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. 

Open Positions

Open Position: Research Botanist

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. 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. Please visit

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

Position #1 of 2: RESEARCH BOTANIST

Position Summary

The Research Botanist manages the seed bank of rare and endangered species, pursues grant funding for and conducts research utilizing seed bank germ plasm, organizes and takes part in surveys and seed collection of common and rare native plant species, and publishes scholarly articles on the applied research.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage the seed bank of rare and endangered native plant species
  • Conduct research into genetic diversity within the seed bank and possibly throughout the range of selected species
  • In collaboration with Research Horticulturist, conduct germination testing of stored seed and cultivate seed for biological studies and population management work
  • Utilizing common and rare seed bank resources and our collaborative network, lead habitat restoration efforts focused on achieving strategic priorities, including species recovery, resilience in the face of climate change, and knowledge about experimental techniques 
  • Publish independent and collaborative research efforts in regional and national scientific journals
  • Investigate and pursue funding sources for the seed bank and affiliated research through grant writing and contract proposals
  • Supervise Seed Bank Technician (responsible for processing rare species seed collections for long-term storage), contract seed collectors, and seed collection priorities of our New England Plant Conservation and Plant Conservation Volunteers programs
  • Maintain collection records, files, and seed bank database (IrisBG)
  • Teach classes, present lectures, and lead workshops on topics of botany and conservation for Native Plant Trust
  • Analyze geospatial data (ArcMap) to inform seed collection of rare and endangered plants
  • Assist in field surveys and invasive plant control where necessary

Skills and Experience

The ideal applicant possesses MS or PhD in plant biology or botany, genetics, environmental science, ecology, or a related field, plus the following:

  • A minimum of three years of research experience in field botany, field ecology, and/or habitat restoration
  • Familiarity with botanical nomenclature and modern taxonomy, with emphasis on the flora of the northeastern United States
  • Familiarity with germination and propagation from seed is preferred
  • Demonstrated grant-writing skills 
  • Strong organizational and communication skills (oral and written)
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, ArcMap, biostatistical software, and IrisBG. 

This full-time, exempt position includes a benefits package.

To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter (MS Word or PDF format, with your last name as part of the file name) to Michael Piantedosi, Director of Conservation, Native Plant Trust, at, using the subject line “Research Botanist Application." Applications are due by August 31, 2019.

To download a copy of this job description, click here.

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 in early February.

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 two, full-time, six-month internships. Applications are due in January and February.

We offer one internship 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 internship and how to apply. The application deadline for these two internships at Garden in the Woods is typically on or about February 1.

  • Native Plant Horticulture Internship - Check back later for more information about 2020 application dates and other details.

A second 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 full information about this opportunity and how to apply. The application deadline for this internship at Nasami Farm is typically on or about mid-January.

  • Chester B. Allen Native Plant Propagation and Horticulture Internship - Check back later for more information about 2020 application dates and other details.

Annual Public Programs Marketing Internship

The marketing intern helps promote our courses, symposia, field trips, lectures, and online programs. The application deadline is ASAP.

One position marketing our Public Programs (403 hours, starting in October 2019 and ending in May 2020)

About Public Programs

Native Plant Trust has one of the largest programs in native plant education in the country. We offer hundreds of courses, workshops, lectures, and field trips each year, in which you can learn about native plants, explore hotspots of plant diversity, be inspired by gardens, and design your own landscapes. We also lead fascinating trips to botanically rich areas around the world.

Our professional certificate programs in native plant studies offer basic and advanced certificates in Field Botany and Native Plant Horticulture and Design, appropriate for all lifelong learners. Graduates of the certificate program apply their knowledge and skills to fields ranging from conservation to landscape design, management, and planning.

Throughout the region, our online classes serve as a resource for plant lovers. Our user-friendly, interactive web application Go Botany enables everyone from beginners to professionals to discover and identify thousands of plant species in the New England flora. At Garden in the Woods, we provide school programs and tours for thousands of people.

Position Summary

The Marketing Intern works as an integral member of the Public Programs team at our headquarters, Garden in the Woods, in Framingham, MA.  

Native Plant Trust is interested in increasing the visibility of its public programs. We are seeking a college junior or senior (or a recent graduate) majoring in marketing, communications, or a related field for a part-time internship opportunity. The applicant should have well-developed verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work independently.

The Marketing Intern may contribute to such projects as conducting community outreach, refining communications databases, tracking and reporting on target numbers, building digital community, creating program publicity, and providing information about the organization’s mission all over the region. The position offers a creative working environment and learning opportunities.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Director of Public Programs, internship tasks may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Monitor program registrations and communications 
  • Use and add to the existing marketing database of targeted external calendars, web sites, blogs, social media contacts, partners, businesses, etc.
  • Create outreach to support programs
  • Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and tools for marketing and communications
  • Promote public programs by contacting key media and influencers
  • Help to write and disseminate press releases
  • Assist in the creation and distribution of flyers, posters, and other marketing material for programs and major events 
  • Assist in planning, writing and managing e-blasts and monthly e-newsletters
  • Upload program listings to external web site calendars
  • Write social media and blog posts for department


Applicants must be responsible and self-motivated. Preference will be given to those candidates who have the following qualifications:

  • Be a junior or senior in college 
  • Marketing, public relations, communications, or English major preferred
  • Knowledge of marketing/public relations/communications principles, methods, and research
  • Experience and interest in community outreach
  • Good organizational, writing, speaking, and presentation skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to take direction and to work independently
  • Interest in public programming, nonprofits, and/or education 
  • Ability to conduct internet research
  • Knowledge of and comfort with Microsoft Office and social media platforms
  • Familiarity with videography is a plus
  • Previous experience in relevant fields preferred 


This position begins in October 2019 and ends in May 2020, with intern ideally working the equivalent of two days per week, on weekdays. Scheduling is flexible. 



To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references no later than August 19, 2019. Please include your full name in the file name of each document. In your cover letter please include where you found the job posting. Please submit your application to