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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.

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.  

Unless otherwise noted, applications are processed online through Harvard’s jobs database, accessed via the links below.

Chief of Staff / Director of Administration
The Chief of Staff/ Director of Administration is a pivotal member of the Faculty Director’s senior management team, entrusted with direct oversight of the administration of the Finance, Facilities and Project Management, Information Technology, and Communications functions. This role manages administrative operations within the Arnold Arboretum by organizing workflow, ensuring effective execution of staff goals, and collaborating across the community, ensuring the Faculty Director is briefed. The Chief of Staff/ Director of Administration will oversee day-to-day functions and implement the Faculty Director’s vision. They will cultivate relationships, maintain credibility with diverse constituencies, and inspire others across the organization.

Development Database and Operations Manager
Reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement at the Arnold Arboretum, the Development Database and Operations Manager is responsible for overseeing the strategic and accurate use of Harvard’s Ellucian database called Advance and the Arboretum’s internal database tool called Vanceda.

Family Nature Educator
The Family Nature Educator will develop and implement nature-based programming for families with children in preschool and elementary school, who reside in two nearby Boston Public Housing communities: Archdale Village in Roslindale and South Street Development in Jamaica Plain. Through collaboration with these communities, the Family Nature Educator will create programming that fosters a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural world and establishes a stronger connection with the Arnold Arboretum. Programming will take place either outside at the Arboretum or at Boston Public Housing communities.

Seasonal Gardener
This Seasonal Gardener position is a six-month term appointment starting in the early spring of 2024. We have multiple openings. The successful candidates will join the Arboretum’s Horticulture and Landscape Department in the stewardship of one of the finest and most significant woody plant collections in North America. The Seasonal Gardeners work alongside the Arboretum’s team of horticulture staff responsible for the holistic care of the 281-acre landscape. Seasonal Gardeners assist with such tasks including mowing, lawn maintenance, string trimming, IPM (integrated pest management) practices, transplanting, pruning, weed management, mulching and composting, leaf clean-up, watering, invasive species management, and various types of landscape maintenance and collection renovation projects. The Arboretum seeks a dynamic and diverse group of individuals to fill seasonal positions.

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