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.
- 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.
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.
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.