Gardener Internship




$15 per hour

Hours per week





254 West 31st Street
10th Floor
New York
United States


NYRP improves, maintains, and programs open spaces in communities lacking adequate resources. Working on public and private land citywide, NYRP’s flexible approach to land management serves as a model for non-profit municipal engagement. Together with partners in city agencies, non-profit organizations, and local communities, NYRP demonstrates the social and environmental value of building ownership over open spaces.

The Gardening Intern will assist NYRP’s Zone Gardeners in the general care of NYRP owned Community Gardens throughout New York City or City Parkland in Northern Manhattan. The Gardening Intern will join an experienced operations team that works toward a more equitable and sustainable urban landscape, through park and garden maintenance, restoration, and public engagement. Ideal candidates will demonstrate a strong work ethic, an interest in sustainable management practices, and enthusiasm for NYRP’s mission.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Garden, sidewalk, restroom and lawn maintenance;
  • Litter removal;
  • Plant Installation;
  • Invasive plant management;
  • Composting;
  • Delivery of bulk materials;
  • Light repair and maintenance of garden/park infrastructure;
  • Safe operation of tools, vehicles, and equipment;
  • Interact with staff and the public in a courteous manner;
  • Lead groups of volunteers;
  • Demonstrate efficiencies in time management and project completion;
  • Assist executing greening projects throughout the city.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Interest or experience in one of the following fields: horticulture, grounds keeping, organics recovery, landscaping or environmental restoration;
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions;
  • Ability to lift 50-lbs;
  • Must be a team-player, willing to collaborate on any and all tasks required for maintaining the highest standards of landscape management and operations;

Start date:                           May 15, 2018

End Date:                            September 15, 2018

Schedule:                            Full Time - 5 days a week, 8 hours a day. Variety of schedules, including many with weekend days and evening hours.

How To Apply

Interested individuals are encouraged to send a cover letter and resume by email to or standard mail to 254 W. 31st Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10001. 

All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed (religion), color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status, and shall also follow the requirements of the Human Rights Law with regard to non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.