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. 

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

Job Openings

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.  

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.

  • Philanthropy Assistants (2)

    Native Plant Trust is seeking a full- and a part-time 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. These positions are based at our headquarters at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA.

    Responsibilities

    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.

    Skills

    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.

    Details

    • One position is full-time (40 hours/week) and one is half-time (20 hours/week). 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: development-hire@NativePlantTrust.org. This posting will remain open until the positions are 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

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

  • Seasonal Native Plant Sales Coordinator, Garden in the Woods

    Native Plant Trust seeks a seasonal Native Plant Sales Coordinator for our retail sales area at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, 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.

    Skills

    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.

    Details

    This is a full- to part-time position that starts in mid-March 2022 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, update plant lists

    ● 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

    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. 

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

  • Seasonal Visitor Center/Garden Shop Associates, Garden in the Woods

    Native Plant Trust seeks seasonal associates for our Garden Shop and Visitor Center at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA. Responsibilities include welcoming and orienting members and visitors; processing admissions, memberships, and tours; selling plants and merchandise; maintaining Shop appearance; and providing excellent customer service. This position offers the additional opportunity to learn about native plants and participate in educational classes.

    Skills

    The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent communication and organizational skills, have a strong desire to learn, have the ability to work well independently and enjoy a busy pace. Successful candidates are comfortable working on a point-of-sale system and handling cash. In addition, they enjoy working with customers and are committed to providing outstanding customer service.  Botanical interest and knowledge of New England native plants are a plus.

    Details

    This is a part- to full-time position that starts in early April 2022 and ends in late October 2022. Shifts are normally 6 hours. Weekend work is required. This associate reports to the Retail Manager.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Assisting Garden visitors, customers, members, and; processing sales; answering questions; selling memberships 
    • Coordinating visitors with tour guides 
    • Performing opening and closing point-of-sale procedures
    • Maintaining store appearance and replenishing merchandise, food, and beverages as needed
    • Receiving merchandise shipments; pricing and placing merchandise
    • Assisting in plant sales area as needed
    • Helping with initial retail setup in spring and with inventory in the fall
    • Acting as an ambassador for Native Plant Trust

    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. 

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

  • Seasonal Native Plant Sales Coordinators, Nasami Farm Nursery

    Native Plant Trust seeks seasonal Native Plant Sales Coordinators 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.

    Skills

    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.

    Details

    This is a full- to part-time position that starts in mid-April 2022 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

    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. 

    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.

  • 2022 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  February 6, 2022. Detailed descriptions and application instructions appear in the boxes below. 

    Related information: Two of Native Plant Trust’s core initiatives—the New England Plant Conservation Program (NEPCoP) and the Plant Conservation Volunteer (PCV) program–engage professional and community volunteers in rare species monitoring, habitat management, reintroduction and augmentation projects, and long-term conservation planning. We work closely with Natural Heritage programs and with conservation organizations in all six New England states. 

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

    Description 

    Native Plant Trust is offering two 25-week internships for the 2022 field season. The two Conservation internships offer a range of learning opportunities in areas that are integral to NEPCoP and the PCV program, from coordinating with landowners and volunteers to conducting botanical surveys and processing data. Interns will work with Conservation Department staff to create a personal education plan, have the opportunity to take Native Plant Trust’s educational programs and courses at no cost, and participate in seminars and an informal reading and discussion group in the conservation department.  

    In addition, all interns complete an independent project on a topic of interest in botany, ecology, and/or conservation. Depending on COVID-19 restrictions, interns based in New England will also have the option of participating in botanically-interesting field trips and seasonal contract work, which may include the planning and implementation of habitat restoration and management activities, invasive species initiatives, and seed collection. 

    Desired Skills 

    Candidates should be passionate about plant conservation, have some familiarity with the flora of New England and associated ecological systems, excellent speaking and writing skills, a willingness to call landowners to secure access to their property, and a sense of humor. Experience with volunteers and data management is preferred. Interns must respect and maintain the confidentiality of rare species locations and sensitive data. 

    Details 

    Starting date: April 4, 2022, but can be flexible 

    Location: Based at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA (pending the state of the COVID-19 pandemic), with remote option available. Both in-person and remote options will have the potential for field trips and site visits.   

    Hours and Compensation: 40 hours/week at $14.25/hour. Depending on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, Conservation interns will have the option of renting a room for the duration of the internship, in a newly renovated house steps away from the Garden, for $300/month. This includes all utilities except internet and phone. Anyone interested in in-person employment will need to show proof of full vaccination, including boosters, and must follow all COVID-19 safety precautions while on site. 

    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.

    To Apply 

    Submit cover letter, resume, and list of three references by February 6, 2022, by email to Micah Jasny,  Botanical Coordinator: 
    mjasny@NativePlantTrust.org 

  • Marylee Everett Internship

    Description 

    Native Plant Trust is offering one 13-week internship for the 2022 field season. The Conservation internship offers a range of learning opportunities in areas that are integral to NEPCoP and the PCV program, from coordinating with landowners and volunteers to conducting botanical surveys and processing data. The intern will work with Conservation Department staff to create a personal education plan, have the opportunity to take Native Plant Trust’s educational programs and courses at no cost, and participate in seminars and an informal reading and discussion group in the conservation department.  

    In addition, the intern will complete an independent project on a topic of interest in botany, ecology, and/or conservation. Depending on COVID-19 restrictions, interns based in New England will also have the option of participating in botanically-interesting field trips and seasonal contract work, which may include the planning and implementation of habitat restoration and management activities, invasive species initiatives, and seed collection. 

    Desired Skills

    Candidates should be passionate about plant conservation, have some familiarity with the flora of New England and associated ecological systems, excellent speaking and writing skills, a willingness to call landowners to secure access to their property, and a sense of humor. Experience with volunteers and data management is preferred. Interns must respect and maintain the confidentiality of rare species locations and sensitive data. 

    Details: Starting date: April 4, 2022, but can be flexible 

    Location: Based at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA (pending the state of the COVID-19 pandemic) with remote option available. Both in-person and remote options will have the potential for field trips and site visits.  

    Hours and Compensation: 40 hours/week at $14.25/hour. Depending on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, Conservation interns will have the option of renting a room for the duration of the internship in a newly renovated house steps away from the Garden, for $300/month. This includes all utilities except internet and phone. 

    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.

    To Apply 

    Submit cover letter, resume, and list of three references by February 6, 2022, by email to Micah Jasny,  Botanical Coordinator: 
    mjasny@NativePlantTrust.org 

  • 2022 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

    Number Available: 2 (1 Native Plant Horticulture internship, 1  Dr. Elizabeth J. Farnsworth Native Plant Horticulture internship)

    Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

    Duration: 6 months (26 weeks), starting in March or April 

    Hours and Compensation: 40 hours/week at $14.25/hour

    Responsibilities: Interns assist in all aspects of botanic garden operations for Garden in the Woods, including the use of proper horticultural practices (such as planting, pruning, weed management, and irrigation), renovation and construction of new gardens, inventory and plant record keeping, and public education. They will gain hands-on experience identifying and cultivating native plants in a botanical garden setting. Interns can take advantage of classes held at the Garden and are expected to undertake an independent research project. This is an exceptional learning opportunity aimed at gaining valuable career experience caring for gardens and natural areas, planning and leading projects, and managing volunteers. 

    Optional lodging: Horticulture interns working at Garden in the Woods have the option of renting a room for the duration of the internship, in a newly renovated house steps away from the Garden, for $300/month. This includes all utilities except the internet and phone. 

    Benefits: Interns are covered by worker’s compensation and receive paid sick time per Massachusetts law. Native Plant Trust does not provide health insurance or vacation benefits to seasonal  interns. Benefits include a wide range of optional education classes and field trips.

    Skills: The ideal candidate should possess strong plant identification skills and a specific interest in native plants of the Northeast. Priority is given to applicants with an interest in pursuing a career in public horticulture and botanic garden management.

    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.

    To apply, please email or mail a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references to:

    Uli Lorimer, Director of Horticulture
    Native Plant Trust
    180 Hemenway Road
    Framingham, MA 01701

    Telephone: 508-877-7630  ext 3401

    Fax:  508-877-3658

    Email: ulorimer@NativePlantTrust.org 

    Applications are due February 1, 2022

  • Allen Propagation and Horticulture Internship, Nasami Farm

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

    Number Available: 1, at Nasami Farm in Whately, MA

    Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2022

    Duration: 6 months (28 weeks), starting late March/early April; 40-hour week with one weekend day required 

    Hours and Compensation: 40 hrs/week at  $14.50/hr

    Responsibilities: Interns gain hands-on experience identifying, propagating, and cultivating New England native plants in a nursery setting. As part of this experience, interns assist in many facets of nursery operations, including propagation of numerous species, retail plant sales, seed collection and processing, record keeping, and public information duties. This is an opportunity to gain valuable skills by learning from staff, coordinating volunteers, leading projects, and participating in the development of an expanding nursery. Interns will complete a special project of their interest, participate in educational activities, network with professionals, and attend field trips. Provides entry into both native plant studies and nursery management. 

    Benefits: Interns are covered by worker’s compensation and receive paid sick time per Massachusetts law. Native Plant Trust does not provide health insurance or vacation benefits to seasonal  interns. Benefits include a wide range of optional education classes and field trips through Native Plant Trust's extensive education program and with organizations that share our mission. 

    Skills: Candidates should possess some botanical understanding, familiarity with horticultural practices, an interest in native plants of the Northeast, excellent communication skills, and a strong desire to learn. 

    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.

    To apply: Email or mail a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references to:

    Alexis Doshas, Nursery Manager

    Native Plant Trust at Nasami Farm

    128 North Street 

    Whately, MA 01373

    Telephone: 413-397-9922

    Fax: 413-397-9944

    Email: adoshas@NativePlantTrust.org

    Applications are due January 31, 2022.