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The MacDowell Colony seeks experienced organic Gardener to maintain and enhance landscaped areas at the heart of our 450-acre campus in Peterborough, NH. Reporting to the Resident Director, the Gardener is responsible for maintenance of ~four acres of garden, orchard and plantings, most of them near Colony Hall and the James Baldwin Library. In addition to supervising the garden assistants, the Gardener is a hands on member of the team tending MacDowell’s cultivated landscape. The Gardener manages kitchen garden production and coordinates care & feeding of two dozen laying hens in cooperation with the Chef & kitchen team.

A leading national arts organization, the MacDowell Colony awards more than 300 Fellowships each year to artists in seven creative disciplines (writers, composers, visual artists, playwrights, architects, filmmakers, and interdisciplinary artists). Since 1907 the organization has supported more than 8,400 artists, including 91 Pulitzer Prize winners, 33 National Book Award recipients, and 32 MacArthur Fellows. Fellowships lasting up to 8 weeks are given with no strings attached—artists arrive with their own projects and provided with one of 32 studios on the 450 acre campus.


  • Organic, low-input maintenance of gardens and planted areas to sustain naturalized aesthetic; duties include planting, watering, weeding, pruning, feeding, and other tasks too numerous to list individually
  • Manage production of edible plantings for use in the kitchen: garden planning, seed/seedling ordering, planting, weeding, watering and harvesting of vegetable garden, small orchard, berries, & herb garden
  • In cooperation with the Chef and Maintenance staff, manage compost system converting kitchen waste, woodchips, grass clippings, leaves, etc. into soil amendments
  • Collaborate with kitchen staff on planning and harvesting edible plantings.


  • Desire and ability to work harmoniously with a team of professionals dedicated to sustaining ideal working conditions for creative artists visiting from across the country and around the world
  • Thorough knowledge of best practices in organic cultivation of ornamental and edible landscapes
  • Associate's Degree in sustainable horticulture or equivalent experience in organic landscape maintenance; animal husbandry and landscape design capabilities a plus
  • Ability to train and supervise seasonal staff and volunteers
  • Ability to squat, dig, and lift/carry 50 lbs.


This is a part-time position with highest level of commitment concentrated May through September. Equal opportunity employer, flexible work schedule, competitive compensation commensurate with experience.


Peterborough, NH


Email cover letter and resume or work history. No calls please.

Equal Opportunity Statement

The MacDowell Colony is an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from qualified candidates representing any race, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We are committed to workplace inclusion and to being a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to do their best work.