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

PART-TIME POSITIONS

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.

Special Event & Rental Assistant

The Rental Assistant at Queens Botanical Garden provides support to the Visitor Services Department and our earned income initiatives through the rental of the Garden’s facilities and thirty-nine acres. This position reports directly to the Special Events & Rentals Manager.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with booking, marketing, and facilitating photo permits, wedding ceremonies, private parties, receptions, clubs, grounds rentals and commercial photo shoots
  • Coordinate setup and breakdown of chairs, tables, signage, and tech equipment
  • Provide best-in-class customer service by greeting guests and ensuring clients’ needs are met with the highest level of hospitality
  • Ensure that the Garden’s standards are maintained during special events including, but not limited to monitoring noise levels, garbage disposal, and restroom cleanliness
  • Assist in clerical duties of the Rental Department including checking emails, answering phone calls, and attending to walk-in inquires such as site-visits and appointment bookings
  • Assist with updating QBG Events Calendar, send weekly all-staff emails regarding events, enter and monitor rental data-tracking
  • Create rental invoices via FundEZ, secure monetary-contracts into QBG’ safe and record into ledger

 

 

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • College degree in Hospitality or equivalent experience preferred
  • Prior experience in customer service and administration
  • Knowledge of Point of Sale (POS) cash register. Experience with Counterpoint SQL or like system preferred
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office – Outlook, Excel, Word etc.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with staff and visitors in high-volume setting
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Experience in cash handling
  • Physical Requirements:  Duties are performed outside of a typical office environment and include frequent on-site event management and logistics. Considerable physical stamina is required as well as the ability to lift up to 20lbs
  • Evening and Weekend work required, may require late evenings
  • Driver’s License preferred
  • Second language preferred but not required

 

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

Temporary Admission Cashier/Greeter

Admission Cashier/ Greeters at Queens Botanical Garden have the primary responsibility of operating the ticket booth, selling admission tickets to guests, staffing event concessions, and admitting members and group visitors. Greeter duties include customer service such as fielding questions about QBG, providing directions around the Garden as well as providing information about upcoming programs and events. Candidates must be knowledgeable about the Garden’s admission and parking pricing policies as well as on the benefits of Garden membership.

 

Cashier responsibilities:

  • Complete ticket transaction purchases using QBG’s Point of Sale (POS) system
  • Complete member, credit card and cash transactions, distribute correct change and admission ticket to the visitor
  • Ensure the security of all ticket booth cash and tickets
  • Keep ticket booth and surrounding area clean and well organized
  • Answer questions from guests and resolve any questions or concerns
  • Assist with other functions as instructed by Visitor Services Supervisors

Qualifications:

  • Good verbal communication, customer service, math and cash handling skills
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with guests in high-volume setting
  • Physical ability to weed, which includes bending and kneeling
  • Weekend, Weekday and daytime availability required
  • May be asked to stay late for special event evenings
  • Second language preferred (Mandarin and Spanish)

This is a temporary position through October 31, 2018.

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

INTERNSHIPS

Archive Intern

The Development & Marketing team is seeking a dedicated volunteer to assist in the long-term project of digitizing and recording Queens Botanical Garden’s historical archives.

All in a day’s work:

  • Work with the Development & Marketing Departments to learn how to archive historical photos, slides, and files.
  • This individual will be trained in QBG’s archiving process, which includes physical and digital recording of important QBG/Queens history.
  • Everyday tasks include organizing the archival storage, identifying and labeling archived documents and photos, scanning photos, files, and slides, and assisting with administrative tasks as needed.

Desired qualifications:

  • Patience and attention to detail are both necessary to excel in this position.
  • Interested in Queens history and/or photography will find this position relevant to their interests and career.
  • Proficient in using a PC computer; we do not use Apple products at QBG. Familiarity with Photoshop, Bridge, Excel, photography, and professional scanning equipment is a plus, but not necessary.
  • Willingness to be trained in unfamiliar technology is key; we would welcome a fast learner who enjoys working with technology.

What’s in it for you:

  • S/he will learn how to identify, label, archive, store, and preserve relevant historical records according to QBG’s standards.
  • This individual will acquire technology skills and the ability to identify useful records as they work through the Garden’s 79-year history.
  • This position offers very useful experience to individuals interested in entering the non-profit sector, museum administration, the arts, or pursuing further education in library science or history.
  • 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 Mondays or Wednesdays, 9 am – 5pm.

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

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 – Pumpkin Patch Support Intern

The Visitor Services team is looking for a dedicated volunteer to assist throughout our busy Fall season. Seeking customer service oriented individuals able to commit through beginning of November.

The QBG Pumpkin Patch will welcome thousands of people from Queens and beyond to have the quintessential fall experience every weekend in October.

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
•     Setting up and replenishing pumpkins
•     Assist with set up and break down of tables and chairs for events and programs
•     Provide directions to guests for Garden events and programs
•     Litter pick-up
•     Resetting Pumpkin Patch exhibits for the next day

Desired qualifications:
•     Good communication skills
•     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 20+ lbs
•     Positive attitude and presentable appearance
•     Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures
•     Flexible schedule with ability to work weekdays or weekends*
*Pumpkin Patch dates are Oct 3 & 4 (Set-up) Oct 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 27, 28 (Event Days) and Nov 1 & 2 (Breakdown)

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.