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 (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 Gardener

General Statement of Duties and Responsibilities

Under supervision, assists in and performs gardening work; performs related work.

 

Examples of Typical Tasks

  • Under supervision, assists in and performs tasks such as planting, cultivating and caring for trees, flowers, plants, shrubs and other flora.
  • Assists in and performs tasks such as digging up, balling, burlapping and transplanting trees and shrubs.  Digs up and transplants sod. Pots flowers and plants. Propagates plant life.
  • Assists in and performs tasks involved in maintenance and operations of greenhouses and nurseries.
  • Assists in preparation of soil and seed beds.  Receives training to grade, sod, weed, mulch and mow lawns.  Assists in repairing damaged planted areas, fertilizing and watering soil.  Is trained in pruning and spraying trees, shrubs and plants and assists with integrated pest control.
  • Assists in and performs tasks involved in operation and care of hand and power gardening tools and equipment.  Makes necessary operating adjustments to same; reports needs for repairs and replacements to supervisor.
  • Performs simple recordkeeping and prepares simple written reports.
  • Drives vehicles and operates any other motorized equipment incidental to the performance of duties.
  • May supervise subordinate seasonal employees, as well as volunteers.
  • As directed, performs various tasks in connection with cleaning of grounds including removal of snow, trash and other obstructions and painting of fixtures and equipment.

 

Qualification Requirements

  1. One year of full-time experience in gardening work, including experience in each of the following:  Planting, cultivating, and caring for trees, plants, shrubs and lawns; or
  2. Thirty credits, at least fifteen of which must be in horticulture, agriculture or a related field, from an accredited college or community college; or a certificate from a recognized horticultural or botanical program; or
  3. Education and/or experience equivalent to “1” or “2” above.

 

License Requirements

Candidate must possess a Motor Vehicle Driver’s License valid in the State of New York.

 

Additional Requirements

  1. Applicants will be required to pass a written and/or practical test.
  2. Applicants must be in good physical condition and be able to pass an exam by a doctor.
  3. Good communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
  4. May involve weekend, evening and emergency (for example, snow removal) work.

 

Strength in several of the following is desired:

  • Experience and ability to use and perform basic maintenance of chain saw, backhoe/frontloader, chipper, and other botanical garden tools and equipment.
  • Interest in/knowledge of plant records management (research, identification, labeling, and signage) and collections management software (such as IrisBG).
  • Interest in/knowledge of native and invasive plants and sustainability.

 

Salary

Hiring Rate: $40,410

Incumbent Rate: $46,472

Maximum: $58,161

 

Note: Roman type is taken directly from city job descriptions.  Italics added by Queens Botanical Garden staff.

 

To apply, send resume and cover letter to [email protected]. No Phone Calls Please.

 

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

PART-TIME OPPORTUNITIES

Forest Program Part-Time Instructor

Forest class is an outdoor drop-off Preschool Alternative at Queens Botanical Garden.

Rooted in the traditions of the Forest School model, this program nurtures self-confidence and determination while deepening 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 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.

A Part-Time Instructor is sought to assist with the teaching and implementation of this program. He/She assists with all aspects of the program—from preparing materials to help in teaching the class to breaking down after the class, as well as assisting children with: using gardening tools properly, eating at meal time, changing wet clothes and shoes, using the bathroom, conflict resolution. This position is subject to seasonal change.

Ideal candidates will:

  • Have experience working with children between ages 2 and 6
  • Have a Bachelors degree in education, botany, environmental studies or related field OR equivalent experience
  • Have an enthusiastic attitude and be self-motivated
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Be able to lift heavy objects (tent, tables, bins with supplies)

Dates and Times: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; Mornings; September through November, with possibility of extension

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

Forest Explorers Interns

Forest Explorers Interns

Forest Explorers is an outdoor drop-off nature program at Queens Botanical Garden.

Rooted in the traditions of the Forest School model, this 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 children first.

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 interns 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

Dates and 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).

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings

This is an unpaid internship. To apply please put “Forest Program Internship” in the subject line and send cover letter and resume to [email protected]. No calls please.

Special Events and Rental Assistant Intern

Special Events and Rental Assistant - Intern

Assist Special Events Manager in the production of events and special projects and provides friendly, courteous, polite and helpful customer service. Responsibilities Include, but is not limited to:

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist with client communications when necessary
  • Assist and support organizing and events manager in day-to-day tasks
  • Greet guests and take care of their needs at special events
  • Ensure that all room and event setups are completed
  • Prepare client correspondence and assist with client communications when necessary
  • Monitor voicemail and email when needed
  • Create and send follow up letters for each event, as well as thank you cards
  • Answers telephone promptly and consistently
  • General light cleaning

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Demonstration of excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Dependability and punctuality, attention to detail
  • Ability to follow-through on tasks until completion
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time, ability to lift and move furniture
  • Positive image and tidy appearance
  • Willingness to work and learn
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures.

Scheduling flexibility: ability to work weekdays, evenings and weekends.
Contact: Ebony Wiggins at [email protected]

Urban Bee Garden Intern

All in a day’s work:

  • Weeding, mulching, pruning, raking, watering, and planting herbs, annuals, and perennials
  • Working with beekeeper and horticulture department to care for and maintain small, intimate garden
  • Educating interested visitors about plants grown in the bee garden and about the honey bees
  • Available Mondays from 10 am – 1 pm
  • Seasonal commitment from September 11 – October 30

Desired qualifications:

  • Knowledge of bees and / or gardening a plus but not required
  • Willingness to learn how to care for an urban bee garden and its pollinators
  • Interest in bees and beekeeping – Preferably not allergic to bees!
  • 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

What’s in it for you:

  • Work directly with Bee Garden specialist and renowned Horticulture Department
  • Hands-on education in beekeeping with the potential to help harvest honey!
  • Experience a specially designed garden inaccessible to the public
  • Free admission and parking on any day you volunteer and passes for friends & family
  • 25% discount in the QBG gift shop
  • 10% discount on educational workshops and public programs

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Kimberly Phyfe, Volunteer Coordinator, Queens Botanical Garden e-mail [email protected]

Wedding Garden Intern

All in a day’s work:

  • Weeding, mulching, pruning, watering, deadheading, planting annuals, and tending perennials
  • Keep Wedding Garden clean, green, and growing
  • Available weekly on Wednesdays from 9 am – 12 noon
  • Seasonal commitment from September 6 – October 25th

Desired qualifications:

  • Knowledge of seasonal gardening a plus but not required
  • Willingness to learn plant identification and how to care for a private garden
  • Interest in water features, garden design, and botanical care & maintenance
  • Ability to bend, stand, kneel, or crouch for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift 10 pounds, push a wheelbarrow, use basic hand tools such as trowel, shovel, or rake

What’s in it for you:

  • Learn directly from Head Gardener and work hands-on with renowned Horticulture Department
  • Intimate education with gorgeous garden, otherwise closed to the public
  • 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
  • 10% discount on educational workshops and public programs

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Kimberly Phyfe, Volunteer Coordinator, Queens Botanical Garden e-mail [email protected]

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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 volunteering.

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.