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

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 Staff Positions

We have openings for Teacher Naturalists at Garden in the Woods.

  • Teacher Naturalists

    Position Summary

    Native Plant Trust is seeking capable, organized, patient, and enthusiastic educators to promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the botanical and natural world in school programs at Garden in the Woods focused on plant life, habitats, and weather and climate.

    About Our School Programs

    Native Plant Trust offers program for schools that promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the botanical and natural world through experiential and inquiry-based learning. Our programs meet the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering curriculum standards. We currently offer four programs for schools: Seeing Green for grades Pre-K-K; Exploring Plants and their Homes for grades 1-2; Plant Survival and Adaptation for grade 3; and The Life of a Plant for grades 3-4. Each school visit to the Garden is one hour long and is accompanied by pre- and post- classroom activities. Programs take place on weekdays between May and October.

    Responsibilities

    • Lead school programs on weekdays from May through October 2020

    • Participate in training sessions on Wednesdays, 4/15 and 4/22

    • Learn and deliver the school program curriculum creatively, energetically, and skillfully to groups of approximately 10 students

    • Monitor your group in all types of outdoor environments and listen for key safety concerns and alerts

    • Appropriately and skillfully communicate with other Teacher Naturalists, the Public Programs Coordinator, and the Public Programs Director

    • Assume additional related duties as requested

    Qualifications

    The successful candidate will:

    • Be available to work 1.5 hour shifts, as needed, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1-3 days a week (preferably 3) on weekdays from May through October 2020

    • Have BA or BS or working toward one, preferably in education, environmental studies, environmental science, botany, conservation, natural resources, biology, or earth science • Have previous experience as an educator, preferably with ages 4-10, plus familiarity with inquiry-based learning

    • Be able to deliver curricula aligned with state standards

    • Be creative and engaging and able to adapt the curriculum to engage students as necessary

    • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills, demonstrated interpersonal skills, and ability to work cooperatively and independently

    • Be flexible, dependable, responsible, and organized

    • Have demonstrated ability to promote, embrace, and respect ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity and to accommodate physical and intellectual disabilities

    • Pass a criminal background check (e.g., CORI)

    • Be able to lift 30 pounds and lead walks on trails

    • Have a valid driver’s license and the ability to learn to drive a golf cart

    Compensation

    Rate of Pay: $15 per hour

    Training Stipend: $75

    Job Type: consultant

    Important Dates

    • Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2020 

    • Training takes place on April 15 and 22, 2020. Teacher naturalists are required to attend both sessions.

    • School programs begin in May 2020 

    Application Instructions

    To apply, please use our online application system. (Please note, though the application management system is a volunteer system, this position is paid.)

    About Public Programs

    Native Plant Trust has one of the largest programs in native plant education in the country. We offer hundreds of courses, workshops, lectures, and field trips each year, in which you can learn about native plants, explore hotspots of plant diversity, be inspired by gardens, and design your own landscapes. We also lead fascinating trips to botanically rich areas around the world.

    Our professional certificate programs in native plant studies offer basic and advanced certificates in Field Botany and Native Plant Horticulture and Design, appropriate for all lifelong learners. Graduates of the certificate program apply their knowledge and skills to fields ranging from conservation to landscape design, management, and planning.

    Throughout the region, our online classes serve as a resource for plant lovers. Our user-friendly, interactive web application Go Botany enables everyone from beginners to professionals to discover and identify thousands of plant species in the New England flora. At Garden in the Woods, we provide school programs and tours for thousands of people.

  • Visitor Services Representative

    Native Plant Trust, the nation's first plant conservation organization and the only one solely focused on New England's native plants, seeks Visitor Services representatives for peak attendance times at its botanic garden, Garden in the Woods, in Framingham, MA. Visitor Services representatives create a positive, safe environment for diverse audiences and encourage learning experiences for garden visitors. 

    Responsibilities

    • Greeting Garden visitors

    • Providing navigational assistance

    • Providing needs assistance, such as audio tour explanation or cart pick-up for visitors with mobility challenges

    • Monitoring the security of the botanical collections

    • Ensuring the safety of the visitors 

    • Coordinating visitors with tour guides

    • Acting as an ambassador for Native Plant Trust

    • Perform other duties as needed


    Schedule

    Visitor Services representative positions are part-time, and representatives exclusively work weekend shifts, including required holidays such as Easter and Mother's Day. The seasonal position runs from mid-April to late July, with paid training in late March/early April. Shifts may be four hours or eight hours. Further weekday shifts may be available as needed. Visitor Services representatives report to the Director of Public Programs, with additional training and oversight from the Director of Horticulture and the Visitor Center Manager.

    Qualifications

    Visitor Services representatives must: 

    • Be friendly and people-oriented

    • Have clear and concise communication skills

    • Be able to walk the extensive grounds with elevation change 

    • Work independently and with a team toward a goal

    • Put the safety of the collections and the visitors first

    • Have the ability to think and act quickly in case of an emergency 

    • Take training (including safety/emergency, first aid, golf cart driving, inclusion, etc.), provided by employer, and to utilize it if necessary

    • Pass a standard CORI check

    • Botanical interest and knowledge of New England native plants are a plus, but not required.

    Benefits

    Visitor services representatives have a world-renowned botanic garden as their workplace. This position offers the additional opportunity to learn about native plants and participate in educational classes.

    To apply

    Submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for two references to education@NativePlantTrust.org no later than March 13, 2020. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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 January 31 of the current year.

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 at our two locations. Applications are due in February for internships at Garden in the Woods and in January for the internship at Nasami Farm nursery.

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

  • Native Plant Horticulture Internship - Click here to download a full description of this internship and how to apply

A third internship, in native plant propagation and horticulture, 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 complete information about this opportunity. The application deadline for this internship at Nasami Farm is January 19, 2020.

  • Chester B. Allen Native Plant Propagation and Horticulture Internship - Click here to download a full description of the position and how to apply.

Annual Public Programs Marketing Internship

The marketing intern helps promote our courses, symposia, field trips, lectures, and online programs. 

About Public Programs

Native Plant Trust has one of the largest programs in native plant education in the country. We offer hundreds of courses, workshops, lectures, and field trips each year, in which you can learn about native plants, explore hotspots of plant diversity, be inspired by gardens, and design your own landscapes. We also lead fascinating trips to botanically rich areas around the world.

Our professional certificate programs in native plant studies offer basic and advanced certificates in Field Botany and Native Plant Horticulture and Design, appropriate for all lifelong learners. Graduates of the certificate program apply their knowledge and skills to fields ranging from conservation to landscape design, management, and planning.

Throughout the region, our online classes serve as a resource for plant lovers. Our user-friendly, interactive web application Go Botany enables everyone from beginners to professionals to discover and identify thousands of plant species in the New England flora. At Garden in the Woods, we provide school programs and tours for thousands of people.

Position Summary

The Marketing Intern works as an integral member of the Public Programs team at our headquarters, Garden in the Woods, in Framingham, MA.  

Native Plant Trust is interested in increasing the visibility of its public programs. We are seeking a college junior or senior (or a recent graduate) majoring in marketing, communications, or a related field for a part-time internship opportunity. The applicant should have well-developed verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work independently.

The Marketing Intern may contribute to such projects as conducting community outreach, refining communications databases, tracking and reporting on target numbers, building digital community, creating program publicity, and providing information about the organization’s mission all over the region. The position offers a creative working environment and learning opportunities.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Director of Public Programs, internship tasks may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Monitor program registrations and communications 
  • Use and add to the existing marketing database of targeted external calendars, web sites, blogs, social media contacts, partners, businesses, etc.
  • Create outreach to support programs
  • Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and tools for marketing and communications
  • Promote public programs by contacting key media and influencers
  • Help to write and disseminate press releases
  • Assist in the creation and distribution of flyers, posters, and other marketing material for programs and major events 
  • Assist in planning, writing and managing e-blasts and monthly e-newsletters
  • Upload program listings to external web site calendars
  • Write social media and blog posts for department

Qualifications

Applicants must be responsible and self-motivated. Preference will be given to those candidates who have the following qualifications:

  • Be a junior or senior in college 
  • Marketing, public relations, communications, or English major preferred
  • Knowledge of marketing/public relations/communications principles, methods, and research
  • Experience and interest in community outreach
  • Good organizational, writing, speaking, and presentation skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to take direction and to work independently
  • Interest in public programming, nonprofits, and/or education 
  • Ability to conduct internet research
  • Knowledge of and comfort with Microsoft Office and social media platforms
  • Familiarity with videography is a plus
  • Previous experience in relevant fields preferred 

Schedule

This position is intended for February 2020 through August 2020, though applicants will be considered for February 2020 through May 2020, or May 2020 through August 2020 as well. Please specify your time period of availability. The intern will work the equivalent of two days per week, on weekdays. Scheduling is flexible.

Compensation

$13/hour

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references no later than March 5, 2020. Please include your full name in the file name of each document. In your cover letter please include where you found the job posting. Please submit your application to education@NativePlantTrust.org