To apply, please contact Renee Portonova.


Esplanade Association

JOB TITLE:                            Seasonal Horticulturalist

DEPT/PROGRAM:               Park Programs

REPORTS TO:                        Horticulture Manager

POSITION OVERVIEW:   Assist and support all aspects of horticultural operations and maintenance of the Charles River Esplanade Park, in alignment with organizational goals and planning.

POSITION STATUS:          Full-time, seasonal, nonexempt

Season runs April through December, weather dependent



  • Work closely with supervisor to carry out prioritized park landscaping, maintenance and improvement projects and needs, including:
    • Monitoring, maintaining, and caring for the installation, care and/or replacement of the park’s tree, shrub, and herbaceous collections;
    • Irrigating plantings as needed, and maintaining irrigation systems at selected sites;
    • Carrying out soil testing and monitoring compaction;
    • Implementing the compost program, including compost tea brewing and applications; and
    • Maintaining park benches, chairs and other fixtures as needed.
  • Communicate as appropriate with DCR staff on both on-going issues (events, maintenance, safety, etc.) and ad hoc issues (fallen tree limbs, graffiti, animals, repairs, etc.).
  • Participate in the implementation of a park-wide Horticulture Plan.
  • Implement where possible organic procedures and protocols.
  • Work with the Stewardship Manager on diverse volunteer group projects, and provide volunteers with instruction and oversight on planting, invasive plant species removal, maintenance practices and safety issues.
  • Asist with the maintenance and smooth functioning/upkeep of equipment, tools and vehicles.


  • Collaborate with marketing staff by sharing information and pictures to be used on the website and for other forms of publicity and education.
  • Attend fundraising events as directed.

Board Governance:

  • Prepare reports and other materials for board meetings as directed. 


  • Assist in supervising summer interns.
  • Prepare and submit weekly updates.
  • Maintain a variety of records, including inventory of native and invasive species, plantings, etc.
  • Assist in updating tree inventory and labeling/mapping in ArcGIS and other databases.
  • Promote internal communication and information-sharing.Perform other duties as directed or as needed.


Work Experience:

  • Three years’ horticulture, gardening and/or landscaping experience that includes, compost tea brewing and application, pruning, working with irrigation systems, and knowledge of soil science required.
  • Experience with irrigation Plant Health Care preferred.
  • Volunteer management experience helpful.


  • Strong plant identification, composting, and small tree pruning skills required.
  • Must be able safely operate diverse tools, including chainsaw, pole saw, string trimmer, basic lawnmower, chipper/shredder, and various hand tools.
  • Basic equipment maintenance skills necessary.
  • Ability to work effectively with DCR personnel, contractors/vendors, board members, donors, and park patrons.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and with rapidly changing priorities.


  • Associates or Bachelor degree helpful, preferably in relevant field.
  • Horticulturalist-related safety training (use of chainsaws, pesticides, etc.) preferred.
  • MCH, AOLCP, or UMASS Green School preferred.


  • Must be able to work some evening, holidays and weekend events.
  • Must possess a valid Massachusetts driver’s license at time of appointment and for duration of employment.
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, reach, carry up to 50 lbs., crawl, climb, and lift as necessary to carry out duties.