Workforce Development

The Hort provides paid work and training opportunities to New Yorkers looking to strengthen their employment skills and move forward with meaningful careers, especially those that support a sustainable green city.

Why We Care

A hands-on relationship with plants can inspire a career path. We provide supportive, inclusive training programs to New Yorkers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, creating a clear and accessible path to rewarding employment. Through this valuable work, we help people improve their lives. In turn, they transform their city into a more beautiful and healthy place to live. 

How We Work

We partner with public and private organizations throughout NYC for referrals to our programs, and also accept direct inquiries from anyone interested. Our application process allows us to meet and learn about each person’s unique history and experience, talking through the program to mutually determine fit. Once hired, our experienced staff support each person’s professional development through on-the job and classroom training, allowing both core and horticultural skills to blossom. Our most recent program, started in 2021, has a 50% placement rate, and we enroll new trainees annually. 

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