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  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • 08/25/23
  • Boston, MA
  • 02115
  • 22.54 / Hourly
  • Full-Time
ISGM Core Values:
Isabella Stewart Gardner believed that art had the power to change lives and she built a beautiful, personal, and immersive Museum setting to do so. Today the Gardner is a living embodiment of her bold vision; a dynamic place where ideas and creativity in all its forms inspire visitors. Through exhibitions, music, programs, and performances we strive to tell new stories and challenge assumptions through diverse voices and community members.

Our Core Values are:
Creativity is our Legacy
Community is our Purpose
The Collection is our Catalyst
Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion are our Commitments

Reports to: Director of Horticulture
Type of Position: Full-time, hourly/non-exempt
Location: Hingham, MA and Boston, MA

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

This position requires availability to work on weekends and some holidays.

General maintenance of Museums living collection including pruning, watering and fertilizing.
Transporting plants between the Museum courtyard and Hingham greenhouses.
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 Director of Horticulture.

2+ years experience in horticulture in greenhouses, farms or gardens.
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.

Preferred Qualifications:
Familiarity with greenhouse operations and use of organic pesticides.
Valid drivers license and good driving record; comfortable driving a box truck.

Problem Solving
Managing Interpersonal Conflicts and Interactions
Integrity and Respect

Please apply directly on our website:

COVID-19 Protocols: All employees of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination status. If an employee is not vaccinated, they will need to go through an interactive process of requesting for religious or medical accommodation and to submit weekly testing results, in addition to following other federal, state and CDC recommendations.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion is one of the core values we hold close to our business practices. ISGM is committed to affording equal opportunities to qualified individuals regardless of race, color, gender, gender identity, genetics, military/veteran status, pregnancy, religion, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, or any other basis prohibited by applicable laws.

Request An Accommodation: Applicants with disabilities who are unable to fully access ISGM's online application system may contact us at for assistance with a reasonable accommodation.

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