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Christine Ventura, Living Collections Fellow, distributes rove beetles in the Dana Greenhouses.
Christine Ventura, Living Collections Fellow, distributes rove beetles in the Dana Greenhouses.

Applications are processed online through Harvard’s jobs database, accessed via the links below.

Current Opening(s)

Plant Propagator
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University seeks an ambitious and experienced Plant Propagator, enthusiastic about conducting seed and clonal propagation of temperate woody taxa in a public garden setting. The successful candidate will join the Arboretum’s Plant Production Department charged with producing the next generation of plants for the living collections. The Plant Propagator will create innovative propagation protocols for a diversity of species, play a key role in the new plant introduction program Arnold Selects, teach classes, and participate in Arboretum collecting expeditions. The Plant Propagator should possess strong leadership, communication, problem-solving, organizational, and documentation skills.

Individual Giving Associate
Reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement, the Individual Giving Associate will be an essential member of the Arboretum Advancement team, managing and supporting a full range of donor and member services. This position plans and executes the identification, engagement, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of members and donors in the Arnold Arboretum’s membership levels and individual giving recognition circles. This position will play a particular role during the Sesquicentennial Campaign in moving members and donors up the ladder of support and helping to identify those who might be inspired to make campaign donations of greater impact.

Editorial and Publication Assistant
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is seeking a part-time (14 hours per week) assistant to help with the editing, production, and coordination of its quarterly magazine Arnoldia.

Assistant Curator of Living Collections
The Arnold Arboretum seeks an Assistant Curator of Living Collections to play a leading role curating one of Earth’s finest living collections of temperate woody plants. They will oversee and guide the Arboretum’s plant exploration initiatives as part of the Arboretum’s ambitious Campaign for the Living Collections. They will plan and conduct field expeditions, assist other Arboretum team members with their field work, and foster relationships with colleagues at sister institutions to achieve collection goals. The Assistant Curator will also participate in original collections-based research using the Arboretum’s living, preserved, and archival collections. As we build a dynamic and diverse team, we encourage all interested candidates meeting the basic qualifications to apply.

Coordinator of Events and Administrative Services
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is seeking a Coordinator of Events and Administrative Services to provide administrative, logistical, and events coordination support for the institution. The Coordinator will serve as a member of the Director’s Office and be part of a small team working to create a welcoming environment for guests and staff. The Coordinator must be able to work independently, anticipate needs, and offer solutions to event and organizational challenges. 

Horticulturalist I
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University seeks a highly motivated and skilled horticulture professional, passionate about the care of diverse plant collections, gardens, and landscapes, to fill the role of Arboretum Horticulturist I. The successful candidate will join the Arboretum’s Horticulture Department in the stewardship of one of the finest and most significant woody plant collections in North America. Horticulturists are responsible for the full range of horticultural and landscape maintenance tasks within assigned management zones. The successful candidate is expected to engage fully in the professional activities of the Arboretum and work collaboratively with colleagues on interdepartmental efforts. The Arboretum seeks to build a dynamic and diverse horticulture team and encourages all interested candidates meeting the basic qualifications to apply.

Gardener I
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University seeks highly motivated landscaping professional for the role of Gardener I (Landscape Operations). The successful candidate will join the Arboretum’s Horticulture Department in the stewardship of North America’s oldest public arboretum. The Gardener I will work as a member of the Department’s landscape operations team. Primary responsibilities include mowing, string trimming, and related turf and equipment maintenance; assisting with irrigation system design, installation, and maintenance; litter management; snow removal; and other landscape operation and construction tasks as needed. Secondary responsibilities include meadow management and trail installation and upkeep. The successful candidate is expected to engage fully in the professional activities of the Arboretum and work collaboratively with colleagues on interdepartmental efforts. The Arboretum seeks to build a dynamic and diverse horticulture team and encourages all interested candidates meeting the basic qualifications to apply.

Plant Growth Facilities Manager
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University seeks a Plant Growth Facilities Manager to oversee its technically complex growth facilities at the state-of-the-art Weld Hill research facility.  The facility at the Arnold Arboretum consists of approximately 6,800 square feet of greenhouses, growth chambers, and related work space, plus outdoor common garden space. Working closely with researchers, the Plant Growth Facilities Manager will ensure high quality plants and plant growth facilities to support a full range of research and teaching activities. The Arboretum seeks to build a dynamic and diverse team and encourages all interested candidates meeting the basic qualifications to apply.

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