Seasonal Landscaper

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The Landscaper is a full-time, year-round employee of the Trust for Governors Island. Reporting to the Trust’s Senior Landscape Manager and/or Lead Landscaper, the Landscaper will work with a broader team of landscapers to care for and maintain the Island’s diverse grounds and lawns.

TO APPLY Please send a cover letter and resume as a single PDF document to with “Landscaper” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

The Trust for Governors Island does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, genetic information, marital status, membership in an employee organization, military service, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, sexual and other reproductive health decisions, or other non-merit factor.

ABOUT THE TRUST FOR GOVERNORS ISLAND The Trust for Governors Island (Trust) is nonprofit corporation created by the City of New York. It is responsible for the redevelopment and operation of 150 acres of Governors Island. The Trust’s mission is to realize the full potential of Governors Island, demonstrating a bold vision for public space. For more information, visit


  • Lawn maintenance including mowing, string trimming, aeration, seeding, fertilization, top-dressing, irrigation maintenance and repair as well as seasonal turf installation and restoration.
  • Grounds maintenance including installation or transplanting shrubs and tree, ground based pruning, weeding, watering, raking, mulching, soil blending, clearing debris from paths and roadways, collection of leaves, snow removal, set up and take down of landscape fencing.
  • Athletic Field maintenance including grooming clay infields, striping of playing field lines, relocation and set up of goals and bleachers.
  • Monitoring sports turf for diseases, insects and invasive weeds, supporting the Landscape Manager with Integrated Pest Management program, aeration, top dressing, over-seeding and fertilization.
  • Routine maintenance of tools and equipment as directed.
  • Removing trash and debris
  • from the landscapes, report any unsafe conditions to facilities.
  • Daily inspection of grounds and reporting issues related to plant and turf health, pavement defects, vandalism and site safety issues.
  • Loading and unloading plant material and supplies onto and from transportation vehicles.
  • Maintain landscape back-of-house, including transport of bulk materials, inventory and maintenance of tools and equipment, daily inspection and cleaning of equipment.
  • Work as part of storm response teams to clear island roads, paths and landscapes.



  • High School or GED


  • 1+ years of experience or a combination of experience and formal education to demonstrate proficiency in maintenance of grounds, lawns and landscapes.
  • Experience with all types of grounds maintenance equipment including mowers, trimmers, aerators, slit seeders, spreaders, screeners, rollers, hedge trimmers, chainsaws, blowers, rototillers, landscape tractors and skid steers.

  • Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to perform heavy, physical labor on a daily basis, to walk, reach, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and regularly lift and/or move 75 lbs with proper tools.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication (oral and written), organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • High level of personal accountability, self-organization, autonomy and discipline.
  • Ability to work with people at all levels with an open and engaging personality.
  • Ability to be flexible and make sound professional judgments.
  • Ability to work in adverse weather conditions.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule of days, evenings, weekends, long shifts and holiday shifts.

Additional Information

Contact Information

The Trust for Governors Island
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