Ecological Horticulturist

Ecological Horticulturalist Position at Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary

Norcross Wildlife Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit operating foundation managing 6,700 acres of wildlife sanctuary land in south-central Massachusetts and engaged in public environmental education programming.

We are seeking candidates to fill a full-time position working as part of our Applied Ecology and Land and Facilities teams with the primary responsibilities of plant identification and botanical inventories, propagation, ecological horticulture design and planting, maintenance, invasive plant removal, and all other duties related to ecological horticulture. This position requires the combination of horticultural and ecological knowledge, hands-on experience, and the ability to undertake the physical labor of the work.

The work is situated in our wildlife sanctuary and is part of a small staff of 10 – ideal for a person looking to do good work in a great environment. Norcross offers a competitive salary and generous benefits including health insurance, paid vacation, holidays, and sick time.

Primary responsibilities include:

Plan and execute plant propagation; coordinate and implement invasive plant species assessment and management; performing biological surveys using a botanical key; building habitat with native plants, including the tasks of planting, transplanting, weeding, mulching, composting, and related activities; seed collection, cleaning, and sowing; assisting with public programming and access, including the maintenance of walking trails and interpretive materials.

This position requires the operation of motor vehicles, equipment, and light machinery, in addition to physical labor.

Appropriate training and experience are required, including a BA or BS degree in Horticulture, Botany, Ecology, or related fields.

Our expectation is that each employee at Norcross Wildlife Foundation is self-motivating, high-performing and a team player, able to work safely, cooperatively, and constructively with all members of the staff, board of directors and the public.

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The Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not tolerate discrimination on the basis of an individual’s sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics.

The Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local “Fair Chance” laws.

The Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary is committed to welcoming a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that celebrates the varied communities we serve. Our mission and programs can greatly benefit from a range of perspectives and, as a result, we strongly encourage qualified applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color, and gender nonconforming candidates.

Deadline for application is the end of business day, October 1, 2021. Please send your application via email to Dan Wilder at, with “Ecological Horticulturalist Job” in the subject line.