The Trustees of Reservations

200 High St.
Boston, MA 02110

Date Posted:
February 13, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Trustees Blue Cross Blue Shield Garden Coordinator - Boston (seasonal/contractor, part-time)

About the Blue Cross Blue Shield Workplace Gardens:

The Trustees partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) to install two workplace gardens at BCBSMA campuses in Quincy and Hingham, and to provide ongoing garden education, maintenance, plants and other supplies, and consultation for both gardens. These gardens total 27 plots, with teams of 5-10 BCBSMA associates assigned to each plot. Associates are responsible for planting, maintenance, and harvest of garden plots with assistance from the Garden Educator and Garden Coordinator.

About the Garden Coordinator Position:

The Garden Coordinator provides on-the-ground and email gardening guidance to BCBSMA associates. The coordinator also provides garden education and program and plant propagation assistance for Boston Community Gardens as needed. The position is based out of the Trustees Boston office at 200 High Street although most of the work takes place at the Quincy and Hingham garden sites, with some work at City Native nursery in Mattapan and in various community gardens in Boston. The position reports to the Trustees Boston Community Gardens Engagement Manager.

Essential Functions:

  • Lead weekly work sessions at each site with additional time for setup/cleanup & supply transport.

    • Tuesdays, 11:30-1:30 in Hingham

    • Wednesdays OR Thursdays, 11:30-1:30 in Quincy

  • Send weekly emails or calendar invitations to gardeners informing them of upcoming garden tasks

  • Perform additional email communication with gardeners to answer questions and address garden needs and issues

  • Purchase and transport program supplies to each garden site as needed

  • Assist with growing seedlings for use in gardens

  • Run monthly workshops at each site

  • Plant and maintain common areas in each garden with native plants and perennials, including culinary herbs

  • Meet or check-in with BCG Engagement Manager on a regular schedule

  • Take photographs and generate social media content about the garden

  • Coordination with BCBSMA Facilities team for water, waste removal & infrastructure issues as needed

  • Maintain pathways, fences, and other infrastructure, including regular string trimming

  • Collect garden data and assist with compiling annual report

  • Minimum 3 years’ gardening experience
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience with garden education or public programming
  • Thorough and demonstrated knowledge of organic gardening techniques, including intensive growing, intercropping, vertical gardening, no-till methods, and water conservation
  • Experience with landscape maintenance, light construction and repairs
  • Experience with native plants, gardening for pollinators, and perennial care preferred

Hours, Salary & Schedule

Average 14 hours per week at $18-22/hour

March 18 – November 15, 2019

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 26,000+ acres on 117 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 60,000 member households.

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.

How To Apply:
Please apply online via The Trustees' website linked here
Apply by:
March 22, 2019
About this Organization:
The Trustees of Reservations is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. We preserve and protect places of natural, scenic and historic beauty and hold these “reservations” in “trust” for public use and enjoyment. Our passion is to improve the quality of life in the Commonwealth, using our properties and their many programs as a powerful and compelling platform to engage more residents and visitors in our mission-driven work. We believe in protecting the irreplaceable forever, for everyone.  Today, we care for 117 special reservations -- from beaches to farms, gardens and historic sites – within minutes of every resident. Funded and supported entirely by our nearly 2 million visitors and supporters, and more than 60,000 member households, we invite you to find your place.