The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the non-profit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing maintenance, operations, and public programming for the park, Friends of the High Line works to raise the essential private funds to support virtually all of the park’s annual operating budget, and to advocate for the preservation and transformation of the High Line at the Rail Yards, the third and final section of the historic structure, which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets.
The Gardener is a full-time, salaried non-exempt, year-round employee of Friends of the High Line, and an integral part of FHL’s Park Operations team. Under the general supervision of the Director of Horticulture, the Gardener will be responsible for the year-round care and maintenance of the High Line’s landscape and grounds. Working interactively with a team of gardeners, custodians, maintenance technicians and High Line administrators, the Gardener’s responsibilities will 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. Full details here.