Tower Hill Botanic Garden

11 French Drive
Boylston, MA 01505

Date Posted:
October 23, 2018

Central Massachusetts



Conservatory Horticulturist


Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s mission is to inspire the use and appreciation of horticulture to improve lives, enrich communities and strengthen commitment to the natural world. Our core values are learning, stewardship, sustainability, inclusivity, joy and excellence. Our vision is to grow our gardens and programs to connect with new audiences and deepen our relationship with those who know us. Our gardens will become a must-see destination drawing visitors from near and far. We will strive to become a collection of people and plants that can make a difference beyond our boundaries. We will work with others to develop and disseminate plant-based solutions to societal issues. Finally, we will lead some of those efforts to build a better world with plants and people.

The ideal candidate will exhibit an ability to work independently and as part of a team, understand the challenges of sustainable conservatory management and bring an excitement about creating lush and inspiring botanical displays. The Horticulturist will bring a commitment to excellence, time management skills, and the ability to prioritize tasks. The candidate will be adaptable and willing to contribute to all aspects of the work of the horticulture department, and the institution.

TheConservatory Horticulturistis responsiblefor:

· Maintenance of conservatory collections using sustainable horticultural practices. This includes permanent and seasonal collections in the 2,700 sq. ft. Orangerie, 1,400 sq. ft. Fern Gallery, 1,900 sq. ft. Limonaia, and other interior spaces.

· Maintenance of collections and equipment in conservatory support spaces including 970 sq. ft. Growing House, approx. 800 sq. ft. Pit House, Potting Shed, and storage and office spaces.

· Tasks include pruning, fertilizing, watering, pest and disease scouting and control, repotting, propagation, and acclimatizing plants.

· Responsible for the successful seasonal relocation of containerized conservatory collections out to the gardens in spring and back under glass in fall. This includes proper acclimatization and the creation of educational and visually stunning displays.

· Leading tours and delivering workshops and lectures.

· Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Horticulture or CEO.

Horticulture,Design andDisplay

· Ensures the quality, health, and high display standards of landscape displays.

· Forcing of branches and bulbs to supplement seasonal displays.

· Produces seasonal container displays using permanent conservatory collections and temporary season materials from external sources.

· Care of in ground and container displays in Winter Garden and Garden Within Reach including weeding, watering deadheading, pest and disease scouting and control.

· Ensures the highest standards of landscape displays, using environmentally responsible methods.

Curatorial Duties

· Works with the Director of Horticulture to assess and expand the conservatory collections to meet the goals of the Society.

· Ensuring that conservatory collections are true to name, clearly labeled, and properly recorded in the Living Collections database; assists with plant records database and creates plant labels with staff support.

Collaboration & Interpersonal Skills

· Participation in garden-wide events, exhibitions, and group projects serving a leadership or supporting role as assigned, such as Night Lights and the spring plant sale.

· Willingly and cheerfully integrates work of Horticulture department with the efforts of other departments.

· Comfortable interacting with Garden visitors.

· Performs duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multi-generational families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedures.

Safety, Supervision and Training

· Supervises one full-time, year round Gardener, seasonal interns, and volunteers. With Director of Horticulture, participates in hiring and performance reviews for full time Gardener.

· With supervisor, monitors and documents safety and risk management programs and training for assigned personnel.

· Works with an awareness of surroundings and vigilant to any possible threat to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to their property. Ensures all concerns are reported promptly.

· Ensures all mishaps, injuries, and incidents are reported immediately and ultimately in writing to the CFOO, using the appropriate reporting forms and advising the employees as necessary how to seek treatment under workers compensation guidelines.

· Ensures compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulation.

· Complies with provisions of the current Employee Handbook, all published personnel policies, and the requirements of the job description.

· Creates and tracks schedules for the installation, periodic maintenance, renovation, and repair of conservatory displays.

· Use and preventative maintenance of equipment, tools, vehicles, and irrigation systems.


Requires a flexible schedule with weekends and holidays as assigned.


· BS in Horticulture

· At least 3 years experience in public horticulture or conservatory management

· At least 1 year experience supervising staff and volunteers

· Experience in integrated pest management; capable of obtaining a MA pesticide license within first 4 months of employment

· Proficiency with technology for research and communications, including Microsoft Office suite, and familiarity with Collections Management Software

· A valid driver’s license is required

PhysicalDemands/Working Conditions:

· Mustbeabletolift50pounds repeatedly.

· Must be able to work indoors in conservatory conditionsandoutdoorsin all seasonal extremes.

· Must be able to bend, squat, kneel, stand, and walk for extended periods of time.

· Mustbeableto workwithappropriate tools and machinery.

Note: Duties described above, other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential functions as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

How To Apply:

Send a cover letter, resume, and references to Mark Richardson, Director of Horticulture., no calls please

Tower Hill Botanic Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Apply by:
December 18, 2018
based on experience
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