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Posted: 05/31/2016

Lord and Schryver Conservancy

The L&S Conservancy, located in Salem Oregon, is a local non-profit whose mission is to preserve and interpret the legacy of Lord and Schryver, two women landscape architects who designed over 250 gardens in the NW in the years 1929-69. The Conservancy owns their property, Gaiety Hollow, which includes their home, personal garden and studio, constructed in 1932. On the National Register of Historic Places, it is being developed into a cultural and educational resource for the community.

Garden Manager/Curator
Professional Opportunity
Salem, OR


Gaiety Hollow and the Lord & Schryver Conservancy




              Gaiety Hollow, located in Salem, Oregon in a historic district, was the home, garden and studio of Lord and Schryver, two notable landscape architects who introduced a new style of gardens in the Pacific Northwest.  Characterized as Beaux Arts in style with an array of plants suitable to cultivation in the region, the 0.4 acre garden is being restored to its 1932-1969 Period of Significance. The property is owned by the Lord & Schryver Conservancy, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and interpret the legacy of Lord and Schryver and to develop the site into a cultural and educational center for the community.




              The position provides the opportunity for the garden manager to assume a leadership role in restoring the garden while also overseeing its maintenance. The garden manager will represent the garden to the public and will participate in developing educational programs as Gaiety Hollow becomes a cultural and educational center for the community. The ideal candidate will have the ability to understand the aesthetic intention of the garden and the capacity to guide hands-on restoration, maintenance and interpretation of the garden. 




Garden Manager, Gaiety Hollow: Full-time salary, with competitive benefits.  Reports to the chair of the L&S Conservancy. Some weekend and evening work.  Responsibilities include advising other Lord & Schryver gardens.




Duties and Responsibilities


 Garden Management and Maintenance


  • Take overall responsibility for maintaining the garden (watering, weeding, planting, fertilizing, pruning, grooming, and infrastructure care)

  • Preserve and restore the historic and aesthetic intention of the garden as documented in the Cultural Landscape Report and Treatment Plan


  • Perform irrigation technical duties:  maintain, monitor, adjust irrigation system, and provide minor repairs


  • Coordinate daily management of the garden, schedule and supervise volunteers and contractors

  • Operate basic landscape tools, be hands-on in the garden

  • Establish annual and seasonal work plans and cyclic maintenance plan; identify and prioritize objectives and evaluate results

  • Establish IPM system, monitoring and maintaining plant health, treatment and recordkeeping.





  • Develop, recommend and submit garden budget to the Board for approval, and administer the budget as approved by the Board.


  • Assist with preparation of grant requests

  • Maintain records

  • Provide support for Garden Committee, prepare reports, attend meetings, seek advice






  • Preserve historic integrity of the property

  • Develop and maintain a plant record keeping system; inventory garden

  • Continue research with emphasis on Gaiety Hollow


 Education and Outreach


  • Represent the garden to the public: participate in garden events, present to school groups, business associations, garden clubs, etc.


  • Recruit, train, supervise and retain volunteers that would benefit the Conservancy: gardeners, docents, database documentation, as examples.


  • Assist in developing and presenting workshops or programs, teach classes

  • Provide information and write for Conservancy newsletter, website, brochures and other publications

  • Cultivate relationships and partnerships with related organizations

  • Maintain current professional credentials






   Education and experience


  • A degree in horticulture, landscape architecture, or its equivalent

  • Three years experience in landscape management in a public garden or historic site

  • Valid drivers license

  • Familiarity with IPM; applicators license, or ability to obtain





  • Excellent fine gardening skills; plant identification and horticultural knowledge

  • Excellent people and communication skills and ability to manage people and projects

  • Ability to work well independently and as a team  member; supervise volunteers and contractors

  • Working knowledge of current landscape industry techniques and technology

  • Willingness to work in all weather conditions; ability to lift and carry 40 lbs.

  • Up-to-date computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Outlook, Power Point) photo management and on-line storage

Knowledge of NPS Cultural Landscape policies and practices (desirable

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Please email a cover letter expressing interest and a resume with salary requirement, including three references to: lordschryverconservancy@gmail.com. Applications accepted until position is filled.

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