2020 Nursery Fellow (Volunteer)

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Gowanus Canal Conservancy

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Gowanus Canal Conservancy (GCC) is a community-based non-profit organization that serves as the environmental steward for the Gowanus Canal Watershed.

GCC manages a native plant nursery, where we grow an array of urban-adapted native plants for sale and for planting projects in Gowanus. Volunteers and students are integral to nursery operations, providing direct plant care, propagation, and ongoing research. We are looking for a nursery fellow who enjoys working with people of all ages to conduct propagation, stewardship, and tracking in our native plant nursery for the 2020 season. The flexible hours make this a good opportunity for a student, retiree, or someone looking to learn more about native plants, horticulture or nursery production.

Scope of Work

  • Nursery Work
    • Conduct propagation, potting up, weeding, and occasional watering. Keep plants labeled and organized.
    • If schedule allows, help plan and assist with stewardship activities during Tuesday and Thursday morning school events for elementary school students. Activities may include potting up, plant propagation, seed sowing, and creating soil mixes
  • Nursery Sales - Assist with 6 weekend plant sales to be scheduled during spring and fall planting season and limited seasonal weekday open hours, to be coordinated with the Fellow’s schedule
  • Administration
    • Conduct updates to the inventory database and online store
    • Attend team meetings, to be coordinated
  • Research - Develop potential research or planning project based on personal interests

To Apply

Please send cover letter and CV to horticulture@gowanuscanalconservancy.org

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About Gowanus Canal Conservancy


543 Union St, Suite 1E, BROOKLYN, NY 11215, US

Mission Statement

Gowanus Canal Conservancy advocates and cares for ecologically sustainable parks and public spaces in the Gowanus lowlands while empowering a community of stewards. We envision a Gowanus Canal and surrounding urban environment that is clean, resilient, diverse and alive.


Gowanus Canal Conservancy is dedicated to facilitating the development of a resilient, vibrant, open space network centered on the Gowanus Canal through activating and empowering community stewardship of the Gowanus Watershed. Since 2006, we have served as the environmental steward for the neighborhood through leading grassroots volunteer projects; educating students on environmental issues; and working with agencies, elected officials, and the community to advocate for, build, and maintain innovative green infrastructure around the Gowanus Canal.


We'll work with your schedule.


2 Second AvenueBrooklyn, NY 11215



  • Habitat Restoration
  • Environmental Education
  • Administrative Support
  • Data Entry
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture




  • Orientation or Training
  • Feb - Nov 2020, with possibility to extend. Flexible start date 8-16 hours/wk with possibility of more hours, flexible schedule. Ideally the candidate is available for Tues and Thurs school events in the Spring (typically 9a-12p).
  • Working knowledge of NYC native plants Organizational and computer skills Some leadership or teaching experience Experience with plant propagation desired but not necessary

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