Manitoga Landscape Assistant

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Start Date: April 15, 2020  Compensation: $20/hr.

The Manitoga Landscape Assistant works under the direct supervision of the Landscape Collection and Conservation Manager attending to the care of Manitoga’s 75-acre woodland garden and permanently conserved hiking trails. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the maintenance of the woodland gardens, paths, streams, green roofs, and outer forest. The Landscape Assistant must be a creative individual who can incorporate experimentation with an understanding and sensitivity to Wright’s original landscape design and his intention to preserve the native plantings of the east Hudson Highlands.


  1. Complete a landscape orientation with staff and professionals regarding Wright’s design philosophy at Manitoga, the restoration history of the buildings and grounds, and the organization’s future initiatives.
  2. Work 10 hours over 2 days weekly from Mid-April to Mid-November as well as some select Saturdays throughout the season for Landscape Workdays.
  3. Work outdoors in various weather conditions, hands-on in the landscape using pruners, handsaws, shovels, rakes and other tools; includes hiking and lifting small loads up to 40 lbs.
  4. Assist with landscape focused public, special and private tours as needed.
  5. Assist with coverage for at least one Manitoga public event per year.


The Landscape Assistant must have a college degree, or working towards a degree, in Landscape Design, Ecology, Horticulture, Environmental Studies, or a related field. The individual must have demonstrable gardening experience and knowledge of trees and plant communities of the Hudson Highlands/Northeast US region.
The Landscape Assistant should be punctual, take initiative, and work well independently. Experience with plant propagation, GPS plotting, rock climbing and/or kayaking is a plus.

Additional Information

Manitoga is a National Historic Landmark, a World Monuments Fund Watch Site, and a charter member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program. It is one of the few 20th century modern homes with original landscape open to the public.
Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center stewards Manitoga as the embodiment of Wright’s design philosophy and life’s work and celebrates good design for living in creative harmony with nature through tours, programs, events, and free year-round access to woodland trails.

Contact Information

Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center
Contact Name: Emily Phillips
Phone: 8454243812