Lan Su Chinese Garden

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Horticulturist

Visitor Services Associate

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.


Horticulturist

Lan Su Chinese Garden is seeking a part-time, seasonal horticulturist to work at both the garden (NW Portland) and greenhouse (SE Portland) locations. This is a unique opportunity to gain practical work experience and exposure to the world of public gardens.

Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of Portland’s premier public gardens serving approximately 150,000 visitors annually. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the mission of Lan Su Chinese Garden is to cultivate an oasis of tranquil beauty and harmony, and to inspire, engage and educate our global community in the appreciation of a richly authentic Chinese culture.

Position Title:  Horticulturist

Reports to: Director of Horticulture

Work Schedule: Part-time and seasonal position from June-November. Weekly days/hours are Friday-Sunday 7:00 - 3:30 p.m. and bimonthly Thursdays 7:00 - 3:30 p.m. This is a non-benefited position.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Horticulturist will be responsible for maintaining the superior health and appearance of a variety of plants including many rare and prized specimens. Maintenance activities may include watering, raking, weeding, grooming, trans/planting, mulching, pruning and pest/disease management at both the garden and greenhouse locations. Occasional assistance with picking up supplies and staffing of other garden sponsored events and programs. 

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor, Associate, or certificate in horticulture or related subject preferred
  • At least two years of work experience in horticulture
  • An understanding of public garden standards and an eye for detail
  • Ability to safely operate and maintain hand tools, ladders and garden equipment
  • Ability to routinely perform heavy, physical labor in all weather conditions
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work with volunteers and interact with public
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to safely drive manual transmission (stick shift) truck to greenhouse location and to pick up supplies, as needed
  • Excellent communication skills with visitors, colleagues, volunteers, and members of all ages and backgrounds
  • Aptitude for independent problem solving with a positive, calm, and professional demeanor

Application Procedure

Email a cover letter summarizing your qualifications and indicating your interest in this position along with a current resume to jobs@lansugarden.org. No phone calls and drop-ins, these applications will not be considered. Applications accepted until position is filled.

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.


Visitor Services Associate

Lan Su Chinese Garden is seeking a part-time Visitor Services Associate to work at one of Portland’s greatest attractions. Please read the entire job posting, including how to apply as incomplete applications will not be considered.

Department: Retail Operations & Admissions

Reports to: Director of Retail & Admissions

Purpose of Position: Provide a high level of customer service to visitors to the garden by selling in the Gift Shop or Ticket Booth, and/or pop-up retail outposts.

Position Scope: Ticket, membership, and gift sales contribute to the over-all financial viability of the garden. Interacting with visitors and members in a positive and educated way enhances our finances and creates memorable impressions for local and out-of-town guests.

Hours: Varies but not to exceed 9 hours daily/30 hours weekly except under rare circumstances such as special events. 15-20 hours is the approximate weekly average. Availability on evenings until 8:00 p.m. and weekends required. Occasional hours on holidays and/or after hours events. Note that the garden’s hours change seasonally as do the job hours.

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $12.00 /hour

Required Experience

  • Customer Service: 1 year
  • Retail: 2 years

Essential Functions

  • Provide merchandise information and a level of engagement which helps "make the sale"
  • Follow daily financial procedures e.g. balance cash drawer with cash register report, maintain proper cash and supply levels etc.
  • Provide visitors with accurate information about the garden, including the benefits of membership
  • Maintain cleanliness and stock levels of the Garden Shop and Ticket Booth
  • Participate in garden events as needed and provide administrative services on project basis e.g. Garden Shop receiving and tagging merchandise, managing ticket requests for fundraisers etc

Education Experience, Skills

  • High school diploma
  • At least 2 successful years in retail sales providing front-line customer service
  • Excellent communication skills with visitors, colleagues, volunteers, and members of all ages and backgrounds. Aptitude for independent problem solving with a positive, calm, and professional demeanor.
  • Cash register and cash handling experience
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time in various environments
  • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Basic computer skills required: POS systems and Outlook, touch-screens; Computer/tech savvy highly preferred

Application Procedure

Email a cover letter summarizing your qualifications specific to this job and indicating your interest in this position along with a current resume to  jobs@lansugarden.org. No phone calls and drop-ins, these applications will not be considered. Receipt of application materials will be acknowledged. Applications accepted until position is filled. Interviews for qualified candidates begin immediately.

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.