Employment Opportunities


Notice: All hiring is on hold because of operational limitations due to the coronavirus. If you would like to submit an application for future consideration for the seasonal gardener position or one of our internships, you may send it to [email protected].


Seasonal Gardener

The Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury is seeking to hire a full-time, seasonal Gardener.  The Arboretum includes 20 acres of plant collections including nearly 3000 unique plants from around the world.  Our mission is to share knowledge of plants and scientific procedure through educational programs, research, plant conservation, and exploration.  The Gardener will assist with horticultural operations, maintaining the plant collections and grounds to the highest standards.

This position will be involved in planting, pruning, weeding, watering, mulching, and other garden related tasks.  There will also be opportunities to work in the greenhouse, be involved in arboriculture projects, participate with restoration of wildflower meadows, and work on developing new garden areas.  Experience gardening and working outdoors is preferred, but more importantly applicants should possess a willingness to learn about plants and horticulture, to work as part of a team, and be comfortable engaging with garden visitors from time to time.  This position requires the ability to work outside in a variety of weather conditions, handle tools and small equipment, and the ability to lift 50lbs and perform daily tasks of a physical nature. 

Start and end dates are negotiable but ideally will occur during the growing season between April and October.  A full time schedule consists of 35 hours/week, Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 3:30pm.  A complete application will consist of a resume with 3 references, and a cover letter expressing interest in the position.  Questions and applications may be sent to info [at] pollyhillarboretum.org with ‘Seasonal Gardener’ in the subject line.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 



The Polly Hill Arboretum offers two distinct  internship opportunities to students interested in pursuing careers in horticulture and other closely related fields.  Each year the Arboretum offers two 12-week summer horticulture internships and one nine-month curatorial internship. We are now accepting applications for the 2020 season. For more information, please see the internships page on our website. 

Application Instructions:

A complete internship application will include a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references formatted into a single ‘.pdf’ file.

The 2020 Curatorial Internship has already been filled.  Applications for the 2021 Curatorial Internship will be accepted beginning November, 2020.  Please submit inquiries and applications for the Curatorial Internship to Todd Rounsaville (Curator):

todd [at] pollyhillarboretum.org

The application deadline for a 2020 Summer Horticulture Internship is February 14, 2020.  Please submit inquiries and applications for the Summer Horticulture Internship to Ian Jochems (Grounds Manager/Arborist):

ian [at] pollyhillarboretum.org