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.

PART-TIME POSITIONS

Instructor

Instructor (Part-Time/Seasonal)

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 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.

Young Trailblazers is a 10-week outdoor program for children ages 4-8 that meets at QBG. Through open exploration, our Young Trailblazers will gain the vast benefits of outdoor experiential learning. Children will discover and explore the endless wonders of Nature and our 39-acre community with our dedicated staff. Children will also connect with the Garden through nature-themed art, upcycling projects and child-directed play. These projects will help children feel connected to the Garden and highlight their efforts to our local community to become environmental stewards and future trailblazers.

QBG seeks a dedicated instructor to assist, develop, and engage audiences with this new program and to help ensure its successful implementation. This position assists with aspects of programming including, but not limited to, setup & breakdown of each day’s materials, co-facilitating program activities, attending & contributing to team meetings, and regular updates/check-ins with its program coordinator.

Program Schedule: Young Trailblazers meet onsite and in-person every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 2 – 4 pm.

This program begins on Tuesday, April 6th, and ends Thursday, June 10th. Instructors will be asked to arrive before each start time for proper setup and prep.

This position ends alongside programming on June 10th with the potential for additional opportunities within the department.

Qualifications:

  • At least 2 years related experience working in an early childhood environment/setting
  • Class management experience
  • Be self-motivated, prompt, patient with children, and flexible team member
  • Be comfortable outside in all weather and prepared with proper attire
  • Enthusiastic attitude with excellent communication and organizational skills

Additional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or currently enrolled) in education, early childhood education, or related field preferred, but not required
  • Working knowledge of Google Suite & Zoom preferred, but not required

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter via our applicant portal at,

https://qbgarden.org/recruit/instructor21/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], phone 718-886-3800 x 203.

INTERNSHIPS

Maintenance 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.

We seek individuals 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.

Responsibilities can include:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Introduction to auto repair, including heavy machinery
  • Interact with visitors to encourage behavior that is in compliance with Garden rules

Ideal candidates will:

  • Willingness to work independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all kinds of weather
  • 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
  • Clean New York State Driver’s License preferred but not necessary

Intern Benefits:

  • Hands-on training with a variety of maintenance related activities in a botanical setting
  • Training, safety equipment, and uniform provided
  • Experience an urban oasis in the heart of Queens
  • Free admission and parking on any workday
  • 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
  • Minimum commitment of regular schedule of 9am to 5pm, 1-2 days a week

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

Young Trailblazers Internship

About the Program
Through open exploration our Young Trailblazers will gain the benefits of outdoor experiential learning. Children will discover and tour the endless wonders of nature and our 39 acre urban oasis through guided learning from our dedicated staff. Children will also connect with the Garden through nature themed art and upcycling projects. We strive to create an immersive experience in all programs– a blend of structured and freeform exploration designed to provide children the support they need to express their natural curiosity.

Responsibilities can include:

Under supervision of QBG Education staff, interns will assist the lead teachers with all aspects of the program. Tasks include co-facilitating play and art activities, keeping track of daily supplies, and monitoring the well-being of children. Must be committed to being present punctual on workdays.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Some experience teaching or providing childcare for children ages 4 8 years old, an interest in alternative education models.
  • Candidates who have completed coursework in child development/ early childhood education are preferred.
  • Fluency in a foreign language(s) is a plus as we are a multicultural community of families who speak many different languages.
  • This class takes place outdoors in all weather, potential candidates should be comfortable outside in all weather and prepared with proper attire.

Intern Benefits:

  • Learn about the inner workings of a cultural institution’s ongoing early childhood education program
  • Gain valuable skills in facilitating alternative education models
  • Orientation with Health and Safety protocols, Garden Tour, and Tool Safety
  • Experience an urban oasis in the heart of Queens
  • Free admission and parking on any work day
  • 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.

  • Program starts Tuesday April 6th
  • Program ends Thursday June 10th
  • Program Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 2 – 4 pm

This internship is unpaid. To apply please send a resume to [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, 1-3pm 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 April through June, 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.