Assistant Gardener (Brooklyn Community Gardens)

Industry: Not‐for‐Profit – Environmental
Department: Operations
Reports to: Brooklyn Zone Gardener
Date posted: May 19, 2021
Salary: $20.00/hr.
Start date: June 1, 2021
End date: November 24, 2021
Schedule: 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday—Thursday (occasional weekend days as needed)
Reporting location: 255 Liberty Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207
Classification: Non-Exempt

NYRP improves, maintains, and programs open spaces in communities lacking adequate resources. Working on public and private land citywide, NYRP’s flexible approach to land management serves as a model for non-profit municipal engagement. Together with partners in city agencies, non-profit organizations, and local communities, NYRP demonstrates the social and environmental value of building ownership over open spaces.

The Assistant Gardener will assist the Brooklyn Zone Gardener in the general maintenance of the Community Gardens that NYRP owns and operates in the Brooklyn and Queens area. The Assistant Gardener will join an experienced operations team that works toward a more equitable and sustainable urban landscape, through garden maintenance, restoration, and public engagement. Ideal candidates will demonstrate a strong work ethic, an interest in sustainable management practices, comfort interacting with the public and enthusiasm for NYRP’s mission.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Garden, sidewalk and lawn maintenance;
  • Plant installation and maintenance;
  • Delivery of materials for community gardeners;
  • Litter removal;
  • Graffiti removal and painting;
  • Light repair and maintenance of garden infrastructure;
  • Safe operation of tools, vehicles, and equipment;
  • Interact with staff and the public in a courteous manner;
  • Lead groups of volunteers;
  • Demonstrate efficiencies in time management and project completion;
  • Assist in executing greening projects throughout the city.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Experience in one of the following fields: horticulture, groundskeeping, landscaping, or environmental restoration;
  • Valid and clean NY State driver’s license;
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions;
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs;
  • Must be a team-player, willing to collaborate on any and all tasks required for maintaining the highest standards of landscape management and operations.


Interested individuals are encouraged to send a cover letter and resume by email to [email protected]

NYRP is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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