Welcome to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's career site. Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and to developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.
We firmly believe that our employees, interns, and volunteers drive the success of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Our goal for the 21st century and beyond is to provide quality educational programming in our gardens, in the exhibit halls, and the classroom and to engage people in the stewardship of our natural resources.
The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer
We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status.
Current Employment Opportunities:
2013 Internship Positions:
1. Weezie’s Children’s Garden: 40 hours per week, hourly rate tba
Weezie’s Children’s Garden: This whimsical children’s garden was designed by Julie Moir Messervy. The garden is designed as a series of small spiraling gardens, each with its own theme and unique way of engaging the senses. Weezie’s intern: in addition to Intern job description below, helps with children’s programming.
2. Garden to Table Vegetable Garden: 40 hours per week, hourly rate tba
Chef’s Garden and Food Pantry Garden: Start with a seed, end with a meal! The Chef’s Garden is a unique design of vegetable beds that display an edible landscape featuring a variety of international cuisines. Organic best practices are utilized. In 2012 the gardens provided over 3,500 pounds of food to local food pantries. Chef and Pantry Garden intern helps harvest vegetables for the food pantry and for cooking programs, in additional to intern description below.
3. Generalist Intern: 20 hours per week, hourly rate tba
Supervisor: Garden Curator
INTERN JOB DESCRIPTION:
The Horticulture Intern will play an important role in maintaining the Gardens at Elm Bank and its diverse plantings during the spring and summer seasons.
Working interactively with a team of staff, garden keepers, master gardeners, and volunteers, the intern’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following.
• Care for diverse plantings of trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, and bulbs;
• Perform seasonal landscape work including weeding, pruning, clean-up, bulb planting, dividing and ransplanting, and leaf removal;
• Scout for pests and disease;
• Participate in trash removal procedures, as needed;
• Maintain highest standards for park cleanliness and order throughout the Gardens at Elm Bank,
including sweeping and maintenance around special features, benches and entry ways;
• Maintain equipment and tools needed to perform daily tasks.
• Hand water and monitor irrigation of plantings, especially during time of establishment and drought
• Maintenance of walkways and water features
• Help with garden tours and educating the public as an ambassador for Mass Hort
• Detail oriented, with considerable attention to order and cleanliness throughout the gardens;
• Willingness to work as part of a team or alone, in all weather conditions;
• Ability to perform heavy physical labor on a daily basis; (lift 30-50 pounds)
• Ability to use outdoor maintenance and power equipment; operate electric vehicles
• Experience in landscape maintenance and horticulture
• Dailey record keeping
• Working with volunteers in the garden
• Plant health and care
• Disease and pest control
• Flower, size, how many, when started, when in full bloom
• Management of a public garden
• Conducting tours
Interested persons should contact:
Mr. David Fiske @
You may also download a PDF of this job posting here.
Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is a member-supported organization, dedicated to encouraging and improving the science and practice of horticulture and developing the public’s enjoyment, appreciation and understanding of plants and the environment.
Massachusetts Horticultural Society has a wonderful volunteer community that helps us carry out our mission everyday by volunteering in the office, in the gardens, and at events. Please visit our volunteer page.