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Japanese Garden Curator

About Us:
The UVA Foundation was established in 1993 and is the successor organization to the UVA Real Estate Foundation, which was founded in 1986.  Its mission is to engage in any and all matters pertaining to real property for the benefit of the University of Virginia, to provide administrative services to University entities, University-Associated Organizations (UAOs), and to use and administer gifts, grants, bequests and devices for the benefit of the University. 
Job Snapshot:
The UVA Foundation is inviting applications for a full-time Japanese Garden Curator at its Morven Farm Property. This position is responsible for the day-to-day management of a 4-acre Japanese Garden and House; including the entrance path and Redbud Hill, Japanese stroll garden, sukiya­style house, and azumaya.  The Japanese Garden Curator will possess an understanding of the cultural significance of the garden’s design and elements, including its plants, physical structures, and overall maintenance techniques.
Job Location:  Charlottesville, Virginia

  • Pruning of trees and shrubs, maintaining a variety of ground covers and perennials, construction of bamboo fences, occasional rock replacement, design and installation of new plantings, and integrated pest management.
  • Maintains proper water quality in the pond and performs routine maintenance of waterfall pumps.
  • Prepares garden for special events to include the design of floral arrangements and assists in leading tours and events.
  • Prepares Japanese Garden House for visitation, including regular preparatory interior and exterior cleaning.
  • Shared maintenance and care of a 720 sq. ft. greenhouse with 100 + species, including orchids and tropical plants.
  • Assists in the preparation and administration of the annual Japanese garden budget.
  • Shared responsibility for continuing the maintenance of a horticultural plant inventory database program.
  • Orders materials, supplies, and equipment required for operation of the garden.
  • Maintains operations and maintenance manual for the garden elements.
  • Communicates with the Morven Program group regarding specific group needs for the garden and house. 
  • Supervises activities of supplementary staff, third party vendors, and contractors related to jobs in the Garden. 
A successful candidate will have:
  • undergraduate degree in horticulture or related fields (preferred, but not required).
  • additional coursework in Asian studies or Japanese garden design (preferred, but not required).
  • at least five years of experience in garden design and maintenance, to include general grounds keeping functions as well as those responsibilities specific to a Japanese garden.
  • a general familiarization with and understanding of Japanese culture, customs, architecture, and principles of Japanese garden maintenance (preferred, but not required).
  • excellent writing and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills required; proficient computer skills required.
  • the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects.
  • the ability to work weekends and non-regular hours, as needed. 
Benefits & Compensation Information:
The UVA Foundation offers a professional work environment, competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, which include: generous health, dental and vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, paid time off, wellness programs, educational tuition reimbursement, and more.

Reports To:
This position reports to the Morven Estate Manager.
Please submit your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to the Human Resources Department by e-mail at
The UVA  Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity, equity and inclusion in its workplace.