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Irrigation Specialist

We are seeking an experienced Irrigation Specialist that has performed duties such as installation, maintenance, and improvements to an existing or aging irrigation system. This person will also work to create maps of the current and future systems for basic zoo reference and assist the horticulture team with miscellaneous tasks. If you would like to join a team that is responsible for the beautification efforts for the Houston Zoo, then this might be the ideal position for you!

Our Mission: Houston Zoo connects communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife.

Our Vision: Houston Zoo will be a leader in the global movement to save wildlife.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain positive attitude, good communication skills and be a team player
  • Portray a helpful attitude
  • Project a professional image while in uniform and respond to radio calls in a timely manner
  • Adheres to Zoo policies and procedures to ensure the safety and welfare of collection animals, guests, and other staff members
  • Repairs and improves broken irrigation lines.
  • Seasonally adjusts irrigation clocks based on plant demands and weather.
  • Map new and old irrigation lines, boxes, and timers for general zoo reference.
  • Map zoo utilities for general departmental reference.
  • During slower times, assist horticulture department with miscellaneous tasks.
  • Must be able to work well in a diverse team environment which may include Volunteers and other Zoo staff
  • Maintains appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when working with chemicals and machinery

Education and Experience

  • Two (2) years’ minimum experience designing and installing irrigation systems.
  • High school diploma or a GED
  • Texas Irrigation license – Irrigation Technician
  • Additional training in horticultural skills is preferred
  • Bilingual skills, beneficial


The Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts with over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education! There are over 2 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. Our dedicated staff works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the safety and well-being of our residents and guests. We strive to ensure the protection of all the counterparts of the animals we have at the Zoo and in the wild.

Join the Houston Zoo and become a part of an organization that is focused on the preservation of wildlife and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in the local communities.  Houston Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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