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.

PART-TIME

Seasonal Compost Education Assistant

Seasonal Compost Education Assistant

About This Opportunity

The Compost Education Assistant will be part of a small and passionate team, responsible for prepping, planning and leading for educational programming. The Compost Education Assistant reports to the Compost Project Manager. This person must be able to track all their activities and efforts and submit data to the Project Manager in pre-defined quantitative or narrative format as needed. We are looking for an enthusiastic, detailed oriented, and fun individual who is passionate about sustainability and interested in teaching.

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead and document weekly compost volunteering events and monthly tours of the QBG compost site
  • Support with planning, prepping materials, and co-teaching educational offerings on a range of composting topics to a wide variety of audiences based on program goals and direction of the Project Manager
  • Support with several larger public events yearly (i.e. Pumpkin Smash, Leaf raking events, outreach tabling, compost give back, etc.) and carry out strategic outreach to reach new communities
  • Maintain supply of educational and outreach materials provided by BRS and Queens Botanical Garden
  • Maintain bins, signage, and active compost vessels at QBG’s compost demonstration site
  • Support the NYCCP hosted by QBG team as needed and/or directed by the Project Manager

Qualifications:

  • Associate’s Degree or 2 years related experience
  • Experience teaching
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills (inclusive of Excel, MS Word, Outlook, and Google forms)
  • Comfortable interacting with the public
  • Foundation in the basic science of composting and a strong interest in learning and teaching best practices in urban composting
  • Strong public speaking skills; able to lead workshops, trainings, and presentations in an informal setting with a large group of volunteers
  • Good sense of humor, flexibility, and openness to learning
  • Experience with gardening and/or woodworking is a plus
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license

This is a part-time seasonal position. Positions are available for up to 24 hours per week from mid-October through mid-April. This position is generally Sunday through Wednesday, with flexibility for change depending on program needs. Compensation is $20/hour.

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

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].

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.