Join our Team! Leon Levy Native Gardener

by | Apr 3, 2017 | News | 0 comments


Bedford Audubon is pleased to announce the availability of a ten-week paid opportunity in our Native Garden, located at Bylane Farm, our center of operations in Katonah, New York. This position is supported in part due to the continued generosity of the Rusticus Garden Club.

About Bedford Audubon Society

Bedford Audubon’s mission is to connect people to nature.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that owns and manages nearly 600 acres of stunning wildlife habitat in four sanctuaries, with more than seven miles of scenic trails. Our largest sanctuary includes Bylane Farm, our historic 1700s center of operations and home to our offices, the John Bull Library, and the Leon Levy Native Garden.

Since our founding on February 13, 1913, Bedford Audubon has celebrated the natural heritage of the lower Hudson Valley and provided conservation excellence in the communities of northern Westchester and eastern Putnam counties. Today, Bedford Audubon continues to be the local authority on birds and habitat. We look forward to the next one hundred years as we continue to promote environmental literacy and experiential learning, conduct critical research, and protect and conserve wildlife habitat in our community while being a credible voice on local conservation issues and promoting sound environmental decision-making.

About the Leon Levy Native Garden

The Leon Levy Native Garden is the cornerstone of Bedford Audubon’s Bird Friendly Communities program. The Garden provides the critical dual purposes of habitat for birds, butterflies, and dragonflies – particularly neotropical migrants in need of stopover habitat – and demonstrates the use of native plants in traditional home garden sites. As part of a Garden restoration and expansion plan, the award-winning Larry Weaner Landscape Associates developed a comprehensive design featuring discrete “mini-gardens” to showcase native specimens, habitat and garden diversity, to restore and enhance the Garden and surrounding wildlife sanctuary’s native seed bank, and to provide phased implementation and opportunities for community education, engagement, and empowerment.

Required Skills & Qualities

The ideal candidate for position is an enthusiastic individual with a passion for habitat restoration and environmental conservation. The candidate should possess plant identification skills, experience with horticultural practices, and excellent written and verbal skills. Experience in nature interpretation is desired.

A cheerful eagerness to work in a public setting is required. The candidate should be self-motivated, and able to successfully work independently and in a supportive team atmosphere.

Further, the candidate should be in good physical condition and able to work outside for extended periods as well as in a casual yet professional office setting.

Core Responsibilities

  • Identify sources of plants prescribed in the plan and select individual specimens.
  • Care for the garden, including transplanting, invasive species management, and weeding.
  • Work with and supervise Garden volunteers of all ages, abilities, and skill levels.
  • Draft website content related to plants’ availability, including how to request local nurseries carry more native plants, cultural requirements, and wildlife value. This content will ultimately be available to Garden visitors through the use of Quick-Response (QR) codes embedded in botanical markers and signs.
  • Additional opportunities for research (e.g., native plant propagation techniques, invasive species management, etc.), program activities (e.g., lectures, workshops, and field trips), and non-profit management (e.g., communications and marketing, development and fundraising, etc.) are available, depending on the candidate’s experience and personal goals.
  • Contribute to the smooth operation of Bedford Audubon Society.
  • A final report is required before the culmination of the opportunity, for publication on Bedford Audubon’s website, and funding and partnering organizations. The report can take the form of a written summary, series of blog postings, photo essay, video, PowerPoint presentation, or some combination.

Opportunity Summary

Dates:                    late May – early August (see note)

Time Commitment: Approximately 35 hours per week, 10 week minimum

Hourly Rate:            $10/hour

Housing Credit:       We are pleased to offer a voluntary housing credit that includes lodging and utilities at our historic Bylane Farm. The housing credit will be applied to your hourly rate. Please inquire for details.

Location:                 Bylane Farm, 35 Todd Road, Katonah, New York, 10536

Note: Start and end dates are somewhat flexible depending on your academic and personal schedule: please include any date restrictions in your cover letter.

To apply:

  • Email your cover letter describing your interest and personal goals for this position, résumé or curriculum vitae, and contact information for two references to Janelle Robbins, Executive Director, at by no later than Monday, April 24, 2017.
  • Please include “2017 Leon Levy Native Garden Opportunity” as the email subject line.
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.



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