Assistant Gardener

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The Prospect Park Alliance is a non-profit organization that sustains, restores and advances Prospect Park for the benefit of diverse communities, in partnership with the City of New York. Prospect Park is Brooklyn’s flagship park and a National Historic Landmark, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. The Alliance cares for the natural environment, preserves historic design and serves the community by providing public programming and Park amenities for the Park, which receives more than 10 million visits each year. The Alliance’s work in historic preservation and park revitalization is nationally recognized.

Prospect Park Alliance is an equal opportunity employer committed to making diversity as much a part of its everyday operations as it is a part of its mission and values. The Alliance is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

The Assistant Gardener position is a full time year round 40-hour work week offering $18 per hour. The position is eligible for benefits including a tax-deferred 403(b) plan and a flexible schedule that allows working the occasional evenings and weekends


We are seeking an Assistant Gardener to join the Horticulture Crew to maintain and advance the horticultural areas, lawns, and trees around the Lefrak Lakeside Center in Prospect Park

May be assigned other tasks and job duties by the Seasonal Foreman or Manan

  • Herbaceous perennials spring cut-back with manual and power tools
  • Hand weeding and weed whacking; Mulching, pruning and general plant care
  • Assisting with the leadership of volunteer groups
  • Planting and transplanting trees, shrubs & and herbaceous plugs
  • Lawn installation, renovation, over-seeding and care
  • Irrigation installation, maintenance, operation of automated systems and hand watering of new plantings
  • Loading and unloading plant materials onto and from transportation vehicles
  • Propagate plants by division, from seed or cuttings
  • Other greenhouse tasks such as watering as well as repairs and improvements to a small greenhouse structure, cold frames and an irrigation system
  • Fall leaf removal and leaf shredding with rakes, blowers, mowers, etc.
  • Winter snow removal with shovels, snow blowers and ice-melting salt
  • Trash, plant debris and invasive species removal
  • Interaction with park patrons in a professional and courteous manner
  • In winter months this position may be called upon to participate in tree work activities working under the Arboriculture Supervisor. Such activities may include operating a chipper, chainsaw, working with ropes and other tree work devices, carrying and removing woody debris, and maintaining arboricultural tools and equipment


  • Degree or Certificate in Horticulture preferred
  • Two or more years of horticultural or landscaping experience
  • Positive, self-motivated, problem-solver and possessing a strong work ethic
  • Experience with mowers, string trimmers, blowers, etc.
  • Experience with a chainsaw, chipper, hedge-trimmer, front-loader tractor and back-hoe a plus
  • Strong plant and weed identification skills, curiosity about and a passion for the plant world
  • Automated irrigation system knowledge a plus
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs on a regular basis and to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Ability to effectively communicate with others including staff, volunteers, and the public
  • Desire to learn from various coworkers and supervisors and an approach that fosters ongoing learning
  • Valid New York State Driver’s License

Contact Information

Prospect Park Alliance
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