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Employment

The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens is a nationally significant property situated on the shores of Lake Sunapee located in Newbury, NH.  The Fells owns and maintains 84 acres, including a late 19th century Colonial Revival summer home, woodland trails and renowned gardens.  Programs specializing in history, ecology, and the arts are provided year-round.  Special events and exhibits are added to the cultural offerings in the summer and fall.

Current Openings

Landscape Director


Landscape Director

The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, a nonprofit organization, has initiated a search to fill the part-time seasonal position of Landscape Director.

Reporting Relationship:

The Landscape Director reports directly to the Executive Director and serves on the Landscape Committee.

Landscape Management:

  • Maintain and preserve the landscape, following Mission, Master Plan and professional standards

  • Manage acquisition of plants and supplies, which may require driving to nurseries and suppliers

  • Recruit and train staff, volunteers and interns as needed

  • Supervise Nursery Manager, Landscape Assistant and two interns

  • Prepare chores for and supervise garden volunteers (twice a week)

  • Supervise the maintenance of water systems, roads, parking lot, equipment and supplies

Education/Outreach:

  • Teach horticulture classes and/or Landscape Design

  • Mentor staff and volunteers in their horticultural and professional development

  • Serve as point person for landscape tours, symposia and other programs related to the landscape

  • Aid in the cultivation of partnerships with appropriate organizations and individuals

Research:

  • Conduct historical research to inform for any further development of the gardens

  • Maintain current plant inventory and historical preservation

Competencies/Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills for working with volunteers, public speaking, educating

  • Strong managerial skills to supervise and motivate staff and volunteers and delegate tasks

  • Ability to lift 75 pounds preferred

  • Ability to operate and maintain power tools and landscape equipment required

  • Experience with non-profits preferred

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years’ experience in landscape management experience

  • Proven track record of meeting goals

  • Knowledge of horticultural principles and practices, especially related to rock, alpine, woodland gardens

  • Knowledge of Northern New England native plants

  • Knowledge of and experience in horticulture and ecology; knowledge of late 19th – early 20th Century landscape design and cultural landscape principles preferred

  • Degree in appropriate field

Administrative Requirements:

  • Developing and maintaining Landscape Department Budget

  • Writing skills are necessary to generate reports for the Board of Directors meetings (6 times per year) and articles for the Newsletter (2 times per year)

  • Hiring and management of Landscape assistants and two to three interns

Hours: Flexible hours, but should be available to work on an average of 32 hours per week, 36 weeks from March to December. Some weekends and evenings will be required. There are also approximately 100 winter hours required to search and interview Interns.

Compensation: Based upon credentials and experience of applicant

Availability: Ideally, the applicant would be available immediately

How to Apply: Please send cover letter and complete resume to jobs@thefells.org.


The Fells provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, handicap, political affiliation or veteran status, if otherwise qualified, in accordance with applicable local, state and federal laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which The Fells has facilities.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to hiring, placement, promotion, termination, leave of absence, compensation and training.

In compliance with federal law, The Fells verifies the employment eligibility of every new employee. Potential employees must be a citizen or national of the United States of America, an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, or an alien authorized by the Immigration and Naturalization Service to work in the U.S. 

Every new employee is required to fill out the Federal Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9) and provide documentation confirming their identity and eligibility.