Naval Cemetery Landscape & Stewardship Manager

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Start Date: August 2020

Position Summary
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) seeks a Manager for the Naval Cemetery Landscape (NCL), an award- winning 1.7-acre contemplative memorial landscape and pollinator habitat at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and stewardship and greening programs along the 26-mile Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. The Manager’s primary focus is annual and day-to-day horticulture and operations of the NCL, including public engagement at the site, with a secondary focus on stewardship and greening programs in distinct locations along the Greenway, including a new project in Greenpoint. As an integral member of the BGI team, the Manager will build on current efforts and significantly shape long-term strategy and resources at the NCL and other greenspaces along the Greenway.

Naval Cemetery Landscape Background
The Naval Cemetery Landscape honors the site’s natural, agricultural, military, and cultural past in the form of a memorial meadow and sacred grove. As a “green node” along the Greenway, this publicly accessible space revitalizes the native plant and pollinator populations in the region while evoking the histories of settlement and cultivation, and life and death, while slowing the heart rate and connecting visitors with the site.

Schedule and Salary Details
The NCL & Stewardship Manager is full-time, non-exempt (hourly), position.
Schedule: 5 days/week, generally 10am – 6pm. Weekend work is required; schedule varies and will be confirmed seasonally.
Compensation: $50,000 - 55,000 annualized salary, commensurate with experience, plus modest benefits package that includes paid holidays and personal time, and the option to enroll in BGI’s health care plan.


The NCL and Stewardship Manager reports directly to the Executive Director and is an important member of the team focused on advancing the NCL and BGI’s stewardship goals. The NCL and Stewardship Manager is responsible for three main areas of work:

Landscape Operations & Horticultural Management

  • Manage the effective maintenance and operation of the NCL, including but not limited to tools maintenance, repair work, seasonal tree pruning, occasional plantings/reseedings, invasive species removal, and general horticulture tasks
  • Maintain Greenway area adjacent to NCL, including litter, leaf and snow removal
  • Serve as point of contact for external service providers and partners related to NCL and Greenway maintenance, operations, and security
  • With Executive Director, coordinate contractors and partners for Greenpoint streetscape project
  • Work closely with Executive Director and others to develop long-term strategy and actions to sustain ecological health and foster positive community impact of NCL and Greenway greenspaces
  • Manage and strategize efforts to bring new resources to NCL, including coordination of recently formed “NCL Advisory Committee” to create and execute a long-term stewardship plan for the space
  • Support development of new funding opportunities and strategic partnerships for BGI’s greenspaces
  • Address security issues and/or damage to NCL property as needed and manage strategies to mitigate future damage to signage, planted areas, lighting, etc.

Leadership & Team Supervision

  • Supervise a small team of part-time NCL Associates and/or seasonal Volunteers or Interns, setting and ensuring performance standards while fostering professional growth and development
  • Lead recruitment and onboarding of NCL Associates on a seasonal or as-needed basis
  • Ensure the effective sharing of information and overall communication with and among NCL
  • Associates, volunteers and program partners despite disparate schedules
  • Manage staff schedules and timekeeping in keeping with BGI protocols

    Public Engagement & Programming
  • Ensure a positive visitor experience of NCL, including interpretation of its cultural and natural history for a diverse audience
  • Ensure proper visitation of NCL, i.e. staying on the boardwalk, parking bikes at the entrance, etc.
  • Track daily visitation and attendance at programs
  • In coordination with BGI Staff, conceptualize, plan, and execute future public programs focused on stewardship, environmental education, and citizen science at NCL and BGI’s other greenspaces


  • Two+ years of experience in horticulture and/or hands-on landscape work, including plant and pest identification, caring for a variety of perennials, managing for beneficial plant and insect species, and general groundskeeping OR three years’ (minimum) relevant work experience that demonstrates transferable skills to this role; additional education or specialization in meadow ecology, native plants or restoration a plus
  • Strong interest in outdoor environments, cultural landscapes, native plants, and pollinators
  • Experience managing, leading, and/or mentoring teams toward a common goal
  • Experience delivering outgoing customer service / forward facing role; preferably in a public setting
  • Demonstrated record of reliability; ability to work independently; self-starting
  • Must be an enthusiastic team-player, willing to collaborate on tasks; commitment to shared goals
  • Ability to work regular weekend shifts; potential for additional shifts may arise for special programs
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Valid NYS driver’s license required
  • Degree/certification in landscape management or horticulture a plus

Additional Information

About Brooklyn Greenway Initiative Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop, establish, and steward the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, a landscaped bicycle and pedestrian corridor contiguous with parks and open space, enabling access and connectivity to the waterfront as well as new mobility options for communities along the Brooklyn waterfront.

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is an equal opportunity employer, and is strongly committed to welcoming, supporting, investing in, and empowering a workforce that reflects the full diversity of Brooklyn and the communities we serve. We strongly seek and encourage candidates who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, people with disabilities, women, any other legally protected status, and people that have a strong connection to the Bedford-Stuyvesant, South Williamsburg, Wallabout, Clinton Hill, or Fort Greene neighborhoods to apply.

Contact Information

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
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