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Start Date: February 28th, 2023  Compensation: $23 - $26 per hour

The Battery is one of New York City’s oldest public open spaces, located at the tip of Manhattan overlooking New York Harbor. The Battery Conservancy was created in 1994 to rebuild the Battery and Castle Clinton National Monument, in partnership with city, state, federal agencies, and private donors. The park features extensive perennial gardens designed by the Battery’s master horticultural planner Piet Oudolf, encompassing all of his different garden styles over the past decade. The Gardener position is full-time, non-exempt and reports to operations management.


  • Care for extensive naturalistic herbaceous perennial gardens, trees, shrubs, bulbs, and turf.
  • Perform routine maintenance including but limited to: watering, weeding, planting, pruning, propagating and transplanting of perennials and mulching.
  • Supervise Seasonal Gardeners and volunteers.
  • Serve as an ambassador of The Battery Conservancy, answering the park visitor’s questions about horticulture, history and design of the park, and general park information.
  • Lead volunteer groups, both corporate and individual.
  • Scout for pests and disease, and create monitoring reports.
  • Debris and trash removal. Storm and snow management as needed.
  • Operate and properly maintain tools and equipment.
  • Monitor irrigation systems and hand water when needed.


  • Two or more years horticultural experience and/or related field.
  • Degree or certificate in horticulture preferred.
  • Ability to use and operate standard landscaping power and hand tools.
  • Knowledge of Piet Oudolf’s naturalistic planting design.
  • Good writing and research skills, Word and Excel.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Able to work overtime, weekends and holidays as needed.
  • Ability to work as part of a team or alone, in all weather conditions.
  • Perform heavy physical work on a daily basis. Must be able to lift and carry 40 pounds.

Additional Information

Position is Tuesday - Saturday 7 am - 3 pm Hours may vary and are flexible.
Send cover letter and resume to with “Seasonal Gardener” in the subject. No phone calls, please. TBC is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all applicants. All new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. If you are offered employment with The Battery Conservancy this requirement must be met by your date of hire.

Contact Information

The Battery Conservancy
Contact Name: Sean Kiely