Trustees of Reservations
Position: Western Region Horticulture Internship
The Trustees of Reservations is seeking applicants to participate in the 12‐week summer Internship Program. The goal of
this program is to provide students of the environmental, botanic and horticulture sciences with practical training and
experience during the summer months, and to support the stewardship goals of the Stockbridge Management Unit of
The Trustees of Reservations.
Two candidates will be chosen to work alongside Trustees staff and will gain practical experience with:
‐ maintaining ornamental and natural landscapes
‐ gaining a deeper understanding of the issues involved in preserving conserved lands
‐ working to preserve cultural resources
‐ dealing with the issues involved in public horticulture
The term of the internship is ten to twelve weeks and will involve work on Trustees properties throughout the West
Region, although the focus of the stewardship component of the internship will be at Naumkeag, a Trustees property in
Stockbridge, MA. Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2007, the gardens at Naumkeag were designed by
Fletcher Steele and the landscape is considered one of the best‐preserved of his works.
As part of the regular work week, the internship program will include an informal series of instruction which will include
lectures, demonstrations and work involving Trustees experts, as well as tours of other public gardens and Trustees
Interns will be expected to work and/or attend programs 40 hours each week, including some weekends, and will be
required to work outdoors and in all weather conditions.
Basic tasks associated with the care and maintenance of a historic landscape including but not limited to daily
preparation of the grounds for visitors and guests, weeding, mulching, watering, planting and trail maintenance.
Interact with visitors and guests in a courteous and professional manner, offering guidance and assistance.
Promote The Trustees of Reservations and our work, and encourage our guests to help preserve special places
across the state of Massachusetts by becoming members.
Other duties as assigned.
Experience, Education, and Skills
The internship program is open to students enrolled in a degree or diploma program. The internship is intended to
provide practical skills and to build knowledge that will complement any course of study related to the work they will be
doing on Trustees properties.
Must be in good physical condition and be able to lift weights of up to 50 lbs.
Hours, Salary & Benefits
This is a seasonal, non‐exempt position, located in western Massachusetts. The position is full‐time for 10 to 12 weeks
ending in late August or early September and pays $12/ hour. In order to include the educational component of the
internship program, the work schedule may require some flexibility. Housing is available for a small fee.
Send cover letter and resume by email to: email@example.com, or by mail to: Trustees of Reservations, PO Box 792,
Stockbridge, MA 01262, Attn: Internship. No phone calls, please.
Founded in 1891, The Trustees of Reservations preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic,
historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and works to protect special places across the state. We have helped
protect more than 50,000 acres of farmland, natural areas and historically significant properties, including 25,000+ acres
on more than 100 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and
supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers and more than 40,000 members.
In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Trustees of Reservations aim to create a thriving, inclusive
workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and
communities of Massachusetts, who are at the core of our mission.