Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are
celebrated through 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 nearly 210,000 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 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.
QBG seeks an organized, innovative and personable individual to coordinate our well-established and growing volunteer program. The right candidate excels at working with individuals and groups of all ages and diverse backgrounds. This position relies heavily on the ability to forge new relationships while maintaining long standing partnerships. A creative problem solver with flexibility and a can-do attitude is a must.
• Analyze annual volunteer needs of departments throughout the Garden
• Work with individual departments and/or managers to develop projects or work plans for incoming volunteers
• Recruit and interview individuals for short and long term volunteer/internship opportunities
• Solicit corporate, school and other groups to fulfill special event or horticulture needs
• Partner with school/community organizations through CUNY Service Corp, YAIP, WBL, SYEP, John Bowne High School, etc. to place student interns
• Coordinate individual group and volunteer placements and supervise activities day of
• Facilitate orientation and/or training for new volunteers
• Maintain records for all volunteers including personal/emergency contact information, policy agreements, and volunteer hours log
• Track volunteer data and produce monthly, quarterly and annual reports
• Research potential funding and support opportunities for the volunteer program
• Develop a volunteer recognition program and corresponding event
• Attend outreach and recruitment events
Required Qualifications and Experience:
• Experience and/or interest in education, non-profit, horticulture, or related field
• Impeccable time-management skills a must
• Proficient in Microsoft Office
• Demonstrated written and verbal communication and presentation skills
• Prior experience recruiting and coordinating volunteers and/or interns preferred
• Prior experience working with adults with special needs a plus
• Fluency in English required. Additional languages a plus, including ASL
This position is part-time with hours subject to change per seasonal needs. Flexibility and willingness to work weekend events required.
QBG provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, QBG complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training
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