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Seasonal, Part-Time Gardener
Category: Horticulture

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
Bronx, New York

Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Seasonal, Part-Time Gardener
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Three days/week (24 hours), March–November
Posted 2/3/2014

The Organization
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (BPMM) is both a New York City and a National Landmark in the Bronx’s Pelham Bay Park. The historic 9-acre site includes a 19th-century mansion and a carriage house, an 18th-century cemetery, and a ca. 1916 sunken garden designed by Delano & Aldrich. The mansion was built in the late 1830s and purchased by New York City in 1888 to create Pelham Bay Park. In 1914, it was restored by the newly formed International Garden Club, now the Bartow-Pell Conservancy, which had permission from the city to use it as its headquarters. The IGC was modeled after Britain’s influential Royal Horticultural Society. In 1946, the IGC opened the mansion to the public as a museum. Today, BPMM is owned by the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation, operated by the Bartow-Pell Conservancy, and a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City.

As the only remaining 19th-century country estate in the Pelham Bay area, BPMM’s mission is to create a vibrant cultural site through the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of its buildings and grounds for the benefit of the public throughout the New York City metro region and beyond. The mission is achieved by protecting, preserving, and restoring the site's architecture, landscape, and collections; interpreting the site's history in compelling and innovative ways; and creating dynamic education programs for children, adults, and families.

In 2012, BPMM won a Partners in Preservation (a joint venture of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express) grant to rehabilitate the formal garden. This was completed in late 2013.

The Position
The Seasonal Gardener will report to the Executive Director and work closely with the Garden Committee.


  • Maintain and develop the gardens and grounds with the help of volunteers and garden committee. This includes planting, cultivating, watering, fertilizing, pruning, mulching, pest and weed control.
  • Work with the Executive Director and the garden committee to develop goals and special projects.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise garden volunteers.
  • Work with Executive Director on collaborations with other horticultural organizations.
  • Support the Executive Director in securing funding for the garden and its public programs.
  • Maintain horticultural records and inventories of equipment and supplies.
  • Interact with visitors in a professional manner and provide information about the garden and its history.


  • Minimum two years horticultural experience
  • Able to operate power and hand tools
  • Ability to lift 40-50 pounds
  • Experience with landscape equipment
  • Knowledge of plant material and care
  • Strong communication skills
  • Flexibility to work occasional weekends
  • Willingness to work in all weather conditions

To apply, email cover letter and resume to No calls, please.

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