Randalls Island Park Alliance

Seasonal Gardener 2013

In What's in Bloom on January 10, 2013 at 3:38 pm


Horticulture Department Randall’s Island Park

Employer:  Randall’s Island Park Alliance

Job Description: Season: March 1 – November 30, 2013

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
  • Drug testing and background check required before employment finalized
  • Some weekends required

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 Park Alliance 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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