Zone Gardener, Riverside Park South

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Compensation: $20-23 per hour

Riverside Park Conservancy is the non-profit conservancy that supports the New York City Parks Department in the care and restoration of Riverside Park, one of New York’s flagship parks and a registered Scenic Landmark.

Riverside Park South is an award winning waterfront park running from West 59th Street to West 72nd Street on the Hudson River waterfront. Designed by landscape architect Thomas Balsley Associates, the first section of this 6 phase park was completed in 2001 and the park has rapidly become not just a popular neighborhood park but a destination park. The design includes curvilinear decked walkways which wind through massed expansive plantings of ornamental grasses and native grasses interspersed with open lawns framed by oaks and river birches.


  • Maintain and advance horticultural/ garden areas according to Parks Department standards and Conservancy priorities. Work to include pruning, shearing, mulching, weeding and string trimming.
  • Identify plants and their maintenance needs: in particular ornamental and native grasses.
  • Care for and assist with the ongoing development of hillside pollinator meadow.
  • Care for assigned gardens and landscape areas, adhering to and sustaining approved planting plans on appropriate seasonal schedule.
  • Monitor irrigation system.
  • Lead groups of volunteers. Be comfortable talking in front of a group and giving clear direction. Instruct volunteers in proper techniques, a successful project outcome, and the care and use of tools.
  • As required, keep simple records. May supervise other staff as directed.
  • Collect and remove trash and debris; sweep paths and stairs; install and maintain temporary fencing; remove snow and ice; operate and properly maintain tools and equipment.
  • Must have strong time management and communication skills.
  • Must be able to use basic power tools such as leaf blowers, string trimmers and shears.
  • Perform other assigned duties


  • 1) One year full time experience in horticultural work, including planting and caring for plants, shrubs, trees, and lawns, and general grounds keeping as described above, including work with volunteers or
  • 2) 30 credits, at least 15 of them in horticulture or a related field, from an accredited college or community college
  • Experience working in a pollinator meadow environment is a plus.
  • Must have a valid New York State driver’s license. Must be able to lift 40 pounds. Must be available to work weekends. Must be able to provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19.

Additional Information

To apply submit resume and cover letter to
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Paid time off

Contact Information

Riverside Park Conservancy