We are in need of capable people who are willing to roll up their sleeves! Lord & Schryver Conservancy is a wonderful place to volunteer and meet new friends. A sampling of the volunteer opportunities available include:
Weekday Gardening Assistants
Weekday Gardening Assistants is a hands-on program that is perfect for the volunteer who likes to work alone or one-on-one. Individual volunteers generally work the same morning each week to help the Garden Manager maintain a section of the gardens. Apply today!
Weekend Watering Assistants
Lord & Schryver weekend gardening volunteers help ensure that our displays are refreshed and groomed over the weekend. Activities include deadheading, watering, and tidying areas. Scheduling is flexible for this early morning role. Apply today!
Thursday Morning Deepwood Gardeners
Thursday Morning Gardeners work as a team in the historic gardens at Deepwood Museum & Gardens. Coffee and baked goods are a perk! Apply today!
Friday Morning Gardeners
Friday Morning Gardeners is a team hands-on program that is perfect for the rugged volunteer who is eager to get their hands dirty with tasks such as: planting, sweeping pathways, clearing plant debris, deadheading, weeding, and removing invasive species. Coffee and baked goods are a perk! Apply today!
Irrigation Support Crew
This small crew of volunteers monitors the irrigation system at Gaiety Hollow on a March-October basis. Activities include checking for leaks and kinks, fixing leaks, adding and removing hoses, adjusting watering amounts, and noting the need for professional intervention. Apply today!
Lord & Schryver propagation volunteers help grow plants for our annual display beds as well as replacement shrubs. Activities include making cuttings, air-layering, sowing seeds, caring for seedlings, potting up, and watering. Training provided. Apply today!
Tree and Shrub Patrol Team
This team of volunteers monitors the health and status of trees and woody plants at Gaiety Hollow on a year-round basis. Activities include inventory and tagging of accessioned trees, performing light maintenance, and noting the need for arborist intervention. Knowledge of trees and shrubs is essential. Apply today!
This team of volunteers monitors all areas of the Gardens to record plant bloom times for Gaiety Hollow’s plant records system. A horticultural background and basic understanding of nomenclature are very helpful. Apply today!
Lord & Schryver carpenters help ensure that our perimeter fence and wooden structures are sturdy, free of rot, and painted. Activities include rebuilding historic lattice fences, painting, and repairing arbors, benches, and gates, on an as-needed basis. Apply today!
Garden volunteer photographers take photographs of the garden, individual plants, and volunteers, for Lord & Schryver Conservancy records and marketing opportunities. Experienced and amateur photographers desired. Apply today!
Event photographers take photographs of the garden and visitors during our public and private events for Lord & Schryver Conservancy records and marketing opportunities. Experienced and amateur photographers desired. Apply today!
Interested in volunteering in the gardens? Apply today!
We have so many things we would like to do as an organization, but do not have the staff time or expertise to do it all. Do you have a skill you would like to contribute? We probably have a project for you to work on! We are looking for assistance with educational program development, social media, digital asset management, graphic design, and community outreach. That's the tip of the iceberg. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have skills and energy to offer.
Are you interested in learning more about the Lord and Schryver legacy and gardens? Would you like to share this with visitors to the gardens? Do you enjoy meeting new people? Are you comfortable talking before a small group? If yes, then consider joining our Docent Program!
The Docent Training Program provides a 6-month study of background history, hands-on workshops, monthly lectures, and discussion groups, to prepare the docent candidates to lead garden tour groups at Gaiety Hollow (L&S Home and Garden) and Deepwood Museum & Gardens. The Conservancy’s mission is to inform the public about these landscape architects, their work, designs, historical regional influences, and interpretation of their local gardens.
The Docent Training Program begins in November of each year. After successful completion of the structured academic program, the docent-in-training shadows a seasoned docent until he/she is comfortable leading a tour group independently. After training is completed, the docent is expected to lead at least six tours each season for two seasons (April through September).
For more information about the L&S Conservancy Docent Program, phone 503-838-0527 or email email@example.com To apply for the next Docent Training, click here for the application form.
We are a presence at many activities throughout the year including garden events, the Salem Art Fair, lectures, workshops and donor receptions.
Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org outlining your interest and we will be in touch!