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We are currently accepting applications for:
Director of Grounds & Operations
• Teaching Artists

Socrates Sculpture Park is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. The Park is committed to building a culturally diverse community and strongly encourages applications from candidates from underrepresented communities.


Job Posted: January 29, 2019

Position open until filled.

The Director of Grounds and Operations is a full-time* position that leads all aspects of gardening, grounds-keeping, and maintenance in the Park. The position is an integral part of Socrates’ small but dynamic team, and reports directly to the Executive Director.

• Oversee overall operations and maintenance of our five-acre waterfront Park, with primary focus on horticultural and day-to-day functional activities.
• Plan and procure seasonal gardens, and collaborate on the design and maintenance of new planting areas throughout the Park.
• Hire, train, and supervise seasonal grounds crew as part-time employees of Socrates.
• Supervise and manage part-time employees for daily closing and opening of the Park.
• Ensure the cleanliness of the Park, including proper trash removal and snow removal, as well as management of bathroom facilities.
• Manage purchasing, operation, and maintenance of Park equipment and supplies.
• Manage and work with community partners related to the grounds, including plant donations, corporate clean-ups, composting, and Earth Day educational programming.
• Coordinate with Socrates Director of Programs and Studio Manager on Park activities.
• Act as liaison with NYC Parks Department, as it relates to park operation and maintenance.
• Act as ambassador for Socrates Sculpture Park, answering questions from visitors on horticulture, history, programming, etc.
• Provide long-term strategic input on park improvements and master landscaping.

• This position requires superior organizational, interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to manage and lead others and work independently.
• Experience in landscaping with horticultural knowledge in public park or similar setting.
• Ability to lift/move up to 50 lbs., and perform physical labor in all weather conditions.
• Basic knowledge of tools and outdoor equipment operation and maintenance.
• Have valid driver’s license.

To Apply:
*Socrates offers a competitive salary and benefits package that includes full health coverage. The Director of Grounds and Operations is intended as full-time, year-long position; however, a 9-month schedule may be accommodated.

Submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements range, and three references to No phone calls please.



Job Posted: January 29, 2019

Applications due February 15, 2019.

Socrates Sculpture Park seeks Teaching Artists to facilitate our 2019 youth education programs: Saturday Sculpture Workshops and Sculpture Camp.

Saturday Sculpture Workshops (SSW) are free, drop-in art-making classes geared towards families with young children. SSW’s take place in the Park’s outdoor education studio Sticks from on Saturdays, 12–3PM, May 18th – September 14th (weather permitting). Workshops range in attendance from about to 30–70 visitors.

Each SSW is taught by a different Teaching Artist with support from Socrates education staff members. A Teaching Artist’s on-site hours for SSW are Saturday from approximately 11AM–4PM. The total stipend for teaching a workshop is $200.

We are open to all your ideas for SSW – from simple crafts to more experimental doings – but especially love projects that explore collaborative making, the natural world, civic engagement, and Queens’ diversity.

View 2018 SSW Descriptions>>

Sculpture Camp is a free art-making summer program that serves community youth groups (K-6) from all over the city. Operating out of Sticks – the Park’s outdoor education studio – the program runs Mondays through Fridays from July 8th to August 16th.

Each day is broken into a 10AM–12PM morning session and a 1–3PM afternoon session. Different campers attend the morning and afternoon sessions. Each session accommodates groups that range in size from about 40-70 campers.

Each week of Sculpture Camp is led by a different Teaching Artist with support from Socrates eduction staff members and Studio in a School Interns. A Teaching Artist’s on-site hours for a camp week are M-F, 9AM-4PM with a total stipend of $1,250.

We are looking for projects that are designed to fit within a 3-hour session and are scalable by age – simple enough for very young students and challenging for older ones. All ideas are welcome and our education staff will help finalize lesson plans.

View 2018 Sculpture Camp Descriptions>>

To Apply:
Email a cover letter, resume, project proposal(s) for Saturday Sculpture Workshop and/or Sculpture Camp (with a materials list), and your availability to Socrates Director of Public Programs, Audrey Dimola, at Indicate ‘TEACHING ARTIST APPLICATION’ in the subject of the email. No phone calls please.

PO Box 6259, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11106
T 718 956 1819 / F 718 626 1533
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Socrates is open 365 days a year from 10am to sunset.