Horticulture Assistant

The Trustees of Reservations

Naumkeag , Massachusetts

Summary of Position:

The Horticulture Assistant is a unique position combining both horticultural skills and people skills. The Horticulture Assistant reports to the Horticulturist at Naumkeag in Stockbridge, MA. This is a full-time 9-month position and includes at least one weekend day. The Horticulture Assistant helps maintain all beds and plants at Naumkeag, with a focus on the cut-flower farm. The person in this position is responsible for all aspects of the pristine beauty and revenue generation of the cut-flower farm including: bed design and ordering of seeds, plants and supplies; propagation, bed prep, planting and maintenance; community outreach, marketing, education and interpretation. All aspects of the position are equally important for the success of the flower farm.

Essential Functions:

  • Assists the Horticulturist in the planting and maintenance of the designed landscape and living collections at Naumkeag
  • Leads the planning, planting, maintenance, and harvesting of Naumkeag’s cut flower operation; tasks include but are not limited to fertilization, weeding, dead-heading, irrigation, and related upkeep
  • Responsible for planning, bed prep, planting, maintenance, and harvesting of ½ acre pumpkin patch
  • Responsible for task assignment and supervision of interns, volunteers, and contractors as directed by the Horticulturist
  • Must keep detailed electronic inventory of all propagules, plants, and cut stems
  • Assist the Horticulturist with administrative tasks and planning
  • Assists site staff with cut flower garden marketing, education and interpretation efforts and materials
  • Actively engages with and provides assistance to garden visitors
  • Works well independently and as part of a team
  • Additional duties as assigned by the Horticulturist
  • Must be personable and professional in community and onsite engagement relationships under the direction of the Horticulturist

Education and Experience:

Minimum of 2 years hands-on experience plus 1 year of related horticulture schooling OR 3 years of hands-on experience in gardening, farming, greenhouse operations, or cut flower marketing


  • Must be able to identify and communicate issues with equipment, supplies, pests and diseases to Horticulturist and other site staff
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the identification and care of popular herbaceous flower crops
  • Familiarity with general landscape maintenance practices, including the use of applicable hand tools and small power equipment
  • Willingness to interact with garden visitors and provide relevant horticultural information and assistance
  • Ability to deliver a greenhouse and garden crop on time and on budget
  • Able to handle the physical demands of the job and lift heavy objects up to 40 lbs
  • Able to work in a variety of weather conditions and with a variety of insect pests.
  • Must be comfortable with Microsoft Office applications
  • Must work some nights and at least one weekend day


  • 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 Naumkeag in Stockbridge, Massachusetts