Seasonal Gardener

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The High Line is both a nonprofit organization and a public park on the West Side of Manhattan. Through our work with communities on and off the High Line, we’re devoted to reimagining public spaces to create connected, healthy neighborhoods and cities. Built on a historic, elevated rail line, the High Line was always intended to be more than a park. You can walk through the gardens, view art, experience a performance, enjoy food or beverage, or connect with friends and neighbors—all while enjoying a unique perspective of New York City. Nearly 100% of our annual budget comes through donations. The High Line is owned by the City of New York and we operate under a license agreement with NYC Parks.

Job description
The seasonal gardener is a full-time, non-exempt, temporary position at the High Line and an integral part of the park operations team. Under the general supervision of the director of horticulture, the seasonal gardener plays an important role in maintaining the park and plantings during the spring and summer seasons (ASAP – September).


Working interactively with a team of gardeners, volunteers, and other park operations staff, the seasonal gardener responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Assist zone gardeners and horticulture supervisors in the care of diverse plantings of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, grasses, and bulbs
  • Hand-water and monitor irrigation of plantings
  • Perform seasonal landscape work including planting, pruning, clean-up, bulb planting, dividing and transplanting, and leaf removal
  • Scout for plant pests and diseases and report findings to the designated horticulture supervisor
  • Keep plant beds free of debris and litter to uphold park visual standards
  • Stage equipment, supplies, and materials for daily horticulture operations
  • Participate in snow and ice removal as needed
  • Maintain personal tools and equipment
  • Perform other tasks as assigned


  • Ability to walk, reach, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and regularly lift and/or move 50 lbs with proper tools
  • Ability to operate electric equipment, and power and hand tools with training
  • Ability to properly use appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required for various horticultural tasks
  • Ability to report on time at an assigned location in the park
  • Ability to work overtime, weekends, and holidays as needed
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions, sometimes for extended periods of time


  • One year of paid, full-time work experience in horticultural operations or maintenance
  • Detail-oriented, with considerable attention to visual standards and cleanliness
  • Willingness to work as part of a team or alone in all weather conditions
  • Ability to maintain focus in a dynamic outdoor work environment and communicate clearly and succinctly with park staff
  • Willingness to act as an ambassador for the High Line, answering questions for park visitors about horticulture and general park information in a professional, courteous manner

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience working with volunteers and youth preferred

Additional Information

Contact Information

Friends of the High Line
Website: Apply Online