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 FY21 (a pandemic year), the Garden served 159,185 visitors, including 9,544 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.

FULL-TIME

Assistant Botanical Garden Maintainer

Assistant Botanical Garden Maintainer

About This Opportunity

General Statement of Duties and Responsibilities

Under supervision, assists 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
  • One (1) year of experience in assisting with building construction or maintenance work.
  • A motor vehicle operator’s license valid in New York State at time of appointment and ability to maintain.
  • 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.

Appointments and Promotions

Appointments and/or promotions to positions of this class (Attendant Guard) are subject to personnel and administration policies and procedures of the botanical garden concerned, provided that all appointees must possess at least the qualifications listed above.

The schedule for this position will be Sunday through Thursday.

Note:  Roman type is taken directly form city job descriptions.  Italics added for clarification for Queens Botanical Garden staff.

This is a full-time position with benefits.  Compensation ranges from $37,861-$43,540 annually and is commensurate with experience.

For consideration, please submit your resume, cover letter, and any relevant documents via our recruitment portal at https://qbgarden.org/assistbotanicalmaintainer

If you encounter difficulties with uploading documents to the portal, please send via email to [email protected].

Health & Safety: proof of full Covid-19 vaccination required for employment.

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 at [email protected].

Director of Programs

Director of Programs

About This Opportunity

The Director of Programs will be responsible for developing, leading, and overseeing all education and public programs for Queens Botanical Garden. As the Garden prepares to break ground on a $32 million Education Center in early 2023, the Director of Programs will work with four Education Managers and the Public Programs Manager to innovate programmatic offerings that reflect the Garden as the place where “people, plants, and cultures meet” and build upon our respected environmental education programs, dynamic public programs, sustainable management and operations, and culturally responsive activities. The Education Center, which will include a 16,000 square foot building and its surrounding landscapes, presents a critical moment of growth and opportunity for the Garden’s programs. The Director of Programs will harness the unique attributes of the Garden’s 39 acres, including the upcoming Education Center, to strengthen and expand upon the Garden’s current suite of programs. Their leadership will further solidify QBG’s role as the premier place of environmental education, cultural experiences, and unexpected, interactive encounters with the natural world in the heart of Queens.

Reporting to the Executive Director, and working closely with the Director of Development, Deputy Director/Director of Operations, and other key staff, the Director of Programs will provide leadership of all program development and operations, ensure program quality of the highest level, build partnerships with schools, non-profits, institutions, and other stakeholders, and work to bring in resources for QBG education and public programs. The Director of Programs will be a member of the Garden’s five-person senior leadership team.

Responsibilities include:

Organizational Development and Leadership

  • Work with the Executive Director and Board of Directors on strategic planning and organizational goals and priorities, with a focus on the new Education Building.
  • Move forward ideas in the strategic plan and master plan, and collaborate with other departments to build cohesive, interdependent relationships for strong, innovative programs.
  • Collaborate with key staff to meld garden interpretation, education, and visitor experience.
  • Represent the organization at conferences, events, high level meetings, and dialogues with potential funders and supporters.
  • Oversee hiring, training, supervision, and coaching of relevant program staff.
  • Create and execute staffing plans for Education Department.
  • Assist the Director of Development on proposals, program funding initiatives and opportunities, and seeking revenue streams.

Programs

  • Oversee and monitor development and implementation of all current education and public programs, including on-site education programs, Urban Advantage, CASA school based programs, off-site events and special trainings and workshops for both young people and adults.
  • Develop science-based and environmental education curriculum and trainings for youth of all ages in collaboration with education staff.
  • Design and implement professional learning trainings for teachers, educators, and adult education participants.
  • Collaborate with designated staff to track, analyze, and utilize program outcomes information.
  • Build relationships with funders, contract program managers, school personnel, and partner organizations to further program goals and success.
  • Work with Public Programs team to conceptualize, design, and implement dynamic events for the public.
  • Supervise Education Managers, Public Program Manager, and work closely with the Farm and Compost teams on their educational and programmatic efforts

Administration

  • Oversee and coordinate the submission of contract work plans, budgets, and invoices and fee for service opportunities with designated staff.
  • Produce Program Report for Board of Directors on a quarterly basis.
  • Track organizational impact and numbers reached for all programs.
  • Monitor revenue and expense budgets for all programs throughout the year.
  • Reconcile monthly credit card expenses.
  • Work with Public Programs and Education team to set strategy for achieving earned revenue and monitor goals and progress, and develop new models, funding streams, and strategies for developing low-cost/free programs.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Master’s degree in a related field and ten (10) years of relevant professional experience. Experience working for a cultural institution or similar site strongly desired; work in or with New York City schools a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and managing multiple projects and programs, supervising personnel, and managing teams.
  • Knowledge of and passion for environmental science/issues, farm/horticulture education, and environmental sustainability practices.
  • Knowledge of outcomes measurement, program quality tools, and other methods to ensure excellence.
  • Experience with innovating and creating new programming.
  • Experience managing multiple contracts with demanding performance measures and outcomes.
  • Direct experience working with and designing standards-based curriculum.
  • Experience creating and delivering professional development for educators and adult learners.
  • Excellent facilitation, consensus-building and interpersonal skills.
  • Initiative, creativity, and ability to juggle multiple tasks independently.
  • Excellent communication, writing, organizational, and technology skills.
  • Experience with grant writing and resource development.
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to working in culturally diverse settings and using DEI and antiracist practices.
  • Foreign language skills a plus, especially Spanish or Mandarin

This is a full-time position with benefits.  Compensation is $85,000 to $95,000 annually and is commensurate with experience.

For consideration, please submit your resume, cover letter, and any relevant documents via our recruitment portal at https://qbgarden.org/recruit/directorprograms 

If you encounter difficulties with uploading documents to the portal, please send via email to [email protected].

Health & Safety: proof of full Covid-19 vaccination required for employment.

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 at [email protected].

PART-TIME

Botanical Garden Attendant-Guard (Part-Time)

Botanical Garden Attendant-Guard (Part-Time)

About This Opportunity

Duties and Responsibilities

The Part-Time (PT) Attendant Guard reports to the Facilities Supervisor and under supervision does the following work:

  • Attends, guards, and patrols the botanical garden and perimeter
  • Light cleaning and labor duties
  • Assists in moving chairs and tables during special events
  • Works with Community Service and other volunteers
  • Meets, greets and provides basic wayfinding and related information to the visiting public, including groups.

The PT Guard is responsible for:

  • Protection of the botanical garden buildings, equipment, and collections
  • Proper notification to supervisors with regard to hazardous conditions
  • Filing incident reports
  • Maintaining order in the area of assignment
  • Taking appropriate action as needed to notify supervisors, call police, fire department or ambulance, etc.

Qualification Requirements

  • Possess and maintain a valid Driver’s license
  • Possess a NYS Security Guard Certification
  • Experience as a Guard or Security Officer in a similar setting
  • Ability to communicate in different languages, a plus
  • Fire Guard Certificate of Fitness a plus or obtain within three months with QBG assistance.
  • Available both Saturdays and Sundays

Schedule

This is a part-time seasonal position scheduled to work Saturdays and Sundays through mid-November. Hours are mostly midday, though some evening work and other shifts may be available but are not required. Extension through the winter with different shifts may be available as well.

This is a part-time seasonal position.  Compensation is $16-18/hour and is commensurate with experience.

For consideration, please submit your resume, cover letter, and any relevant documents via our recruitment portal at https://qbgarden.org/recruit/ptsecurityguard.

If you encounter difficulties with uploading documents to the portal, please send via email to [email protected].

Health & Safety: proof of full Covid-19 vaccination required for employment.

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 at [email protected].

Instructor

Instructor

About This Opportunity

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 Instructors to fulfill our program teaching needs. Selected candidates will be assigned to conduct two to three half days classes virtually, in person at the Garden, and at sites throughout the Queens community.

Responsibilities

  • Teach programming to the standards set by QBG
  • Prepare and maintain all materials for scheduled programs
  • Set up and breakdown programming spaces, including virtual
  • Possible travel to and from Queens area schools

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in education, science or a related field
  • Two years related experience
  • Class management experience. Experience teaching in subject areas of botany, environmental studies, ethnobotany or life sciences a plus
  • Experience and sensitivity working with diverse populations
  • Must be able to work with groups of children both large and small
  • Outgoing personality and enthusiastic attitude
  • Excellent communication and organizational abilities
  • Ability to commit to two or more half days of programming per week

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

Upon conclusion of the Garden’s school programming season, 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.

This is a part-time seasonal position.  Compensation starting at $18/hour and is commensurate with experience.

For consideration, please submit your resume, cover letter, and any relevant documents via our recruitment portal at https://qbgarden.org/recruit/Instructor.

If you encounter difficulties with uploading documents to the portal, please send via email to [email protected].

Health & Safety: proof of full Covid-19 vaccination required for employment.

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 at [email protected].

INTERNSHIPS

Children's Garden Photography Intern

About this Opportunity

The Children’s Garden sponsored by HSBC Bank brings youngsters ages 4 to 12 from around New York City to enjoy seasonal, hands-on learning and gardening experiences. Our young gardeners enjoy time planting, playing, observing, and learning in our nurturing garden environment. 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.

Under the supervision of QBG Education staff, intern will use their photography skills to document programs for internal use and social media, and to organize photos so that photo descriptions, release forms, and photos are ready to send to marketing.  

Ideal Candidate

  • Demonstrates an interest and skills in photography
  • Have an enthusiastic attitude and a desire to share in awe and wonder of nature with children
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work both alone and in groups
  • Willingness to work outdoors in various kinds of weather

Intern Benefits

  • Learn from Education staff about photography needs for programming
  • Experience an urban oasis in the heart of Queens
  • Free admission and parking on any day you intern
  • 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
  • Shifts:
    • Tuesday and/or Thursdays from March 30 through June 2, 3-5pm
    • Saturday and/or Sundays from April 2 through Sunday June 12, 12:30-4:30pm
    • Flexible day Tuesday through Thursday during summer

This internship is unpaid. To apply please submit an inquiry to [email protected].

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Garden Guide

Garden Guides engage and help visitors enjoy programs at the Garden. There are 4 Guide programs- Discovery, Patch, Farm and Movie Nights. Perfect for friendly people who 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
  • QBG swag
  • 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

For more information and to apply, visit: https://queensbotanical.org/gardenguide/

Horticulture Seasonal Volunteer

About this Opportunity

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 September through November, 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.