Employment

The Garden is a fun, beautiful, healthy environment that always welcomes volunteers in a number of capacities.

Learn more about our volunteer opportunities.

 
SEASONAL GARDENER

Seasonal Gardener

General description:

  • Work as a member of the horticulture team of the Berkshire Botanical Garden in maintaining the ornamental gardens, display areas, greenhouse collections and nurseries
  • Work under the supervision of the director of horticulture or senior gardeners
  • Supervise interns and volunteers assisting in the garden work

Responsibilities:

  • Spring cleanup, soil preparation, planting out of annuals, perennials and woody plants and assist in development of new and existing gardens
  • Maintain individual display gardens, greenhouse collections and nurseries with the horticulture staff and volunteers
  • Upkeep of compost piles, tool collection and horticultural storage areas
  • Production and placing of plant labels
  • Assist with special events and perform other duties as may be required

Qualifications:

  • The successful candidate will have a solid practical knowledge of all aspects of horticulture with several years of relevant professional experience
  • Excellent physical stamina
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well as a team member, as well as alone
  • A passion for plants and gardening
  • An eye for details and design, patience and a sense of humor

Classification:

  • Full-time seasonal (April through October @ 40 hrs/week)

Position starting:

  • March 30, 2015

For more information:

  • Contact Dorthe Hviid, Director of Horticulture at (413) 298-4505 or by e-mail at dhviid@berkshirebotanical.org.  To apply send resume and cover letter to the attention of Dorthe Hviid, at the above address.

FULL TIME BUILDING AND GROUNDS ASSISTANT Needed at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge. Duties include, but are not limited to, mowing, small equipment maintenance, janitorial and light carpentry. Health insurance, paid holidays and vacation days available. Occasional weekend and evening hours required. Good driving record and current drivers license also required.

Download a BBG Job Application and submit it via email, fax, or drop it off in person at the Berkshire Botanical Garden Offices open Monday – Friday, 9am to 4pm.

 

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS – 2015

Horticultural College Intern

DESCRIPTION

The college internship program is designed to offer hands-on experience at a botanical garden for persons aspiring to a career in horticulture, public gardening and landscape architecture or design.  Interns work with horticulture staff and volunteers in all phases of public garden maintenance and development.  This includes planting, weeding, watering, mulching, pruning, and interacting with visitors.  Students may also become involved in special projects such as accession records, garden inventories, plant signage, or flower arranging. Intern training sessions, public educational programs, and staff field trips are offered to help broaden the students’ horticultural horizon.

 

Summer internships are 12 weeks, 40 hours per week.  The Internships usually start mid to end of May. The program includes housing and a stipend of $7.50/hr.

REQUIREMENTS

Previous gardening experience and course work in horticulture, public gardening or landscape design are required.  Junior and senior undergraduate students applying for college credit are preferred.  Students must be responsible, self-motivated and capable of the strenuous nature of gardening. Please submit an application and a cover letter, which can be found on the Garden’s website at www.berkshirebotanical.org

Download your printable application HERE.

 

Berkshire Botanical Garden Summer College Interns 2011
Horticulture Interns Alex Heilman, Germaine Persinger and Olivia Oberle
take five in the Fruit Garden.
See what our past interns have much to say about their experiences
at the Garden!
I am left with nothing but positive things from my internship at Berkshire Botanical Garden. Not only did I learn garden maintenance and many plant names, I discovered my interest in watching the plants grow and change throughout the summer. I also learned about implementing design and which elements enrich the visitor’s experience of the garden. I am so grateful to have spent my summer outdoors working alongside a great group of people. No matter what I end up doing career-wise, I will use what I have learned from this internship for the rest of my life.—Alex Heilman Doing an internship at the Berkshire Botanical Garden gave me the opportunity to observe the importance of a public garden. Rotating in various areas of the garden each day was especially informative and showed me which aspects of gardening I enjoy the most. The people were great to work with because they were both patient and relaxed, contributing to the calm a garden should have. I’m grateful for the fulfilling experience.—Germaine Persinger My internship with Berkshire Botanical Garden was the complete summer package: I spent two months outside in one of the best places in Massachusetts.  My experience as an intern taught me many things. I learned about everything in the world of horticulture and landscape design from how to edge a curve with “tension” to the effects of touching wild parsnips. I learned more than I ever could online or from a book about gardening by being immersed in the subject at a really amazing place. My internship at BBG was a great way to spend a summer.—Olivia Oberlie

 

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