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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.

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

Current Opening(s)

Associate Project Manager
The Associate Project Manager works closely with the Director of Operations and Project Management and the Director of the Arnold Arboretum, anticipating and resolving problems while providing frequent status updates. In addition, the Associate Project Manager works collaboratively with staff within the Arboretum and from other units of Harvard—including but not limited to Harvard Capital Project, Planning Office, Office of General Counsel, and Environmental and Health Safety—to support projects goals. Additionally, the candidate will work collaboratively with a broad spectrum of external parties, including construction contractors, service vendors, city and state agencies, regulatory teams, and third-party consultants and their sub-consultants.

Isabella Welles Hunnewell Summer Internship
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University offers paid internships in collections management with concentrations in arboriculture, collections curation, horticulture and landscape maintenance, or plant production. Experiences integrate hands-on training with educational classes and visits to other botanical institutions.

Putnam Fellowship in Plant Science
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University invites applicants for research fellowships in plant science. Putnam Fellowships offer excellent opportunities for advanced research and study using the Arboretum’s living collections of woody plants and research facilities. Scientists with a PhD and who have identified an independent research project that would utilize the Arboretum’s living collections are encouraged to apply by submitting a proposal online.

Seasonal Gardener, Greenhouse/Nursery (6-Month Term Appointment)
We seek applicants for one Seasonal Gardener at the Dana Greenhouse and Nursery. The successful candidate will work alongside the Plant Production team responsible for propagating and growing plant material destined for the Arboretum’s permanent tree and shrub collections. This seasonal appointment is six-months in duration with a flexible start date through spring. Regular work hours are Sunday-Thursday 7:30 AM-4:00 PM (40 hours/week). May be required to work occasional holidays and additional weekend dates. Hourly wage: $21.00. Benefits-eligible position. The Arboretum seeks a dynamic and diverse group of individuals to fill seasonal jobs. A college degree is not required.

Seasonal Gardener, Horticulture Operations (6-Month Term Appointment)
We are recruiting three (3) six-month term seasonal gardeners (three openings) in Horticulture Operations with flexible start dates as early as March of  2022. The successful candidates will join the Arboretum’s team of Horticulturists responsible for the holistic care of their assigned collection and landscape areas. Seasonal Gardeners assist with these tasks, including executing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices, transplanting, pruning, weed management, mulching and composting, lawn maintenance and establishment, leaf clean-up, watering, invasive species management, and various types of landscape maintenance and collection renovation projects. 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.

Seasonal Gardener, Landscape Operations (6-Month Term Appointment)
The Seasonal Gardener (Landscape Operations) position with three (3) openings is a six-month role with flexible start dates as early as March of  2022. 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.

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