Natural Areas Crew Member-Gardener 1

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Start Date: Summer 2022  Compensation: $20.79/hr. new hire $23.91/hr incumbent

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. Employees who work for 6 months or longer are eligible for healthcare benefits.


  • Under supervision, assist in natural areas management work, including identifying and protecting native species, identifying and controlling invasive species, removing debris and trash, maintaining planting sites, improving trails and planting. Work may be performed in multiple habitats, including forests, wetlands and grasslands.
  • Work may include the following: operating cars, trucks, and other types of motorized vehicles, use of 2 cycle equipment such as hedge-trimmers and chainsaws, application of herbicide, cutting and carrying woody debris, chipping, maintaining planting sites and equipment.
  • Plant and work with volunteers. • Enter field work information into web-based databases.
  • Interact with staff and the public in a courteous and professional manner


1. 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 
2. 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 3. 
A satisfactory combination of education and/or experience that is equivalent to “1” 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 “1” above. License Requirement: A motor vehicle driver license valid in the State of New York. This license must be maintained for the duration of employment. 


  • Bachelor’s degree with emphasis in botany, ecology, forestry and wildlife management or related fields.
  • Experience with hand and power tools used in natural resources work a plus.
  • Familiarity with both native and invasive plant species of the northeastern United States.
  • Valid NYS pesticide applicator or technician license.
  • Ability to safely lift 50 lbs. of weight. 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.

Additional Information

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. 
HOW TO APPLY For more information and to apply email resume and cover letter to Destiny Reeves ( or mail to: Destiny Reeves, NYC Parks-Arsenal North, 1234 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10029 Parks & City Employees: Include your ERN on your cover letter and resume. All candidates please indicate which position you are applying for. 

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