Native Plant Horticulture Internship

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Native Plant Trust is the nation’s first plant conservation organization and the only one solely focused on New England’s native plants. We save native plants in the wild, grow them for gardens and restorations, and educate others on their value and use. We are based at Garden in the Woods, a renowned native plant botanic garden that attracts visitors from all over the world. From this flagship property in Framingham, Massachusetts, 25 staff and many of our 1,500 trained volunteers work throughout New England each year to monitor and protect rare and endangered plants, collect and preserve seeds to ensure biological diversity, detect and control invasive species, conduct research, and offer a range of educational programs. Native Plant Trust also operates a nursery at Nasami Farm in western Massachusetts and manages six sanctuaries in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont that are open to the public. Native Plant Trust is among the first organizations worldwide to receive Advanced Conservation Practitioner accreditation by London-based Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), which included an endorsement by an International Advisory Council representing six continents. Please visit

Native Plant Horticulture Internship

Number Available: 2 Horticulture
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020
Duration: 6 months (26 weeks), starting in March or April
Hours and Compensation: 40 hours/week at $12.75/hour

Horticulture interns working at Garden in the Woods have the option of renting a room for the duration
of the internship, in a newly renovated house steps away from the Garden, for $300/month. This
includes all utilities except internet and phone.

Interns are covered by worker’s compensation and receive paid sick time per Massachusetts law. Native
Plant Trust does not provide health insurance or vacation benefits to seasonal interns. Benefits include
a wide range of optional education classes and field trips.

To apply, please email or mail a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references to:

Uli Lorimer, Director of Horticulture Native Plant Trust
180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA 01701
Applications are due February 1, 2020


Interns assist in all aspects of botanic garden operations for Garden in the Woods, including the use of proper horticultural practices (such as planting, pruning, weed management, and irrigation), renovation and construction of new gardens, inventory and plant record keeping, and public education. They will gain hands-on experience identifying and cultivating native plants in a botanical garden setting. Interns can take advantage of classes held at the Garden and are expected to undertake an independent research project. This is an exceptional learning opportunity aimed at gaining valuable career experience caring for gardens and natural areas, planning and leading projects , and managing volunteers.


The ideal candidate will have a four-year horticulture or botany degree. The candidate should possess strong plant identification skills and a specific interest in native plants of the Northeast. Priority is given to applicants with an interest in pursuing a career in public horticulture and botanic garden management. Native Plant Trust is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

Additional Information

Contact Information

Native Plant Trust
Contact Name: Ulrich Lorimer
Phone: 50887776303401
Website: Apply Online