Working Wonders

Two paid positions now open at McKinley Rose Garden

By Jessica Laskey
March 2020

Friends of East Sacramento has two immediate paid part-time job openings—garden manager and volunteer coordinator—at the McKinley Rose Garden. After many years of dedicated volunteer and paid service, Lyn Pitts, who worked both jobs, is retiring this month.

“Lyn has been absolutely vital in contributing to the success of the garden in recent years,” says Lisa Schmidt, co-founder of FES, a nonprofit organization that leases the public garden from the city and oversees its care and event rentals.

“Lyn started as a volunteer, and then we hired her to work part-time when she retired from the state. She helped us establish protocols and best practices that have brought the garden to its most beautiful current condition, and that will help us well into the future,” Schmidt says.

The garden was honored in 2017 with a “Special Place” award by the East Sacramento Chamber of Commerce.

Garden manager is a flexible, part-time position that oversees rose and garden care, volunteer training and workday events. Gardening, leadership and training experience are required.

Volunteer coordinator manages the communications and scheduling of volunteers and events. Computer and communication skills are required and previous experience is helpful.

To apply, send a letter of interest with background information to

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