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.

PART-TIME POSITIONS

Admission Cashier

Admission Cashier/ Greeters at Queens Botanical Garden have the primary responsibility of operating the ticketing booth, selling admission and parking to guests, staffing the reception desk, selling concessions and admitting members and groups. Greeting duties include providing customer service; fielding questions about the Garden, providing wayfinding directions as well as providing information about upcoming programs and events. The cashier must be knowledgeable about the Garden’s admission and parking pricing policies as well as on the benefits of Garden membership.

Cashier Responsibilities:

  • Must be knowledgeable of all admission and parking fees, programs, events and rentals scheduled at the Garden
  • Sells admission and parking tickets by using a Point of Sale (POS) system
  • Completes member, credit card, and cash transactions, distributes correct change and admission tickets
  • Ensures the security of all Admission Booth cash and equipment
  • Provides excellent customer service, answers questions from guests, and resolves any questions or concerns
  • Keeps booth and surrounding area clean and well organized; weeds areas near Admission Booth, sweeps pathways, assures entrances and exits are always well groomed and maintained
  • Provides support at special events, rentals, and public programs, including concession sales as instructed
  • Supports the store and reception desk, sells membership

 

Reception Desk responsibilities:

  • Greets groups and visitors arriving for classes, tours, meeting and events
  • Answers phone inquiries and direct questions to appropriate staff extensions
  • Receives and logs delivered packages, communicates with appropriate staff for pickup
  • Maintains an attractive, neat appearance of store displays, lobby area, V&A terrace and refreshes literature and signage as needed

 

Qualifications:

  • High School diploma, some college preferred
  • Customer Service, Administrative and Clerical skills
  • Knowledge or ability to learn Point of Sale (POS) cash register; Counterpoint SQL, Microsoft Office; Outlook, Excel, Word etc.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with staff and visitors in high-volume setting
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, experience in cash handling
  • Ability to perform all tasks required of the position including but not limited to weeding, stocking merchandise, accepting and moving deliveries and/or moving furniture up to 30 lbs.
  • Evening and Weekend work required
  • Driver’s License preferred
  • Assist at special events, may require late evenings
  • Second language (Mandarin, Spanish or Korean) preferred but not required
  • Must be available to work seasonal festivals including Arbor Fest, Chuseok, Harvest Fest, and others

 

CLICK HERE to submit your resume and cover letter through our online applicant portal. No phone calls please.

Children's Garden Educator

Queens Botanical Garden’s HSBC Children’s Garden enables children ages 4.5-12 the opportunity to plant, maintain, and harvest vegetables, herbs, and flowers in an outdoor learning environment. The children not only explore various methods of gardening, but also discover their surrounding environment through hands-on activities about birds, insects, trees, solar energy, water conservation, and composting. These positions offer a unique opportunity for individuals with interests in horticulture, education, environmental sustainability and/or non-profit organizations.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Planting, preparation, and maintenance of the Children’s Garden
  • Working with children and facilitating lessons during programming
  • Assisting with creation and implementation of environmental education curriculum as needed
  • Supervising high school level interns

 

Ideal candidates will:

  • Be making progress towards or have completed a degree in education, botany, environmental studies or related field, or have equivalent experience in these fields
  • Be knowledgeable of basic small-scale fruit and vegetable gardening
  • Have experience working with children and supervising interns and volunteers
  • Be able to work some evenings, and weekends, as mentioned below.
  • Have desire to lead, motivate and excite others in above-mentioned fields
  • Be self-motivated with the ability to work both alone and in groups
  • Outgoing personality and enthusiastic attitude
  • Excellent communication and organizational abilities

 

Program Schedule:
Scheduling for the program is flexible. Ideally, candidates will be available for the following

  • Spring program: Saturdays from April through June (optional)
  • Summer training: last week in June/early July
  • Summer program: 32 hours per week for 7 weeks (July-August).
  • Fall: Five weekend dates in September and October (optional)

 

CLICK HERE to submit your resume and cover letter via our applicant portal. No Phone Calls Please.

Forest Explorers Teacher

Program Description: Forest Explorers is an outdoor drop-off program for children ages 2-6 at QBG. Rooted in the traditions of the Forest School model, this early childhood program nurtures self-confidence, independence and interconnectedness while deepening children’s connection to the natural environment in their own city. Through exploration-based learning, children uncover nature’s treasures, create meaningful community and develop trust in themselves and the world around them. As a community of educators and families, we consciously work to build an inclusive and diverse community that supports the development of the whole child. Our educators put the social, emotional, and physical needs of the community first when making decisions.

Job Description: QBG seeks a Teacher to assist with the implementation of this program. This position assists with all aspects of the program including setup and breakdown of our outdoor classroom, co-facilitating class activities, attending and contributing to team meetings, participating in collaborative decision making and assisting with the care of the children.

The Teacher will work on a team of up to 8 teachers per season, working on various days of the week. Additionally, we hope this person will assist with creating new assessment models to evaluate the program’s success in commitment to its mission.

 

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or in process) in education, early childhood education, or related field
  • Experience working in an early childhood environment
  • Ability to make decisions collaboratively as part of a team
  • Be self-motivated, patient with children and a flexible team member
  • Be able to lift heavy objects (tents, tables, bins with supplies, children)
  • Be comfortable outside in all weather and prepared with proper attire
  • Enthusiastic attitude with excellent communication and organizational abilities

 

Program Schedule: Start and end times have some flexibility each day. Program hours are 8:30am – 1:30pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in all four seasons.

 

CLICK HERE to submit your resume and cover letter through our online applicant portal.

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 Instructors to teach classes, provide programs and offer tours. Opportunities may include classes, workshops, tours, public programs and special events on Garden grounds or at schools, community facilities, neighborhood festivals, etc. Our programming caters to groups and individuals of all ages and occur on weekends, weekdays and evenings.

Responsibilities:

  • Teach programming to the standards set by QBG
  • Prepare and maintain all materials for scheduled programs
  • Set up and breakdown classrooms
  • Travel to and from Queens area schools

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in education, science or a related field.
  • Two years related experience
  • Class management experience in subject areas 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
  • Outgoing personality and enthusiastic attitude
  • Excellent communication and organizational abilities
  • Ability to commit to two or more afternoon programs per week.

Driver’s license, access to a vehicle and/or Department of Education fingerprinting, a plus.

CLICK HERE to submit your resume and cover letter via our online applicant portal. No Phone Calls Please.

INTERNSHIP & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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

Led by our knowledgeable staff, our interns and 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.

INTERNSHIPS

Botanical Maintenance Intern

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, construction work, and auto and heavy machinery repair. Interns will 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, rain collection systems and green cleaning methods (chemical free and environmentally friendly).

Ideal Candidate:

  • Willingness to work independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all kinds of weather
  • Interest in assisting with general facilities and grounds maintenance
  • Ability to use basic hand and cleaning tools such as mops and brooms, and power tools such as lawn mowers, weed whackers, and string trimmers
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds
  • Must be committed to being present and punctual on work days

Intern Benefits:

  • Hands-on education with a variety of maintenance-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

Dates & Times:

Interns must be able to commit to an entire season. Minimum weekly commitment of 15 hours, flexible schedule.

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.

This internship is unpaid.

Children’s Garden Programs Intern

Under the supervision of QBG Children’s Garden Manager, interns will work with children to facilitate lessons during spring, summer and fall programs. 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 work days. Minimum age to apply is 15.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Have experience and enjoy working with children
  • Have an enthusiastic and energetic attitude
  • Pursuing studies in education, botany, environmental studies or related field
  • Be knowledgeable of basic small-scale vegetable gardening
  • Be self-motivated with the ability to work both alone and in groups

Intern Benefits:

  • Learn directly from Children’s Garden experts
  • Hands-on education with a variety of Children’s Garden-related activities
  • Experience an urban oasis in the heart of Queens
  • 10% discount on educational workshops and public programs
  • 25% discount in the QBG gift shop

Dates and Times:

Interns must be able to commit to an entire season. Several positions are available:

  • Spring Program- Saturdays 1pm-4:30pm, April through June. Also Thursdays 9am-12pm and Sundays 9am-1pm, April through May.
  • Summer Program- Mondays through Thursdays, 8am-3:30pm, last week of June through August
  • Fall Program- Saturdays 1pm-4:30pm, September and October

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.

This internship is unpaid.

Forest Explorers Intern

Rooted in the traditions of the Forest School model, this drop-off outdoor nature program nurtures self-confidence and determination, and deepens children’s connection to the Earth. Under the supervision of QBG Forest Explorers staff, interns will assist the lead teachers with all aspects of the program. Tasks include co-facilitating play and art activities, assisting with the cleaning of our materials, setting up and putting away the meal tables and outdoor tents, keeping track of children’s & teachers’ supplies and taking children to and from the bathroom. Must be committed to being present and punctual on work days.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Some experience teaching or providing childcare for children ages 2-8
  • Pursuing studies in education, botany, environmental studies or related field
  • Have an enthusiastic and energetic attitude
  • Fluency in a foreign language(s) is a plus
  • This class takes place outdoors in all weather, interns 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
  • Experience an urban oasis in the heart of Queens
  • 10% discount on educational workshops and public programs
  • 25% discount in the QBG gift shop

Program Dates & Times:

Interns must be able to commit to an entire season, minimum 1 day per week. Several positions are available:

  • Tuesdays 8:30am-12:30pm, Wednesdays 8:30am-2pm, Thursdays 8:30am-12:30pm and Fridays 8:30am-12:30pm

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.

This internship is unpaid.

Seasonal Horticulture Intern (PAID)

We seek individuals with an interest in public horticulture to assist with gardening work during the 2020 growing season. Under the supervision of QBG horticulture staff, interns will learn through hands on experience all aspects of maintaining a public garden, such as planting, weeding, watering, grooming and mulching in all weather conditions. Interns will be expected to work with volunteers who may come to us as individuals or as part of a group. During the months of July and August interns must be available to supervise a small group of teens as part of the City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).

In addition to assisting with gardening work for QBG as a whole, interns will have the opportunity to assist with the following based on their training and interests:

 

  • Assisting with the American Garden Rose Selections ™ Rose Trials including caring for test roses and helping with the assessment of plant performance.
  • Serving as Helen & Martin Kaltman Interns—caring for our Fragrance Walk.
  • Assisting in the care of Herb garden and Wedding garden displays.
  • Assisting with the care and beautification of our sustainably landscaped Parking Garden.

 

This internship is ideal for someone making progress towards a degree or certificate in horticulture, conservation studies, botanical or environmental education.

 

Internships are available for up to 28 hours per week from May through August with possible extension into fall. A flexible schedule may be worked out to accommodate school or other needs. Occasional Weekend work required.

 

Qualifications:

  • A high school diploma or GED and at least 3 months paid, volunteer, home or school gardening experience
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in all sorts of weather; work includes kneeling, bending, stooping, and reaching; ability to lift 40 pounds
  • Willingness to learn about use of tools and equipment
  • Good interpersonal skills; second language a plus

 

CLICK HERE to submit your resume and cover letter via our applicant portal. No Phone Calls Please.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Children’s Garden Horticulture Volunteer

Under the supervision of QBG Education Coordinator, volunteers will care for and maintain the Children’s Garden and surrounding areas including gardening tasks such as weeding, mulching, pruning, raking, watering, mowing, weed whacking, transplanting, and propagation. Also includes providing support for the general operations of the Children’s Garden program and special events. Must be committed to being present and punctual on work days.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Be committed to the beautification and maintenance of the Children’s Garden for the entire 2020 growing season, and possibly beyond.
  • Have general knowledge of basic gardening skills
  • Willingness to learn how to care for a space primarily used by children
  • Have interest in organic practices of vegetable, fruit, and flower production
  • Be comfortable working independently and taking direction
  • Have experience supervising others and delegating tasks
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all weather
  • Ability to bend, stand, kneel, or crouch for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift 10 pounds, push a wheel barrow, and use basic hand tools such as a trowel, shovel, or rake

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Hands-on education and experience in organic growing practices
  • Potential to mentor and work with interns
  • Experience an urban oasis in the heart of Queens
  • 10% discount on educational workshops and public programs
  • 25% discount in the QBG gift shop

Dates and Times:

Volunteers must be able to commit to an entire season from April – October. Minimum weekly commitment of 15 hours, flexible schedule.

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.

Garden Guide 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. We are looking for volunteers to help garden visitors of all ages understand and appreciate plant collections and ecosystems in the Garden. Guides will use our discovery carts and kits to interact with visitors and answer their questions. Must be committed to being present and punctual on work days.

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

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Training program on how to be a Garden Guide and use our discovery kits
  • Apron 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

Dates and Times:
Volunteer Guides are asked to commit to at least one three-hour shift at the same time each week for the Spring season from April through June. Several positions are available:

  • Wednesdays 3-6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 9am-12pm, 1-3pm or 3-6pm

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 applicants will be invited to participate in a Garden Guide training on the morning of Saturday April 4th.

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:

  • 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

Dates and Times:
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 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.

We highly recommend attending our monthly Horticulture Volunteer Days (1st Wednesday of month starting in April) where you will have the opportunity to meet our horticulture staff and match an opportunity to your interests.

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.