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.  

  • Horticulturist - Garden in the Woods

    Position Summary

    The Horticulturist helps manage and implement daily operations for Garden in the Woods with ecological principles and practices. The 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. This is a full-time, year-round position.

    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

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

    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 using the subject line “Horticulturist Application.” 

    Application deadline: November 25, 2022.

    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 Internships

Native Plant Trust offers annual internships in conservation, horticulture, and marketing (Public Programs). Please see descriptions and application dates below.

  • Herbert J. and Esther 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. 

  • Native Plant Horticulture Internships, Garden in the Woods

    The three internships at Garden in the Woods 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 at Nasami Farm nursery is filled for the 2022 season. Please check back in January 2023.