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Horticulture Aide – Permanent Part-Time

Hungry Hippos, Snacking Sitatunga, and Guzzling Grizzly Bears, OH MY!
Do you get wild for wildlife?
Are you passionate about conservation?
If you answered yes, we want to hear from you!
Reporting to the Facility Director, the Horticulture Aide will assist the Horticulturist in care and exhibition of temperate and tropical plants in park areas, buildings, greenhouses, and other exhibition areas. The Horticulture Aide will also occasionally provide semi-skilled labor required for the care, cleaning, and general maintenance of park facilities, including buildings, fixtures and furnishings, grounds, walkways, and parking lots.

We offer incredibly competitive benefits. This is a part time position which includes FREE:
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 12 Full weeks of parental leave
  • Tuition Reimbursement
JBZ recognizes 11 paid Holidays per year plus 1 additional floating holiday. Additionally, we offer 6 days of personal time & generous vacation time to refresh and rejuvenate how you do best. Life takes us through seasons, and JBZ wants you to be prepared: we offer a 4% match to your 401K and an additional 3% contribution that is employer funded. Throughout the zoo, team members receive special zoo discounts, employee-only zoo experiences, and of course a FREE Premium Zoo membership for you and your family to experience all the fun and exciting things you’re contributing to firsthand!
This position has a wage range of $14.49 – $17.05 per hour based on experience.
This position would ideally work Sunday – Thursday from 7am – 1pm.
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Horticultural, Grounds, Greenhouse, and/or Landscaping background, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Performs basic horticulture functions of pruning, planting, weeding, mulching, trimming, mowing, and general landscape cleanup
  • Operates tractors, mowers, edgers, trimmers, and other equipment to install and/or maintain lawns, grasslands, slopes, wetlands, and drainage ditches and to repair soil erosion
  • Performs preventive maintenance and repair for landscaping features and fixtures
  • Reports damaged and deteriorated building features, fixtures and furnishings and grounds and landscape features requiring repair or replacement by skilled workers to supervisor
  • Performs all work in accordance with established safety procedures and practices
  • Performs other related duties as assigned
  • Affinity for the mission and values of John Ball Zoo
  • Ability to interact positively with a wide array of individuals from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Working knowledge of landscape and grounds practices and procedures
  • Operating knowledge of manual and small power tools commonly used in grounds and horticultural work
  • Ability to gather and analyze data as related to use or troubleshooting of horticultural machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance
  • Ability to operate a variety of electric and gas-powered lawnmowers and other power-driven grounds maintenance equipment
  • Ability to work independently as necessary and to prioritize and show flexibility with daily responsibilities with minimal guidance
  • Flexing work hours may be needed periodically throughout the year
  • Must be able and available to regularly work evenings, weekends and/or holidays
John Ball Zoo is a drug-free workplace under federal regulations. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role. If much of this job posting describes you, then please apply for this role.