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

Botanical Garden Attendant-Guard

Botanical Garden Attendant-Guard

About This Opportunity

General Statement of Duties and Responsibilities

Under supervision, attends, cleans, guards, and patrols an assigned general area in a botanical garden; performs related work.  Will perform work of ordinary difficulty in cleaning public buildings and their immediate grounds; performs related light labor duties; performs related work.

Examples of Typical Tasks

Attends, performs various cleaning activities, guards and patrols an assigned general area in a botanical garden.  As needed in order to maintain cleanliness in bathrooms and other public facilities, sweeps, damp mops and wet mops, empties wastebaskets, cleans washbasins and other toilet facilities, and replaces bathroom supplies.  Responsible for more extensive cleaning or moving of chairs and tables during times of special or unpredictable events and emergencies.  Picks up papers and other debris on the ground, removes graffiti and cleans signs, sweeps and washes sidewalks and washes lower portions of buildings with brush and hose; removes snow where necessary; replaces bulbs and fuses; moves furniture; performs related work.

Is responsible for the protection of displays and/or display areas from loss or damage due to theft or vandalism, and for the protection of the botanical garden buildings, equipment, and exhibits.  Responsible for proper notification of supervisors with regard to hazardous or unsecured conditions; filing incident reports.

Meets the 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 directions for public instruction groups.  Aids the public in cases of accidents or injuries.

Maintains order in the area of assignment, and assists in the detection, ejection and/or apprehension of miscreants, undesirables and disorderly persons.  Required to take appropriate action; notify supervisors; call police, fire department or ambulance.

May check temperature readings in greenhouses.

May operate passenger and freight elevators.  May help with the delivery of packages or equipment to the receiving department.

Qualification Requirements

  • Graduation from a senior high school, or possession of a high school equivalency, or possession of an equivalent G.E.D. certificate issued by the armed forces; or
  • Two (2) years of satisfactory, full-time paid experience in custodial, protection, attendance, or related work, including responsibility for meeting, advising, and directing the public; or
  • A satisfactory equivalent
  • Posses and maintain a valid Driver license; and
  • New York State Security Guard Certification; and
  • Weekend and/or evening work is required. Schedule may vary seasonally; and
  • Certain medical and physical requirements; and
  • Required to pass a written and/or practical test.

Appointments and Promotions

Appointments and/or promotions to positions of this class 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 Saturday through Wednesday.

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 $31,481 – $45,332 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/securityguardapplication.

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].

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].

Teacher Professional Learning and Family Outreach Coordinator

Teacher Professional Learning and Family Outreach Coordinator

About This Opportunity

The Teacher Professional Development Program within the Education Department works with the Urban Advantage (UA) program, a citywide program that supports science education and investigations. UA connects both elementary and middle schools, teachers, students, and families with the excitement of scientific discovery and learning that takes place in eight renowned science-rich cultural institutions in New York City through developing and delivering rigorous pedagogy based teacher education workshops aligned to local, state, and national standards, providing on-site assistance at schools and directly engaging with students and families.

QBG is looking for an enthusiastic self-starter to join our team in building and expanding our family engagement program and supporting professional learning sessions for teachers. The individual selected for this position will spend approximately half of their time creating, maintaining, and strengthening school and community relationships. The other half of their time will be spent supporting and developing teacher professional learning programming. Additional duties involve teaching school classes and supporting the overall needs of the education department at QBG.

Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development and delivery of elementary and middle school teacher professional learning and school program workshops (both onsite, offsite, and virtually via Zoom, Google Meet, and various other platforms)
  • Develop and enact a plan to determine the needs of local schools and other community stakeholders in relation to family engagement with QBG and the Urban Advantage program
  • Develop and enact a plan to promote family engagement with local schools, QBG, and UA
  • Work with the Urban Advantage Manager of Family Engagement on general Urban Advantage family initiatives
  • Create and run family workshops and family science days to be held at QBG, at schools, and virtually
  • Collaborate with partners at other institutions to assist in the delivery of the overall science initiative
  • Attend program and partnership meetings
  • Serve as a key contact for teachers, program partners, families and various other individuals
  • Provide logistical support for educational programming
  • Maintain and update departmental records and documents
  • Update and retrieve information from Google Docs and various databases
  • Purchase and maintain supplies for professional learning and family workshops
  • Assisting with other duties as assigned by the Professional Development Manager, the Head of Interpretation, and the Education Director

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in science or science education or education
  • Two years of formal or informal science teaching experience
  • Experience in community building with multiple stakeholders
  • Experience working with families in informal settings
  • The ability to handle day-to-day operations of a program while also planning months ahead
  • The ability to change plans as needed to adjust to the needs of the program
  • The ability to multitask and prioritize
  • High level of self-motivation and ability to anticipate programmatic needs and self-initiate task completion
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Zoom, etc
  • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills; attention to detail
  • Ability to travel and move materials between various locations
  • Schedule flexibility and ability to work weekends and evenings
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to obtain NYCDOE fingerprint clearance
  • Cannot have worked for the NYCDOE in the last year

Preferred

  • Master’s degree or Master’s degree in progress preferred
  • Familiarity with the NYCDOE
  • Familiarity with the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Familiarity with learning management programs such as moodle
  • Familiarity with virtual teaching platforms such as Nearpod or Peardeck

This is a full-time position with benefits.  Compensation starting at $50,000 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/TPLFOC.

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

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 after-school program teaching needs in the coming season. Selected candidates will be assigned to conduct two to three half days classes either virtually or in person 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 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].

Seasonal Garden Assistant

Seasonal Garden Assistant

About This Opportunity

QBG seeks individuals with an interest in public horticulture to assist with gardening work during the 2022 growing season. Duties and responsibilities include assisting horticulture staff in the planting, cultivating, and care of trees, shrubs, flowers and other flora as well as leading a group of 4-5 student youth in these same tasks for 6 weeks in July and August.

Responsibilities

  • Preparing soil, planting, weeding and mulching.
  • Fertilizing and watering.
  • Pruning and grooming trees, shrubs and plants.
  • Mowing Lawns.
  • Operating and caring for hand and power gardening tools and equipment. Sharpening and general upkeep of grounds tools.
  • Garden Assistants must be available to supervise teens as part of the City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) in July and August.
  • Under the supervision of QBG horticulture staff, Garden Assistants will be expected to work with volunteers who may come to us as individuals or as part of a group.

Desired Qualifications

  • One year of experience and/or training in gardening work, including planting, cultivating, and caring for trees, plants, shrubs and lawns.
  • A high school diploma or GED.
  • A Motor Vehicle Driver’s License valid in the state of New York.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in all weather; work includes kneeling, bending, stooping, and reaching; ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Willingness to learn about use of tools and equipment.
  • Good interpersonal skills; second language a plus.
  • Experience working with youth and leading groups a plus.

This is a part-time seasonal position. Positions are available for up to 28 hours per week from mid-March through mid-October with possible extension into November and include some weekend work.

Compensation is $18/hour.

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

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

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.

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.