Skip to content
1927 Map of the Arboretum

Job Openings

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

The Arnold Arboretum is strengthened by the diversity of our community. We actively seek and welcome people of color, women, persons with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, and those who are at the intersections of these identities, from across the spectrum of disciplines and methods, to join us. Together, we strive to create an environment that values diversity, promotes an inclusive culture, and establishes a profound sense of belonging for each member of our community.  

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

Manager of Visitor Engagement
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is looking for a Manager of Visitor Engagement to lead the Visitor Engagement team and develop a welcoming, inclusive, and informative environment for visitors, members, program attendees, and volunteers. The Manager will manage and develop all visitor engagement and oversee visitor services, the visitor center and mobile visitor center operation, and interpretive programs. The ideal candidate will have five or more years of experience in visitor service or customer service, four or more years of experience supervising front-facing staff, and a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in public gardens management, plant science, museum studies, environmental field, or similar.

Director of Horticulture and Landscape
Reporting to the Faculty Director of the Arnold Arboretum, the Director of Horticulture and Landscape is a senior manager responsible for the care and maintenance of the living collections who provides strategic leadership to the horticulture departments. The Horticulture and Plant Production Departments are home to 24 FTEs, including managers, horticulturists, gardeners, and arborists. The team increases to 38 FTEs with seasonal staff and interns. The Director of Horticulture and Landscape provides strategic oversight and expertise in horticulture practices to maintain and enhance the landscape and living collections.

Seasonal Gardener, Landscape Operations (6-month Term Appointment)
The Seasonal Gardener (Landscape Operations) position with two (2) openings for a six-month role. The successful candidates will work alongside fellow members of the Arboretum’s Landscape Operations Team responsible for implementing the institution’s mowing operations and meadow management, trail installation and maintenance, irrigation and drainage systems, and other landscape maintenance and construction tasks as needed. The Arboretum seeks a dynamic and diverse group of individuals to fill seasonal positions. Hourly wage: $21.00. Benefits-eligible position. The Arboretum seeks a dynamic and diverse group of individuals to fill all roles. A college degree is not required.

Horticulturist I (Plant Health Care)
The Plant health Care (PHC) Horticulturist works alongside the Arboretum’s team of horticulturists, arborists, and gardeners to advise, plan, and implement the Arboretum’s holistic plant health care program. The PHC Horticulturist plays a leading role in plant diagnostics, pest and disease scouting, monitoring, treatments, and other Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices; soil testing, amendment recommendations, and root system investigations; and various other tree preservation measures as part of caring for the historic collections. Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree required. Hourly wage: $37.09 (higher classification and hourly wage may be considered based on candidate qualifications).

Greenhouse Horticulturist I
The Greenhouse Horticulturist I is responsible for the full scope of tasks at the Arboretum’s nursery and greenhouse facility. Responsibilities include all aspects of plant care in long-term nurseries, the evaluation nursery, and research-style greenhouses; maintaining landscapes bordering the facility; operating various equipment; planning and executing IPM practices; and completing other assignments as part of the comprehensive Plant Production operation. Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree required. Hourly Wage: $37.09.

More Info:

To search for job openings and for more information about employment at Harvard University, including benefits, please visit the Employment@Harvard webpage.

Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer