Public Programs Manager

(Paid Opportunities) Return to Paid Opportunities

Start Date: 3/15/2022  Compensation: $60,000-$66,0000 per year

QBG seeks an experienced and enthusiastic individual with strong organizational and communication skills to manage all aspects of public programming. The specific charge of the position is the creation, coordination, and implementation of visitor-friendly and engaging public programs. The Public Programs Manager will report directly to the Director of Programs. The Manager will ensure that programs reflect the mission and public programming vision of QBG, attract diverse audiences of all ages, and are guided by its long-range plan. The Manager must be a strategic thinker, build external partnerships easily, and be an effective communicator across all departments.

Public Programs Vision The Queens Botanical Garden’s vision is to be a leading cultural, educational, and environmental resource with dynamic programming that reflects the diversity of our audiences in an accessible, engaging, and welcoming way, and that celebrates nature, arts, culture and the history of our community in this unique garden setting.


  • Effectively curate and produce public programs in various genres and scales (e.g. workshops, demonstrations, performances, exhibitions, lectures, festivals and community events, etc.) that reflect QBG’s mission and public programming vision
  • Lead the planning, execution, evaluation, and reporting of all public programming
  • Manage event and related staffing including instructors, volunteer groups, and other QBG staff
  • Collaborate with various internal departments (Visitor Services, Development, Marketing, Security, Horticulture, and Education) to strategize long-term programming strategies and vision
  • Help integrate Compost, Education, Visitors Service and Farm programs and activities into the planning of garden-wide public programs
  • Lead regular interdepartmental committee meetings around public programming and gallery curation
  • Manage Public Programs budget, track expenses and revenue for all events
  • Assist Marketing and Development staff to seek sponsorship and funding opportunities
  • Develop and sustain partnerships with local organizations, artists, and vendors
  • Serve as public face for the Garden at events, provide press interviews and information, and represent the Garden at community meetings when needed
  • Collaborate with Marketing, Education, and Interpretation staff on materials and signage related to programs and exhibitions
  • Write and compile program descriptions for marketing purposes
  • May serve as manager in charge on occasional weekends
  • Assist with other garden wide initiatives


  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, the Arts, Museum Studies, Environmental Studies, or related fields
  • Five or more years of professional experience creating public programs +/or education programs
  • Event planning and execution experience
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills
  • Have great attention to detail, highly organized with effective project management and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others in other departments
  • Previous experience managing a budget, tracking revenue and expenses, and running reports
  • Public garden/museum/gardening/environmental topics experience/knowledge a plus
  • Bilingual language skills a plus (especially Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, or Korean)
  • Demonstrated ability to create and implement systems
  • Artistic, building, and/or decorating skills a plus
  • Commitment to DEIA values and practices

Additional Information

Schedule: This is a full-time, exempt position with benefits, including excellent medical, vision, dental and life insurance, generous PTO, paid holidays, employee discounts, pension and other retirement savings plans. Some onsite work is required, but the option for a hybrid work schedule is available. The schedule for this position often includes weekend days and occasional evenings when key programming takes place.

Salary range: $60,000 – $66,000

For consideration, please submit your resume, cover letter, and any relevant documents via our Career Center. If you encounter difficulties with uploading documents to the portal, please send via email to

Health & Safety: proof of full Covid-19 vaccination required for employment.

Queens Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). The Garden does not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, gender expression, mental illness, socioeconomic status or background, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, predisposing genetic characteristic, immigration status, or any other legally protected status. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact Human Resources via email, phone 718-886-3800 x 203.

Contact Information

Queens Botanical Garden
Contact Name: Human Resources
Phone: 7188863800
Website: Apply Online