• Assist with all aspects of greenhouse plant production: weeding, watering, fertilizing; moving and pulling of stock to fill orders.
• Assist in nursery yard maintenance involving identifying and controlling invasive species, removing debris and trash, weed
whacking, mowing lawn areas, maintenance of hoop houses and irrigation systems.
• Assist in the transplanting and step up of nursery and greenhouse starter materials; preparation of soil mixes and potting
• Assist with preparation, maintenance, harvesting and cleaning of foundation seed plots. Assist with wild seed collections
making off-site visits to natural areas- recognize species, determine seed maturity and follow all protocols.
• Assist in and perform tasks involved in the operation and care of hand and power tools and equipment. Make necessary
operating adjustments to same; report needs for repairs and replacements to supervisor.
• Drive vehicles and operate other motorized equipment including mowers, tractors, and 2-cycle equipment hedge-trimmers.
• Enter field work information into spreadsheets or web-based databases in a timely manner after work is completed.
• Interact with staff and the public in a courteous and professional manner.
• Perform inventory and record keeping, research and implementation of best practices in a growing program to promote the use
of seed for restoration
1. One year of full-time experience in gardening work, including experience in each of the following planting, cultivating and caring for trees,
plants shrubs and lawns; or
2. A certificate from a horticulture or botanic program containing college-level courses, such as programs offered by the New York Botanical
Garden, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, etc.; or
3. A satisfactory combination of education and/or experience that is equivalent to ʺ1ʺ above. Thirty semester credits from an accredited
college, at least fifteen of which must be in horticulture, agriculture, agronomy, plant pathology, botany, landscape design or architecture,
entomology, forestry, floriculture, plant production and/or crop management, may be substituted for the one year of the work experience
described in ʺ1ʺ above.
A motor vehicle driver license valid in the State of New York. This license must be maintained for the duration of
1. Ability to drive to locations in all five boroughs.
2. Familiarity with both native and invasive plant species of the northeastern United States.
3. Willing to learn identification of plant species in production and discern which are weeds and which are not.
4. Experience with operation and basic maintenance of farm machinery including tractors, implements, and seed cleaning machines
5. Familiarity with agricultural best practices for small-scale organic production of seed crops
6. Ability to work outside and perform physical labor with little supervision.
Residency in New York City, Nassau, Orange, Rockland, Suffolk, Putnam or Westchester counties required for employees with over
two years of city service. New York City residency required for all other candidates within 90 days of hire.
Fees: Hired candidates will be subject to a processing fee of $68.00. Hired candidates who are not currently employed by the
City will be subject to an $88.25 background check fee.
Vaccination Requirement: As of August 2, 2021, all new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted
a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered city employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire,
unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by the hiring agency.
HOW TO APPLY: Email resume and cover letter to: Rachel.Chaiken@parks.nyc.gov or mail to:
Rachel Chaiken, NYC Parks-Greenbelt Native Plant Center
3808 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314
Parks & City Employees: Include your ERN on your cover letter and resume. All candidates please indicate which
position you are applying for.
POST DATE: 08/20/21 POST UNTIL: FILLED