Horticulture Manager

(Paid Opportunities) Return to Paid Opportunities

Job Type: Full-Time, Year-Round; 40 hours per week; 5 days per week; Exempt
Pay Range: $60,000-$72,500
Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package 60 days following date of hire (health insurance, paid time off, etc.)
Work Location: Randall’s Island Park, New York City 10035

The Horticulture Manager will report directly to the Director of Grounds and is responsible for planning, managing, and coordinating activities pertaining to high level quality maintenance of all gardens and green streets at Randall’s Island Park. This role works to provide quality maintenance of trees, shrubs, herbaceous layers and ensures design intentions of themed gardens are maintained The Horticulture Manager will participate and support Island-wide special events, garden tours, and volunteer group events.


  • Work with and provide assistance to the Director of Grounds in all facets of daily operation on maintenance of plants for various gardens on Randall’s Island.
  • Supervise staff members to obtain quality performance, efficiency, morale, productivity, communication, commitment, and teamwork while maintaining the high quality of the gardens and green streets.
  • Apply strong knowledge of plants, their cultural requirements, and their botanical nomenclature, including protection and transplanting of existing plants, soil preparation, planting, mulching, weeding, watering fertilization, irrigation, IPM, and seeding.
  • Perform all garden activities working with plan material, which includes, but is not limited to performance of all tasks necessary for the good health and overall appearance of garden areas, woody ornamentals, herbaceous perennials and small trees.
  • Help to plan and schedule work assignments in all phases of garden maintenance.
  • Provide leadership for employees through effective communication, coaching, training, and professional development.
  • Plan and lead volunteer groups and tours in the Water’s Edge Garden, native meadows and other gardens.
  • Document, report, and catalog plant-related information.
  • Operate small hand tools and basic power machinery, including hedge trimmers, weed whackers, and leaf blowers, ensuring equipment is secured and well-maintained.
  • General clean-up of garden beds and paths, clean-up litter.
  • Oversee day-to-day tasks and report back progress to Director of Grounds.
  • Assist with timekeeping as well as verifying and approving payroll for the Horticulture department.
  • Review and approve invoices and submit to the Chief Financial Officer for processing and payment.
  • Assist the Director of Grounds in budget preparation and track spending.
  • Ensure that proper safety and incident reporting procedures are followed; bring problems to the attention of the Director of Grounds and Human Resources Manager.
  • Collaborate with the Sports Field Manager to maximize on equipment and material usage and cross-train staff members, where it would be beneficial.
  • Collaborate with the Sports Field Manager on projects that would benefit from staffing overlap and in-sync scheduling.
  • Pinpoint training and professional development opportunities for staff members.
  • Maintain regular communication with the Director of Environmental Programs, Public Programs Manager and Urban Farm Manager to assist with planning for horticultural-based programming/large scale events such as volunteer groups, tours, Harvest Festival and Cherry Blossom Festival.
  • Act as an ambassador for RIPA, answering questions for park visitors, leading volunteer events, and facilitating garden tours.
  • Perform other general tasks as assigned by the Director of Grounds.

This job description is not an exclusive or exhaustive list of all job functions that an employee in this position may be asked to perform from time to time.


  • Horticulture certificate / coursework AND five (5) years hands-on Horticulture experience.
  • Minimum of one year of experience supervising, training, coaching, or developing staff members
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, GIS a plus.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, time-management and leadership skills.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, as well as strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to interact effectively with park visitors, vendors, and employees at all levels of the organization.
  • Experience leading volunteer events, tours, workshops, etc.
  • Willing to work outdoors in all types of weather, under strenuous conditions.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to perform physical labor; must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Motivated and punctual, able to work both independently, and as part of a team.
  • Valid Driver License.
  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination.


  • • B.A. in Horticulture, Environmental Sciences, or other related fields.
  • • Experience landscaping formally and/or informally.
  • • Working knowledge of meadow ecology and cottage gardening, with an emphasis on native plant selection.
  • • Valid NY State certified commercial pesticide applicators license in turf and ornamentals.
  • • Experience working in a public park.

Contact Information

Randall's Island Park Alliance
Website: Apply Online