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Horticulture Opportunities

The best gardens start with great ideas, shared generously by those with a passion for cultivating and appreciating things that grow.  Do you have that passion and want to share it with The Trustees?

Please see our current available opportunities below. If nothing is available now, check back frequently, or take a look at all the other opportunities to spend an hour, a day, or make a longer commitment to volunteer with The Trustees.  We can’t do it without you.

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Garden Volunteer - Mission House

Opportunity Overview: If your passion is gardening, and you have a few hours to spare each week, we would love to have your help!  You can help maintain the historic gardens of Mission House, learn from our excellent Horticulturist, meet other volunteers that share your passion for gardening and be a part of our Trustees’ volunteer community! Located on Main Street in Stockbridge, Mission House, was home to the first missionary to the Mohican Indians. It not only provides a glimpse into Colonial history but also the Native American tribe that lived here. From 1928 to 1933, noted landscape architect Fletcher Steele designed the Colonial Revival garden, which features a colonial-style dooryard garden of circular brick paths enclosed by a cypress fence. A kitchen garden divided by crushed stone walkways contains 100 herbs, perennials, and annuals that had culinary or medicinal value to early colonists. Responsibilities (may include but are not limited to the following): • Working with staff to assess gardening needs • Weeding, deadheading, edging beds, pruning, planting, harvesting • Seasonal garden tasks such as raking and mulching • Log volunteer hours weekly and maintain communication with staff supervisor Qualifications: • An eagerness to participate in maintaining gardens • Ablility to use hand tools • Ablility to follow instructions and work on a team • Have appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoor activity • Ability to stand for extended periods of time and ability to bend and kneel • Ability to walk on a variety of surfaces including grass or uneven surfaces Skill Level: Open to novice, intermediate and advanced gardeners Time Commitment Needed: Flexible Schedules Available. Must be able to commit to 2 hours, once per week. Please Note: This is a weather dependent event, and will be cancelled in the event of extreme weather. More about The Trustees Founded by landscape architect Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees has, for more than 125 years, been a catalyst for important ideas, endeavors, and progress in Massachusetts. As a steward of distinctive and dynamic places of both historic and cultural value, The Trustees is the nation’s first preservation and conservation organization, and its landscapes and landmarks continue to inspire discussion, innovation, and action today as they did in the past. We are a nonprofit, supported by members, friends and donors and our 116 sites are destinations for residents, members, and visitors alike, welcoming millions of guests annually. www.thetrustees.org. The Trustees is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, military service, application for military service, veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law. The Trustees makes reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

Stockbridge, MA

Through 1/1/25

Garden Volunteer - Naumkeag

Opportunity Overview: The gardens at Naumkeag are calling! With its views of Monument Mountain, its stunning collection of gardens created by Joseph Choates's daughter, Miss Mabel Choate, and Fletcher Steele over 30 years, its original artwork, and its shingle-style house, Naumkeag creates an unforgettable experience for visitors and volunteers. Be a part of our garden team and lend a helping hand in keeping the Afternoon Garden, Tree Peony Terrace, Rose Garden, Evergreen Garden, and Chinese Garden beautiful! If your passion is gardening, and you have a few hours to spare each week, we would love to have your help!  Join our new weekly garden volunteer group on Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Additional opportunities available to gardeners that are committed and able to grow into independent roles. Help maintain the gorgeous gardens of Naumkeag, learn from our excellent Horticulturist, meet other volunteers that share your passion for gardening and be a part of maintaining the garden creations of Mabel Choate and Fletcher Steele! Responsibilities (may include but are not limited to the following): • Working with staff to assess gardening needs • Weeding, deadheading, edging beds, pruning, planting, harvesting • Seasonal garden tasks such as raking and mulching • Log volunteer hours weekly and maintain communication with staff supervisor Qualifications: • An eagerness to participate in maintaining Naumkeag’s gardens • Ablility to use hand tools • Ablility to follow instructions and work on a team • Have appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoor activity • Ability to stand for extended periods of time and ability to bend and kneel • Ability to walk on a variety of surfaces including grass or uneven surfaces Skill Level: Open to novice, intermediate and advanced gardeners Time Commitment Needed: Wednesdays: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Please Note: This is a weather dependent event, and will be cancelled in the event of extreme weather. More about The Trustees Founded by landscape architect Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees has, for more than 125 years, been a catalyst for important ideas, endeavors, and progress in Massachusetts. As a steward of distinctive and dynamic places of both historic and cultural value, The Trustees is the nation’s first preservation and conservation organization, and its landscapes and landmarks continue to inspire discussion, innovation, and action today as they did in the past. We are a nonprofit, supported by members, friends and donors and our 116 sites are destinations for residents, members, and visitors alike, welcoming millions of guests annually. www.thetrustees.org.   The Trustees is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, military service, application for military service, veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law. The Trustees makes reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

Stockbridge, MA

9/30/20 9:00 AM + more

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