Gunston Hall

Gunston Hall Employment Opportunities

Horticulturalist

George Mason’s 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 Mason’s 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 Hall’s 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 Hall’s horticultural work implements and reflects current best practices in the field, and that the organization’s 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.
  • Identifying, controlling, and treating weeds, diseases, and pests including the safe and proper use of insecticides, fungicides and herbicides.
  • Supervising the timely harvesting of produce and as requested by the Education and Guest Experiences department and the Museum Shop.
  • Directing and conducting research on Gunston Hall’s gardens, plants, and landscapes including the sharing of findings with staff and the public through lectures, publications, tours, new media, and similar formats.
  • Providing tours of the historic gardens and historic landscapes as needed.
  • Interacting positively with visitors, answering questions, and giving directions.
  • Working closely with the Director of Education and Guest Experiences to prepare the annual horticulture budget and work plan.
  • Serving as the authority on Gunston Hall’s horticultural efforts, representing these initiatives and work to visitors, donors, the media, and the public at large.
  • Collaborating with the Director of Development to raise funds necessary to complete needed horticulture initiatives and projects.
  • Cultivating and maintaining professional relationships with other historic gardens and greenhouse facilities to exchange ideas and information.
  • Undertaking other duties as assigned.


Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in agricultural sciences, horticulture, or a closely related field.
  • Five years of progressive experience at a historic site, park, or comparable facility.
  • Sound knowledge of the philosophy and fundamental principles, theories, and best practices of horticulture and landscape management.
  • Demonstrated commitment and success engaging and educating the public.
  • Ability to supervise and manage volunteers.
  • Ability to work with staff of other departments and outside professionals.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain strong lines of communication.
  • Ability to safely operate a variety of hand tools, power equipment, and gas-powered equipment (i.e. shears, blowers, chain saws, tractors, weed eaters, loaders, and trucks).
  • Ability to obtain a Virginia pesticide applicator’s license.
  • Ability to prepare and manage departmental and project budgets.
  • Must be available to work weekends, holidays and/or evenings as needed.
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs.
  • Ability to work outdoors for long periods in various weather conditions.


This position is a full-time, salaried, and classified as exempt. Compensation will be based on qualifications. Performance will be evaluated based on the achievement of collaboratively determined team and personal goals specific to the requirements of the position.

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.

Gunston Hall is an equal opportunity employer.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Scott Muir Stroh III, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Applications must be received by close of business on October 20, 2017.


 

Collections Management Technician

George Mason’s Gunston Hall, a National Historic Landmark located on scenic Mason Neck in Fairfax County, Virginia, is pleased to announce a new opportunity.  We are seeking a detail-oriented, energetic emerging museum professional to help provide excellent care for our collection by serving as our part-time Collections Management Technician.
 
The Collections Management Technician performs duties related to the preservation of and access to both Gunston Hall collections and objects on loan to Gunston Hall.  The Collections Management Technician reports to the Curator of Collections.  Under the direction of the Curator, the Collections Management Technician follows the Gunston Hall Collections Management Policy and Procedure Manuals and acts according to professional museum technical and ethical standards.

The ideal candidate will have a positive attitude, an energetic personality, and creatively open mind.  The candidate will be a solutions-oriented person who possesses exemplary communication skills, excels in a team environment, and respects both confidentiality and integrity.

The Collections Management Technician is primarily responsible for
•    Monitoring temperature, humidity, pests, and light levels
•    Assisting with efforts to prevent theft of or damage to collections items, including historic buildings
•    Assisting with the transfer of objects from one location to another
•    Preservation-level cleaning
•    Organizing and monitoring collections management supplies and equipment
•    Contributing to exhibition installation and de-installation
•    Processing loans, including receiving, packing/unpacking, and inventorying items, as well as preparing condition reports
•    Conducting inventories of collections items
•    Entering information into the collections management database.

Qualifications for this position include:
•    Demonstrated interest in museums.
•    At least one year of higher education, including college-level classes in history, American studies, material culture or a related field. An Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree is preferred, but is not required.
•    Awareness of professional standards and practices relating to museum collections management.
•    Ability to communicate and produce correspondence, spreadsheets, and reports using Microsoft Excel and Word.
•    Familiarity with collections databases.  
•    Be able to climb, balance, reach overhead, stoop, kneel, and crouch.
•    Physical agility and strength required to lift and move up to 50 pounds.
•    Ability to tolerate indoor and outdoor working conditions.

The Collections Management Technician is an hourly (wage) position for eight hours a week.  The position does not have health insurance or leave.   

The mission of Gunston Hall is to utilize fully its physical and scholarly resources to stimulate 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.

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to Rebecca Martin, Director of Education and Guest Experiences at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

Gunston Hall is an equal opportunity employer.


 

Development Assistant

George Mason’s Gunston Hall is seeking an ambitious, energetic, and collaborative individual to serve as the organization’s part-time Development Assistant.   Gunston Hall is implementing an exciting 20-year Campus Master Plan and building a growing Development Department to lead the fundraising initiatives necessary to fulfill its vision and fully implement the Plan.

Working under the supervision of the Director of Development, the Development Assistant is responsible for all administrative aspects of development activities and plays an important role by providing administrative support to the Development Department, participating in all fundraising activities, and coordinating strategic functions in support of Gunston Hall’s development and fundraising initiatives.  In performing these duties, the Development Assistant is expected to demonstrate a commitment to organization, accuracy, detail, the ability to meet deadlines, the ability to work as part of a high functioning team, exemplary communication skills, and a passion for the mission of Gunston Hall.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Process donations and prepare acknowledgement letters and other correspondence.
  • Gather and maintain foundation, corporation and individual donor files.
  • Create monthly fundraising reports and other database reports as needed.
  • Continually update and correct database records.
  • Conduct preliminary research on prospective corporate foundations and individual donors.
  • Write donor profiles based on research.
  • Assist in revising and enriching membership program.
  • Support strong relationships with all donors, members, prospects, and stakeholders.
  • Coordinate production and mailing of annual appeal letters.
  • Assist with tasks related to foundation grant proposals and reports.
  • Assist with event planning, execution and follow-up including the maintenance of guest lists, gathering and preparation of registration materials, and other duties as assigned for fund-raising events.
  • Handle administrative details associated with the Board of Regents Development Committee meetings (i.e. prepare and distribute notices, agendas, minutes, etc.).
  • Administrative and other duties as assigned.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Support strong relationships with members of the Gunston Hall Board of Regents.
  • Support strong relationships with members of The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) and the national office of The NSCDA.
  • Support strong relationships with the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Serve as a representative of the organization and articulate Gunston Hall’s mission and goals for a wide range of audiences.

We are seeking an individual with the following attributes:

  • Demonstrated success in diverse and vibrant settings.
  • Exceptional organizational and data management skills.
  • Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Ability achieving goals, managing projects, and meeting targeted deadlines.
  • Experience creating comprehensive, usable, and data driven reports by targeted deadlines.
  • Experience creating, supporting, and sustaining environments in which a unified team works for organizational excellence.
  • Experience providing and supporting exemplary guest service.
  • Exemplary communication skills.
  • A positive attitude, energetic personality, motivational spirit, and creatively open mind.
  • A commitment to excellence.

Qualifications for this position include:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and progressive experience within a non-profit development office is required.
  • Experience with Donor Perfect or comparable fundraising software is required.
  • Experience within a cultural organization, museum, or historic site is preferred.
  • Experience with public-private partnerships is preferred.
  • A passion for George Mason, Gunston Hall, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, history, historic sites, and associated themes and topics is preferred.

Compensation will be based on qualifications. Performance will be evaluated based on the achievement of collaboratively determined team and personal goals specific to the requirements of the position.

The mission of Gunston Hall is to utilize fully its physical and scholarly resources to stimulate 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.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Marion Smith, Director of Development, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than August 18, 2017. 

Gunston Hall is an equal opportunity employer.

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