Come Grow With Us!


At the American Horticultural Society (AHS) at River Farm, our staff includes specialists in non-profit/garden leadership, horticulture and horticultural communications, development, membership, nature education, and facility rentals.

Join our team and help educate Americans about the importance of plants and sustainable gardening!

Current Job Opening:

Position: Groundskeeper

Department: Horticulture

Status: Full-Time (30 hrs./week, with 10+ additional 7.5 hr. shifts), Hourly, Non-Exempt, Indefinite

Reports to: Associate Director, Horticulture & River Farm

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Associate Director, Horticulture and River Farm (AD), the Groundskeeper assists with the care and maintenance of the American Horticultural Society’s (AHS) River Farm. As the Groundskeeper, the incumbent will work closely with the AD and the Lead Gardener to care for and execute seasonal plantings, renovate existing garden spaces, maintain existing plantings, and provide general maintenance and upkeep of the buildings and facilities at River Farm. Working independently and alongside interns, volunteers, and additional horticulture staff, the Groundskeeper will assist with the daily maintenance and upkeep of the property. This position is classified as essential and the incumbent must participate in all emergencies, including but not limited to: storm cleanup, ice removal, and snow removal. Availability for a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, and holiday work, as needed, will be required to successfully fulfill the obligations of the position.

  • Performs general landscaping and gardening tasks, including weeding, invasive control, mulching, watering, edging, pruning, planting, and pest control.
  • Safely operates and assists with the maintenance and minor repair of all grounds vehicles and power equipment. To include tractors, loaders, Gators, blowers, chainsaws, etc.
  • Confidently works alongside horticulture and non-horticulture staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • Assists AHS staff with the execution of special events and programs, including setup and tear down, and preparing the River Farm gardens, buildings, and grounds.
  • Assists with and performs snow and ice removal from roads, parking lots, walks and critical garden areas.
  • Communicates effectively and maintains a positive attitude and work relationship with all AHS employees, interns, volunteers, and the public by interacting in a manner that is professional, respectful, and helpful.
  • Assists with or performs minor building maintenance and repairs, including painting, plumbing, and carpentry.
  • Conducts work in accordance with all procedures and guidelines of the American Horticultural Society and River Farm.
  • Documents all work and projects in accordance with departmental standards.
  • Works both independently and as part of a team, with minimum supervision.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor.


  • One-year experience in professional landscaping and/or gardening, or equivalent experience. Experience with public gardens preferred.
  • Experience with the safe operation and care of assorted landscaping and farm equipment, including but not limited to: trucks, tractors, backpack blowers, string trimmers, chainsaws, golf carts/Gators, powered shears, ladders, backpack sprayers, hand tools, and general garage equipment.
  • High school education or equivalent.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Must currently hold, or be able to acquire, a Virginia Pesticide Applicators License within 6 months of hire.
  • Proficient understanding of Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook and Word.
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. Bilingual English & Spanish preferred.
  • Ability to independently lift 50 pounds.
  • Ability to work outdoors in inclement weather, including, rain, snow, and extreme hot and cold temperatures.
  • Ability to push, pull, climb, dig, work on uneven surfaces, and perform manual labor for extended periods of time.
  • Must be legally able to work in the United States.

Equipment Used:

Assorted landscaping and farm equipment, including but not limited to:

Truck and dump-trailer, tractors, brush-hogs, backpack blowers, string trimmers, chainsaws, golf carts/Gators, powered shears, ladders, hand tools, and general garage equipment.

To Apply: Send resume to sforrest[at]

Current Job Opening:

Title: Development Assistant

Department: Development

Status: Part Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt

Reports to: Director, Development & Engagement

Position Summary:

The role of the Development Assistant is to support the day-to-day aspects of the organization’s efforts to achieve annual operating and capital revenue objectives. Primary responsibilities focus on: assisting with fundraising needs of the CEO and Director of Development and Engagement such as donor interaction and cultivation, supporting the annual AHS Gala and other special cultivation events as needed; orchestrating the production of solicitations and other mailings for the CEO; scheduling donor visits and producing donor acknowledgements. The Development Assistant will report to the Director of Development & Engagement and will work closely with the CEO, as well as other key staff, board members and volunteers.

Duties include, but are not limited to:


  • Produce donor correspondence for appointments and acknowledgements
  • Manage calendar of donor stewardship calls and visits

Data Management and Analysis

  • Update donor records to reflect stewardship calls and visits
  • Track gifts and pledges as result of stewardship calls and visits
  • Process gift acknowledgements and pledge reminders
  • Generate updates and activity reports as needed.

Development Programs and Initiatives:

  • Maintain cordial, professional, and service-oriented relations with volunteers and donors
  • Work with CEO and Director of Development on institutional fundraising needs and donor development strategies
  • Support the annual gala, special events, and donor cultivation activities
  • Research and collaborate with other staff members on grant applications and grant stewardship
  • Research prospects


  • Support Development Director and CEO by performing administrative tasks directly related to fundraising.
  • Constant assessment of all related business processes to insure efficiency, accuracy, and the highest level of member service
  • Coordination of outside services that support development programs and initiatives
  • Coordinate activities with other staff members to insure timely and accurate flow of information, efficient processes, and the highest level of member service
  • Assists with other administrative duties as requested.

Other responsibilities may include assisting with special projects and membership activities or serving as a back-up for other programs of the Society.


  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
  • Minimum two years of administrative experience in development/fundraising environment. (Ideally three years)
  • Excellent writing, speaking, interpersonal, and organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, set priorities, and manage concurrent tasks; strong customer service focus;
  • Proficiency with PC applications such as Word, Outlook, and Excel; an aptitude and willingness to become proficient with Raiser’s Edge database software.

Preference will be given to candidates with related work experience, Raiser’s Edge proficiency. Depending on program requirements, some evening and weekend work will be necessary

To Apply: Send resume to sforrest[at]

Working Here


We offer a collegial and flexible mission-oriented work environment designed to support employees and their families. Full-time employees are eligible for a range of valuable benefits. The AHS is an equal opportunity employer with a policy of inclusiveness and nondiscrimination, and is committed to providing a workplace that is free of discrimination of all types, and that is free from abusive, offensive or harassing behavior. The AHS maintains a drug-free workplace. ADA/EOE.

Competitive Salary

Retirement Plan

403(b) retirement savings plant including pre-tax employee contributions and employer match.

Comprehensive Insurance

Insurance coverage includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term disability, short-term disability, and accidental death and dismemberment.

Time Off

Paid time off including holidays, vacation, and sick days.

Access to Nature

Our River Farm headquarters features gardens and meadows overlooking the Potomac River, with easy access to walking and cycling trails.

Visit Us

The American Horticultural Society is located at River Farm, a 25-acre garden four miles south of Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia.

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