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Seasonal Garden Assistant

Job Title

Seasonal Garden Assistant

Job Qualifications

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.

Education and Experience

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.

Position Application

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. A flexible schedule may be worked out to accommodate school or other needs. Compensation is $18/hour.

For consideration, please submit your resume, cover letter, and any relevant documents via our recruitment portal at

If you encounter difficulties with uploading documents to the portal, please send via email to

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