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Madison Square Park Conservancy-Horticulture Manager-Wed, 01/06/2021 - 3:43pm

Horticulture Manager


Madison Square Park Conservancy
11 Madison Ave., 15th Floor
New York , NY 10010
United States
New York US

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Job Description 

Madison Square Park, a seven-acre urban site, is located in Manhattan’s Flatiron District at East 23rd Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues. Madison Square Park Conservancy raises the funds that support a program of commissioned contemporary public art, lush horticulture, Park maintenance, Park security, and free public programs. The Park has remained open during the pandemic providing an urban oasis for neighbors, families, communities, workers.

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s horticulture program features 7 acres of dynamic public green space. Madison Square Park is Manhattan’s only accredited arboretum and home to several centennial trees. The stunning perennial gardens feature 5 signature plant collections, ecological gardens, and ornamental flowers. Our signature horticulture program features two themed seasonal exhibitions a year providing surprise and delight to visitors.


The Horticulture Manager will lead in maintaining the onsite gardens and will report to the Deputy Director and work in concert with the Corporate Relationships and HR Manager, field staff, and all departments. This is a full-time position for hands-on experience with one of New York City’s premier dynamic public horticulture programs.

Compensation and Benefits

-Salary range is $45,000 - $60,000 and is commensurate with experience.
-Excellent paid benefits
-Various professional membership and networking opportunities


40 Hours a Week, Work scheduled to be discussed.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Essential duties and responsibilities include:

-Planting, watering, weeding, pruning, mowing, cleaning, fertilizing of Park grounds to industry standards
-Supervision of horticulture volunteers in individual and group settings
-Adjustment and minor maintenance on power equipment used in gardening, gardening tools, and all types of sprinkler systems
-Work with Pest control contractor to ensure rodent control
-Supervises the recycling of leaves, grass, mulch, and other organic waste.
-Recording accurate accession records
-Interpretation of botanical and horticulture subjects to the general public
-Snow removal and special projects during the winter months

Education and Experience 

-Associates in horticulture, landscape architecture, or related fields are preferred. In place of a degree, considerations are made with relevant field experience, certificate programs, internships, and volunteer experience.
-Knowledge of and passion for public horticulture
-Excellent written and oral skills
-Plant identification skills and knowledge of botanical nomenclature
-Ability to calculate figures and amounts, application of basic geometry
-Strong skills in Office and Google suites
-Detail-oriented and organized
-Ability to work effectively on multiple projects and to meet deadlines
-An enthusiastic team player with good interpersonal skills
-Possess New York driver’s license or equivalent
-Must be able to repeatedly lift up to 50 lbs.

Application Instructions 

To apply, please submit the following via email attachment all in one document to
-cover letter
-portfolio of previous horticulture work
-resume including names and complete contact information for three references

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will be held on Zoom. We encourage applications from people with BIPOC identities.

Madison Square Park Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity ("EEO”) laws. The Conservancy prohibits discrimination against applicants for employment because of the individual's race or color, religion or creed, alienage or citizenship status, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, domestic partnership status, genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, arrest or pre-employment conviction record or any other characteristic protected by law.

Full Name 
Stephanie Lucas