Seasonal Groundskeeper

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Title: Seasonal Groundskeeper (5)
Job Type: Full-time; Seasonal; 40 hours per week; weekends and overtime when required; Non-Exempt
Pay Range: $18.00/hour (First Year)
Duration: March 7 - November 19, 2021
Work Location: Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY 10035

The Seasonal Groundskeeper will report to the Director of Grounds and the Horticulture Manager and will work with other members of the Horticulture crew to maintain existing gardens and green streets at Randall’s Island Park. The Seasonal Groundskeeper will be required to work on-site and primarily outdoors. This position will also work closely with and take occasional direction from year-round and seasonal Horticulturists on specific, assigned gardens. The Seasonal Groundskeeper will assist in preparing for special events, as needed, and will be dedicated to applying sustainable horticulture practices to benefit our park patrons and neighboring communities.


  • Work with the Randall’s Island Horticulture crew to assist in horticultural activities, general landscaping general maintenance work, including mowing, digging, mulching, watering, raking, weeding, edging, pruning, seed sowing, bed preparation, planting, and caring for existing gardens.
  • Operate hand tools and basic power machinery, including hedge trimmers, weed whackers, and leaf blowers.
  • Ensure all equipment is secured and well-maintained.
  • General clean-up of garden beds and paths, clean-up litter.
  • Assist other departments when, needed.
  • Perform other general tasks as assigned.

This job description is not an exclusive or exhaustive list of all job functions that an employee in this position may be asked to perform from time to time.


  • Ability to use light power equipment and hand tools
  • Basic gardening skills and familiarity with gardening tools
  • Willing to work outdoors in all types of weather, under strenuous conditions
  • Willing and able to learn how to maintain and create containers for visual display
  • Ability to perform physical labor; must be able to lift up to 50lbs
  • Ability to collaborate and create positive working relationships
  • Ability to shift priorities and focus, when needed
  • Motivated and punctual, able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Detail-oriented, with considerable attention to order and cleanliness throughout the park
  • Flexibility to work overtime and weekends
  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination


  • 1+ years hands-on experience in landscaping/horticulture
  • Coursework in Horticulture, Agriculture, or related fields
  • Interest in horticulture and the environment
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Good communication skills
  • Valid Driver License

The Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we believe in a diverse and an inclusive workspace and environment.

RIPA maintains confidentiality of all applications and therefore will never contact a present employer without prior consent from the applicant.

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Randall's Island Park Alliance
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