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

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. Last year (FY18), the Garden served approximately 250,676 visitors, including 32,000 schoolchildren, and 48,215 through outreach efforts offsite. 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

Membership & Development Associate

About the Membership & Development Associate Position

The Membership & Development Associate assists the Development Department in all ways as it seeks support from institutional sources including government, foundations, and corporations as well as individuals, especially through memberships. Reporting to the Director of Development and working closely with the Executive Director and Assistant Director of Development, the Membership & Development Associate will support the team’s ongoing work of membership and fundraising.

 

Responsibilities in Membership

  • Manage the membership process including writing and producing membership cards and letters, confirmation and acknowledgement letters; inputting data; pulling batches
  • Coordinate on-site membership registrations and renewals
  • Work with the Admissions team to update the POS (Point of Sale) member information
  • Coordinate Donor Perfect database usage for Membership, Development, and Marketing
    • Includes management and expansion of QBG’s mailing and email lists
    • Along with Assistant Director of Development, oversees pulling of lists
  • Supervise interns or volunteers
  • Research, recommend, and implement digital strategy for Development and Membership

 

Responsibilities in Development 

  • Provide support for the general operations of the Development Department, including fundraising events, receptions, meetings, correspondence, etc.
  • Identify and research prospective foundation and corporate grants.
  • Write letters of inquiry and acknowledgment letters.
  • Follow all processes and procedures for receiving and recording gifts and updating funder lists.
  • Track all donors and prospects in DonorPerfect, run reports, generate mailing lists.
  • Research new funding prospects and support all efforts to identify, cultivate, and steward new and existing donors.
  • Support institution-wide initiatives as appropriate.
    Write content for QBG website, newsletters, e-news, as needed.

 

Knowledge and Skills

  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel.
  • Knowledge of DonorPerfect or other CRM database preferred.
  • Familiarity with PayPal and WordPress (building forms a plus).
  • Attention to detail.
  • Enthusiasm for meeting deadlines.
  • Inquisitiveness and interest in learning new skills and technology.
  • Strong contributor in a team environment.
  • Keen time management skills.
  • Proficient writing skills: ability to construct clear, articulate, and persuasive letters.
  • Interest in research, writing, and reporting.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience working in deadline-driven environments.
  • Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments, meet deadlines.
  • Willing and able to complete all aspects of the grant process including but not limited to research, writing, tracking grant proposals and funds received, entering data, and performing varied clerical and other work.
  • Willing and able to work occasional evenings and weekends in support of Membership & Development or institutional events as needed.

 

Compensation

This is a full-time position. 35 hours per week, onsite.

 

CLICK HERE to submit your Cover Letter and Resume through our online applicant portal.

PART-TIME POSITIONS

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 submit your resume and cover letter via our applicant portal.

INTERNSHIPS

Children's Garden Fall Internship

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 assisting with all aspect of the program during the summer
  • 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 punctual, hardworking, and a good communicator
  • Be comfortable being outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Be pursuing studies in education, botany, environmental studies or related field
  • Be knowledgeable of basic small-scale vegetable gardening

Program Dates and Times:

Saturdays, September 14 through October 12, 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Minimum age to apply is 15. This is an unpaid internship.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to: Samantha Ross, Education Coordinator of Youth Programs e-mail: [email protected]. Put “Children’s Garden Internship” in the subject line. No calls please.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Make a difference. Be part of someplace special by volunteering at QBG!

Led by our knowledgeable staff, volunteers participate in a variety of activities—from seeding to weeding, or supporting our education and administration departments—while gaining new experience and skills.  We offer a pleasant work environment, friendly mentors, flexible scheduling, and the opportunity to be part of a special 39-acre urban oasis.

Children's Garden Buds Fall Volunteer

Garden Buds is a one-hour class for 2-3 year olds and their caretaker. 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

Program Dates and Times:

Thursday mornings, 9 to 11:30AM

Saturday & Sunday mornings, 8:30AM to 12:30PM

Optional: 2-4 hours on Thursdays or Fridays to prepare for weekend classes

  • Thursdays: September 19, 26, October 3, & 10 (10/17 make-up)
  • Saturdays: September 21, 28, October 5, & 12 (10/19 make-up)
  • Sundays: September 22, 29, October 6, & 13 (10/20 make-up)

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- Seasonal

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:
• Knowledge of gardening required
• Willingness to learn plant identification
• 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 in 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.
Minimum commitment of 1 day per week from September – November, 9am-12pm, 1pm-5pm or full day.

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.

Membership/Development Volunteer

A great opportunity to work with our Membership & Development team including office work (e.g. assembling mailings), occasional assistance at events, Member assistance (e.g. calling Members by phone to facilitate pickup of their QBG membership cards—Mandarin skills would be of particular help!).

Typical tasks will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Prepare membership packages and other related mailings;
  • Contact members via email and phone;
  • Assist at Membership or Development events as available;
  • Provide member services at QBG Front Desk (reception area), if called upon;
  • Assist with printing jobs or Development mailings;
  • Assist the Director of Development and Assistant Director of
  • Development with non-membership tasks as needed.

Position Requirements:

  • Acute attention to detail;
  • Customer service skills;
  • Knowledge and experience in Excel or similar spreadsheet programs;
  • Interest in communicating with members and visitors.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Interest in helping people;
  • Conversant in English; fluent in Mandarin a plus;
  • A desire to learn new things;
  • Ease with technology, including Excel.

We hope the person who chooses to join our team will commit to staying with us for the long-term.

Availability is Wednesday afternoons or Thursdays all day.

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 or fax 718-463-0263.