(Paid Opportunities) Return to Paid Opportunities

Compensation: $42,000

The Horticulturist helps manage and implement daily operations for Garden in the Woods with ecological principles and practices. The position will involve supervision of interns and volunteers, long-term planning, plant records work, and facilities maintenance. Additional work includes educational outreach via tours, field trips, teaching classes, lectures, and publications.


  • Manage garden displays in assigned areas to the highest level of aesthetics, plant health, ecological function, and educational value. 
  • Recommend and implement appropriate design improvements.
  • Manage garden renovations in assigned areas, through scheduling contractors and suppliers. Create a work plan and oversee the timely implementation of all renovation projects.
  • Conduct class lectures and tours, develop interpretive materials, write articles, and contribute to grant proposals. 
  • Manage facilities by scheduling contractors for maintenance and emergency repairs. Supervise contractors as needed during projects. 
  • Monitor maintenance budget, create and submit purchase orders for approval.
  • Assist in hiring and managing seasonal interns and volunteers.
  • Implement pest management through organic and ecological methods.
  • Help with special exhibits and events. 
  • Operate and maintain garden/grounds equipment to adequately complete tasks. 
  • Schedule timely maintenance of all equipment.
  • May require work on nights or weekends.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


The Ideal candidate will possess working knowledge of ecological horticulture practices and techniques, familiarity with regionally appropriate native plants, and well-developed communication skills.

  • A working knowledge of the flora and habitats of New England.
  • A demonstrated commitment to ecological gardening.
  • Prior experience working in a public garden setting.
  • Ability to communicate clearly (written and orally), interact well with the public, and feel comfortable conducting public education and outreach. 
  • Ability to work well with interns and volunteers.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work in various and sometimes difficult conditions in all types of weather.
  • Ability to be flexible in terms of daily tasks.
  • Positive outlook and willingness to learn and grow

Contact Information

Native Plant Trust
Contact Name: Uli Lorimer
Email: ulorimer@NativePlantTrust.org
Website: Apply Online