Hiring: Propagator and Facilities Coordinator – Nasami Farm
The mission of New England Wild Flower Society is to conserve and promote the region’s native plants to ensure healthy, biologically diverse landscapes. Founded in 1900, the Society is the nation’s oldest plant conservation organization and a recognized leader in native plant conservation, horticulture, and education. The Society’s headquarters, Garden in the Woods, is a renowned native plant botanic garden in Framingham, Massachusetts, that attracts visitors from all over the world. From this base, 25 staff and more than 700 volunteers work throughout New England to monitor and protect rare and endangered plants, collect and preserve seeds to ensure biological diversity, detect and control invasive species, conduct research, and offer a range of educational programs. The Society also operates a native plant nursery at Nasami Farm in western Massachusetts and has eight sanctuaries in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont that are open to the public.
The Society seeks a skilled and experienced propagator to support Nasami Farm’s propagation, research, and development efforts. S/he will focus primarily on growing native New England plants from wild-collected seed of known ecotype.
- Responsible for seed propagation and plant maintenance for horticultural- and restoration-grade native plants of known ecotype.
- Carries out research and development projects into best practices and propagation protocols.
- Maintains detailed source and production information on all species. Adheres to the highest standards of uniformity and efficiency.
- Responsible for updating database with accurate information about seed propagation activities and inventory.
- Adheres to an intensive IPM program, scouting for pests and diseases, and applies corrective and preventative biological control measures as necessary.
- Ensures propagation facilities are impeccably maintained to the highest standards.
- Manages greenhouse and building maintenance through the scheduling of contractors for facilities maintenance and emergency repairs. Supervises contractors as necessary.
- Monitors budget, and follows all purchasing protocols.
- Assists in hiring, training, and supervising seasonal interns and volunteers.
- Assists with seed collection, processing, cleaning, and storage.
- Participates in lectures and tradeshows as time allows.
Skills and Experience
The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of native New England flora and experience propagating a diversity of plants from seed.
- Demonstrated ability to produce and maintain high-quality plants within tight production deadlines
- Demonstrated passion for native plants and ecological horticulture
- Horticulture or related degree from an accredited college or horticulture program OR two or more years of hands-on greenhouse and/or nursery experience; public garden native plant propagation experience preferred
- Demonstrated experience using IPM principles and biological control methods
- Must have or be willing to obtain a Massachusetts Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License
- Experience with training and coordinating volunteers, interns, and/or staff
- Experience with or willingness to learn about facilities maintenance
- Experience and familiarity with Microsoft Office, specifically Microsoft Excel
- Ability to work independently and as a strong team member
- Ability to multi-task and manage a changing, varied, fast-paced workload
- Ability to work weekends somewhat regularly
- Ability to lift 50 pounds and work in adverse weather conditions
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to interact effectively with staff, volunteers, and nursery visitors
Please submit a letter of interest and résumé (MS Word or PDF format, with your last name as part of the file names) to Mark Richardson, Director of Horticulture, New England Wild Flower Society, using the subject line “Propagator Application.” Applications should be submitted by February 5, 2016; however, the position will remain open and applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.