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. The internships available for the next year appear in the green boxes below. Click to download descriptions, criteria, and instructions on how to apply. 

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

Native Plant Trust is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color religion, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. 

Open Positions

Open Position: Seasonal Visitor Center/Shop Associate, Garden in the Woods

Native Plant Trust seeks a part-time seasonal Visitor Center and Garden Shop Associate at Garden in the Woods, our native plant botanic garden in Framingham, MA.

Primary responsibilities for this position include welcoming and orienting members and visitors; processing admissions, memberships, and tours; selling plants and merchandise; maintaining Shop appearance; and providing excellent customer service. The position offers the additional opportunity to learn about native plants and participate in educational classes.


Garden Shop Associates demonstrate excellent communication and organizational skills, have a strong desire to learn, and have the ability to work well independently. S/he must also be comfortable working on a point-of-sale system and handling cash. In addition, s/he should enjoy working with customers and must be committed to providing outstanding customer service. Botanical interest and knowledge of New England native plants are a plus.


● Performing opening and closing point-of-sale procedures

● Assisting customers, members, and Garden visitors; processing sales; answering  questions; selling memberships

● Coordinating visitors with tour guides 

● Maintaining store appearance and replenishing merchandise, food, and beverages as needed

● Receiving merchandise shipments; pricing and placing merchandise

● Assisting in plant sales area as needed

● Helping with initial retail setup in spring and with inventory in the fall

● Acting as an ambassador for the Society


● Part -time position that starts in April and ends in late October of each year. 

● Weekend work is required. This position reports to the Retail Manager.

How to Apply

Email a resume, cover letter, and list of three references to:

Noni Macon, Retail Manager

Native Plant Trust

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

Annual Conservation Internships

Our Conservation department offers three, full-time internship positions, two for 25 weeks each and one for 13 weeks. The application deadline for all conservation internships is in early February.

Background: Two of our Conservation programs, the award-winning New England Plant Conservation Program (NEPCoP) and the Plant Conservation Volunteer (PCV) Corps, engage professional and citizen volunteers in

  • rare-species monitoring
  • habitat management
  • invasive species monitoring and control
  • reintroduction and augmentation projects
  • long-term conservation planning

The  NEPCoP and PCV programs work closely with each state natural heritage program as well as conservation organizations in each state. The interns are integral to these programs in a variety of ways, from coordinating volunteers and entering data to conducting botanical surveys, management projects, and other field actions.

Two full-time, six-month positions and one 13-week position are available each year. Please follow the links below to download full information about these opportunities and how to apply.

  • The Herbert J. and Esther M. Atkinson and Lovejoy Conservation Internships (two, 25-week positions) - Download PDF
  • The Marylee Everett Conservation Internship (one, 13-week position) - Download PDF

Annual Native Plant Horticulture Internships

Our Horticulture department offers three full-time, six-month internships. Applications are due in January and February.

We offer two internships in horticulture at Garden in the Woods, the Society’s 45-acre botanical garden in Framingham, MA. Please follow the links below to download full information about the internships and how to apply. The application deadline for these two internships at Garden in the Woods is February 1, 2018.

The third horticulture internship is based at Nasami Farm, our native plant nursery in Whately, MA. The staff at Nasami Farm grows locally sourced New England native plants and focuses on propagation and research to bring unusual and hard-to-grow native plants into production. Please follow the link below to download full information about this opportunity and how to apply. The application deadline for this internship at Nasami Farm is January 19.

  • Chester B. Allen Native Plant Propagation and Horticulture Internship - Download PDF

Annual Public Programs Marketing Internship

The marketing intern helps promote our courses, symposia, field trips, lectures, and online programs. The application deadline is March 20.

One position marketing our Public Programs (403 hours, starting in March)

The intern uses such promotional channels as social media, calendar listings, and media releases. Although based at Garden in the Woods, the intern works with media outlets throughout New England.

Please follow the link below to download full information about this opportunity and how to apply.