Randalls Island Park Alliance


In What's in Bloom on February 10, 2012 at 7:52 pm

By Phyllis Odessey

GARDENER WANTED:  If you want the opportunity to work in a variety of gardens; each with a different plant palette, consider Randall’s Island.  We have 3/4 mile long perennial and ornamental garden planted in a drift style, a rock garden featuring alpine plants, 2 wildflower meadows composed of native species and various smaller gardens with different features.

About Us:
The Randall’s Island Sports Foundation, Inc. (RISF) is a nonprofit organization that, in conjunction with City leadership, works to realize the island’s unique potential by developing sports and recreational facilities, restoring its vast natural environment, reclaiming and maintaining parkland, and sponsoring programs for the children of New York City. For more information about RISF, its mission, and its programs, please visit www.randallsisland.org.

Job Description:
Season: March 1 – November 30, 2012
Hours of work: 7:00 am – 3:30 pm (some weekends and overtime may be required)
Salary: According to experience and qualifications
Reports to: Director of Horticulture and Horticulture Manager

Responsibilities include:

  • Planting, preparation and maintenance of the gardens on Randall’s Island including, but not limited to The White Garden, The Waterfront Garden, The Wildflower Meadows, The Learning Garden, The Rock Garden and small traffic islands
  • Primary responsibilities include: soil cultivation, digging, mulching, watering, raking, weeding, edging, pruning, seed sowing, bed preparation, and planting
  • Use small hand tools and basic light machinery such as a leaf blower
  • Ensures all equipment is secure and well maintained
  • Assists with educational activities in The Learning Garden
  • Performs duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multi-generational families and in accordance with directed practices and procedures
  • Familiar with trees and shrubs of the Northeastern United States


  • Strong gardening skills, including familiarity with organic seeds and seed propagation
  • Demonstrated ability of hardy pant care appropriate to the region
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Willing to work in all types of weather, under strenuous conditions
  • Team player, creative and organized
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work both alone and in groups
  • Enthusiastic, work to high standards and ability to take direction
  • Strong work ethic

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

  • BA in Public Horticulture, Agriculture or related fields or equivalent horticulture certificate/course work or 3 years hands-on experience in horticulture, preferable at an organic or chemical-free farm
  • Knowledgeable about hand tools and small machinery a plus
  • Drivers license preferred
  • Pesticide license a plus
  • Knowledge of composting a plus
  • Knowledge of propagation a plus
  • Basic carpentry skills a plus

Please email resume and cover letter to: phyllis.odessey@parks.nyc.gov

No phone calls please.

Randall’s Island Sports Foundation, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, US Veteran status, or any other factor protected by law. Applicants must successfully complete a drug screen and background check prior to hire.


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