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Posted: 10/10/2017

George Mason's Gunston Hall
Education and Guest Experiences

Gunston Hall, the home of George Mason, aspires to utilize fully its physical and scholarly resources to stimulate the continuing public exploration of democratic ideals as first presented by George Mason in the 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and a National Historic Landmark, Gunston Hall was built by George Mason from 1755-1759. Today, the site includes Gunston Hall; reconstructed outbuildings; a visitor center, museum, event facility, and museum shop; and 550 acres of diverse landscape situated along the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia. For more information, please visit www.gunstonhall.org.

Professional Opportunity
Lorton, VA
Open Until
Until Filled


George Masons Gunston Hall, a National Historic Landmark located on scenic Mason Neck in Fairfax County, Virginia, is pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity for an energetic and action oriented leader to participate in the design, development, management, and interpretation of gardens and historic landscapes on our 550-acre historic site. Having recently adopted a twenty year Campus Master Plan and initiated the restoration of the historic river-side garden at Gunston Hall, we are seeking a passionate and collaborative leader with the vision, expertise, and ability to inspire, develop, and implement an active program of landscape restoration, maintenance, and education.




The ideal candidate will possess expertise in horticulture and landscape management, a compelling vision for the educational potential of gardens and landscapes, an enthusiasm for being actively and personally involved in their work, a commitment to collaboration, and a strong belief in the importance of ongoing personal and professional development.






Description of Duties




The Horticulturalist is a full-time, exempt-status position working within the Education and Guest Experiences Department under the direct supervision of the Director of Education and Guest Experiences. 




In addition to supporting the overall mission of George Masons Gunston Hall, the Horticulturalist is charged with overseeing all gardening and historic landscape related operations at Gunston Hall. The Horticulturalist is also expected to articulate and implement the strategic vision for horticultural and agricultural operations and initiatives at Gunston Hall.




Additionally, the Horticulturalist is responsible for the following:




  • Overseeing all garden and historic landscape initiatives at Gunston Hall.

  • Providing vision and direction for a comprehensive and strategic long-range plan for Gunston Halls gardens and historic landscapes in alignment with the Campus Master Plan.

  • Leading and implementing the restoration of the river-side garden in close collaboration with the Restoration Planning Team.

  • Ensuring that Gunston Halls horticultural work implements and reflects current best practices in the field, and that the organizations plant holdings and landscapes are documented appropriately.

  • Establishing goals and providing daily technical and physical assistance to ensure the success of garden and historic landscape related activities.

  • Adhering to the best care and management practices for planting, pruning, replacing, harvesting, seed collecting, and the overall care of a variety of flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs, trees, and shrubs. Also responsible for amending the soil within the garden enclosures as necessary.

  • Directly supervising volunteer and contractor gardeners.

  • Establishing and ensuring that work places are safe for all those helping in the gardens and that safe work practices are used.

  • Fostering teamwork within the horticulture division.

  • Ide

How to apply
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Scott Muir Stroh III, Executive Director, at sstroh@gunstonhall.org. Applications must be received by close of business on October 20, 2017.
Scott Stroh

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