Seasonal Compost Education Assistant

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Start Date: 10/11/2022  Compensation: 20/hr

Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs, and demonstrations of environmental stewardship.

The Compost Education Assistant will be part of a small and passionate team, responsible for prepping, planning and leading for educational programming. The Compost Education Assistant reports to the Compost Project Manager. This person must be able to track all their activities and efforts and submit data to the Project Manager in pre-defined quantitative or narrative format as needed. We are looking for an enthusiastic, detailed oriented, and fun individual who is passionate about sustainability and interested in teaching.


  • Lead and document weekly compost volunteering events and monthly tours of the QBG compost site
  • Support with planning, prepping materials, and co-teaching educational offerings on a range of composting topics to a wide variety of audiences based on program goals and direction of the Project Manager
  • Support with several larger public events yearly (i.e. Pumpkin Smash, Leaf raking events, outreach tabling, compost give back, etc.) and carry out strategic outreach to reach new communities
  • Maintain supply of educational and outreach materials provided by BRS and Queens Botanical Garden
  • Maintain bins, signage, and active compost vessels at QBG’s compost demonstration site
  • Support the NYCCP hosted by QBG team as needed and/or directed by the Project Manager


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Experience teaching
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills (inclusive of Excel, MS Word, Outlook, and Google forms)
  • Comfortable interacting with the public
  • Foundation in the basic science of composting and a strong interest in learning and teaching best practices in urban composting
  • Strong public speaking skills; able to lead workshops, trainings, and presentations in an informal setting with a large group of volunteers
  • Good sense of humor, flexibility, and openness to learning
  • Experience with gardening and/or woodworking is a plus
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license

Additional Information

This is a part-time seasonal position. Positions are available for up to 28 hours per week from mid-October through mid-April. This position is generally Sunday through Wednesday, with flexibility for change depending on program needs. 

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

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.

Contact Information

Queens Botanical Garden
Contact Name: Human Resources
Phone: 718-886-3800 203
Website: Apply Online