The Trustees of Reservations

200 High St.
Boston, MA 02110


Date Posted:
April 05, 2021

Eastern Massachusetts



Seasonal Horticultural Assistant - New Bedford, MA


The Opportunity.

The Horticulture Assistant reports to the Horticulturist of the Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens.? This is a part time seasonal, non-exempt position expected to begin in April and end in November, and is located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.?The Horticulture Assistant’s responsibilities can be categorized into the following areas:

In This Role You Will:

  • Perform routine garden maintenance, including but not limited to: weeding, staking, pruning, mulching, raking, edging trails, and planting.

  • Assist the Horticulturist with plant classification and cataloging as well as documenting historical aspects of the gardens.

  • Trail maintenance.

  • Assist with nursery product production.

  • Assist with supplemental watering during dry season.

  • Ensure that all equipment is in good working order through preventative maintenance.

  • Maintain good and productive relationships with our neighbors, visitors, town officials, businesses, and Trustees staff from other divisions and regions.

  • Work both independently and as part of a team.

  • Ensure the safety of the visiting public.

  • Meet visitors at properties with confidence, charm, and tact.

  • Work both independently and as part of a team.

  • Assist with projects on other Trustees properties as required.

  • Additional duties as assigned by the Horticulturist.

  • Assist at various events that are held for the public, helping with parking, setting up and breaking down chairs and tables, and other similar tasks.

  • Assist with teaching the public at horticulture workshops

  • Work with the Horticulturist to identify meaningful volunteer and internship projects

  • Provide oversight and recognition of volunteer and intern efforts in the field.

  • Assist the Horticulturist with administrative tasks and planning.

  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.


Education and Experience:

  • 1-3 years experience in horticulture, or a related field.


  • Excellent leadership skills that contribute to the personal and professional development of staff members.

  • The ability to work independently and unsupervised as well as work cooperatively and demonstrate leadership in groups.

  • Sound computer skills (MS Office).

  • Significant experience using hand and power tools.

  • The ability to repair and maintain equipment.


  • Able to handle the physical demands of the job, which will include routinely lifting 50 pounds and working in all weather conditions.

  • Able to work some nights and weekends to prepare for special events or to ensure the safety of the visiting public as needed.

  • A valid driver’s license, as well as a satisfactory driving record as outlined in The Trustees’ driving policy.

  • A satisfactory criminal background check (CORI).

  • Pesticide license encouraged

Organizational Relationships/Scope:

Reports to the Horticulturist at Allen C. Haskell Gardens. Has no direct reports.'

Working Conditions:

  • Works outdoors during summer season, exposed to direct sunlight and occasional rain.
  • 16 hours a week for 31 weeks starting April. 16 hours can be split into half days.

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:
May 31, 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.