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Category: Horticulture

Friends of the High Line
New York, NY

Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013





Friends of the High Line (FHL) is the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation’s non-profit partner working to ensure the park on the High Line is maintained as a great public place for all New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing the maintenance, operations, and public programming for the High Line, FHL is currently working to raise the essential funding to help complete the High Line's construction and create an endowment for its future operations.


Job Description

The Gardener is a full-time, year-round employee of Friends of the High Line and an integral part of FHL’s Park Operations team. Under the general supervision of FHL’s Vice President of Horticulture & Park Operations and the Manager of Horticulture, the Gardener is responsible for the year-round care and maintenance of the High Line’s landscape and grounds. Working interactively with a team of gardeners, custodians, maintenance technicians and High Line administrators, the Gardener’s responsibilities include all aspects of monitoring, caring for, and reporting on designated park zones, including diverse plantings, hardscape elements, and public use of the park.


Primary tasks

 Care for diverse plantings of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, grasses, and bulbs;

 Perform seasonal landscape work including planting, pruning, clean-up, bulb planting, dividing and transplanting, leaf removal;

 Actively promote and contribute to the High Line’s sustainability initiatives in landscape and park management;

 Act as an ambassador for Friend’s of the High Line, answering questions for park visitors about horticulture, High Line history and design, and general park information;

 Supervise volunteers (individuals and groups) and Youth Corps in horticulture tasks;

 Lead horticultural tours and assist with special programs, as needed;

 Assist with training and support of seasonal gardeners and interns;

 Document, report, and catalog plant-related information;

 Scout for pests and disease;

 General clean-up of garden beds and paths, clean-up litter;

 Stage equipment, supplies, and materials for daily horticulture operations;

 Hand-water and monitor irrigation of plantings, especially during time of establishment and drought;

 Maintain tools and equipment;

 Participate in ice and snow removal.



 Two or more years horticultural experience with in-depth knowledge of plant culture, maintenance, and identification;

 Degree/Certification in horticulture or related field preferred;

 Ability to perform heavy physical labor (able to lift 40 pounds) on a daily basis;

 Ability to operate and maintain electric equipment, power tools and hand tools;

 Must be a team-player, willing to collaborate on any and all tasks required for maintaining the highest standards of landscape management and operations in all weather conditions;

 Self-motivated and able to demonstrate initiative to prioritize daily work;



 Must be extremely dependable, punctual, detail-oriented, and a good communicator with staff and public alike;

 Able to work alone or in teams, work outside in all weather situations, work overtime, weekends, and holidays as needed, and to be on-call for emergency snow removal;

 Valid NY state driver’s license;

 Computer-literate;

 Pesticide Applicator’s license, preferred.


To Apply

Please submit your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted.

Friends of the High Line is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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