Queens Botanical Garden

Seasonal Farmer, NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden (QBG), in partnership with the Department of
Sanitation of New York’s (DSNY) NYC Compost Project, is seeking a seasonal
farmer for the QBG Farm & Compost site.

QBG Farm & Compost site is a place where New Yorkers can participate and learn
about urban farming and composting through tours, workshops, internships, and
volunteer opportunities. Fruit and vegetables are grown with a focus on soil
health and care, without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Crops
harvested are shared with seasonal interns, volunteers, and donated to
emergency food relief programs.
The seasonal farmer will support the farm manager in running and maintaining
one acre of intensively planted, mixed vegetable, fruit and flower production
and educational areas. This job includes working with our interns, volunteers,
and visiting public groups. We are looking for a dedicated, hard-working
individual with prior farming or gardening experience.

Seasonal Farmer will begin in March and run through June of 2019

•       Prior experience working on a vegetable farm or garden for a minimum
of one season
•       Self-motivated, excellent communicator, with the ability to work alone
as well as with others
•       Willingness to work outdoors in all weather
•       Able to lift up to 40 pounds
•       Experience working with volunteers
•       Ability to help manage groups that range in age, abilities, and
cultural backgrounds
•       Familiarity with computers; excel, google docs
•       Attention to detail and an eye for garden aesthetic
•       Knowledgeable about making, maintaining, and applying biologically
active compost

Work will include, but is not limited to:
•       Plant propagation from seed
•       Greenhouse seedling care
•       Drip irrigation & overhead watering
•       Harvesting & post-harvest handling
•       Record keeping
•       Packing produce for donation
•       Care for flowers and shrubs
•       Pest & disease ID and management
•       Nutrient management with a focus on compost & compost tea applications
•       Mulching and weeding
•       Post pounding and trellising
•       Mowing and weed trimming

This is a paid position of $15/hour.
Required work days are Monday-Thursday from 8:00am-4:00pm with a one hour,
unpaid lunch break.

To apply, please visit queensbotanical.org/employment and follow application
instructions on the job description. Applications are accepted on a rolling
basis until position is filled. Queens Botanical Garden is an equal
opportunity employer.

The NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden works to rebuild
NYC’s soils by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and
opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. The NYC Compost
Project is funded and managed by the NYC Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of
Recycling and Sustainability. Learn more at nyc.gov/compostproject and

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