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New England Wild Flower Society
Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014
New England Wild Flower Society
The mission of New England Wild Flower Society is to conserve and promote the region's native plants to ensure healthy, biologically diverse landscapes. Founded in 1900, the Society is the nation's oldest plant conservation organization and a recognized leader in native plant conservation, horticulture, and education. The Society's headquarters, Garden in the Woods, is a renowned native plant botanic garden in Framingham, Massachusetts, that attracts visitors from all over the world. From this base, 25 staff and more than 700 volunteers work throughout New England 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. The Society also operates a native plant nursery at Nasami Farm in western Massachusetts and has eight sanctuaries in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont that are open to the public.
The Society seeks a skilled and experienced Horticulturist to help maintain Garden in the Woods, its 45-acre native plant botanic garden. S/he will practice ecological horticulture in support of the Society’s mission while maintaining a high degree of aesthetic quality.
Manages garden displays in assigned areas to the highest level of aesthetics, plant health, and educational value.
Creates a work plan for assigned garden areas and oversees the timely implementation of all renovation projects.
Manages building maintenance through the scheduling of contractors for facilities maintenance and emergency repairs. Supervises contractors as necessary. May require some night and/or weekend work.
Monitors maintenance budget, and follows all purchasing protocols.
Assists in hiring & supervising seasonal interns & volunteers
Performs pest management in assigned areas through organic and ecological methods
Maintains & monitors deer fence
Assists with coordination of special events and exhibits (parking, set up, take down etc.)
Assists in managing the society’s public water supply under direction of the Senior Horticulturist. Must obtain & maintain DEP water manager certification
Skills and Experience
The ideal candidate will have a working basic knowledge of native New England flora and experience maintaining and developing naturalistic garden displays.
• Demonstrated passion for native plants and ecological horticulture
• Horticulture or related degree from an accredited college or horticulture program OR two or more years of hands-on horticulture experience; botanic garden experience preferred
• Demonstrated drafting and garden design skills
• Experience with BG-Base and BG-Map software
• Experience with or willingness to learn about facilities maintenance
• Ability to work independently and as a strong team member
• Ability to work occasional evening and weekends
• Ability to multi-task and manage a changing, varied, fast-paced workload
• Ability to lift 50 pounds and work in adverse weather conditions
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to interact effectively with staff, volunteers, and garden visitors
Please submit a letter of interest and resume (MS Word or PDF format, with your last name as part of the file names) to Mark Richardson, Director of Horticulture, New England Wild Flower Society, at firstname.lastname@example.org, using the subject line "Horticulturist Application.”