Tower Hill Botanic Garden

11 French Drive
Boylston, MA 01505

Date Posted:
April 20, 2021

Central Massachusetts



Horticulture Outreach Manager


diversity among our staff promotes a healthy work environment and a vigorous organization. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law. We believe in diversity of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, ability, and all the other traits that make us unique. Tower Hill is an equal opportunity employer.

The Horticulture Outreach Manager,will support Tower Hill’s mission to connect people with plants, focusing primarily on building mutually beneficial relationships with communities and stakeholders in Worcester and the greater Worcester area. The manager will engage with community members and industry partners, organize community education programs and coordinate community volunteer projects to support greening initiatives in cities and towns. Reporting to the Director of Horticulture, the manager will contribute to a collaborative working relationship with staff in both the Horticulture and Education departments. The role requires strong initiative, coordination and collaboration skills, the ability to manage time efficiently and to represent Tower Hill in the community.


· Manage the Young Adult Foresters program, including recruitment, daily oversight, and job skills training for a group of young-adult seasonal staff from the Worcester community.

· Plan and lead field work for volunteers of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds, including proper tree pruning, public site maintenance, tree planting and establishment care.

· Manage community volunteer program with community greening projects that include seasonal tree planting, tree care and other urban greening programs.

· In coordination with the Outreach Education Coordinator, deliver off site THBG greening workshops to youth, adults and industry professionals in the greater Worcester community.

· Cultivate lasting partnershipswith community leaders to identify new opportunities for urban forestry, urban greening, and community projects.

· Create or organize weekly news article for the THBG e-newsletter & other marketing support as needed.

· Manage, track, and fulfill grant requirements.

· Obtain, organize and record all relevant data related to each program including communities served, attendance, program partners and feedback gathered from each program.

· Participate in industry related conferences and events.

· Manage the horticulture outreach budget, under the guidance of the Director of Horticulture.

· Perform additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Leadership and Interpersonal Relations

· Strong organizational, time management, oral, and written communication skills.

· Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships and deal tactfully with community partners, visitors, students, volunteers, instructors, and staff.

· Ability to work with diverse groups and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.

· Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.

· Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.

· Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.

· Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.

· Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.

· Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.

· Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably;?is flexible and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.

· Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.

· Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.

· Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.

· Leverage existing community partnerships and identify new ones.

· Assist with volunteer and per diem staff trainings, supervision, and management.

· Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.

· Partner regularly with the Outreach Education Coordinator and act as a liaison between departments.


The Horticulture Outreach Manager is a full-time exempt position.The standard work schedule for this position is 40 hours per week Monday through Friday. However, the position requires a great deal of flexibility and the ability to work regular weekends and occasional evenings to suit the needs of the organization. On and off-site work will be required.

PhysicalDemands/Working Conditions:

· Mustbeabletolift50 lbs.

· Mustbeableto workwithappropriate computer and communications equipment.

· Must be willing to coordinate year-round outdoor events in a variety of weather conditions.

· Must be able to bend, squat, kneel, stand and walk for extended periods of time and to navigate uneven grounds and stairs evenly.

· Must have a valid driver’s license and be comfortable with local travel.

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


Education and Experience:

· Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, urban forestry, or a related field and two years of experience in relevant work, or comparable combination of education and experience.

· Ability to work in the field and train volunteers on basic skills such as tree pruning, weeding urban garden sites, planting trees and planting perennials and annuals.

· Travel will be required to locations for pruning, site care, and off-site training programs. Use of THBG vehicle will be available for these events.

· Ability to flex work schedule to accommodate frequent Saturdays, seasonally.

· Experience working with youth in an urban environment.

· Ability to clearly communicate in writing and verbally to build partnerships, organize events, coordinate class instructors, and communicate with volunteers, students and the general public.

· Strong personal and professional integrity with the ability to maintain confidentiality.

· Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and the ability to learn other technology as needed.

How To Apply:
Please submit resume and letter of interest to
Apply by:
May 07, 2021
$43,000 - $50,000
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