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. 

Horticulturist

Full-time Horticulturist, Framingham, MA. The Horticulturist helps manage and implement daily operations for Garden in the Woods with ecological principles and practices.

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. 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. 

Position Summary

The Horticulturist helps manage and implement daily operations for Garden in the Woods with ecological principles and practices. This full-time position will involve supervision of interns and volunteers, long-term planning, plant records work, and facilities maintenance. Additional work includes educational outreach via tours, field trips, teaching classes, lectures, and publications. 

Primary Responsibilities   

  • Manage garden displays in assigned areas to the highest level of aesthetics, plant health, ecological function, and educational value. 

  • Recommend and implement appropriate design improvements.

  • Manage garden renovations in assigned areas, through scheduling contractors and suppliers. Create a work plan and oversee the timely implementation of all renovation projects.

  • Conduct class lectures and tours, develop interpretive materials, write articles, and contribute to grant proposals. 

  • Manage facilities by scheduling contractors for maintenance and emergency repairs. Supervise contractors as needed during projects. 

  • Monitor maintenance budget, create and submit purchase orders for approval.

  • Assist in hiring and managing seasonal interns and volunteers.

  • Implement pest management through organic and ecological methods.

  • Help with special exhibits and events. 

  • Operate and maintain garden/grounds equipment to adequately complete tasks. 

  • Schedule timely maintenance of all equipment.

  • May require work on nights or weekends.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Skills and Experience

The ideal candidate will possess working knowledge of ecological horticulture practices and techniques, familiarity with regionally appropriate native plants, and well-developed communication skills.

  • A working knowledge of the flora and habitats of New England.

  • A demonstrated commitment to ecological gardening.

  • Prior experience working in a public garden setting.

  • Ability to communicate clearly (written and orally), interact well with the public, and feel comfortable conducting public education and outreach. 

  • Ability to work well with interns and volunteers.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Ability to work in various and sometimes difficult conditions in all types of weather.

  • Ability to be flexible in terms of daily tasks.

  • Positive outlook and willingness to learn and grow

To Apply

Please submit a letter of interest and resume (MS Word or PDF format, with your last name as part of the file name) to ulorimer@NativePlantTrust.org using the subject line “Horticulturist Application.” 

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 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.