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Grounds Keeper and Landscaper

This position performs a variety of duties required to maintain the appearance and cleanliness of Utah’s Hogle Zoo, including grounds, shrubs and planting beds, equipment including mowing, aerating and weeding planting beds, turf, and tree/shrub maintenance, picking up trash, raking leaves, clearing pathways and removing debris.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s Mission: Create Champions for Wildlife.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo has been a loved and trusted part of the community for over 90 years. Besides providing a great experience for our guests, we aim to create champions for wildlife. Regardless of the job or position you have at the zoo, you will be a champion for wildlife. If you believe in hard work, have a great attitude, are passionate about what you do, and love working with people, then we look forward to talking with you!

Reports directly to the Grounds and Horticulture Supervisor.


  1. Performs trash and debris removal from the pathways designated trash and recycle containers.
  2. Performs irrigation system maintenance and repairs, and clock management.
  3. Performs flower beds maintenance, and weeding to keep planting areas well maintained.
  4. Performs tree care, and pruning, and fall leaf removal.
  5. Performs snow and ice removal using a shovel, blower other equipment.
  6. Operate various types of handheld and light mechanical equipment including mowers, sweepers, blowers, and other grounds maintenance equipment to complete assigned tasks.
  7. Support Zoo events by moving and locating needed table chairs and picnic tables for scheduled event set up.
  8. Commitment to the zoo’s mission and conservation efforts.
  9. Ability to work overtime as needed.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience
Must be 18 years or older.  With a High School Degree or GED equivalent.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
This list contains knowledge, skills, and abilities that are typically associated with the job. It is not all-inclusive and may vary from position to position.

  • Able to work variable shifts with weekends and holidays required.

Possession of a valid Driver’s License or driving privilege card.

  • Experience in software applications with the ability to receive tasks and track time in a work order system.
  • State of Utah Pesticide License, or able to obtain one within one year:

Required technical skills include the knowledge and ability of:

  • Microsoft Office Suite.

Required mathematical skills include working knowledge of:

  • Performs basic mathematical formulas and calculations.

Required grounds skills:

  • Ability to operate small hand tools and small gasoline-operated equipment in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to perform manual labor both indoors and outdoors for an extended period of time, including during inclement weather.
  • Operate various types of handheld and light mechanical equipment including mowers, sweepers, blowers, and other grounds maintenance equipment.

Must possess excellent communications skills:

  • Interpersonal conflict resolution method.
  • Interpersonal communication.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

Must have the ability to:

  • Follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Apply critical thinking techniques.
  • Analyze and solve problems.
  • Prioritize work.
  • Perform within deadlines.
  • Ability to stay focused despite interruptions.
  • Deal with stress caused by deadlines.
  • Work well in a team environment as well as independently.
  • Memory for details.

The incumbent must always demonstrate judgment, high integrity, and personal values consistent with the values of the Hogle Zoo.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is a drug-free workplace. All employees are subject to random drug testing.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Tasks require a variety of moderately heavy physical activities which generally involve muscular strain. Requires activities related to walking, standing, bending, stooping, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, and seeing. Common eye, hand, finger dexterity required to perform essential functions. Exposure to spraying of insecticides and herbicides, spreading fertilizers, cleaning, and sanitation chemicals heat, cold, noise, dust, and fumes. Requires lifting of up to 50 lbs.