Gardener

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The High Line is a nonprofit organization and a public park on the West Side of Manhattan. Through our work with communities on and off the High Line, we’re devoted to reimagining public spaces to create connected, healthy neighborhoods and cities. Built on a historic, elevated rail line, the High Line was always intended to be more than a park. You can walk through the gardens, view art, experience a performance, enjoy food or beverage, or connect with friends and neighbors—all while enjoying a unique perspective of New York City. Nearly 100% of our annual budget comes through donations. The High Line is owned by the City of New York and we operate under a license agreement with NYC Parks.

Job description The gardener is an employee of Friends of the High Line and an integral part of FHL’s Park Operations team. Under the general supervision of the Director of Horticulture, the gardener is responsible for the year-round care and maintenance of the High Line’s landscape and living collections. Working interactively with a team of gardeners, custodians, maintenance technicians, and High Line administrators, the gardener’s responsibilities include all aspects of monitoring, caring for, and reporting on designated park zones, including diverse plantings of herbaceous perennials, trees and shrubs, hardscape elements, and public use of the park.

This is a full-time, year-round, non exempt position.
This position will report to the Horticulture Supervisor.

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Daily checks of garden beds and paths including cleaning up debris and litter
  • Daily maintenance of the assigned garden zone, including weeding, planting, dividing and transplanting, pruning, cut-back, and clean-up
  • Monitor soil moisture and hand water as needed
  • Maintain plant health through Integrated Pest Management principles including scouting, identifying, reporting, and documenting pests and diseases
  • Group projects including working with volunteers, Spring cutback, and debris management
  • Document, report, and catalog landscape maintenance information
  • Stage equipment, supplies, and materials for daily horticulture operations
  • Proactively communicate with the Horticulture staff and Supervisors regarding the status of your work
  • Act as an ambassador for Friends of the High Line, answering questions for park visitors about horticulture, High Line history, design, and general park information; guiding tours when requested.
  • Assist with training seasonal gardeners, interns, and volunteers
  • Support other parks operations departments with various tasks as needed
  • Regularly attend meetings as part of the High Line Horticulture team and Operations department
  • Contribute items to weekly horticulture meeting agenda
  • Work with Horticulture Supervisors and other FHL horticulture staff to achieve strategic departmental goals
  • Maintain tools and equipment
  • Operate power gardening tools with requisite training and in accordance with the High Line’s Standard Operating Procedures
  • Operate parks’ vehicles when requested
  • Participate in ice and snow removal
  • Perform other tasks as needed

Qualifications/Requirements

Required qualifications

  • ● Expertise in the seasonal and long-term care for diverse plantings of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, grasses, and bulbs including knowledge of plant culture, maintenance and identification
  • Two or more years of experience in landscape maintenance, agriculture, or nurseries
  • Demonstrated knowledge of naturalistic planting design
  • Detail-oriented, with considerable attention to order and cleanliness
  • Willing to collaborate on any and all tasks required for maintaining the highest standards of garden and overall park management
  • Must be a team-player and willing to maintain positive engagement with the public and colleagues
  • Basic PC skills and familiarity with MS Office and Google Suit
  • Willingness to complete and abide by safety training as required
  • Maintain a Class D Drivers License valid in the State of New York that must be obtained for the duration of the appointment

Preferred qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience operating and making minor repairs to drip irrigation systems
  • Demonstrated knowledge of composting
  • Experience working in a crowded urban park
  • Horticulture degree or certificate
  • Ability to participate in a range of activities beyond the typical work day, including High Line events and programs, fundraising initiatives, tours, and organizational activities as needed

Required abilities

  • Ability to walk, reach, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and regularly lift and/or move 50 lbs with proper tools
  • Able to traverse 5-10 miles of the High Line daily
  • Ability to operate electric equipment and power tools in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures
  • Able to work overtime, weekends, and holidays as needed
  • Can work outdoors in all weather conditions, sometimes for extended periods of time and sometimes near adjacent construction sites

Additional Information

To apply Please submit your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to thehighline.workable.com. No phone calls please. Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. Friends of the High Line is a proud equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, familial or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

Contact Information

Friends of the High Line
Website: Apply Online