Gardener - Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre, 1.3-mile public space that stretches along the Brooklyn waterfront. Our mission is to connect people, nature, and the waterfront through inclusive, innovative, and sustainable management and design. Our vision is to contribute to a healthier, more livable city.

  • We built an innovative funding model to ensure financial self-sufficiency and independence.
  • We practice ecological horticulture to foster and integrate vibrant wildlife habitats in our urban environment.
  • We ensure the park’s design provides an adaptable public space that is welcoming to all.
  • We strive to recruit and retain a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve.

Summary of Position

BBP is looking to hire a Gardener, who will be responsible for the daily horticultural management of Park landscapes. Ideal candidates are experienced and passionate about
native plants, ecology, and public horticulture and excited to work in a diverse and productive team.

About You

  • You strive to be inclusive and collaborative. At BBP, we recognize that doing our best work means working together. We have each other’s back – and are helpful,
  • humble and open.
  • You are committed. At BBP, we approach our work with integrity, positivity, and pride.
  • We are committed to the public, the park and each other.
  • You are a problem-solver. At BBP, we prioritize learning, evolving and building creative solutions to ensure the Park remains a leader in sustainable green space for generations to come.
  • You value people and the environment. At BBP, respect is important to us. We strive to trust each other, act with good intention and communicate with openness.

Responsibilities/Duties

  • A Caring for thousands of newly planted trees, shrubs, perennials, and grasses
  • Planting and transplanting herbaceous plants and small trees
  • Understory tree and shrub pruning and maintenance
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Maintenance of all essential equipment
  • Weeding, brush clearing, and mulching
  • Debris and trash removal
  • Provide help with seasonal tasks, including snow removal
  • Composting and compost facility maintenance
  • Overseeing the daily tasks of the Seasonal Gardeners
  • Research, data collection, and horticultural database maintenance
  • Interacting with park patrons in a professional manner as a representative of BBP
  • Leading volunteer groups and training long-term Zone Volunteers
  • Conducting educational workshops and tours for the public
  • Provide support to other members of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Operations Staff on a
  • variety of tasks from maintenance work to gardening
  • Perform other duties as required in the scope of the job and as designated by
  • Operations Management

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Two or more years of horticulture experience or degree in horticulture and/or related field
  • Knowledge of and experience with native plants, ecology, and public horticulture
  • Experience with various landscape maintenance equipment
  • Knowledge of plant diseases and pests, as well as IPM strategies
  • Strong weed identification and management skills
  • Familiarity with irrigation systems
  • Ability to perform heavy, physical labor (lift 40 lbs) on a daily basis in all weather conditions
  • Previous experience in a facility maintenance and/or park setting
  • Hardworking, energetic, self-motivated, and dedicated to the details
  • Strong communication skills and basic computer knowledge
  • Ability to work overtime, weekends, and holidays as needed
  • Comfortable working independently or with a team and outside in a park-setting
  • Experience managing diverse teams through complex projects
  • Supervisory experience preferred
  • Bilingual preferred
  • NYS valid drivers license

Additional Information

Additional Information

  • This is a full-time, 40 hour per week, non-exempt position. Typical hours are 7AM- 3:30PM but change with seasons. Applicants should be available to work one weekend day.
  • Please submit resumes and cover letters to jobs@bbp.nyc
  • Use “GARDENER” as your subject line.

Contact Information

Brooklyn Bridge Park