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. Join our Talent Community to be considered for 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 FY22, the Garden served 272,627 visitors, including 11,173 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

Botanical Garden Maintainer

Botanical Garden Maintainer

Code No. 92810

General Statement of Duties and Responsibilities

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

Examples of Typical Tasks

  • Performs, or supervises the performance of, responsible general maintenance work or specialized work with regard to electrical wiring or fixtures, painting, glazing, stone work, woodworking, shop work, metal work, or automotive repairs.
  • Repairs and maintains heating apparatus and plumbing fixtures.
  • Keeps records and prepares reports on work performed and materials used.

Qualification Requirements

High school graduation and three (3) years of experience in 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 concerned, provided that all appointees must possess at least the qualifications recommended above.

Botanical Garden Maintainer Code No. 92810

The following are additions made to the Botanical Garden Maintainer Code No. 92810 job description.

  • In absence of the Supervisor the Botanical Garden Maintainer will assume responsibility, in coordination with management, for the Maintenance and Security department.
  • The Botanical Garden Maintainer will be part of the snow removal team, will assist with cleaning, and may be directed to provide assistance for garbage pick-up.
  • Must maintain a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in New York State.
  • Saturday and Sunday work required; evening, or emergency work as needed.
  • Must be in good physical condition.
  • May be required to pass a written and/or practical test.
  • Fire Guard Certificate of Fitness required within six months.

Schedule

This is a full-time Union position with benefits. This position requires a 40 hours/week schedule Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30am-5:30pm.

Salary range: Hiring Rate: $46,465, Incumbent: $53,435, Max: $68,219

For consideration, please submit your resume, cover letter, and any relevant documents via our Career Center.

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

Health & Safety: proof of full Covid-19 vaccination required for employment.

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 203.

 

Communications and Marketing Manager

Communications and Marketing Manager

About This Opportunity

The Communications and Marketing Manager will develop and execute strategies to build the Garden’s visibility and brand through a variety of channels, including digital marketing, press and media relations, and on-site efforts. Their work will connect the public to the Garden’s many identities—that of a botanical garden, a cultural institution, an urban oasis, a panoply of biodiversity, a leader in sustainability, a climate change mitigater, and an exciting destination for people of all ages and backgrounds in the heart of the most diverse county in the country. They will work across teams at the Garden to identify and share compelling stories to build audience and signal the Garden’s values; help drive visitation and ticket sales to on-site programs; and bolster the Garden’s profile through strategic partnerships. The Communications and Marketing Manager reports to the Director of Development and works closely with the Executive Director. They also provide a high level of support to the Deputy Director, Director of Programs, and Assistant Director of Visitor Services and their respective teams.

Responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Director of
  • Development to develop, implement, and evaluate communications strategies designed to elevate the Garden’s profile, share our work, and support fundraising efforts
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate marketing plans for programs—including School Groups, Kids Programs, Teacher Professional Learning Programs, and Public Programs—and Visitor Services initiatives, including admissions, rentals, and Garden amenities
  • Provide project management, content, and editorial expertise for various QBG publications, including the Annual Report, Newsletters, and visitor guides
  • Manage QBG’s public relations, including press and media relations
  • Manage external communication tools, including website and e-blasts, social media platforms, advertising, QBG’s profiles and ratings on various public sites, and related tools
  • Support Visitor Services and Programs teams in their efforts to attract and diversity audiences and drive visitation
  • Support Development team on the execution of public-facing fundraising efforts, including Giving Tuesday, Annual Appeal, and Rose Gala, and in delivering marketing benefits to Corporate Sponsors
  • Lead marketing- and communications-related in-house graphic design efforts to create digital and print collateral, including banners, brochures, postcards, fliers, etc.; support department Directors in their efforts to ensure brand integrity through the production of other public-facing digital and physical QBG collateral
  • 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
  • Manage communications and marketing budget
  • At times, 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
  • At least three years of experience in marketing, communications, and/or public relations, including wide-ranging experience in website and social media management
  • Exceptional visual and written storytelling skills
  • Leadership, organization, and communication 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 weekends and occasional evenings, as needed

Schedule:

This is a full-time, exempt position with benefits, including medical, vision, dental and life insurance, generous PTO, paid holidays, and pension. Some onsite work is required, but the option for a hybrid work schedule is available.

Salary range: $60,000 – $66,000

For consideration, please submit your resume, cover letter, and any relevant documents via our Career Center.

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

Health & Safety: proof of full Covid-19 vaccination required for employment.

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 203.

PART-TIME

Education Instructor

Education Instructor

About This Opportunity

The Education Department at 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. The Garden seeks Instructors to fulfill our teaching and programmatic needs.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teach QBG environmental, art, sustainability and gardening programming to the standards set by QBG either at the Garden or out in the community.
  • Work with Education Manager, and other QBG staff to implement interactive and engaging gardening and environmental and sustainability workshops and activities
  • Create a safe and welcoming space for participants
  • Prepare and maintain all materials for scheduled programs
  • Set up and break down programming spaces, including virtual
  • Travel from QBG to other locations to implement program, and transport materials as needed
  • Support additional needs of the Education Department

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in education, science or a related field
  • Two years related experience
  • Class/group management experience.
  • Experience teaching in subject areas of botany, environmental studies, ethnobotany or life sciences a plus
  • Experience and sensitivity working with diverse populations
  • Must be able to work with varied size groups of children and adults
  • Outgoing personality and enthusiastic attitude
  • Excellent communication and organizational abilities
  • Ability to commit to two or more half days of programming per week, minimum of 8 hours per week
  • Department of Education fingerprinting, a plus.

Schedule:

This is a part-time seasonal position. Opportunities available to Instructors may include classes, workshops, tours, public programs and special events on Garden grounds or at local schools, community facilities, neighborhood festivals, etc. These programs cater to groups of all ages and occur on weekends, weekdays and evenings.

Compensation is $20/hour.

For consideration, please submit your resume, cover letter, and any relevant documents via our Career Center.

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

Health & Safety: proof of full Covid-19 vaccination required for employment.

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 203.

Seasonal Garden Assistant

Seasonal Garden Assistant

About This Opportunity

The Horticulture Department seeks individuals with an interest in public horticulture to assist with gardening work during the 2023 growing season. Duties and responsibilities include assisting horticulture staff in the planting, cultivating, and care of trees, shrubs, flowers and other flora as well as leading a group of 5-6 student youth in these same tasks for 6 weeks in July and August.

Responsibilities include:

  • Preparing soil, planting, weeding and mulching.
  • Fertilizing and watering.
  • Pruning and grooming trees, shrubs and plants.
  • Mowing Lawns.
  • Operating and caring for hand and power gardening tools and equipment. Sharpening and general upkeep of grounds tools.
  • Garden Assistants must be available to supervise teens as part of the City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) in July and August.
  • Under the supervision of QBG horticulture staff, Garden Assistants will be expected to work with volunteers who may come to us as individuals or as part of a group.

Qualifications:

  • One year of experience and/or training in gardening work, including planting, cultivating, and caring for trees, plants, shrubs and lawns.
  • A high school diploma or GED.
  • A Motor Vehicle Driver’s License valid in the state of New York.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in all weather; work includes kneeling, bending, stooping, and reaching; ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Willingness to learn about use of tools and equipment.
  • Good interpersonal skills; second language a plus.
  • Experience working with youth and leading groups a plus.

Schedule:

This is a part-time seasonal position. Positions are available for up to 28 hours per week from mid-March through mid-October with possible extension into November and include some weekend work.  A flexible schedule may be worked out to accommodate school or other needs.

Compensation is $18/hour.

For consideration, please submit your resume, cover letter, and any relevant documents via our Career Center.

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

Health & Safety: proof of full Covid-19 vaccination required for employment.

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 203.

INTERNSHIPS

Farm and Compost Internship

Farm and Compost Intern

About This Opportunity

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 the Farm Manager in running and maintaining one acre of intensively planted mixed vegetable, fruit, and flower production and educational areas. Interns will also help support the NYC Compost Project staff with 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.

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
  • Develop and teach farm & compost themed workshops

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

Schedule:

Interns must be able to work Saturday through Tuesday, 8:30am-3:30pm, over a 7-month period between April and late October. The start date will be April 3rd.

The internship is paid a monthly stipend of $1,000 and a monthly metro card. Additionally qualifying applicants are encouraged to earn school or program credit for their work with us and to research funding opportunities through their learning institutions if applicable.

For consideration, please submit your resume, cover letter, and any relevant documents via email to [email protected]. 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 2023” in the subject line of the email.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 28, 2023. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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

Health & Safety: proof of full Covid-19 vaccination required for employment.

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 203.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Spring Garden Guide

Garden Guides engage and help visitors enjoy Education and Public programs at the Garden.  Perfect for friendly people who 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
  • QBG swag
  • 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

For more information and to apply, visit: https://queensbotanical.org/gardenguide/

Spring Horticulture Seasonal Volunteer

About this Opportunity

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.