Updated by Board of Trustees on December 15, 2009
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 a private non-profit cultural institution located on 39 acres of New York City public land in Flushing, New York. In FY19, the Garden served over 263,000 visitors, including 34,856 schoolchildren. A recently completed visitor survey reveals that 45% of visitors speak a language other than English at home. This fact underscores the importance of the mission and the challenges and opportunities QBG faces daily in creating programs, exhibits and landscapes that serve the needs of people who live in and visit 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.
We seek individuals with an interest in public horticulture to assist with gardening work during the 2020 growing season. Under the supervision of QBG horticulture staff, interns will learn through hands on experience all aspects of maintaining a public garden, such as planting, weeding, watering, grooming and mulching in all weather conditions. Interns will be expected to work with volunteers who may come to us as individuals or as part of a group. During the months of July and August interns must be available to supervise a small group of teens as part of the City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).
In addition to assisting with gardening work for QBG as a whole, interns will have the opportunity to assist with the following based on their training and interests:
• Assisting with the American Garden Rose Selections ™ Rose Trials including caring for test roses and helping with the assessment of plant performance.
• Serving as Helen & Martin Kaltman Interns—caring for our Fragrance Walk.
• Assisting in the care of Herb garden and Wedding garden displays.
• Assisting with the care and beautification of our sustainably landscaped Parking Garden.
This internship is ideal for someone making progress towards a degree or certificate in horticulture, conservation studies, botanical or environmental education.
Internships are available for up to 28 hours per week from May through August with possible extension into fall. A flexible schedule may be worked out to accommodate school or other needs. Occasional Weekend work required.
• 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