The Trustees is the nation's first land conservation and preservation organization with 118 sites, including 11 public gardens, in Massachusetts. We have an immediate opening on our public gardens team for a talented horticulturist at Steven's-Coolidge Place in North Andover, MA. The Stevens-Coolidge Place Horticulturist will bring their professional gardening talent and horticultural knowledge to the gardens, including curating and managing the living collections, and implementing best stewardship practices established under the leadership of the Director of Horticulture. The Horticulturist will be an integral part of a team that guides the transformation of this popular site into a Trustees signature public garden. This position requires an energetic, positive and personable individual who possesses the ability to inspire and lead volunteers in exceptional standards of garden maintenance. The successful candidate will have the talent to interact with all visitors, members, and donors in an open, engaging manner and must have the technical expertise and hands-on skills to help develop and execute an innovative public garden program.
In This Role You Will:
Guide the horticultural stewardship of the garden under the supervision of the Director of Horticulture.
Perform all duties associated with plant acquisition, propagation, installation, maintenance and care of permanent and seasonal plantings, including greenhouse production, care of nursery stock and assistance with living collections curation practices.
Positively motivate and lead volunteers in the maintenance, installation and care of plant collections and seasonal plant displays with careful attention to record keeping, and proper plant identification.
Implement policies and best practices to deliver exceptional horticultural standards in balance with their natural surroundings and historic integrity.
Collaborate with curatorial staff, engagement staff, stewardship staff, management, and consultants on the development and execution of garden displays, engagement program content, and publications.
Collaborate on the impact and management of large events and circulation through the gardens with an eye to protecting and highlighting the gardens and living collections and creating a memorable garden experience.
Serve as technical expert and occasional speaker for gardening workshops, tours and public programs.
Participate in horticulture-related grant application submissions, as directed.
Participate in meeting assignments as needed.
Communicate efficiently and effectively via all Microsoft applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook 365, PowerPoint), IrisBG, Skype for Business, garden design drawings, phone calls, text messages, and in-person meetings.
Perform, direct or report on special studies, projects and assignments as requested.
Four-year baccalaureate degree in horticulture or related field of study required.
Three or more years of hands-on experience and an employment history that shows increasing responsibilities in the public garden field.
A strong record of public garden maintenance.
Experience supervising staff, interns and/or volunteers.
Knowledge or experience in one or more of the following areas: ornamental horticulture, ecologic horticulture, vegetable and fruit gardening, greenhouse management, garden design, container gardening.
Demonstrated ability to lead staff, interns and volunteers with a sense of excitement and self-confidence and motivate others.
Demonstrated knowledge of plant identification, care and conservation, IPM, cataloguing, stewardship and applied practice.
Ability to inspire confidence and maintain effective working relationships at all levels of the organization including staff, volunteers, donors, trustees, and diverse public constituencies.
Ability to collaborate and seek partnerships.
Demonstrated skills in creative problem-solving and strategic analysis, budgeting and planning.
Strength in oral and written communications and the management of multiple tasks.
A proven, passionate commitment to the values, mission and purposes represented by The Trustees.
Applicants should submit resume and cover letter through The Trustees website http://www.thetrustees.org/about-us/employment