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Mon Apr 02, 2018 09:00 AM - Fri Nov 16, 2018 02:00 PM


105 Brattle StreetCambridge, MA 02138
There's much to do in the Longfellow garden, spring through fall!


Summary of Position

Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters NHS preserves the home of Henry W. Longfellow, one of the world’s foremost 19 th century poets. Additionally, the house served as General George Washington’s first headquarters of the American Revolution, from 1775-1776.

This position is a great way to get experience in the management and upkeep of a historic landscape. Volunteers work alongside NPS gardener and grounds crew to maintain the Colonial Revival garden. All training, safety and gardening tools will be provided by the park.

  • Monitoring plant health.
  • Watering and weeding garden beds.
  • Raking garden paths and clearing small debris from flower beds.
  • Planting annuals and bulbs.
  • Staking and pruning various plants based on their variety.
  • Removing invasive plant species and learning about pest control and management at the site.
  • Keeping track of what’s in bloom in the garden to share with visitors.
  • Observes all standard operating procedures and safety guidelines.
  • Optional: informally interpreting the landscape and garden history with visitors.
  • Tracks volunteer hours reliably and accurately.
  • Wears the NPS volunteer uniform in clean and professional manner. Uses safety equipment when necessary, i.e.: protective eyewear, gloves, hats, sunscreen, etc.
  • Interest in learning about the maintenance of a historical garden landscape.
  • Volunteer should be able to work outside in variable weather for at least two hours at a time.
  • Various duties include kneeling, standing for long periods and lifting heavy items.

This is an unpaid, temporary position.


  • Botany
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Orientation or Training
  • 2+ hours a week, weekdays or weekends

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