Lan Su Chinese Garden is a Suzhou-classical-style Chinese garden specifically designed for Portland's historic Chinatown and to serve a 21st century American audience. Lan Su's designers from the Suzhou Institute of Landscape and Architectural Design state Lan Su is the best classical Chinese garden outside of China. In designing Lan Su, they incorporated all of the following:
To maintain and preserve, expand, document, research, and promote the Garden’s plant collection, and educate the public and Lan Su Chinese Garden members about the collection—and through the collection—Chinese culture.
The plant collection at Lan Su presents hundreds of plants species that are native to China. It is home to more than fifty specimen trees, many rare and unusual shrubs and perennials, and curated collections of Magnolia, Peony, Camellia, Rhododendron, Osmanthus and Bamboo.
Lan Su's mission in developing this unique and diverse living collection is twofold. First is to provide visitors with a microcosmic view of the wealth of China's native flora. Second, the botanical collection in the garden provides an invaluable tool for explaining customs and traditions rooted in human interaction with plants for thousands of years.
The Garden Curator is responsible for the superior health of Lan Su’s rare plant collection at both the garden and greenhouse location.
The Curator leads a team including the Greenhouse Manager, Horticulturist and trained volunteers in the care and maintenance of the collection in a manner consistent with current best practices, traditional Chinese garden design and the high standards of a public garden.
The Curator sets a vision for the department’s future growth, implements annual plans and develops new initiatives in line with the garden’s organization-wide strategic goals. The Curator is responsible for the financial management and all administrative duties for the department.
The Curator is responsible for all related educational materials, programs, displays and tours, as well as, providing expert advice and information to members, visitors and the media.
This position works collaboratively with the Events & Program Director, Facilities Director and other organizational peers.
30% Garden Management
15% Acquisition and Collection Building
10% Documentation (Mapping, Accession Records, Plant Records)
15% Community Collaboration
15% Education & Interpretation
* In collaboration with Horticulture and other garden staff and partners.
This job operates in outdoor weather conditions, as well as a professional environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, laptops, phones, calculator, mobile devices, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to do the following: climb ladders and lift weights up to 50 pounds, sit, stand, walk, talk and hear. The employee is required to reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel.
Lan Su Chinese Garden strives to attract, hire, train and promote quality individuals who have a proven ability to perform in a professional organization. Lan Su makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available person in every job.
Lan Su Chinese Garden is committed to maintain an environment where employees contribute to the organization’s achievement, take pride in the results of their work, are appreciated as individuals and are encouraged to develop to their fullest extent. Lan Su is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy that employees will not be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other classification protected by law.
This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary range $50,000 plus benefits
Please email a cover letter explaining your interest or relevant experience for this position and a separate resume in pdf format.
Applicants will be contacted and notified if they are invited for an interview or not.
Position will be open until filled, but resume reviews will begin immediately and interviews should be scheduled to begin on May 16, 2018 or before. Initial interviews may be conducted by phone/video conference. Expect two formal interviews; one with Department Directors of Lan Su Chinese Garden and one more casual presentation to meet organizational stakeholders.
In the subject line please type: “Garden Curator Application”
No phone calls please
Email is preferred, but mailed materials are also accepted at:
Lan Su Chinese Garden Human Resources
220 NW Second Ave., Suite 1050
Portland, OR 97209
Lan Su Chinese Garden strives to attract, hire, train and promote quality individuals who have a proven ability to perform in a professional organization. Lan Su is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available person in every job.
Lan Su Chinese Garden is committed to maintain an environment where employees contribute to the organization’s achievement, take pride in the results of their work, are appreciated as individuals and are encouraged to develop to the fullest extent. Lan Su is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy that employees will not be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other classification protected by law.
239 Northwest Everett Street, Portland, Oregon 97209
Call Us: 503.228.8131
Lan Su Chinese Garden
220 NW 2nd Avenue, Suite 1050, Portland, Oregon 97209
Members, donors and visitors help keep Lan Su healthy and growing. Lan Su is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations and memberships are tax deductible. Lan Su’s Federal Tax ID number (EIN) is 93-0511171.