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Friends of the High Line Gardener in New York, New York

Owned by the City of New York, the High Line is programmed, maintained, and operated by Friends of the High Line, in partnership with NYC Parks. We raise nearly 100% of the High Line’s annual budget.

Through excellence in operations, stewardship, innovative programming, and world-class design, we seek to engage the vibrant and diverse community on and around the High Line, and to raise the essential private funding to help complete the High Line’s construction and create an endowment for its future operations.

The gardener is a full-time, non-exempt, year-round employee of Friends of the High Line and an integral part of Friends of the High Line’s Park Operations team. Under the general supervision of the director of horticulture, the gardener is responsible for the year-round care and maintenance of the High Line’s landscape and shared green spaces. Working interactively with a team of gardeners, custodians, maintenance technicians, and High Line administrators, the gardener’s responsibilities include all aspects of monitoring, caring for, and reporting on designated park zones, including diverse and unique plantings, hardscape elements, and public use of the park.

The gardener is also responsible for the daily oversight of the gardens designed by Piet Oudolf, in coordination with lead landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations. The design evokes a natural landscape employing a matrix-style planting of native and exotic perennials and woody plants that changes over time. To grow plants 30 feet above ground, the elevated High Line gardens are attended to with finest horticultural methods, all while working within the unique opportunities and challenges of the space.

Responsibilities

  • Perform seasonal landscape work including planting, pruning, cut-back, clean-up, bulb planting, dividing and transplanting, and leaf removal

  • Daily checks of garden beds and paths, clean up debris and litter

  • Hand-water and monitor irrigation of plantings,

  • Stage equipment, supplies, and materials for daily horticulture operations

  • Scout for pests and disease and report for follow up

  • Document, report, and catalog plant-related information

  • Operate and maintain power gardening tools and small equipment

  • Assist with training and supervision of seasonal gardeners, interns, and volunteers

  • Communicate regularly with Horticulture staff and supervisors

  • Be involved and contribute to the High Line’s sustainability initiatives in landscape and park management

  • Act as an ambassador for Friends of the High Line, answering questions for park visitors about horticulture, High Line history, design, and general park information

  • Lead horticultural tours and assist with special programs as needed

  • Participate in ice and snow removal

Requirements

Required qualifications

  • Expertise in the seasonal and long-term care for diverse plantings of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, grasses, and bulbs

  • Paid experience or a combination of experience with a degree or certificate in horticulture

  • Demonstrated knowledge of naturalistic planting design

  • Demonstrated knowledge of composting

  • Willing to collaborate on any and all tasks required for maintaining the highest standards of garden and overall park management

  • Must be a team-player and able to maintain positive engagement with the public and colleagues

  • Basic PC skills and familiarity with MS Office and Google Suite

Preferred qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience operating automated irrigation systems

  • Possession of or ability to obtain NYC Pesticide License

  • Valid NY State driver’s license

Required abilities

  • Ability to walk, reach, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and regularly lift and/or move 45 lbs with proper tools

  • Ability to operate electric equipment and power tools

  • Ability to successfully complete and abide by fall arrest system training

  • Able to work overtime, weekends, and holidays as needed

  • Can work outdoors in all weather conditions, sometimes for extended periods of time

Benefits

  • Paid vacation, sick time and holidays

  • Paid parental leave

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance

  • Commuter benefits

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Contribution in a 403(b) retirement plan

  • Discount on a Citi Bike membership

  • Discount on High Line merchandise

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