General Summary: The Horticulturist will provide grounds and landscaping maintenance of assigned sections and assist with horticulture planning, design, and overall appearance of the Zoo. This position reports to the Horticulture Manager.

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Essential Functions:

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Primary Function:

  • Provide routine maintenance to include, but not limited to, watering, spraying, weeding, fertilizing, pesticide application, pruning, mowing, mulching, edging, blowing, and leaf and debris removal;
  • Maintain landscaping of assigned exhibit;
  • Participate in the planning, designing, purchasing, planting, and maintenance of display gardens, exhibits and other related areas;
  • Harvest plants, and transplant or pot and label them;
  • Observe and document plant health for possible signs of insects or diseases;
  • Operate tractors and other machinery and equipment to fertilize, cultivate, harvest, and spray fields and plants;
  • Inspect plants and bud ties to assess quality;
  • Dig, cut, and transplant seedlings, cuttings, trees, and shrubs;
  • Move containerized shrubs, plants, and trees using ball cart or tractors;
  • Maintain cleanliness at work stations;
  • Haul and spread topsoil, fertilizer, peat moss, and other materials to condition soil, using wheelbarrows or carts and shovels;
  • Maintain knowledge of plants and associated problems such as diseases, weeds, and insect pests;
  • Determine plant growing conditions, such as greenhouses, hydroponics, or natural settings, and set planting and care schedules;
  • Assist with preventative maintenance on all equipment;
  • Shovel areas clear of snow and ice;
  • Fulfill on-call duty twenty-four hours a day in order to report as emergency personnel for situations such as snow removal and storm damage;
  • Assist Exhibit Specialists with various projects;
  • Assist with greenhouse maintenance;
  • Maintain interior foliage plants in public areas and administrative offices;
  • Participate in professional development and obtain industry certifications, as assigned;
  • Ensure guest safety at all times;
  • Perform other duties as assigned; and,
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures of the Zoo.

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Communication (Internal and External):

  • Participate in keeper encounters, presentations and other educational zoo programs;
  • Attend area, department and All Staff meetings;
  • Respond appropriately to guests? questions, comments, or concerns;
  • Communicate with fellow employees by a campus wide radio as needed following Zoo radio etiquette and protocol at all times; and,
  • Contact an appropriate staff member necessary to resolve guest issues.

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Management of Resources (financial, human resources, facilities):

  • Train volunteers to perform routine maintenance and special work assignments; and
  • Must be able to work with volunteers assigned to the department.

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