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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)

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.

Gardener II
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University seeks a highly motivated landscaping professional for the role of Gardener II (Landscape Operations). The successful candidate will join the Arboretum’s Horticulture Department in the stewardship of North America’s oldest public arboretum. The Gardener II will work as a member of the Department’s landscape operations team. Primary responsibilities include mowing, string trimming, and related turf and equipment maintenance; 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.

Gardener II
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University seeks a highly motivated horticulture professional for the role of Gardener II (Horticulture Operations). The successful candidate will join the Arboretum’s Horticulture Department in the stewardship of North America’s oldest public arboretum. The Gardener II will work alongside the Arboretum’s team of Horticulturists responsible for holistic care of their assigned collection and landscape areas. Gardeners perform tasks including weeding, planting, pruning, mulching, and watering; lawn maintenance, leaf clean-up, and various types of landscape maintenance and renovation projects; execution of plant health care practices and invasive species management; and related equipment operation and maintenance.

Gardener II
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University seeks a highly motivated horticulture professional for the role of Gardener II (Plant Health Care Operations). The successful candidate will join the Arboretum’s Horticulture Department in the stewardship of North America’s oldest public arboretum. The Gardener II will work alongside the Arboretum’s team of Horticulturists responsible for holistic care of their assigned collection and landscape areas. Gardeners perform weeding, planting, pruning, mulching, watering, and other landscape maintenance tasks. With a specific focus on plant health care planning and implementation, this Gardener II position will assist with various plant health care tasks including pest and disease scouting, monitoring, treatments and other IPM practices, soil testing, soil amendments, root system investigations, and various other tree preservation measures.

Head of Public Programs
The Head of Public Programs is a skillful collaborator who leads a team engaging millions of annual visitors by crafting inclusive, accessible programming for diverse audiences. They are a leader who facilitates relationships across the Arboretum, other units of Harvard University, related cultural institutions, the City of Boston, and diverse, local community groups. Reporting to the Director of the Arnold Arboretum, the Head of Public Programs is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating the Arboretum’s public programming.

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.

Isabella Welles Hunnewell Internship
The Arnold Arboretum offers paid internships in collections management with concentrations in horticulture and landscape maintenance, arboriculture, plant production, or collections curation. Experiences combine hands-on training, virtual educational classes and networking opportunities. Interns are accepted for 12- to 14-week appointments (typically May through August).

DaRin Butz Research Internship
The Arnold Arboretum offers paid research internships. DaRin Butz Interns will not only conduct research, but will also develop their project with their advisors and be guided through the process of sharing their research through written reports and oral presentations, an important component of scientific research. Interns will participate in activities with the other DaRin Butz Interns, including a weekly reading group and tours of the Arboretum’s diverse collections. Interns are accepted for a 10-week program (May 30 – August 4, 2023).

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.

Seasonal Gardener, Horticulture Operations
This Seasonal Gardener (Horticulture Operations) position is a six-month term appointment starting spring 2023. The successful candidate will join the Arboretum’s Horticulture Department in the stewardship of North America’s oldest public arboretum. The Horticulture Seasonal Gardeners work alongside the Arboretum’s team of Horticulturists responsible for holistic care of their assigned collection and landscape areas. Seasonal Gardeners assist with such tasks including weeding, pruning, mulching, and watering-related equipment operation and maintenance; lawn maintenance, leaf clean-up, and various types of landscape maintenance projects.

Seasonal Gardener, Landscape Operations
This Seasonal Gardener (Horticulture Operations) position is a six-month term appointment starting spring 2023. The successful candidate will join the Arboretum’s Horticulture Department in the stewardship of North America’s oldest public arboretum. The Seasonal Gardeners work alongside fellow members of the Arboretum’s Landscape Operations Team responsible mowing, string trimming, and related turf and equipment maintenance; irrigation system installation and maintenance; litter management; and other landscape operation and construction tasks as needed. Secondary responsibilities include meadow management and trail installation and upkeep.

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