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. 

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

  • Philanthropy Assistant

    Native Plant Trust is seeking a Philanthropy Assistant with a minimum of one year's experience in customer service and handling confidential/financial information to help support the fundraising activities of a regional organization focused on native plant conservation, horticulture, and education. This position are based at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA.


    Duties are diverse and include written, verbal, and electronic communication with members and donors, processing of contributions and membership dues, entry of new constituent records into an Altru (Blackbaud) database, updating existing records, creating queries and running lists, and producing mailings as well as timely and accurate acknowledgement letters and reports. Philanthropy Assistants are pro-active in renewing and recruiting members and donors. They work with the Philanthropy team, other Native Plant Trust colleagues and volunteers, and external advisors to grow the fundraising program while ensuring a consistently high level of member and donor satisfaction.

    Philanthropy Assistants also help plan and deliver an extensive range of member and donor benefits through a year-round calendar of events and activities across New England. In doing so, they may work on projects with internal marketing colleagues as well as external vendors to create event invitations and other materials and to ensure production and mailing schedules are met.


    Familiarity with Microsoft Office products is required. Familiarity with a fundraising database is preferred. Excellent communication skills and comfort interacting with the public in a professional and courteous manner are essential. The position requires thorough attention to detail and the ability to multi-task in a busy office.


    • This position can be either full-time (40 hours/week) or half-time (20 hours/week) position available. Please specify which you are applying for in your cover letter.

    • Some pre-scheduled weekend/evening work required

    To apply

    Email a cover letter (specifying if you are applying for full- or part-time ) and resume to Jim Viall, Philanthropy Manager: This posting will remain open until the position is filled.

    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 Internships

Native Plant Trust offers annual internships in conservation, horticulture, and marketing (Public Programs). Please see descriptions and application dates below.

  • 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. The 2021 internships have been filled. We will post detailed descriptions of 2022 positions and application instructions in December 2021. 

  • 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. The 2021 internships have been filled. We will post detailed descriptions of 2022 positions and application instructions in December 2021.