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. 

  • Seasonal Plant Sales - Nasami Farm Nursery

    Native Plant Trust seeks a part-time, seasonal Native Plant Salesperson for our retail sales area at Nasami Farm Nursery in Whately, MA. Responsibilities include selling and caring for plants and merchandise, 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.

    Skills

    The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent communication skills, 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. 

    Details

    This is a part-time position that starts immediately and ends in late October 2021. 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:

    • Perform opening and closing point-of-sale procedures 
    • Assist customers, ring up sales, answer plant questions, assist walk-ins and pre-arranged weekday sales 
    • Water/groom/maintain retail plants, assist with nursery watering
    • 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 display beds around building and on property; coordinate volunteer help
    • Act as an ambassador for Native Plant Trust
    • Occasionally help with driving 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
    nmacon@NativePlantTrust.org

    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. 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.