Seasonal Horticulture / Turfcare Associate (PT)

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Start Date: April 1, 2023  Compensation: $24.00- $27.00/ hour

Madison Square Park Conservancy is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect, nurture and enhance Madison Square Park, a dynamic 6.2-acre public green space, creating an environment that fosters moments of inspiration. The Conservancy is committed to engaging the community through its beautiful gardens, inviting amenities, and world-class programming.

Reporting to the Horticulture Manager, the Seasonal Horticulture and Turfcare Associate is responsible for the care and maintenance of park lawns, street plantings and containers.

Organizational Structure

  • Seasonal Horticulture and Turfcare Associate reports directly to the Horticulture Manager
  • Direct reports to this position: None


  • Horticulture
    • Installation of 62 container plantings
    • Care of perimeter street plantings, temporary installations, container plantings, and Worth Square to industry standards including:
      • Operation of watering tools
      • Weed removal and identification
      • Application of fertilizer and supplements
      • Pruning 
      • Litter and debris removal
    • Interpretation of botanical and horticulture subjects to the general public.
  • Turf care
    • Care of turf areas to industry standards including:
      • Operation of irrigation systems
      • Weed removal and identification
      • Application of fertilizer and supplements
      • Operation of heavy equipment such as lawnmowers, string trimmers, aerators, and overseeders 
      • Litter and debris removal
  • Administration
    • Maintain daily records, including detailed documentation of plantings, fertilizer rates and maintenance.
    • Respond to emails, Slack, radio inquiries, and requests in a timely and appropriate fashion
    • Timely shares of turf and irrigation damage with supervision to develop care plan response


  • Relevant field experience, certificate programs, internships, and volunteer experience in horticulture and turf grass care.
  • Knowledge of and passion for public horticulture
  • Must be able to repeatedly lift up to 50 lbs and walk long distances
  • Ability to multi-task and handle competing priorities
  • Knowledge of technology, including Google suite, Slack, and Zoom
  • Highly detail-oriented, field problem solvers who can adapt to changing priorities and new opportunities
  • Ability to perform physically strenuous work in various weather conditions alone and in a team environment

Additional Information

Compensation and Schedule 
Salary range is $24.00 - $27.00 per hour based on experience. 22 hours per week, April 1, 2023 – October 1, 2023.
Benefits include: Sick Days, Personal Day, commuter benefits, work phone provided 

  • Flexible Schedules required for training, events, and weather conditions.
  • Typical schedule will include early morning hours dependent on candidate availability.

Application instructions

To apply, please submit via email attachment a cover letter and resume including names and complete contact information for three references to

Please be aware that Madison Square Park Conservancy has required Covid 19 vaccination for all employees. The organization will consider accommodations for disability and religious-based reasons. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Madison Square Park Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity (“EEO”) laws.

The Conservancy prohibits discrimination against applicants for employment because of the individual’s race or color, religion or creed, alienage or citizenship status, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, domestic partnership status, genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, arrest or pre-employment conviction record or any other characteristic protected by law.  


Contact Information

Madison Square Park Conservancy