The Trustees of Reservations

200 High St.
Boston, MA 02110


Date Posted:
March 15, 2021

Eastern Massachusetts



Seasonal Assistant Horticulturist - Beverly, MA


The Opportunity.

Do you love nature and being outdoors? This is a one of a kind opportunity for a person with a passion for horticulture, plants, and historic landscapes. Join our expert team maintaining the historic Sedgwick Gardens and landscape at Long Hill, one of the premier garden properties in Massachusetts. We are seeking an enthusiastic college student or recent college graduate that is studying in a related field to perform various gardening and landscape maintenance tasks and to assist with educational programming, events, and workshops.

Long Hill is a historic, diverse 114 acre property which includes the six acre Sedgwick Gardens, apple orchard, two acre organic farm, meadows, Children’s Garden, and is surrounded by 100 acres of woodland containing two miles of trails. The Trustees are currently focused on their public gardens, educating and engaging the public, and restoring the ecological health of properties. Long Hill is currently undergoing an exciting public garden transformation.

The 12-14-week summer “hands-on” horticultural program offers students and early career professionals valuable on-the-job experience, classes, and mentorship by Long Hill horticultural staff. In addition, the Assistant Horticulturist will gain valuable experience conducting various landscape and garden maintenance tasks throughout the property, including weekly interaction with volunteers, students, and other horticultural staff. The Apprentice will also work with small groups of volunteers and lend support for events and other programs.

In This Role You Will:

  • Perform various landscape and garden maintenance tasks such as but not limited to: fine gardening, pruning, weeding, planting, lawn care, mulching, watering, tree and shrub care, recording phenology and plant records, propagation, and other property maintenance as required.

  • Coordinate weekly work activity with Senior Horticulturist and staff.

  • Work independently or with team to accomplish tasks.

  • Assist with educational programming, events, and workshops.

  • Act as an ambassador for the Trustees (along with other staff and volunteers) at public events and other outreach opportunities

  • Work with the Senior Horticulturist to identify and pursue a professional development interest during the internship


Job Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Experience working in gardens.

  • Basic knowledge or experience with garden maintenance, horticulture, ecology, forestry, environmental studies, education, landscape design or other related field.

  • Comfort speaking to and working with the public

  • Willingness to work as part of a collaborative team and interact with diverse groups of people

  • Ability to effectively work independently and unsupervised

  • Comfort spending long amounts of time outdoors in a range of climates and the physical ability to perform physically challenging work such as digging and lifting.

  • Attending college or recent graduate

  • Ability to have an eye for detail and follow tasks through to completion.

  • Valid Drivers License required for driving Trustees vehicles and must complete drivers background checks

Additional Information:

This is full time seasonal job running late May through mid-August (12-14 weeks),40 hours per week and pays $13.50/hr. Work schedule is somewhat flexible. Housing is not provided. The Horticulture Apprentice reports to the Senior Horticulturist and coordinates weekly schedule of tasks with the horticultural staff.

About The Trustees

The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. Today, the places we care about are going fast, and the forces undermining them, including climate change, are moving faster.?Our passion is to protect and share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures under our care.?We are funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households.


The Trustees has been featured in the Top 100 Women-Led Organizations in Massachusetts for six consecutive years.


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


The Trustees is a signer of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council and a Member of the Boston College Center for Work and Family.

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:
April 30, 2021
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.