Seasonal Gardener

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Start Date: 07/17/2023  Compensation: 09/01/2023

Working on the Horticulture team for the 2023 Summer Season, the Seasonal Gardener will be responsible for the daily horticultural management of park landscapes. Ideal candidates are passionate about native plants, ecology, and public horticulture and excited to work on a diverse and productive team.


  • Caring for thousands of newly planted trees, shrubs, perennials, and grasses;
  • Planting and transplanting herbaceous plants and small trees;
  • Understory tree and shrub pruning and maintenance;
  • Integrated Pest Management;
  • Maintenance of all essential equipment;
  • Weeding, brush clearing, and mulching;
  • Debris and trash removal;
  • Composting and compost facility maintenance;
  • Research, data collection, and horticultural database maintenance;
  • Interacting with park patrons in a professional manner as a representative of BBP;
  • Leading volunteer groups and training long-term Zone Volunteers;
  • Conducting educational workshops and tours for the public;
  • Provide support to other members of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Operations Staff on a variety of tasks from maintenance work to gardening;
  • Perform other duties as required in the scope of the job and as designated by Operations Management.


  • One season of horticulture experience or a degree in horticulture and/or related field;
  • Familiar with gardening practices including planting, weed identification, and irrigation;
  • Passionate about native plants, ecology, and public horticulture;
  • Experience with various landscape maintenance equipment;
  • Ability to perform heavy, physical labor (lift 40 lbs) on a daily basis in all weather conditions;
  • Hardworking, energetic, self-motivated, and dedicated to the details;
  • Strong communication skills and basic computer knowledge;
  • Ability to work overtime, weekends, and holidays as needed;
  • Comfortable working independently or with a team and outside in a park-setting;
  • Valid NYS Driver License.

We believe that BBP is a park for all people. We take pride in our ability to provide the community with a beautiful, functional, clean, and safe green space. Internally, we strive to provide a work environment where employees feel supported, respected, and a sense of belonging.
Our staff are experts on everything from horticulture to community engagement to park operations and events. The work environment is welcoming, with hardworking and diverse staff who are dedicated to building, beautifying, and maintaining the park.
We offer benefits like affordable healthcare, retirement plans, tuition reimbursement, and prioritize the importance of work-life balance.


  • You strive to be inclusive and collaborative. At BBP, we recognize that doing our best work means working together. We have each other’s back – and are helpful, humble, and open.
  • You are committed. At BBP, we approach our work with integrity, positivity, and pride. We are committed to the public, the park and each other.
  • You are a problem-solver. At BBP, we prioritize learning, evolving and building creative solutions to ensure the Park remains a leader in sustainable green space for generations to come.
  • You value people and the environment. At BBP, respect is important to us. We strive to trust each other, act with good intention and communicate with openness.

Director of Horticulture

Additional Information

This is a full-time, 40 hour per week, non-exempt position. Seasonal Gardeners are paid $23.04/hr and receive health benefits and paid time-off. Typical hours are 7AM-3:30PM, but change with seasons. Staff members holding this position should expect to be available for work one weekend day.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Use “Seasonal Gardener” as your subject line.

Contact Information

Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation
Contact Name: Dana Glass