Children's Garden Intern


Cause Areas


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


43-50 Main StreetFlushing, NY 11355


Minimum age to apply is 15. This is an unpaid internship. Applicants must be able to commit to one or more of the position schedules listed below. To apply please put "Children’s Garden Intern" in the subject line and send cover letter and resume to No calls please.

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.

QBG’s Gardening Programs for Kids bring together youngsters ages 2 to 14 from around New York City to enjoy seasonal, hands-on learning and gardening experiences year-round. Our young gardeners explore concepts of ecological balance, sustainability, and conservation as they learn how to prepare soil, select seeds and plants, and care for and later harvest their own vegetables, flowers, and herbs that they turn into nutritious and delicious snacks in the classroom. We explore these concepts at age-appropriate levels within each of the three programs offered. We strive to create an immersive experience in all its programs- a blend of structured and freeform exploration designed to provide children the supports they need to express their natural curiosity.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with children and facilitating lessons during spring, summer and fall programs
  • Assist instructors to prepare materials, help children with various activities, and clean up from programs

Ideal candidates will:

  • Have experience working with children
  • Have an enthusiastic and energetic attitude
  • Be pursuing studies in education, botany, environmental studies or related field
  • Be knowledgeable of basic small-scale vegetable gardening
  • Be able to work some evenings, and weekends, as mentioned below
  • Be self-motivated with the ability to work both alone and in groups

Dates and Times:
There are several positions available, and any or all of the following listed can be combined, depending on openings. Ideally, these candidates will be available for the following schedule:

  • Spring program: Saturday afternoons from April through June, possible Thursdays and Sunday mornings
  • Summer training (required for Summer Program): June 26-30th
  • Summer program: 20-40 hours per week for 7 weeks (July-August)
  • Fall: Five Saturdays in September and October, possible Thursday and Sunday mornings

Minimum age to apply is 15. This is an unpaid internship. To apply please put "Children’s Garden Assistant Volunteer" in the subject line and send cover letter and resume to No calls please.


  • Child Development
  • Child Care
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • General Education

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Requirements & Commitment

  • 20-40 hours per week

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