Program Instructor

Job Type

Full Time




148 West 37 Street
13 Floor
New York
United States


The Horticultural Society of New York (the Hort) is seeking an energetic and dedicated Program Instructor to assist in garden mantenance and workshop facilitation. Projects are primarily sourced from supportive and affordable housing, health service providers, drug rehabilitation facilities, city schools, public libraries, and other organizations as well as private and public garden spaces. This position will carry out garden maintenance and projects in a timely and professional manner and will help oversee a work crew consisting of trainees from our workforce development program (individuals who are looking to develop skills and experience as gardeners); and communicate progress on landscape projects to management, as well as run our therapuetic workshops at facilities throughout the city. This position requires one to work independently and manage multiple projects at once.

For over two decades, The Hort has provided low-cost landscape and garden design, remediation, construction, and maintenance services for under-resourced organizations and groups. These projects increase food access, improve air and water quality, and enhance the overall quality of life for low-income and disadvantaged families. The Hort helps to create green spaces that improve the health, well-being and enjoyment of the constituents. Our professional horticulturists, horticultural therapists, and gardeners work with our trainees and local residents to createornamental gardens, urban farms, communal gardens, green roofs, rain gardens and rainwater harvesting systems for communities in underserved areas.

Required qualifications:

Horticulturist/gardener with 2 or more years of hands-on experience designing, building, and maintaining urban green spaces, gardens, and urban farms

Teaching experience or hand-on experience running workshops that deal with a wide variety of plant-based topics.

Interest in working with participants to enhance their well-being through active or passive involvement in plant and plant-related activities

Knowledge of green infrastructure design and implementation

Valid New York State Driver’s License

Excellent communications skills, including ability to take initiative and perform follow-up

Excellent computer skills

Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects at once

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply

Only responses with a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements will be considered. Please email all documents to George Pisegna at, with "Program Instructor" in the subject line.

No phone calls please.