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 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.

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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 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.  

  • Director of Public Programs

    Position Summary

    The Director of Public Programs has an exciting opportunity to build on a strong, successful program and position it for growth and continued achievement. The Director will be charged with creating innovative, effective educational programs throughout the six-state region and developing informal programs that attract and serve visitors to Garden in the Woods. The Director will focus on building strategic partnerships, expanding our online offerings, and continuing to grow the signature adult certificate program. The three-person department currently offers approximately 200 programs online and 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 staff 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 Director of Public Programs reports to the Executive Director and works collaboratively with the other senior staff to develop, fund, and implement initiatives that advance the organization's mission and enhance its leadership role.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Achieve the goals for Public Programs as outlined in the strategic plan, including working with the Philanthropy Department to secure funding for core programs and new initiatives

    • Develop, oversee, and evaluate education programs for both adults and children; team with professional organizations to offer continuing education and professional development credits where appropriate

    • Oversee online learning and recruit and train appropriate instructors

    • Oversee certificate programs, which enroll approximately 250 lifelong learners each year; review course content and evaluate program effectiveness

    • Develop and oversee/ implement significant regional outreach programs

    • Develop signature lecture/training series that help build awareness and attract new constituents in key locations

    • Develop, oversee, and evaluate a variety of signature informal programs, such as Trillium Week, to attract new visitors to Garden in the Woods

    • Recruit, orient, and regularly evaluate contracted course instructors

    • Recruit, train, and evaluate the teacher naturalists and volunteer guides at Garden in the Woods 

    • Work with the Director of Horticulture on interpretation in the Garden and to prepare for, fund, and implement a comprehensive interpretive plan for the Garden 

    • Manage the staff and daily operations of the department to ensure timely and efficient delivery of services

    • Prepare and administer the annual department budget

    Skills and Experience

    This position requires a visionary, entrepreneurial approach to education's role in nonprofit organizations and demonstrated success in developing, administering, and evaluating education programs in conservation, botany, horticulture, or related disciplines. The ideal candidate will have experience with online learning and programs delivered by contract faculty.

    • Minimum of five years of related experience, with increasing responsibility

    • Demonstrated passion for hands-on teaching, particularly about the natural world

    • Familiarity or experience with the unique educational context of lifelong learning programs, such as those offered by museums, nature centers, botanic gardens, and community colleges

    • Experience building successful collaborations with other organizations and institutions, including academic institutions

    • Experience working with the public-school system and familiarity with state education requirements

    • Familiarity with a range of educational software and platforms or with online learning programs, and fundamentally tech-savvy

    • 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

    • Successful grant-writing experience

    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 Debbi Edelstein, Executive Director, at, using the subject line "Public Programs Director Application.” Deadline is April 2, 2022.

  • Seasonal Native Plant Sales - Nasami Farm Nursery

    Native Plant Trust seeks a seasonal Native Plant Sales Coordinator for our retail sales area at Nasami Farm Nursery in Whately, MA. Responsibilities include selling and caring for plants and merchandise, answering customer inquiries, receiving plant shipments, managing plant orders, and providing excellent customer service. This position offers the additional opportunity to learn about native plant propagation, participate in educational classes, and gain practical gardening experience.


    The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent communication and organizational skills, enjoy a busy work pace, work well independently, have a strong desire to learn, and enjoy working with customers. The candidate must have botanical interest and understanding and a basic familiarity with horticultural practices. Knowledge of New England native plants is a strong plus.


    This is a part-time position that starts immediately and ends in mid-October 2022. Weekend work is required. By its nature this is a physically active job, including moving plants, standing, and lifting. This associate reports to the Retail Manager.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Assist customers, complete sales, answer plant questions, assist pre-arranged sales appointments 
    • Work collaboratively with coworkers and coordinate volunteer help
    • Manage plant pre-orders
    • Water/groom/maintain retail plants
    • Receive plant shipments, restock plants, set up and refresh plant displays
    • Help with initial retail setup in spring, breakdown in fall, and inventory
    • Maintain labeling/signage and keep track of inventory
    • Maintain plant displays
    • Act as an ambassador for Native Plant Trust
    • Occasionally help with driving a truck to make plant deliveries and pickups

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

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 in February. Please check back in January 2023, when we will post internship descriptions and application deadlines. 

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

    Native Plant Trust offers two 25-week internships during field season. The 2022 positions have been filled. Please check in again in January 2023, when we will post internship descriptions and application deadlines. 

  • Marylee Everett Internship

    Native Plant Trust offers one 13-week internship during field season. The 2022 position has been filled. Please check in again in January 2023, when we will post internship descriptions and application deadlines. 

  • 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.

  • Native Plant Horticulture Internships, Garden in the Woods

    The internships are filled for the 2022 season. Please check back in January 2023. 

  • Allen Propagation and Horticulture Internship, Nasami Farm

    Chester B. Allen, Jr., Native Plant Propagation and Horticulture Internship 

    The internship is filled for the 2022 season. Please check back in January 2023.