OPEN POSITIONS: Senior Parks Care Manager

Since 1970, the Friends of the Public Garden (the Friends) has worked with the City of Boston to care, renew and advocate for Boston’s first public parks; the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall. By mobilizing advocacy for parks protection, conducting improvement projects and educational programs, and providing much-needed financial support for activities beyond the capacity of the Parks Department, the Friends has created a highly effective public-private partnership. The Friends’ constituents include members, prospective members and supporters, visitors to the parks and City government personnel.

The Senior Parks Care Manager reports to the Director of Capital Projects & Parks Care and manages all aspects of the Soils, Turf, Irrigation, Tree, and Shrub programs of the Friends with a focus on organic maintenance and parks care best practices

The Friends of Public Garden has a hybrid work schedule, with in-office hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.


1. Horticulture Program 

  • Manage the tree, shrub, turf, soils, and irrigation programs
  • Coordinate with and manage the work of the Consulting Arborist
  • Manage the annual contracts for tree and shrub work, reviewing work and approving the payment of all invoices in accordance with the budget
  • Contribute to the annual Parks Care budget process
  • Contribute to written and oral progress reports for Board committees

2. GIS Database Program

  • Manage and update the data (database) including monthly maintenance records
  • Manage the tree label program and integrate data into the tree database
  • Integrate the tree sponsorship data into the database
  • Expand the database to include other information pertaining to the living landscape 
  • Create and update data-based maps as needed – for office display, communication needs, and for on-site use

3. Development Support

  • Work with the Development Associate in supporting the tree sponsorship program.

4. Communications & Outreach Support

  • Assist the communications team in providing content for all communications of the Friends, including the website, newsletters and annual reports
  • Support advocacy needs with data and mapping
  • Manage the use of Friends signage by contractors and maintain the signage.

5. Parks Care Volunteer Program

  • Manage the parks care volunteer groups (Rose and Border Brigades), including scheduling, contractor support, equipment, and materials as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree in arboriculture, turfgrass management, horticulture, environmental science, construction management or related field; or equivalent experience
  • Strong technical knowledge of horticulture (trees, shrubs, turf, soils) required, knowledge of organic care and park maintenance best practices preferred
  • Working knowledge of Arc GIS and AutoCAD preferred
  • Expertise in urban municipal park landscape maintenance and management preferred
  • Understanding of historic landscapes ideal
  • Excellent administrative, written, and oral communication skills required
  • Ability to be flexible and collaborative, maintain a positive attitude, and to work harmoniously in a fast-paced, public-service oriented, small office environment required


The annual compensation range is between $80,000 and $90,000, depending on experience, with a full and generous benefits package.


No phone calls, recruiters, or staffing firms, please! Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter addressed to President Elizabeth Vizza at anna@a3boston.com


The Friends of the Public Garden is an equal employment opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable law, we prohibit harassment and discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy or related medical conditions, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, gender identity or expression, transgendered status, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.