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

Education Coordinator, Youth Programs

QBG is seeking a full-time coordinator for four (4) non-school based programs for children ages 2-14: Children’s Garden, Garden Buds, Forest Explorers and Junior Naturalists.  The Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day running of these seasonal programs. The Coordinator helps create a welcoming environment for families. The Coordinator reports to the Education Manager and works closely with the Director of Education and other education staff to ensure the delivery of safe, organized, and fun youth programming.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Create and oversee all elements of current youth programs; including designing curriculum, coordinating registration, communicating with hundreds of families annually with diverse backgrounds, budgeting, tracking and evaluating
  • Hire, support, train and manage teaching staff, volunteers and interns for these programs
  • Develop and maintain a high morale of program staff and participating children
  • Maintain the Children’s Garden– design, plan, care for plants from seedling to maturity; care for chickens, and surrounding landscapes
  • Ensure that program activities and responsibilities are carried out including: health and safety, lesson delivery, inventory and organization of materials, garden maintenance and related tasks
  • Research and analyze effectiveness of offerings; conduct comparative research
  • Teach programs as needed
  • Take initiative in supporting the department as needed
  • Be involved in garden wide initiatives and programs as appropriate

 

Ideal candidates will:

  • Have previous related experience—preferably coordinating outdoor programming and/or informal teaching
  • Have a bachelors degree in education, botany, environmental studies, or related field or equivalent experience
  • Be committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in educational settings
  • Be passionate for working with children and families from widely varied backgrounds and life experiences
  • Have experience supervising staff, interns and volunteers
  • Be self-motivated with excellent communication and leadership skills–—ability to anticipate programmatic needs
  • Have experience working with plants
  • Be organized and efficient in managing spreadsheets of data, supply inventories and equipment—strong computer skills in google docs, Microsoft Office and others
  • Be able to multi-task and prioritize; excellent attention to detail
  • Have a drivers license
  • Be available on weekends in the spring and fall
  • Be able to work outdoors in a fast-paced environment
  • Be First Aid and CPR certified

 

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

PART-TIME POSITIONS

Outreach Instructor

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 Outreach Instructors to fulfill our after school program teaching needs January through June. Selected candidates will be assigned to conduct 2-3 afternoon classes throughout the Queens community. Additional morning work may also be available.

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.

Upon conclusion of the Garden’s after school programming season, Outreach Instructors may be asked to continue their service at QBG as a long-term part-time Instructor. 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.

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

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, and construction work in all weather conditions.

Responsibilities:

  • 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
  • Experience an urban oasis in the heart of Queens
  • Orientation and Tool Safety seminar prior to start of work
  • Training, safety equipment, and uniforms provided

Dates & Times: Interns must be able to commit to an entire season to be considered.

  • Minimum commitment of regular schedule of 9am to 5pm, 2 days a week

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. Through sensory-based learning in our natural environment, children uncover nature’s treasures, create meaningful community, and form enduring relationships. Children will be guided through this three-hour outdoor* program by experienced educators who put the social, emotional, and physical needs of your children first. (Some of this is indoors for the winter session)

Each Day Includes: Storytelling, Creative arts, Open-ended play, Guided thematic exploration, Community snack time. Open to children ages 2-6 who are potty trained or in the process of potty training and are willing and excited to be outdoors.

Queens Botanical Garden is looking for volunteers to assist with this program during program hours.

Ideal candidates will:

  • Have experience working with children
  • Be pursuing studies in education, botany, environmental studies or related field
  • Have an enthusiastic and energetic attitude
  • Be self-motivated with the ability to work both alone and in groups

Program Dates & Times:

There are several positions available, and any or all of the following listed can be combined.

Ideally, these candidates will be available for the following schedule: (can be flexible).

  • Tuesdays: 8:30am – 12:30pm
  • Wednesdays: 8:30am – 2pm
  • Thursdays: 8:30am – 12:30pm
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.