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

Assistant Botanical Garden Maintainer

General Statement of Duties and Responsibilities

Under supervision, assist 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 and one (1) year of experience in assisting with building construction or maintenance work.

 

Appointments or Promotions

Appointments to positions of this class are subject to personnel administration policies and procedures of the botanical garden, provided that all appointees must possess at least the qualifications recommended above.

 

License Requirements

A motor vehicle operator’s license valid in New York State at time of appointment and ability to maintain.

 

Additional Requirements

Must be in good physical condition

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.

Weekend work required

 

Salary Range: $35,244-$40,531 

 

Note: Roman type is taken directly from New York City job descriptions. Italics added for clarification for Queens Botanical Garden.

 

To apply, send cover letter & resume to [email protected]. No phone calls please.

2018-2019 CITY SERVICE CORPS - Compost Outreach Corps Member (UNPAID)

2018-2019 CITY SERVICE CORPS (Service Dates: August 27, 2018-July 5, 2019)

 

City Agency Host Site Name: Department of Sanitation, The NYC Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden

Position Title: Compost Outreach Corps Member

Location: 43-50 Main St., Flushing Queens

Schedule: M – F, 9 to 5:30 with weekend scheduling as needed

# of Member Slots in this Position: 1

 

Agency/Community Need for the specific project on which City Service Corps member is serving:
The Compost Outreach Corps Member will increase the impact of the NYC Compost Project by finding creative ways to reach new and larger audiences to raise awareness about composting and its benefits. Specifically to assist NYCCP Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden to develop 20 new programming relationships with organizations/agencies that we have never worked with or have not worked with in the last two years.

 

Mission and Goals for the specific project on which City Service Corps member is serving:
The NYC Compost Project works to rebuild NYC’s soils by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. Learn more: www.nyc.gov/compostproject.

 

Member Position Summary:
The person occupying this position will have great interpersonal and language skills and enjoy meeting with and talking to representatives of local agencies. They must have enthusiasm for organics recycling (composting) and an understanding of why education and outreach is critical for citizen and agency participation.

This position is based at Queens Botanical Garden. The person occupying this position will receive hands on experience and operational examples of the closed loop cycle of food production, food scrap collection, composting and the resulting compost used as a soil amendment on our farm and in the greater Queens community. Further, they will have the opportunity to participate in the Master Composter certification program, and learn about composting and farming first hand at the QBG Farm and Compost Site from our skilled staff.

 

Detailed Functions of Position:

  • Increase the number of Queens based organizations participating in NYCCP programming by identifying and contacting local organizations, then coordinating meetings and supporting delivered programming
  • Increase the number of public food scrap drop-offs operating in queens by 5
  • Conduct outreach (including site visits, training, event tabling, correspondence, etc.) with relevant stakeholders that express interest in opening public food scrap drop-off sites.

 

Preferred Academic or Experience Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities of Member:

  • Marketing, MS Office, Video production Interest and experience in hands-on education around compost
  • Enjoys outdoor physical work
  • Organizational skills, computer literacy, ability to keep detailed records of outreach efforts
  • Self-directed, Innovative and collaborativecommitted to sustainability practices
  • High School Diploma/GED

 

For more information and application go to:  https://www.nycservice.org/initiatives/48

 

* Please note: The duties and responsibilities in this service positon description may be subject to change. In the rare event that there are any changes, members will be notified prior to beginning the service year and the position description will be amended. All changes will be reviewed and approved in advance by NYC Service.

2018-2019 CITY SERVICE CORPS - Media Corps Member (UNPAID)

2018-2019 CITY SERVICE CORPS (Service Dates: August 27, 2018-July 5, 2019)

City Agency Host Site Name: Department of Sanitation, The NYC Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden

Position Title: Media Corps Member

Location: 43-50 Main St., Flushing Queens

Schedule: M – F, 9 to 5:30 with weekend scheduling as needed

# of Member Slots in this Position: 1

Agency/Community Need for the specific project on which City Service Corps member is serving:
The Media Corps Member will increase the impact of the NYC Compost Project by finding creative ways to reach new and larger audiences using video and other narrative formats. These platforms will increase the awareness about Queens community composting on the web through video, written word and other creative tools. . Learn more: www.nyc.gov/compostproject.

Mission and Goals for the specific project on which City Service Corps member is serving:
The NYC Compost Project works to rebuild NYC’s soils by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally.

 

Member Position Summary:
The City Service Corps Member will have experience with video production, editing and publishing using iPhone and small video cameras. They will have experience creating scripts and writing narrative and will use resources provided by our staff for subject matter to create written and video narrative documenting composting in Queens.

This position is based at Queens Botanical Garden. The person occupying this position will receive hands on experience and operational examples of the closed loop cycle of food production, food scrap collection, composting and the resulting compost used as a soil amendment on our farm and in the greater Queens community. Further, they will have the opportunity to participate in the Master Composter certification program, and learn about composting and farming first hand at the QBG Farm
and Compost Site from our skilled staff.

 

Detailed Functions of Position:

  • Create a larger media presence for NYCCP Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden and Queens based community composting
  • Identify stories and best production formats.
  • Filming, editing and publication of work
  • Participate in and lead outreach in support of increasing food scraps drop offs.

 

Preferred Academic or Experience Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities of Member:

  • Marketing, MS Office, Video production
  • Interest and experience in hands-on education around compost
  • Enjoys outdoor physical work
  • Organizational skills and basic computer literacy
  • Self-directed, Innovative and collaborative committed to sustainability practices
  • High School Diploma/GED

 

For more information and application go to:  https://www.nycservice.org/initiatives/48

 

* Please note: The duties and responsibilities in this service position description may be subject to change. In the rare event that there are any changes, members will be notified prior to beginning the service year and the position description will be amended. All changes will be reviewed and approved in advance by NYC Service.

PART-TIME OPPORTUNITIES

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.

Part-Time Seasonal Attendant Guard

General Statement of Duties and Responsibilities

Under supervision; attends, cleans, guards, and patrols the botanical garden and perimeter; performs related work. Will perform work of ordinary difficulty in cleaning public buildings and the grounds; performs related light labor duties. Responsible for assistance with cleaning and moving of chairs and tables during special events.

Is responsible for the protection of the botanical garden buildings, equipment, and collections.
Is responsible for proper notification of supervisors with regard to hazardous conditions as well as assisting in filing incident reports.

Meets, greets and provides basic wayfinding and related information to the visiting public, including groups. Maintains order in the area of assignment. Required to take appropriate action as needed: notify supervisors, call police, fire department or ambulance, etc..

May oversee community service workers.

This is a Saturday and Sunday part-time seasonal position from March through November. Hours are mostly during the day. Some evening work and other fill-in shifts MAY be available but are not required. Extension through the winter with different shifts may also be possible.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Possess and maintain a valid Driver’s license
  • Possess a NYS Security Guard Certification
  • 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

To apply, submit cover letter & resume to [email protected] No phone calls please.

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.

  • Summer 2018: 6 weeks from July – August, 2-4 days per week
  • 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.

INTERNSHIPS

Human Resources Intern

The Human Resources team is looking for a dedicated detailed oriented volunteer who seeks to gain knowledge and experience in the field of non-profit business administration to assist with data management and office administration projects. The HR & Office Intern will support the Human Resources and Administration department with daily activities such as recruiting, office projects, volunteer coordination and general organization. Additionally, the HR & Office intern will have the opportunity to take part in larger initiatives and projects, such as vetting and upgrading systems, organizing support for Garden events and more. Applicants should be able to commit from end of June through August.

All in a day’s work:

  • Assist in the recruiting and onboarding process, including reviewing and posting job descriptions, participating in the interview process, and preparing and reviewing onboarding materials
  • Assist in the oversight and coordination of volunteers and other interns
  • Assist in general organization and upgrade of filing system
  • Assist with data maintenance for volunteer program
  • Assist in user testing of and in the development of training materials for a new HR Information System
  • Provide support for ad hoc office administration projects
  • Help to support programs, volunteer events and other garden projects as needed

Desired qualifications:

  • Proficient communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Professional level of discretion and confidentiality a must
  • Dependable and punctual
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to follow-through on tasks until completion
  • Proficient in using a PC computer including familiarity with using Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  •  Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedure

What’s in it for you:

  • Hands-on education in business administration
  • 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 flexible during the regular work week (M-F, 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 - Garden Greeter Intern

The Visitor Services team is looking for a dedicated volunteer to assist throughout our busy summer season. Seeking customer service oriented individuals able to commit from end of June through August.

 

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

         Light “Green” Cleaning; Washing or damp-mopping, Cleaning glass doors & windows and maintaining cleanliness of public areas

         Assist with set up and break down of tables and chairs for events and programs

         Assist with Horticulture projects; weeding, mulching, etc.

         Assist with Special Events; interacting with visitors, assisting with public programs

         Provide information about Garden Membership and other ways to support the Garden to guests

         Provide directions to guests for Garden events and programs

         Understand Garden collections, Garden ecology, and other facilities such as the V&A Building with continuing education and training provided by QBG staff

         Provide Assistance to Garden staff in the goal of educating the visiting public regarding Garden Rules and Etiquette.

 

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 Wednesdays and Weekends.

 

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.