Careers & Internships at Mass Hort

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:

POSITION TITLE:  Accounting Manager

REPORTS TO:  Executive Director/President

WORKS WITH: Finance committee, departments

POSITION TYPE:  Salary: Full time 40 hours

Job Description:

The Accounting Manager position at Massachusetts Horticultural Society is a senior management professional that reports to and works with the Executive Director to provide accurate financial reports to help guide the organization’s financial health.  The Accounting Manager maximizes return on financial assets by establishing financial policies, procedures, controls, and reporting systems. In this role, the Accounting Manager exemplifies high ethical standards; trustworthy, discretion and judgment to maintain confidentiality in both financial and personnel matters.

Accounting Manager Job Responsibilities:


  • Guides financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures.
  • Protects assets by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls.
  • Works closely with the Finance Committee and prepares monthly and annual financial reports
  • Works with External and Internal Auditors:
    • To monitors and confirms financial conditions by conducting internal audits
    • To provide information to external auditors
  • Manages the accounting systems:  bookkeeping, accounts payables, accounts receivables, payroll, general ledger entries and purchase orders.
  • Provides status of financial condition by collecting, interpreting, and reporting financial data on a regular basis to the Executive Director and the Finance Committee.
  • Prepares budgets by establishing schedules; collecting, analyzing, and consolidating financial data; recommending plans.
  • Achieves budget objectives by scheduling expenditures; analyzing variances; recommending to the Executive Director corrective actions.
  • Prepares special reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends.
  • Complies with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation; anticipating future legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; filing financial reports; advising management on needed actions.
  • Ensures operation of equipment by establishing preventive maintenance requirements and service contracts; maintaining equipment inventories; evaluating new equipment and techniques.

Vendor Relationships:

  • Manages vendor relationships.
  • Oversees timely payment of invoices to maximize organization’s cash flows

Human Resources Administration

  • Manages employment paperwork for new employees and exiting employees.
  • Manages enrollment of all accounts and ensure compliance all Health, Life, Disability, Dental, Pension, and COBRA accounts
  • Adheres to confidentiality requirements related to the sensitive nature of Human Resources


  • Works with insurance brokers to maintain required insurance coverage
  • Solicits brokers to attain lowest premium
  • Manages and amortizes prepaid insurance payments
  • Manages and overseers insurance claims


  • Manages technology contracts for IT services
  • Assures technology backups are maintained and tested on a recurring basis

To apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to: Katherine Macdonald  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download the job description here

POSITION TITLE: Assistant Groundskeeper

REPORTS TO: Director of Operations

WORKS WITH: Director of Operations, Garden Curator, Functions Manager, staff, volunteers, and interns



JOB DESCRIPTION AT MASS HORT: The Assistant Groundskeeper is responsible for the maintenance and care of the grounds at Mass Hort, the buildings as required including light janitorial, the walkways, and roadways, in summer and winter.


Performs a variety of tasks in the maintenance and operation the Gardens at Elm Bank, and buildings and grounds.
Lawn and garden maintenance
Janitorial tasks as necessary
Operates a motor vehicle to assist in carrying out the business of the Society
Performs minor semi-skilled interior building maintenance such as painting, carpentry,
and other trades work assists with maintenance on irrigation systems
Performs routine maintenance on lawn and power equipment

Landscape construction projects
Assist with Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Flower Show Exhibit setup, and breakdown
Winter snow removal and equipment maintenance, 24/7
Operational maintenance as directed by Director of Operations
Opens and closes, locks and unlocks facilitiesand gates as needed
Assists in setting up and taking down equipment for society and function programs
Prepares facilities for Society and function program use
Provide daily work orders, and reports as requested by the Director of Operations
Provides additional services as requested by the Director of Operations
Submit time sheets in a timely fashion to supervisor


3 years or more in the field of landscape and grounds maintenance
Ability to work out doors in all weather
Knowledgeable about gardening maintenance Working
knowledge of equipment, materials and supplies used in building and
grounds construction and maintenance.
Working knowledge of equipment and supplies used to do minor repairs
Working knowledge of first aid and applicable safety precautions (Red Cross course, OSHA, etc). If not already obtained, candidate must be willing to go through training process
Skill in the operation tools and equipment
Ability to work independently and to complete daily activities according to work schedule
Ability to lift 50 pounds, walk and stand for long periods of time, and to perform strenuous physical labor under adverse field conditions
Ability to communicate orally and in writing
Ability to understand, follow, and transmit written and oral instructions
Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, other Society personnel and the public
Ability to use equipment and tools properly and safely


Please send cover letter and resume to: Dan Brooks, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Internship Programs:

Seed to Table Intern
REPORTS TO: Seed to Table Educator and Director of Horticulture & Education
WORKS WITH: Staff, volunteers, and Interns

SEASON:  May - August, 2017. Full time seasonal including one weekend day.
HOURS PER WEEK: 40 hours per week, including 1 weekend day

Assists with daily maintenance in the S2T gardens and other edible landscapes throughout the property
Work with S2T program coordinator and Director of Horticulture to design and implement an independent research project, include end-of-season report.
Offers scheduled garden tours and supports related events
Works with the gardens curator, garden to table coordinator and volunteers to help with the maintenance and interpretation of our edible landscapes
Help with harvest for local food banks and special events

Must be personable, able to lift 50 lbs, and work in all weather.
5 days per week May-August, including 1 weekend day.
Salary/stipend $11 hr

Currently enrolled in related college program and have High School Diploma, GED
Must have some gardening and public speaking experience
Must have a valid driver’s license
Require CORI clearance 

(read the full job description)

To apply, please e-mail or mail a resume, cover letter, and list of three references to:
Suzanne Leon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.