Zone Horticulturist

Type of Position: 9-month seasonal, Full-time, non-exempt
Reports to: Ecology and Horticulture Supervisor
Department: Horticulture

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, the non-profit responsible for the management and care of The Rose Kennedy Greenway, seeks Zone Horticulturists to join our team for the 2022 season. The Conservancy’s team of horticulture professionals care for nearly 17 acres of vibrant green space and extensive gardens including formal gardens, meadows, and native plantings in the heart of downtown Boston using ecological and organic practices. The Conservancy has been a pioneer in ecological horticulture; among the first in the nation to care for a public park completely organically.

The Greenway Conservancy is committed to providing a park environment that is welcoming to racially, culturally, and economically diverse residents  and visitors. You can read more about our mission, vision, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion on our website.


Zone Horticulturists will use best ecological practices to perform the daily care and maintenance of landscape plants on The Greenway under the direction of the Lead Horticulturist, and lead volunteers and interns in performing horticultural tasks. Each Zone Horticulturist focuses on one of four park zones: Chinatown, Fort Point, Wharf District, and North End, and assumes responsibility for the care and maintenance of their zone.

  • Perform the daily horticultural care of the park landscape including, but not limited to, planting, pruning, weeding, watering, and grooming, focusing on one of four park zones.
  • Lead weekly Zone Volunteers in performing horticultural tasks, and report volunteer hours and activities.
  • Participate in weekly group Volunteer projects throughout the park providing support to the Lead Horticulturist in instructing, supervising, and engaging with Volunteers.
  • Follow safety policies promoting an overall culture of safety.
  • Participate in weekly horticulture team meetings, and provide updates on assigned zone and volunteer projects/ activities.
  • Maintain plant records.
  • Maintain horticulture tools and equipment in good working order.  
  • Maintain clean and organized work spaces.

Skills and qualifications

  • Minimum two years experience working in horticulture.
  • Degree or certification in Horticulture, a plus.
  • Working knowledge of New England landscape plants, a plus.
  • Ability to work productively independently, and as part of a team.
  • Strong communication skills to engage in professional teamwork, and maintain positive relationships with our Volunteers.
  • Experience working with volunteers, a plus.
  • Experience and/or interest in working in an organization dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Experience working with diverse audiences, a plus.
  • Valid US driver’s license in good standing.
  • Basic computer proficiency; ability to learn Google Workspace apps and forms.


  • This is a full-time (5-day/40 hours-per-week) seasonal position which starts in mid-March and ends in December. The work schedule is Monday through Friday, 7:30am-3:30pm, but may include weekend, evening and holiday hours.
  • Must be able to work outside in all types of weather, kneel or stand for periods of time, and be able to lift 50 pounds.
  • All incoming employees will be required to comply with the Conservancy’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.
  • The accepted candidate will be required to have a successfully completion of a CORI background check.
  • The hourly rate for this position is $21, plus overtime.
  • The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy offers a competitive benefits package, including health/dental/vision insurance, health reimbursement account, paid time off, and commuter programs with pre-tax benefits.

Application process

  • Please email the following to [email protected] with “Zone Horticulturist” in the subject line
    • one-page cover letter
    • one-page resume
    • 3 professional references
  • No phone calls, please.
  • The Greenway Conservancy invites and encourages minority group members, veterans, disabled individuals, women, and people of all gender identities to apply.

About The Greenway and the Conservancy

The Greenway is the contemporary public park in the heart of Boston. The Greenway welcomes millions of visitors annually to gather, play, unwind, and explore. The Greenway Conservancy is the non-profit responsible for the management and care of The Greenway. The majority of the public park’s annual budget is generously provided by private sources. 

To learn more about The Greenway and the Conservancy, please visit our website and blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Greenway Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression (including transgender) or any other characteristic protected by law.