Seasonal Horticulture Internship

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Start Date: 5/1/2023  Compensation: $16/hr

The Horticulture Department seeks individuals with an interest in public horticulture to assist with gardening work during the 2023 growing season. Under the supervision of QBG horticulture staff, interns will learn through hands on experience all aspects of maintaining a public garden, such as planting, weeding, watering, grooming and mulching in all weather conditions. Interns will be expected to work with volunteers who may come to us as individuals or as part of a group. During the months of July and August interns must be available to supervise a small group of teens as part of the City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).

This internship is ideal for someone making progress towards a degree or certificate in horticulture, conservation studies, botanical or environmental education.


In addition to assisting with gardening work for QBG as a whole, interns will have the opportunity to assist with the following based on their training and interests:

  • Serving as Helen & Martin Kaltman Interns—caring for our Fragrance Walk.
  • Assisting in the care of Herb garden and Wedding garden displays.
  • Assisting with the care and beautification of our sustainably landscaped Parking Garden.


  • A high school diploma or GED and at least 3 months paid, volunteer, home or school gardening experience
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in all sorts of weather; work includes kneeling, bending, stooping, and reaching; ability to lift 40 pounds
  • Willingness to learn about use of tools and equipment.
  • Good interpersonal skills; second language a plus.

Additional Information

Schedule: This is a part-time seasonal position. Positions are available for up to 28 hours per week from May through August.  A flexible schedule may be worked out to accommodate school or other needs.

Compensation is $16/hour.

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

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 via email, phone 718-886-3800 x 203.

Contact Information

Queens Botanical Garden
Contact Name: Human Resources
Phone: 7188863800
Website: Apply Online