Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum seeks a passionate, detail-oriented horticulturist to join our team. Our horticulture team grows a wide range of plant material from tropical and orchids to woody perennials and biennials, for seasonal installations at the center of the Gardner Museum’s historic palace. This is a rare opportunity to grow and maintain year-round plant installations and to contribute to all stages of our work from propagation to managing mature specimens. You’ll have the opportunity to hone key skills in pruning, potting, fertilization, and watering, all tasks which are essential to the health of our plant collection. Over time, there are opportunities to build off of these fundamental skills and layer in more advanced responsibilities.

Summary of Position

Horticulturists are responsible for greenhouse, nursery and courtyard activities as directed by the Assistant Director of Horticulture. Primary work location will be in Hingham, MA with some travel to Boston for onsite work at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.


General maintenance of Museum’s living collection including pruning, watering and fertilizing

Transporting plants in and out of Museum greenhouse and courtyard

Transporting plants to and from greenhouses in Hingham and Boston

Museum Courtyard maintenance to include pruning, watering, fertilizing and removing plants

Upkeep and maintenance of the greenhouses and greenhouse work areas

Application of OMRI-listed pesticides and fungicides, in addition to releases of beneficial insects

Recording greenhouse activities and IPM records

May be called upon to assist with educational groups and/or tours

General research on horticultural techniques

Other duties as directed by the Assistant Director of Horticulture


1-2 years’ experience in horticulture in greenhouses, farms or gardens

Familiarity with greenhouse operations and use of organic pesticides

Curiosity, willingness to ask questions and eagerness to learn

Ability to clearly communicate with colleagues to share observations

Ability to work independently within a small team and take initiative towards shared priorities

Ability to use judgment in interpreting and following written and verbal instructions

Ability to lift up to 60 lbs or to assist another person in moving plants and supplies up to 100 lbs

Ability to handle physical requirements that include moving hoses, standing for long periods, and working in hot conditions

Valid driver’s license and good driving record; comfortable driving a box truck