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Horticulturist I

The Horticulturist performs the installation and maintenance of landscape materials, irrigation systems and the use and maintenance of power equipment. This position will also act to support public interactions and programming.

Essential Duties:

  1. Provide quality guest service to both internal and external guests by maintaining a WILD (friendly, helpful, positive and professional) working attitude and appearance.
  2. Responsible for installation of plant and landscape materials, general grounds maintenance, basic maintenance of irrigation systems, maintenance of lakes and waterways, and fertilization of plants and turf areas.
  3. Responsible for routine preventive vehicle and equipment maintenance.
  4. Work collaboratively with other departments to meet the Zoo’s overall revenue goals and objectives.
  5. Interact with guests in support of the Zoo’s mission by conducting public presentations in support of program activities.
  6. Serve as backup to irrigation technician when necessary.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job.  Management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (e.g. emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological developments).


  1. Minimum of high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  2. Previous relevant experiences and or relevant education or training in grounds maintenance or horticulture preferred.
  3. Knowledge or experience with local plant palette desired.
  4. Ability to safely operate and maintain hand and power equipment.
  5. Strong interpersonal skills.
  6. Ability to carry out oral and written instructions.
  7. Ability to perform heavy physical labor such as lifting up to 50lbs, use of picks, breaker bars, stake drivers, ladders and boats; occasionally tree climbing and use of jack hammer.
  8. Ability to bend, stoop, crawl and walk over uneven surfaces and work in extreme weather conditions.
  9. Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  10. Ability to pass pre-employment background check, drug test, DMV check and clear annual TB test.

Department:      Living Collections – Horticulture
Supervisor:       Collection Manager of Horticulture
Supervises:       None
FLSA Status:     Full Time; Regular; Non-Exempt
Starting Pay Rate: $20.66/hour