Seasonal Horticulturist

Seasonal Horticulturist
Organization Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
Location Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Job Type Seasonal
Application Deadline Feb 29, 2020

Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

Title: Seasonal Horticulturist

Type of Position: Full-time, non-exempt

Reports to: Horticulture Field Manager

Department: Horticulture


The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy has an opening for a full-time, Seasonal Horticulturist, who will be a member of our award winning Horticulture team. This person will contribute to the care of The Greenway, a 100% organically maintained public park, providing a safe, clean and attractive environment for the public to enjoy.



Working under the direction of the Horticulture Field Manager, the Seasonal Horticulturist will assist with all of the responsibilities involved with the Horticultural maintenance and care of the Greenway Parks.  This requires the ability to recognize and perform best Horticultural practices for a wide variety of plant material in an urban park setting. Specifically:  


  • Effectively perform assigned Horticultural tasks such as weeding, pruning, deadheading, watering, and plant installation.
  • Participate in the Zone Management Program with responsibility for managing the Horticulture volunteers in one of The Greenway’s park districts.
  • Actively participate and contribute to the success of  individual and corporate volunteer groups. Work directly with corporate volunteers, providing leadership and guidance during projects.
  • Work in groups as well as independently, making basic decisions appropriately.
  • Work closely with Horticulture interns and act as a resource to ensure the safe and efficient completion of tasks.
  • Participate in staff meetings designed to establish goals, priorities and effective communication.
  • In an ambassadorial role, represent the Conservancy in a positive and professional manner to the public, volunteers and outside organizations.
  • Interact effectively with all departments to communicate park issues as they arise.
  • Perform other assigned duties as they relate to the operation and care of the parks.


Skills and qualifications


  • Bachelor or Associate degree in Horticulture or a related field, or equivalent experience.  
  • 2 or more years of Horticultural field experience required. 
  • AOLCP accreditation, MCH certification and/or current MA. Pesticide Applicator certification a plus.


  • Proficiency with operation of tools, vehicles, and horticultural equipment required.
  • Ability to effectively work independently, making basic decisions,  when required.
  • Experience working in an urban public park or garden and experience working with interns and volunteers is a plus.  
  • Strong attention to detail, time management skills, sound organizational, technical and analytical skills and a positive attitude that contributes to a positive team environment.
  • A genuine interest in organic and sustainable landscape practices with a willingness to learn and advance.
  • A thorough knowledge of plant identification and their basic needs
  • Possess computer proficiency – Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook.
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to a positive public experience, with concern for the environment and people’s relationship to it.
  • Commitment to efficient, high quality work production. 
  • Must be able to work outside in all types of weather, kneel or stand for periods of time, and be able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Must have a valid US driver’s license in good standing.



This is a full-time, (5 day/40 hour a week),seasonal position from approximately mid-March to mid-December The work schedule is typically Monday through Friday, 7;30am – 3;30pm, but may include weekend, evening and holiday work as deemed necessary.


Application process

  • Please email the following to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line. Each file name should begin with applicant’s last name.
    • one-page cover letter
    • one-page resume
    • 3 references
  • No phone calls, please.


About The Greenway and the Conservancy

The Greenway is the contemporary public park in the heart of Boston. The Greenway welcomes millions of visitors annually to gather, play, unwind, and explore. The Greenway Conservancy is the non-profit responsible for the management and care of The Greenway. The majority of the public park’s annual budget is generously provided by private sources. 


To learn more about The Greenway and the Conservancy, please visit our website and blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


The Greenway Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression (including transgender) or any other characteristic protected by law.