2020 Nursery Fellow

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Start Date: February 2020

Gowanus Canal Conservancy (GCC) is a community-based non-profit organization that serves as the environmental steward for the Gowanus Canal Watershed.

GCC manages a native plant nursery, where we grow an array of urban-adapted native plants for sale and for planting projects in Gowanus. Volunteers and students are integral to nursery operations, providing direct plant care, propagation, and ongoing research. We are looking for a nursery fellow who enjoys working with people of all ages to conduct propagation, stewardship, and tracking in our native plant nursery for the 2020 season. The flexible hours make this a good opportunity for a student, retiree, or someone looking to learn more about native plants, horticulture or nursery production.


Nursery Work

  • Conduct propagation, potting up, weeding, and occasional watering. Keep plants labeled and organized.
  • If schedule allows, help plan and assist with stewardship activities during Tuesday and Thursday morning school events for elementary school students. Activities may include potting up, plant propagation, seed sowing, and creating soil mixes

Nursery Sales

  • Assist with 6 weekend plant sales to be scheduled during spring and fall planting season and limited seasonal weekday open hours, to be coordinated with the Fellow’s schedule


  • Conduct updates to the inventory database and online store
  • Attend team meetings, to be coordinated


  • Develop potential research or planning project based on personal interests


  • Working knowledge of NYC native plants
  • Organizational and computer skills
  • Some leadership or teaching experience
  • Experience with plant propagation desired but not necessary

Additional Information


  • February - November 2020, with possibility to extend. Flexible start date
  • 8-16 hours per week with possibility of more hours, flexible schedule. Ideally the candidate is available for Tuesday and Thursday school events in the Spring (typically 9am-12pm)

Academic or service credit available if needed

Contact Information

Gowanus Canal Conservancy
Email: horticulture@gowanuscanalconservancy.org