Careers & Internships

A Place to Grow.

Holden Forests & Gardens is not just a great place to visit, it’s a wonderful place to work. Discover the opportunities now available for potential employees and interns.

Holden Forests & Gardens is an equal opportunity, ADA Employer and a Drug-free Work Place.

Our Values:

  • Clarity of Purpose
  • Curious Mind
  • Power of Knowledge
  • Sense of Belonging
  • Forward Momentum

Benefits – Fulltime Employees

  • Health, Dental and Vision
  • 20 days of PTO. 2 Floating Holidays & 8 Recognized Holidays
  • 403(b) Matching Retirement Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Short and Long-Term Disability
  • Other Employee Perks (available to part-time staff as well)

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusiveness

Holden Forests & Gardens values an authentic sense of belonging at all levels of the organization, including staff, volunteers, Board of Directors, and visitors. HF&G believes that working toward an equitable culture that values all perspectives enriches the work environment, helping achieve our goal to build a greener and healthier Northeast Ohio. HF&G has elevated diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusiveness work, naming it an organizational priority and cultural value. We are working to create and sustain a supportive environment and sense of belonging for people of all backgrounds.  HF&G promotes an equitable approach in its hiring, retention, and promotion; in Board recruitment efforts; and in community partnerships and programming. HF&G also provides regular DEAI training for staff, managers, volunteers and Board to create a welcoming and accessible environment.

Holden Forests & Gardens (HF&G) is made up of two of Northeast Ohio’s most important environmental and cultural institutions — Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden — whose mission is to connect people with the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities.  The 12th largest public garden in the country, HF&G has over 17,000 member households and more than 380,000 annual visitors who enjoy inspirational and educational experiences. HF&G is making a positive impact in the region and beyond through urban greening and forestry initiatives, environmental research, nature-based educational programs, and world-class visitor experiences at its two campuses. 

When you join HF&G, you join a team of professionals who are passionate about improving Northeast Ohio’s communities through our mission-driven programs. You will not only have the opportunity to work in a beautiful setting, but you will also have the opportunity to contribute to our fulfilling and groundbreaking work. 

To apply for a position at Holden Forests & Gardens, click on the job title below. From there you will be directed to the specific application process for each role.

Holden Forests & Gardens values an authentic sense of belonging at all levels of the organization, including staff, volunteers, Board of Directors, and visitors. HF&G believes that working toward an equitable culture that values all perspectives enriches the work environment, helping achieve our goal to build a greener and healthier Northeast Ohio. We are working to create and sustain a supportive environment and sense of belonging for people of all backgrounds. HF&G also provides regular DEAI training for staff, managers, volunteers and Board to create a welcoming and accessible environment.  Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.



Other Opportunities

Academic Instructor

Holden Arboretum is looking for an enthusiastic educator to teach K-6 students part-time from August to June. Ideal candidates will have experience with elementary students, a background in natural science, and a passion for the outdoors. For more details click here or to apply, contact Rebecca Thompson at [email protected].

Sprouting Young Scientists Instructor (SPYS)

Holden Arboretum seeks energetic individuals to deliver a preschool outreach program to children aged 3-5 in local preschools. This part-time role runs during school hours. Ideal candidates will have experience with preschoolers, a background in natural sciences, and a passion for nature. Apply today to inspire young minds! For more details click here or to apply, contact Mary Jaworski at [email protected].

NOWCorps AmeriCorp Positions

Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners recognizes the importance of maintaining water quality throughout Northern Ohio. The Northern Ohio Watershed Corps (NOWCorps) works with watershed groups, soil and water conservation districts, city and county government offices, and other conservation nonprofits to facilitate outreach, education, capacity building, environmental stewardship, and stormwater management. NOWCorps is a program of ServeOhio, Ohio’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, and AmeriCorps, the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. Positions open at Holden Forests & Gardens for the 2024/2025 year are listed below. Please click the job title for a full job description and learn more about each role. To learn more about all the NOWCorps openings click here. To apply, send a copy of your resume and cover letter to [email protected] and indicate ALL positions and host sites in which you’re interested. (You may apply for multiple NOWCorps positions.)

Conservation Horticulture Assistant

Conservation Specialist

Core Natural Areas Assistant

Education Specialist

Native Plant Pollinator Specialist

Woodland Conservation and Biomes Assistant

Working Woods NTFP Specialist

To apply for current open positions, please click on the job title above to take you directly to the application process for each role. For general questions email: [email protected].

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