Bloedel Reserve

Unique among public gardens in the United States, Bloedel Reserve was created by Prentice and Virginia Bloedel, who resided on the property from 1951 until 1986. The son of a prominent lumber company owner, Mr. Bloedel was educated at the Thacher School in Ojai, California and at Yale University. While working as a math teacher at Thacher School in the late 1920s, he was called upon by his father to take the helm of the family timber business.  Read More


Bloedel Reserve is an internationally renowned public garden and forest preserve. The founders’ vision was “to provide refreshment and tranquility in the presence of natural beauty,” and Bloedel’s mission is to “enrich people’s lives through a premier public garden of natural and designed Pacific Northwest landscapes.”


To provide refreshment and tranquility in the presence of natural beauty.

News & Press

We welcome visits and inquiries from the press. To schedule a press tour, photos for use in publications, or for additional information, please contact  Claire Donahue, Marketing and Communications Manager at 206.842.7631 x26.

  • We humans are trustees in this world … our power should be exercised in this context. Prentice Bloedel


Our dedicated staff works collaboratively to preserve Bloedel’s refreshing experience in nature. Each day is different, like our ever-changing landscapes, making our work inspiring and rewarding. Plus, with 150 acres of woodlands and gardens, we have the most beautiful break-room in town!  

We’re hiring!

Director of Development & Campaign

The Director of Development & Campaign will support and advance the Reserve mission by providing leadership and support for all resource development, membership, and campaign initiatives. This will include creating, planning, and implementing successful initiatives in major gifts, planned giving, annual giving and membership programs in partnership with the Reserve’s Executive Director, staff and board members.

This position will foster a vibrant culture of philanthropy to assure strategies, systems, and procedures are advanced to support a highly effective fundraising and membership development enterprise. The position will also be charged with leading strategy for the capital campaign effort to achieve Phase One of the Master Plan.

Applications and nominations are being received by Kittleman & Associates, LLC.

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Program and Events Manager

Bring your planning and coordination talents to successfully deliver fundraising events, public programs and educational efforts at Bloedel Reserve.  Your creative energy, attention to detail, success/comfort in working with teams, hands-on project management, careful logistics and passion for service will significantly impact fundraising events and community programs.

We are looking for someone whose career has shown the ability to build strong relationships with internal and external partners, has demonstrated proven results in event program and planning execution, and has a sense of humor while prioritizing sometimes conflicting priorities.  We will know your background is a good fit if we see how you might apply your experience in hospitality related fields to the work we do as a non-profit public garden.  You are highly computer literate, comfortable working with volunteers, staff, donors and board members alike and love a challenge.  You must have experience overseeing and creating programs and events budgets.

This position is a hands-on program manager position with supplemental seasonal assistance.  Weekends and evenings are a part of this position with flexible hours related to events and planning needs.  Typically summer and early fall are the peak season at Bloedel Reserve.

Tell us about your experience as it relates to this position and why you are interested in Bloedel Reserve specifically or non-profit work generally. Preference will be given to current or future Kitsap County residents as the ferry commute is an impediment to doing this job. Respond by including a cover letter and resume, as one document, to our HR department at: HR@bloedelreserve.org.

Guest Services Associate (Part-time)

Join Bloedel Reserve as an ambassador for our renowned gardens, handling membership & admission sales, and sharing the gifts of our shop from gorgeous Gatehouse (currently being remodeled). 

Bring your communication skills and passion for helping people, as demonstrated by your background in customer service, retail, hospitality or other service providing roles. Comfortably handle cash transactions using an automated system.  Share your interest in horticulture, gardening and the mission of Bloedel Reserve as you greet and guide our guests.

We offer part-time flexible hours spread throughout a 6-day week. Be a part of a great team!

Provide a cover letter and resume as one document and send it to HR@bloedelreserve.org.

Bloedel Reserve is an equal-opportunity employer. We seek to recruit persons of diverse backgrounds and support the retention and advancement of diverse persons within the organization. We believe that having a board, staff, and volunteer corps with diverse personal and professional backgrounds enhances our ability to meet our mission.

Bloedel Reserve is committed to providing an inclusive workplace that includes people of diverse backgrounds. We are committed to fostering and supporting a workplace culture inclusive of people regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, marital status, age, physical abilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs.