Seasonal Assistant Gardener (Bronx and Manhattan Gardens)

Industry: Not-for-Profit – Environmental
Department: Operations
Reports to: Zone Gardener, Bronx and Manhattan Gardens
Posted date: February 6, 2024
Start date: March 4, 2024
End date: November 21, 2024
Schedule: Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Reporting Location: Sherman Creek Center, 3725 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10034
Classification: Non-exempt
Salary: $22.00/hr

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 Seasonal Assistant Gardener will assist the Bronx & Manhattan Zone Gardener in the general maintenance of the Community Gardens that NYRP owns and operates in the Bronx and Manhattan area. The Seasonal 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] or standard mail to 254 W. 31st Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

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

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