Campus Gardener

Location: Northern Manhattan/Washington Heights/Inwood

Department: Operations

Reports to: Campus Regional Director

Date: May 21, 2013

Compensation: $37K plus benefits

Position Summary:

The Campus Gardener performs horticultural maintenance in northern Manhattan public parkland including formal display gardens, informal native gardens and natural areas, as well as neighborhood container installations and streetscapes. In addition the Campus Gardener is responsible for day-to-day maintenance and care of the landscape, working with the Swindler Cove Park Manager leading a small crew of AmeriCorps members. Work will include the support of the Campus Region as a demonstration site for sustainable gardening and land management, care of a plant holding area, and supporting NYRP projects throughout the city.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Perform horticultural maintenance inclusive of planting, weeding, watering, pruning, and all tasks necessary for sustaining plants within a specified park zone.
  • Maintain all plant material stored at the Sherman Creek Center yard.
  • Operational duties inclusive of litter removal, path maintenance, graffiti removal, snow and ice removal and light repair work.
  • Lead the Swindler Cove Parks crew on specified holiday, weekend and late shifts.
  • Provide training for AmeriCorps team members and volunteers.
  • Lead volunteer groups, interacting in a professional manner and providing accurate information on the project, the site and NYRP.
  • Work closely with other staff, assisting with special projects outside the Campus zone as needed.
  • Maintain accurate records and inventories, submit regular work reports, recognize and report safety or site condition issues.
  • Follow NYRP and NYC Parks rules, safely policies and procedures.

Job Requirements

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in Landscaping or Horticulture.
  • Practical knowledge of plant maintenance, installation and identification.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs and capacity to perform heavy physical labor daily in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to motivate and educate and engage groups of volunteers.
  • A commitment to the environment and NYRP's mission to green public spaces in underserved communities.
  • Organized, possessing basic computer literacy.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and adapt to a dynamic work environment.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Spanish language proficiency is a plus.


The Campus Gardener is a full-time staff position; the work schedule will include one weekend day and two-three late shifts (12 to 8pm) on a regular basis. The initial schedule will be Tuesday through Saturday, with late shifts on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The time of the late shift changes on a seasonal basis. The Gardener will be given the option of following a standard work week for a 2 month period in the winter. In addition, occasional greening projects and large volunteer events around the city will affect the regular schedule.

NYRP Mission

NYRP carries out founder Bette Midler's dream of a cleaner, more beautiful New York City. NYRP restores, develops, and revitalizes underserved parks, community gardens, and open space in all five boroughs. We invest in the communities we serve by providing ongoing maintenance and enriching educational and public programming; because we believe that every individual has the right to a beautiful neighborhood and the responsibility for contributing to its care. NYRP is the lead non-profit partner for MillionTreesNYC, an exciting initiative to plant and care for one million new trees in NYC by 2017.

NYPR-Washington Heights, New York City
Publicaton Date: 
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 12:00am
Company Name: 
New York Restoration Projection (NYRP)
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