Horticulturist - Ipswich (year-round, full-time)

Job Type

Full Time




United States


Position Summary:

Under the leadership of the Director of Public Gardens, the Horticulturist will bring technical skills, inspiration, and support to the Trustees’ gardens. Working with key stakeholders this individual will establish a long-range strategy for the appropriate care of Castle Hill’s iconic landscape and gardens, a structure for the implementation of best horticultural practices, an ability to lead interns, volunteers and seasonal employees in exceptional standards of garden maintenance, and interact with all visitors in an open, engaging manner. This energetic, positive individual will bring their professional gardening talent to the appropriate care of the gardens, carry out living collections management, and implement best stewardship practices established under the leadership of the Director of Public Gardens.

The Horticulturist must have both the vision to achieve an innovative public gardens program as well as the hands-on skills to ensure execution.

Essential Functions:

  • Directs the horticultural stewardship of the garden under the supervision of the Director of Public Gardens.
  • Performs all duties associated with plant acquisition, propagation, installation, maintenance and care of permanent and seasonal plantings, including greenhouse production, care of plant stock and assistance with living collections curation practices.
  • Collaborates with curatorial staff, engagement staff, stewardship staff, volunteers, and consultants on the research, development and execution of garden restorations, care of post mature and new plantings, engagement program content, and publications.
  • Uses creativity to raise the gardens to a level of excellence in beauty & visitor experience, while being mindful of resources available.
  • Positively motivates and leads seasonal staff, volunteers and interns in the maintenance of the installation and care of plant collections with careful attention to planting plans, record keeping, and proper plant identification.
  • Oversees the care and growth of the garden
  • Guides the implementation of policies and best practices to guide great garden design and exceptional horticultural standards in balance with their natural surroundings and historic integrity.
  • Supports the efficient organization of staff and volunteers, develops management and conservation recommendations for the plant collections.
  • Participates in horticulture-related grant application decisions and submissions, as directed.
  • Participates in meeting assignments as needed.
  • Performs, directs or reports on special studies, projects and assignments as requested.

Education and Experience:

  • Four-year baccalaureate degree in horticulture or related field of study required.
  • Five or more years of hands-on experience and an employment history that shows increasing responsibilities in the public garden field; at least three years experience supervising staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Pesticide Applicator’s License preferred.


  • A strong record of public garden maintenance and management of historic sites.
  • Knowledge or experience in the following areas: arboriculture, decorative hedges, turf, roses, water features, woodlands, perennials, fruit trees and potted displays.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead with a sense of excitement and self-confidence and motivate talented gardeners.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of horticultural care and conservation, cataloguing, stewardship and applied practice.
  • Ability to inspire confidence and maintain effective working relationships at all levels of the organization including staff, volunteers, donors, trustees, and diverse public constituencies.
  • Ability to collaborate and seek partnerships through creating regional, national and international networks.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated skills in creative problem-solving and strategic analysis and planning.
  • Strength in oral and written communications and the management of multiple tasks.
  • A proven, passionate commitment to the values, mission and purposes represented by The Trustees


  • Valid driver’s license required for driving Trustees’ vehicles.
  • This position requires heavy lifting, bending, kneeling and working outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Background check required.

Organizational Relationships/Scope:

Reports to the Director of Public Gardens; works closely with all site staff at Castle Hill. May have seasonal direct reports.

Working Conditions:

Variable outdoor weather conditions. Ability to lift 40 pounds

Hours, Salary, and Benefits:

The Trustees offers competitive compensation and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

About The Organization:

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 25,000+ acres on 116 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 50,000 members.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Trustees of Reservations aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts, who are at the core of our mission.

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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