Naval Cemetery Landscape and Greenways Seasonal Gardener
Employment TypeJob (Part-time)
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) seeks a part-time seasonal Gardener for the Naval Cemetery Landscape (NCL), an award-winning 1.7-acre contemplative memorial park along the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The NCL Gardener position entails horticultural and visitor services responsibilities, and includes ensuring the proper use and maintenance of the space for visitors and program partners as they enjoy its meandering elevated boardwalk, “sacred bench,” tens of thousands of native plants, and dozens of species of pollinators. Gardeners will also work with volunteer groups at the NCL and along the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway at other locations for stewardship gevents.
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop, establish, and steward the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, a landscaped bicycle and pedestrian corridor contiguous with parks and open space, enabling access and connectivity to the waterfront as well as new mobility options for transit-starved communities along the Brooklyn waterfront. BGI built the Naval Cemetery Landscape on the site of the former Naval Hospital Cemetery at the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a place for retreat and remembrance while honoring its rich layers of natural and cultural history. This site was designed as a native plant meadow and pollinator habitat, and provides visitors with an escape from urban life.
Duties & Responsibilities
The NCL Gardener reports directly to the Director of Horticulture and collaborates with other team members focused on NCL site operations, public outreach and communications, and events and programs. The NCL Gardener is responsible for four main areas of work:
Greet and engage visitors; provide information about the cultural and natural history of the NCL in a courteous and professional manner to a diverse audience of visitors and local residents
Ensure proper use of the space by visitors, i.e. staying on the boardwalk, not riding bikes in the Landscape, etc.
Track daily visitation and attendance at programs
Represent and promote BGI and its broader vision and mission to NCL visitors
Assist with special events
Contribute social media content in the form of photos and/or informative blurbs
General meadow maintenance work. Tasks include, but are not limited to: weeding and ecological restoration, soil cultivation, deadheading, thinning, raking, edging, seed sowing, pruning, and planting
Contribute to the ongoing documentation of horticultural practices, plant performance, management of the space, and phenological observations
Use hand tools and basic power machinery, including string trimmers, hedge trimmers, and leaf blowers
Contribute to the ongoing development of horticultural management strategies to serve the aesthetic and ecological needs of the space
Maintain street trees along Williamsburg Street West
Maintenance & Operations
Remove litter from within the NCL and entrance area along Williamsburg Street West
Remove snow and/or apply non-caustic ice melt to allow visitation during snow events
Report damage to signage, hardscape, planted areas and/or lighting
Maintain tools, equipment and supplies in good working order
Programs & Partnerships
Collaborate with Director of Horticulture and team to craft and facilitate program offerings
Serve as BGI’s on-site point of contact for program partners and arranged group visits
Work with volunteers and/or interns as scheduled
Perform program introductions and brief overviews or tours of the Landscape
Education and Experience
Experience with visitor services, preferably in an outdoor public setting
Minimum 2 years of experience in horticulture
Strong plant identification skills, with a focus on NYC natives and invasives
Interest in outdoor environments, cultural landscapes, native plants and pollinators, and similar
Integrated pest management experience
Demonstrated understanding of ecological practices
Ability to use hand tools and light power equipment
Demonstrated record of reliability; ability to work independently; self-starting
Must be an enthusiastic team-player, willing to collaborate on tasks; commitment to shared goals
Availability to work regular weekend shifts; potential for additional shifts may arise for special programs and events
Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
Degree/certification/experience in landscape management or horticulture a plus
Schedule and Salary Details
The NCL Seasonal Gardener is a part-time, seasonal, non-exempt position.
Schedule: April Until November, two to three days/week [schedules vary], hours vary 10:00am – 7:00pm
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative 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.
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, 2 professional references, and resume to BGI’s Director of Horticulture and Greenway Stewardship, at firstname.lastname@example.org with NCL Seasonal Gardener in the subject line. We will contact only those individuals whose applications are being considered.