Children's Garden Volunteer


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


43-50 Main StreetFlushing, NY 11355


Volunteers must be able to commit to at least 15 hours/week, April-October. To apply, send cover letter and resume to

Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship.

Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) is a private non-profit cultural institution located on 39 acres of New York City owned land. QBG serves over 241,000 visitors each year and strives to keep programs accessible to all audiences. The majority of visitors to the Garden (75%) speak a language other than English at home. The Garden has committed itself to addressing the complex and ever changing needs of its diverse community and to being the place where people, plants, and cultures meet.

The Children’s Garden is seeking a dedicated volunteer who will work closely with the Education Coordinator to maintain the Children’s Garden and surrounding areas. Looking for an applicant is who committed to the beautification and maintenance of the Children’s Garden for the entire 2018 growing season, and possibly beyond.


  • General garden maintenance including weeding, mulching, pruning, raking, watering, mowing, weed whacking, transplanting, and propagation
  • Working with Education Coordinator to care for and maintain the Children’s Garden and surrounding areas
  • Providing support for the general operations of the Education Department and Children’s Garden program, including special events
  • Commitment to being present and punctual on work days
  • Potential to supervise horticulture interns at various times throughout the year

Desired qualifications:

  • General knowledge of basic gardening skills
  • Willingness to learn how to care for a space primarily used by children
  • Interest in organic practices of vegetable, fruit, and flower production
  • Comfortable working independently and taking direction
  • Experience supervising others and delegating tasks
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all weather
  • Ability to bend, stand, kneel, or crouch for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift 10 pounds, push a wheel barrow, and use basic hand tools such as a trowel, shovel, or rake

What’s in it for you:

  • Hands-on education and experience in organic growing practices
  • Potential to assist in children’s programs
  • Potential to mentor and work with interns
  • Experience a specially designed garden inaccessible to the public
  • Free admission and parking on any day you volunteer and passes for friends & family
  • 25% discount in the QBG gift shop
  • 10% discount on educational workshops and public programs

Minimum seasonal commitment from April - October.

Minimum weekly commitment of 15 hours, flexible schedule.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to


  • Child Development
  • Child Care
  • Environmental Education
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Environmental Science

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 16
  • April – October, 15 hrs per week
  • Ability to bend, stand, kneel, or crouch for long periods of time. Ability to lift 10 pounds.

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