Native Plant Production Gardener

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Start Date: ASAP  Compensation: New Hire $20.98/hr. Incumbent $23.71/hr

NYC Parks is the steward of over 30,000 acres of land — 14 percent of New York City — including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. We look after 600,000 street trees, and two million more in parks. The mission of Forestry, Horticulture and Natural Resources (FHNR) is to protect, restore, expand and manage New York City’s natural spaces and green infrastructure to maximize their benefits and promote their value within and outside of the urban ecosystem. Greenbelt Native Plant Center provides native plants and seeds from local plant populations in support of the restoration and management of the City’s natural areas.

Employees who work for 6 months or longer are eligible for healthcare benefits. All staff will be provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


  • Assist with all aspects of greenhouse plant production: weeding, watering, fertilizing; moving and pulling of stock to fill orders.
  • Assist in nursery yard maintenance involving identifying and controlling invasive species, removing debris and trash, weed whacking, mowing lawn areas, maintenance of hoop houses and irrigation systems.
  • Assist in the transplanting and step up of nursery and greenhouse starter materials; preparation of soil mixes and potting operations.
  • Assist with preparation, maintenance, harvesting and cleaning of foundation seed plots. Assist with wild seed collections making off-site visits to natural areas- recognize species, determine seed maturity and follow all protocols.
  • Assist in and perform tasks involved in the operation and care of hand and power tools and equipment. Make necessary operating adjustments to same; report needs for repairs and replacements to supervisor.
  • Drive vehicles and operate other motorized equipment including mowers, tractors, and 2-cycle equipment hedge-trimmers.
  • Enter field work information into spreadsheets or web-based databases in a timely manner after work is completed.
  • Interact with staff and the public in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Perform inventory and record keeping, research and implementation of best practices in a growing program to promote the use of seed for restoration


  • One year of full-time experience in gardening work, including experience in each of the following planting, cultivating and caring for trees, plants shrubs and lawns; or
  • A certificate from a horticulture or botanic program containing college-level courses, such as programs offered by the New York Botanical Garden, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, etc.; or
  • A satisfactory combination of education and/or experience that is equivalent to ʺ1ʺ above. Thirty semester credits from an accredited college, at least fifteen of which must be in horticulture, agriculture, agronomy, plant pathology, botany, landscape design or architecture, entomology, forestry, floriculture, plant production and/or crop management, may be substituted for the one year of the work experience described in ʺ1ʺ above.


  • A motor vehicle driver license valid in the State of New York. This license must be maintained for the duration of employment


  • Ability to drive to locations in all five boroughs.
  • Familiarity with both native and invasive plant species of the northeastern United States.
  • Willing to learn identification of plant species in production and discern which are weeds and which are not.
  • Experience with operation and basic maintenance of farm machinery including tractors, implements, and seed cleaning machines
  • Familiarity with agricultural best practices for small-scale organic production of seed crops
  • Ability to work outside and perform physical labor with little supervision.

Residency in New York City, Nassau, Orange, Rockland, Suffolk, Putnam or Westchester counties required for employees with over two years of city service. New York City residency required for all other candidates within 90 days of hire. Fees: Hired candidates will be subject to a processing fee of $68.00. Hired candidates who are not currently employed by the City will be subject to an $88.25 background check fee.

Vaccination Requirement: As of August 2, 2021, all new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered city employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire,unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by the hiring agency.

Additional Information

HOW TO APPLY: Email resume and cover letter to: or mail to: Rachel Chaiken, NYC Parks-Greenbelt Native Plant Center 3808 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314

Parks & City Employees: Include your ERN on your cover letter and resume. All candidates please indicate which position you are applying for.

Contact Information

NYC Parks-Forestry, Horticulture, and Natural Resources Division
Website: Apply Online