Seasonal Gardener (Gardener I)
Randall's Island Park Alliance - New York, NY

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Seasonal Gardener (Gardener I)

Horticulture Department Randall's Island Park

About Us:

The Randall's Island Park Alliance, Inc. (RIPA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works with the City of New York and local communities to provide an innovative and exciting destination through a wide range of sports venues, cultural events and environmental exploration. As the dedicated steward of Randall's Island Park, the Alliance sustains, maintains, develops and programs the Park to support the wellbeing of all New Yorkers. For more information about RIPA, its mission, and its programs, please visit .

Job Description:

Season: March 4 – November 29, 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
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
  • 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