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.

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 an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship. QBG is a private non-profit cultural institution located on 39 acres of New York City public land in Flushing, New York. The Garden serves nearly 210,000 visitors each year; a visitor survey reveals that 75% of all visitors speak a language other than English at home. This astounding fact underscores the importance of the Garden’s mission and the challenges and opportunities it faces daily in creating programs, exhibits and landscapes that serve the needs of 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

Assistant Botanical Garden Maintainer

General Statement of Duties and Responsibilities

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

 

Examples of Typical Tasks

May assist in the maintenance and repair of property, offices, greenhouses, path, sidewalks, fences, benches, and other equipment, structures, and facilities in a botanical garden (which includes snow removal, and seasonal assistance with garbage pick-up).

 

Assists in electrical work, painting, glazing, stone work, woodworking, shop work, metal work, or automotive repairs.

 

Assist in the repair and maintenance of heating apparatus and plumbing fixtures.

 

May operate boilers and other heating equipment.

 

May on occasion meet with public, including school system classes and teachers attending botanical garden instruction programs, and advises on the location of displays, display areas, buildings and exhibits, or on the arrangements and direction for public instruction groups.  Aids the public in cases of accidents or injury.  

 

Qualification Requirements

Elementary school graduation and one (1) year of experience in assisting with 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, provided that all appointees must possess at least the qualifications recommended above.

 

License Requirements

A motor vehicle operator’s license valid in New York State at time of appointment and ability to maintain.

 

Additional Requirements

Must be in good physical condition

May be required to pass a written and/or practical test

May be required to obtain NY State Security Guard Certification within 3 months of employment.

Weekend work required

 

Salary Range: $35,244-$40,531 

 

Note: Roman type is taken directly from New York City job descriptions. Italics added for clarification for Queens Botanical Garden.

 

To apply, send cover letter & resume to [email protected]. No phone calls please.

PART-TIME OPPORTUNITIES

Custodial Assistant

The Part-Time Custodial Assistant reports to the Garden Supervisor, and under supervision, utilizes “green cleaning” procedures to clean Garden public restrooms, buildings and grounds.

 

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

  • Maintaining cleanliness of public and staff restrooms
  • Washing or damp-mopping
  • Vacuuming carpets, sweeping floors & stairways
  • Dusting and cleaning offices and meeting spaces
  • Cleaning glass doors & windows
  • Removing debris and litter from grounds
  • Setting up and breaking down of tables and chairs.

 

Position Requirements:

Applicant must be physically able to perform the above duties.

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Bilingual/Multilingual preferred
  • Experience with green cleaning practices
  • New York State Security Guard Certification a plus
  • Ability to work mostly weekends, occasional evenings and events when needed.

 

Schedule:

Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 7 pm. Subject to change.

 

To apply, send letter and resume to [email protected].  NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Forest Explorers Co-Teacher

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. Each day includes: Storytelling, Creative Arts, Open-ended Play, Guided Exploration, Community Mealtime.

A Part-Time Co-Teacher is sought to assist with the implementation of this program. S/he assists with all aspects of the program including planning, setup, organizing materials, preparing meals and cleaning up after class. The Co-Teacher also assists children with using gardening tools properly, eating at meal time, changing wet clothes and shoes, using the bathroom, and conflict resolution.

Requirements:

-Bachelor’s degree in education with a focus on early childhood (or similar degree)

-1-2 years of experience with an early childhood program

-Experience working with diverse populations

-Must be adept at working in an outdoor environment

-Enthusiastic attitude with excellent communication and organizational abilities

-Able to co-facilitate and co-plan with other teachers

 

Ideal candidates will also:

-Have an interest in alternative education models and an inquisitive attitude

-Be able to lift heavy objects (tents, tables, bins with supplies, children)

 

Program Schedule:

This position is ongoing. General schedule is approximately 8:30am – 1:30pm for all seasonal sessions. This position will not be scheduled for the month of December nor for periods between seasonal programs.

  • Fall 2018: 12 weeks from September-November, Tuesday – Friday
  • Winter 2019: 10 weeks from January – March, Tuesday – Friday
  • Spring 2019: 12 weeks from April – June, Tuesday – Friday

 

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to: [email protected]. No calls please.

Part-Time Instructors

PART-TIME INSTRUCTORS

The Education Department of Queens Botanical Garden offers public events, school workshops and teacher training programs throughout the year expressing QBG’s mission of cultural connection to plants and ecological sustainability.

Part Time Instructors are sought for opportunities to teach classes, provide programs and offer tours. Instructors are being engaged to fulfill educational opportunities both at the Queens Botanical Garden and at other locations. He/She is responsible for all aspects of the program — from preparing materials to teaching the class to breaking down after the class.

This position is subject to seasonal changes in volume of workshops. Examples of opportunities are as follows:

  • On-site environmental workshops & tours for various groups
  • Off-site programs in schools or at other community facilities
  • On-site green building and landscape tours
  • Off-site programs for children, families, clubs, etc. at neighborhood festivals, street fairs, holiday events, etc.
  • On-site weekend programs and workshops
  • Special events such as Arbor Fest and Harvest Fest
  • Teacher training classes
  • ‘How to Garden’ classes.

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 varied 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 hours, including weekend and evening availability.

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.
To apply, please put “Part Time Instructor” in the subject line and email resume and cover letter to [email protected].
No calls please.

INTERNSHIPS

Human Resources Intern

The Human Resources team is looking for a dedicated detailed oriented volunteer who seeks to gain knowledge and experience in the field of non-profit business administration to assist with data management and office administration projects. The HR & Office Intern will support the Human Resources and Administration department with daily activities such as recruiting, office projects, volunteer coordination and general organization. Additionally, the HR & Office intern will have the opportunity to take part in larger initiatives and projects, such as vetting and upgrading systems, organizing support for Garden events and more. Applicants should be able to commit from end of June through August.

All in a day’s work:

  • Assist in the recruiting and onboarding process, including reviewing and posting job descriptions, participating in the interview process, and preparing and reviewing onboarding materials
  • Assist in the oversight and coordination of volunteers and other interns
  • Assist in general organization and upgrade of filing system
  • Assist with data maintenance for volunteer program
  • Assist in user testing of and in the development of training materials for a new HR Information System
  • Provide support for ad hoc office administration projects
  • Help to support programs, volunteer events and other garden projects as needed

Desired qualifications:

  • Proficient communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Professional level of discretion and confidentiality a must
  • Dependable and punctual
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to follow-through on tasks until completion
  • Proficient in using a PC computer including familiarity with using Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  •  Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedure

What’s in it for you:

  • Hands-on education in business administration
  • 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

This internship is unpaid. Schedule is flexible during the regular work week (M-F, 9 am – 5pm).

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to [email protected]  

Public Programs Intern

The Public Programs team is looking for a dedicated volunteer to assist throughout our busy summer season. Seeking individuals with an interest in visual arts, performing arts, or community organizing is preferred and able to commit from end of June through August.

All in a day’s work:

  • Assist in set up and staffing of festivals, events, performances, exhibits, and workshops.
  • Work alongside staff members to represent the garden to the public at these events.
  • Staff weekend activities that engage children and families in the garden.
  • Help to develop activities for public events and workshops including research, design, testing and implementation.
  • Help to support Education programs, volunteer events and other garden projects as needed.
  • Help to support the installation of our Taiwan: A world of Orchids exhibit, and our Art in the Garden gallery exhibits in August.

Desired qualifications:

  • Attention to detail is necessary to excel in this position.
  • This student should be proficient in Excel and Word. Experience with Photoshop or other graphic design programs are a plus, but not necessary.
  • Willingness to be trained in unfamiliar technology and systems is key.
  • This position primarily will support the garden’s programming on weekends, working at least one weekend day is required.
  • This position interacts with our visitors and program participants on a daily basis, so a high level of customer service skills or experience working with children is preferred.
  • A background or interest in visual arts, performing arts, or community organizing is preferred.

What’s in it for you:

  • Participants will help to grow the capacity of our public programs to reach new and expanding audiences
  • We anticipate that participants will be involved in creating new materials and activities that engage and inform the public about different aspects of the garden and that reflect the cultural diversity of Queens
  • 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

This internship is unpaid. Availability Wednesday – Friday, some Weekends.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to [email protected]  

Seasonal Maintenance Intern

We seek individuals with an interest in maintenance to assist with general facilities and grounds maintenance during the 2018 growing season. Under the supervision of QBG Maintenance staff, interns will learn through hands on experience many aspects of maintaining a public garden, such as electrical, plumbing, painting, and construction work. 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).

All in a day’s work:
• Act as team leader for Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) participants and oversee SYEP summer projects including painting of the perimeter fence
• 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 (free of synthetics 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.
• Interact with visitors to encourage behavior that is in compliance with Garden rules

Desired qualifications:
• Willingness to work independently and as part of a team
• Willingness to work outdoors in all kinds of weather
• Ability to bend, stand, kneel, or crouch for periods of time
• Ability to use basic hand and cleaning tools such as mops and brooms as well as power tools such as lawn mowers and string trimmers
• Ability to lift up to 30 pounds
• Clean New York State Driver’s License preferred but not necessary

What’s in it for you:
• 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 uniform shirts provided

This is a paid Internship. Internship is available for up to 28 hours per week Tuesday- Friday from June 26 through August 17 with possible extension into fall.

To apply, send cover letter & resume to [email protected]. No phone calls please.

Special Events Intern

The Special Events and Rentals team is looking for a dedicated volunteer to assist throughout our busy wedding and special events season. Seeking customer service oriented individuals able to commit from March through October.

 

All in a day’s work:

  • Assist Special Events Manager in the production of events and special projects
  • Provide friendly, courteous, polite and helpful customer service
  • Greet guests and take care of their needs during events
  • Ensure that all room and event setups are complete
  • Prepare client correspondence and assist with client communications when necessary
  • Create and send follow up letters for each event, as well as thank you cards
  • Monitor voicemail and email when needed
  • Answers telephone promptly and consistently
  • General light cleaning

 

Desired qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Dependable and punctual
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to follow-through on tasks until completion
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and to lift/move furniture
  • Positive attitude and presentable appearance
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures
  • Flexible schedule with ability to work weekdays, evenings and weekends.

 

What’s in it for you:

  • Hands-on education in special event management
  • 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

 

This internship is unpaid.

 

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to [email protected]

Visitor Services - Garden Greeter Intern

The Visitor Services team is looking for a dedicated volunteer to assist throughout our busy summer season. Seeking customer service oriented individuals able to commit from end of June through August.

 

All in a day’s work:

         Provide friendly, courteous, polite and helpful customer service to Garden guests

         Greet guests and provide directions to restrooms, facilities, and entrances/exits

         Light “Green” Cleaning; Washing or damp-mopping, Cleaning glass doors & windows and maintaining cleanliness of public areas

         Assist with set up and break down of tables and chairs for events and programs

         Assist with Horticulture projects; weeding, mulching, etc.

         Assist with Special Events; interacting with visitors, assisting with public programs

         Provide information about Garden Membership and other ways to support the Garden to guests

         Provide directions to guests for Garden events and programs

         Understand Garden collections, Garden ecology, and other facilities such as the V&A Building with continuing education and training provided by QBG staff

         Provide Assistance to Garden staff in the goal of educating the visiting public regarding Garden Rules and Etiquette.

 

Desired qualifications:

         Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

         Dependable and punctual

         Strong attention to detail and ability to follow-through on tasks until completion

         Ability to stand for long periods of time and to lift/move furniture

         Positive attitude and presentable appearance

         Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures

         Flexible schedule with ability to work Wednesdays and Weekends.

 

What’s in it for you:

         Hands-on education in Visitor Services for a Cultural Institution

         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

 

This internship is unpaid.

 

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to [email protected]

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Led by our knowledgeable staff, volunteers can participate in a variety of activities – from seeding to weeding, or supporting our education and administration departments — while gaining new experience and skills. We welcome individuals, community organizations, corporations, as well as high school and college groups. 

 

We offer a pleasant work environment, friendly coworkers, flexible scheduling, and the opportunity to be part of a special 39-acre urban oasis.

 

CLICK HERE to learn more about our volunteer events or apply to one of our long term volunteer opportunities below.

 

 

QBG provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, QBG complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.