Seasonal Education Horticulture Assistant

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Start Date: 03/13/2023  Compensation: $22/hour

Position Title:   Seasonal Education Horticulture Assistant 
Department:      Education
Reports to:        Children’s Garden Coordinators 
FLSA Status:     Part-time Seasonal, Nonexempt
Compensation $22 per hour 
The Education Horticulture Assistant performs gardening, watering, mowing, pest management, and related work to support programs and gardens under BBG Education. The Education Horticulture Assistant completes gardening tasks in two education spaces: the Children’s Garden and the Education Greenhouse. 


  • Position runs from March 15 through November 15, 2023.
  • Saturdays through Wednesdays, 35 hours per week
  • Schedule: 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m., 7 hours per day (some flexibility on certain days)

    To be considered for this position, please submit an application by clicking Apply below.Applications submitted without a résumé and cover letter will not be considered.

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Education Greenhouse 

  • Water on weekends.
  • Assist with seedling starting and stepping up for Education programs as needed.
  • Perform occasional horticultural tasks, assist with integrated pest management (IPM) in Education Greenhouse as needed.

Children’s Garden 

  • Mow and maintain grass pathways and lawns in Children’s Garden.
  • Assist Children’s Garden coordinators with various gardening tasks including weeding, mulching, planting, bed preparation, pruning, composting, etc.
  • Water field, planters, and seedlings as needed.
  • Assist with IPM as needed.

Work Environment:

  • The Children’s Garden is a space where children 2 to 17 years old can plant their own crops and flowers and harvest them under the guidance of garden instructors. The space is a large outdoor field with garden beds, raised beds, and compost bin surrounded by grass paths.
  • The Education Greenhouse space consists of three sections roughly representing and containing desert, temperate, and tropical plant collections. Although it is an indoor collection, during the year the space may be quite chilly or hot.
  • Some weekend days will be worked independently.


  • Experience and/or education in horticulture or gardening
  • Pest identification skills and knowledge of control methods
  • Ability to perform physical labor and work outdoors in various weather conditions
  • Ability to work both unsupervised and in tandem with colleagues
  • Effective oral communication skills
  • Must be able to lift and carry potted plants and equipment

Additional Information

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. 
Brooklyn Botanic Garden requires all employees to be vaccinated and therefore, new hires must provide proof of vaccination prior to their first day of employment. If you believe that you may have an exemption from the vaccine mandate by federal or state law, please contact HR. Benefits

  • BBG offers certain benefits to part-time employees including:
    1. Up to 56 hours of sick leave
    2. Short-term disability/New York Paid Family Leave
  • As a 501(c)3, BBG is a Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Eligible Employer
  • Museum Pass which provides employees the opportunity to enter many museums in New York City for free

Contact Information

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Website: Apply Online