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HSBC Children’s Garden Horticulture Internship
Category: Education


Queens Botanical Garden
Flushing, NY

Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013

 

 

HSBC Children’s Garden Horticulture Internship

 

Mission

Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where

people, plants and cultures are celebrated through

h inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs

and demonstrations of environmental stewardship.

 

The Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) is a private non-profit cultural institution located on 39 acres of New York City public land in Flushing, New York. The Garden serves over 155,000 visitors each year; a visitor survey reveals that 75% of all visitors speak a language other than English at home. This astounding fact underscores the importance of the Garden’s cultural mission and the challenges and opportunities it faces daily in creating programs, exhibits and landscapes that serve the needs of one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the nation. The Garden has committed itself to addressing the complex and ever changing needs of its diverse community and to being the place where people, plants and cultures meet.

 

Queens Botanical Garden’s HSBC Children’s Garden enables children ages 5-12 the opportunity to plant, maintain, and harvest vegetables, herbs, and flowers in an outdoor learning environment. The children not only explore various methods of gardening, but also discover their surrounding environment through hands-on activities about birds, insects, trees, solar energy, water conservation, and composting. This unpaid position offer a unique opportunity for individuals with interests in horticulture, gardening, education, environmental sustainability.

 

The Horticulture Assistant will work closely with the Director of Education, Children’s Garden Program Coordinator, and other staff to assist the Children’s Garden and other areas with horticultural and gardening needs, and will provide general support for the ongoing work of the Education Department.

 

The main responsibilities are:

  • Maintaining growing spaces that are utilized by the Children’s Garden program
  • Tasks mainly include: planting, record keeping, maintenance including replacements, weeding, watering, transplanting, cultivating, fertilizing
  • Providing support for the general operations of the Education Department and Children’s Garden program, including events and other programs

 

Requirements:

  • Student or non-student pursuing studies in education, botany, environmental studies or related field or has studied one of these fields
  • Good knowledge of small scale vegetable and flower gardening
  • Excellent organizational and people skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

 

 

Dates and Times:

  • April – June: Flexible schedule
  • Late June- August: 2-3 days per week. Can be flexible.

 

To apply please put “Children’s Garden Horticulture Internship” in subject line and email resume and cover letter to education@queensbotanical.org

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