; 11am-5pm. (Must be able to commit to entire season to apply)

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

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.