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Seasonal Assistant Horticulturist

Strawbery Banke Museum

The Strawbery Banke Museum is a 10-acre living history museum located in the heart of downtown Portsmouth. The museum interprets daily life in the same historic waterfront neighborhood over 300+ years, making the 37 historic buildings accessible to a wide range of visitors one of our primary goals. Strawbery Banke hosts an ever-growing number of special events and programs throughout the year. Seasonal and holiday signature events are time-honored traditions that help make Portsmouth the vibrant destination it is. Strawbery Banke is continually ranked as TripAdvisor’s #1 “Thing to do in Portsmouth” and Yankee Magazine Editors’ Choice: Best of New England Classics “Best Historic Village.”

Strawbery Banke Museum seeks passionate gardener for 2019 season. The museum has a variety of historic vegetable and herb gardens curated from the 1700s to the 1940s. The gardens frame the work we do at the museum and the seasonal gardener’s work is integral to maintaining the aesthetics and accuracy of the overall interpretation of the museum landscape.

The seasonal gardener’s work consists primarily of maintaining gardens, cutting and preserving flowers, working with volunteers and leading tours for visitors. The person employed in this position will work 3 days per week, including Sunday. The position starts in May and runs until October. 

  • Educational background in horticulture, botany, farming, or related field
  • Experience with garden/landscape preservation and education, preferably in a nonprofit or museum setting
  • Knowledge of and ability to identify native New England plants
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Positive attitude and ability to interact with audiences of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds
  • Enthusiasm and passion for community outreach, education, gardening, and garden/landscape preservation
  • Maintain the gardens and general landscape at the museum using historic and modern horticultural practices 
  • Lead daily interpretive garden tours; educate and engage with museum visitors
  • Assist with the organization of garden roleplayers, interns, and volunteers
  • Work independently to complete tasks as directed
How to Apply:

If intereste, please email resume and cover letter to

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Date Added: April 11, 2019

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