Native Plant Trust

Jobs & Internships

Join a Great Team, Work for a Great Cause

Passionate about native plant conservation, horticulture, or botanical education?

Native Plant Trust welcomes your skills and enthusiasm! We provide a collaborative, congenial atmosphere for our employees at our headquarters and botanic garden, Garden in the Woods, in Framingham, MA, and at our native plant nursery, Nasami Farm, in Whately, MA. See the green boxes below for descriptions of open positions.

We also provide rewarding internships in our Conservation, Horticulture, and Public Programs departments. Our internships offer opportunities to get your hands dirty (literally) while gaining valuable experience. Scroll down the page to learn about the internships available for the next year. 

Want to volunteer with us? Volunteers fill crucial roles in all aspects of our work. Read about our Plant Conservation Volunteer program here and our other volunteer opportunities here

About Native Plant Trust

We are 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.  

Native Plant Trust is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All employment decisions are based on qualifications, merit, and business need.

All employees of Native Plant Trust must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters.

  • Job Openings

  • Public Programs Coordinator

    Position Summary

    The Public Programs coordinator will have an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant and growing department. The coordinator role works both independently and in tandem with other staff, and will be charged with overseeing innovative, effective educational programming throughout the six-state region as well as supporting informal programs that attract and serve visitors to Garden in the Woods. The three-person department currently offers approximately 200 programs online and in person throughout New England each year via contracts with 65 top-notch educators and experts, who lead courses, workshops, field trips, and online programs in botany, plant conservation, ecological horticulture, and gardening. The Public Programs team also recruits, trains, and fosters a sense of community among the volunteer Garden guides and the paid teacher-naturalists who lead school tours at the Garden.

    The coordinator reports to the director of Public Programs and works collaboratively with the Public Programs assistant and other departments.

    Primary Responsibilities

    Courses and School Programs

    The coordinator is responsible for the successful scheduling, planning, and implementation of all Native Plant Trust courses. Duties will include but are not limited to:

    • Coordinate Students and Course Registrations: Field questions about registration, advise students on course of study and monitor each student’s progress, respond to all (current and prospective) student inquiries, track student attendance, maintain student data, work with Public Programs assistant on course payments, including the implementation of policy around the wait list and cancellation, collect class rosters from instructors, send course materials and regular updates regarding course information, send monthly newsletter/update from Public Programs team to current students
    • Coordinate Instructors: Assist with new instructor recruitment, conduct regular instructor check-ins, create and process instructor contracts, assist with instructor materials such as handouts and textbooks.
    • Coordinate School Programs: Assist in hiring and training of Teacher Naturalists to lead school tours, process and schedule bookings of tours and Teacher Naturalists, greet groups, coordinate logistics
    • Coordinate Evaluations: Send evaluations after every course or program and process and report results
    • Coordinate Online Learning: With the director, conduct a twice-yearly review of all online courses to assess content and update where needed. Monitor and maintain the online learning software. Oversee Zoom account, including recordings and recording inventory, assist instructors with online course preparation, conduct Zoom tests with instructors as needed, provide any Zoom training needed by instructor.
    • Share responsibility with Public Programs assistant for responding to general departmental email accounts

    Volunteers

    The coordinator is the point person for volunteers and is responsible for the successful planning and implementation of volunteer-led public programs. These duties include but are not limited to:

    • Coordinate Bloom Board volunteers and Bloom Board program
    • Serve as the primary contact for Garden Guides, schedule guides for all tours, and assisting in the training of Garden Guides
    • Schedule all tours and coordinating the logistics for visitors on tours
    • In collaboration with the Public Programs assistant, recruit and oversee classroom hosts and report on host program
    • Coordinate all volunteer communication and logistical needs

    Other Responsibilities

    • Work with the director and other departments to create all social media posts related to programs
    • Assist director with planning and production of special programs and events
    • Assist with day-of production and management as needed (occasional nights and weekends)
    • Be on call during courses and rentals to troubleshoot problems, and be available to help if needed (occasional nights and weekends)
    • Serve as main point of contact for the Visitor Center/Garden Shop at Garden in the Woods and keep staff there informed about scheduled events, tours, school programs, and courses

    Desired Skills and Experience

    This is an independent position requiring a high degree of self-reliance and the ability to handle multiple, simultaneous lines of responsibility. This position requires a responsive and customer-service oriented approach to education's role in nonprofit organizations and adult learners, and demonstrated success in administering education programs. The ideal candidate will have experience with online learning and programs delivered by contract faculty. In addition, the ideal candidate will have:

    • Minimum of three years of related experience
    • Demonstrated passion for hands-on teaching and learning, particularly about the natural world
    • Experience working with volunteers
    • Experience working with the public-school system. Familiarity with state education requirements helpful but not required.
    • Familiarity with a range of educational software and platforms or with online learning programs
    • Technology skills, including familiarity with Google Suites, MS Office, and web development tools
    • Ability to multi-task and manage a changing, varied, fast-paced workload
    • Exemplary verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with staff, volunteers, instructors, and partners with a nimble understanding of professional confidentiality and courtesy
    • Collaborative, team oriented, willing to learn new skills, sense of humor
    • Fundamental awareness of the importance of the principals of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility

    Hours and Compensation: This is a full-time salaried (exempt) position with a starting salary of $44,000-$47,000 depending upon experience. The employee is eligible for all benefits currently offered by Native Plant Trust, including health insurance, Flexible Spending plans, and retirement plan.

    To Apply

    Please submit a letter of interest and resume (MS Word or PDF format, with your last name as the first word of the file names) to Bess Paupeck, Director of Public Programs, at  bpaupeck@NativePlantTrust.org, using the subject line "Public Programs Department Coordinator Application.” Deadline Monday, February 20, 2023.

Annual Internships

Native Plant Trust offers the following annual internships in conservation, horticulture, and marketing (Public Programs). 

  • Herbert J. and Esther M. Atkinson Conservation Internship; Lovejoy Conservation Internship

    Relevant Programs

    Two of Native Plant Trust’s core initiatives—the New England Plant Conservation Program (NEPCoP) and the Plant Conservation Volunteer (PCV) program—engage professional and community volunteers in rare species monitoring, habitat management, reintroduction and augmentation projects, and long-term conservation planning. We work closely with Natural Heritage programs and with conservation organizations in all six New England states.

    Description

    Native Plant Trust is offering two 25-week internships for the 2023 field season. The two conservation internships offer a range of learning opportunities in areas that are integral to NEPCoP and the PCV programs, from coordinating with landowners and volunteers to conducting botanical surveys and processing data. Interns will work with conservation staff to create a personal education plan, have the opportunity to take Native Plant Trust’s educational programs and courses at no cost, and participate in seminars and an informal reading and discussion group in the conservation department. 

    In addition, all interns complete an independent project on a topic of interest in botany, ecology, and/or conservation. Interns based in New England will also have the option of participating in botanically-interesting field trips and our seasonal contract work, which may include the planning and implementation of habitat restoration and management activities, invasive species initiatives, and seed collection.

    Desired Skills

    Candidates should be passionate about plant conservation, have some familiarity with the flora of New England and associated ecological systems, excellent speaking and writing skills, a willingness to call landowners to secure access to their property, and a sense of humor. Experience with volunteers and data management is preferred. Interns must respect and maintain the confidentiality of rare species locations and sensitive data.

    Details

    Starting date: April 10, 2023, but can be flexible.

    Location: Based at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA with remote option available (priority will be given to applicants who can work on-site). Conservation interns will have the option of renting a room for the duration of the internship, in a house steps away from the Garden, for $300/month. This includes all utilities except internet and phone.

    Hours and Compensation: 40 hours/week at $15.00/hour. 

    COVID-19 Precautions: Candidates applying for in-person employment will need to show proof of full vaccination, including boosters, and must follow all COVID-19 safety precautions while on site.

    To Apply

    Submit cover letter, resume, and list of three references by February 5, 2023, by email to:

    Micah Jasny

    Botanical Coordinator

    mjasny@NativePlantTrust.org

    Please note that Native Plant Trust is not able to support the visa process for international applicants.

  • Marylee Everett Internship

    Relevant Programs

    Two of Native Plant Trust’s core initiatives – the New England Plant Conservation Program (NEPCoP) and the Plant Conservation Volunteer (PCV) program – engage professional and community volunteers in rare species monitoring, habitat management, reintroduction and augmentation projects, and long-term conservation planning. We work closely with Natural Heritage programs and with conservation organizations in all six New England states.

    Description

    Native Plant Trust is offering one 13-week internship for the 2023 field season. The conservation internship offers a range of learning opportunities in areas that are integral to NEPCoP and the PCV programs, from coordinating with landowners and volunteers to conducting botanical surveys and processing data. The intern will work with conservation staff to create a personal education plan, have the opportunity to take Native Plant Trust’s educational programs and courses at no cost, and participate in seminars and an informal reading and discussion group in the conservation department. 

    In addition, the intern will complete an independent project on a topic of interest in botany, ecology, and/or conservation. Interns based in New England will also have the option of participating in botanically-interesting field trips and our seasonal contract work, which may include the planning and implementation of habitat restoration and management activities, invasive species initiatives, and seed collection.

    Desired Skills

    Candidates should be passionate about plant conservation, have some familiarity with the flora of New England and associated ecological systems, excellent speaking and writing skills, a willingness to call landowners to secure access to their property, and a sense of humor. Experience with volunteers and data management is preferred. Interns must respect and maintain the confidentiality of rare species locations and sensitive data.

    Details

    Starting date: April 10, 2023, but can be flexible.

    Location: Based at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA with remote option available (priority will be given to applicants who can work on-site). Conservation interns will have the option of renting a room for the duration of the internship, in a house steps away from the Garden, for $300/month. This includes all utilities except internet and phone.

    Hours and Compensation: 40 hours/week at $15.00/hour. 

    COVID-19 Precautions: Candidates applying for in-person employment will need to show proof of full vaccination, including boosters, and must follow all COVID-19 safety precautions while on site.

    Native Plant Trust is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All employment is

    decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

    To Apply

    Submit cover letter, resume, and list of three references by February 5, 2023, by email to:

    Micah Jasny

    Botanical Coordinator

    mjasny@NativePlantTrust.org

    Please note that Native Plant Trust is not able to support the visa process for international applicants.

  • Native Plant Horticulture Internships, Garden in the Woods

    Native Plant Horticulture Internship

    Number Available:       2 Horticulture 

    Application Deadline:   February 1, 2023

    Duration:                   6 months (26 weeks), starting in March or April 

    Hours and Compensation:       40 hours/week at $15.00/hour

    Contact:                    Uli Lorimer, Director of Horticulture   

    Telephone:               508-877-7630  ext 3401

    Fax:                           508-877-3658

    Email:                        ulorimer@NativePlantTrust.org 

    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. 

    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 the 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.

    Interns must provide proof of Covid vaccination and booster shot if eligible to be considered for the position.

    The ideal 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.

    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

    ulorimer@NativePlantTrust.org  

    Applications are due February 1, 2023.

  • Chester B. Allen, Jr., Propagation and Horticulture Internship, Nasami Farm

    Nasami Farm Nursery
    128 North Street 
    Whately, MA 01373

    About Native Plant Trust and Nasami Farm

    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. Our 30 staff members 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, manage sites for ecological balance, conduct research, and offer a range of educational programs. Native Plant Trust also operates Garden in the Woods, a renowned 45-acre native plant botanic garden in Framingham, Massachusetts, and a native plant nursery at Nasami Farm in Whately, Massachusetts. Our six sanctuaries in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont are open to the public.

    Description

    Native Plant Trust is offering a 28-week propagation internship at our nursery at Nasami Farm, which produces plants for habitat restoration, wildlife landscapes, garden displays, and sale to the public at both the nursery and Garden in the Woods. For more information, please visit www.NativePlantTrust.org

    The intern will gain hands-on experience identifying, propagating, and cultivating New England native plants. As a member of our small, dedicated nursery team, the intern assists in many facets of nursery operations, including propagation of numerous species, retail plant sales, seed collection and processing, record keeping, and public information duties. This is an opportunity to gain valuable skills by learning from staff, coordinating volunteers, leading projects, and participating in the development of an expanding nursery. The intern will also complete a special project of their interest, participate in educational activities, network with professionals, and attend field trips. The internship provides entry into both native plant studies and nursery management. 

    Desired Skills

    Candidates should possess some botanical understanding, familiarity with horticultural practices, an interest in native plants of New England, excellent communication skills, and a strong desire to learn. 

    Details

    Location: Nasami Farm, Whately, MA

    Application Deadline: Jan. 28, 2023 (new, extended deadline)

    Duration and Start Date:  6 months (28 weeks), starting late March/early April

    Hours and Compensation:  40 hours/week at $15.00/hour. One weekend day required; schedule is typically Tuesday-Saturday.

    COVID-19 Precautions: All employees, including interns, must show proof of full vaccination, including boosters, and must follow all COVID-19 safety precautions while on site.

    Native Plant Trust is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

    To Apply

    Submit via email or mail a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references by January 28, 2023, to:

    Alexis Doshas, Nursery Manager
    Native Plant Trust at Nasami Farm
    128 North Street 
    Whately, MA 01373
    adoshas@NativePlantTrust.org