Seasonal Internships in Horticulture
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.
The 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. The Garden serves nearly 200,000 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.
Queens Botanical Garden seeks two or more individuals with an interest in public horticulture to assist with gardening work during the 2013 growing season. We seek individuals who have a passion for gardening and/or have a significant interest in exploring this world, are able and willing to work outdoors in all sorts of weather, appreciate the public, and understand that a good deal of the work during the growing season means doing repetitive tasks such as weeding, watering, mowing, grooming, and the like. Under the supervision of QBG horticulture staff, interns will be expected to work with volunteers who may come to us as individuals or as part of a group. Interns must be available to assist with supervision of teens as part of the City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) in July and August.
In addition to assisting with gardening work for the QBG as a whole, interns will be assigned to assist with the following initiatives based on his/her training and interests:
Rose Garden and Rose Trials Intern
This involves caring for roses that are being tested in our area at QBG; tasks include keeping records of plant performance, writing up results, participating in seminars, etc.
Helen & Martin Kaltman Fragrance Walk Intern
This involves the care of our fragrant friends, including providing information for tours and programs, writing a short vignette of their experience, etc.
Parking Garden Team Leader
This involves understanding and leading gardening and volunteer activities for the appropriate care of the plants, bioswales, planting islands, pathways and turf in or near QBG’s new Parking Garden, which is a model of water management. Identification, removal and control of invasive plants for this new landscape is of paramount importance. The Team Leader will work with staff to devise strategies and create projects that will allow volunteers of all ages to help care for and learn about this landscape.
Interns will also have the opportunity to learn about other aspects of public garden operations, including assisting with plant collection record-keeping, installing labels, maintaining equipment, propagating plants, caring for the greenhouse, conducting plant inventory and record keeping, assisting with events, participating in volunteer clean-up days and the like. Depending on interests and skills, he/she may also provide support for tours and educational workshops, conduct research, contribute an article/observations for publication in the QBG newsletter, website, blog or otherwise. As interested and motivated, interns will be invited to arrange information sessions with other staff and/or organize field trips that will help them understand the range of operations and possibilities in public horticulture and community engagement. These internships are ideal for someone making progress towards a degree or certificate in horticulture, conservation studies, botanical or environmental education or the like.
Internships are available for up to 28 hours per week from April through October. A flexible schedule may be worked out to accommodate school or other needs. Weekend work required. A summer only schedule may also be considered.
A high school diploma or GED and at least 3 months paid, volunteer, home or school gardening experience
Ability and willingness to work outside in all sorts of weather; work includes kneeling, bending, stooping, and reaching; ability to lift 40 pounds
Willingness to learn about use of tools and equipment
Good interpersonal skills; second language a plus
Facility with computer programs a plus
To apply, send résumé to Human Resources Manager, Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org