Part-time Horticulturist

The Opportunity:
The Buttonwood Park Zoo is at a pivotal time in its 100+ year history. As the 12th oldest Zoo in the country the Zoo enjoys a deep connection with the community and a long history of creating family memories that transcend generations. In August 2016, a 15-year master plan to completely redevelop the Zoo was unveiled and a $25-million-dollar capital campaign was launched. The part-time Horticulturist will be joining the Zoological Society at a time of great growth and opportunity and will serve as a key member of the team.

Position Overview:
The Part-time Horticulturist will provide support of a living collection of plants to meet the needs of animal exhibits, display gardens, plant conservation priorities, and the overall landscapes of the Buttonwood Park Zoo. He/she implements strategies to care for living plants in exhibits working collaboratively with animal care staff. He/she has some oversight of horticulture volunteers through training and communication.

This non-benefited position is roughly 8 hours/week with seasonal fluctuation and will pay a starting rate of $12/hour. The part-time Horticulturist reports to the Zoo’s Maintenance and Facilities team.

Please note that other appropriate, professional tasks and responsibilities may be assigned.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Assists in the design, planting, and maintenance of flowers, plants, shrubs and trees; determines and advises personnel of the best methods of planting, pruning, and other horticultural practices
  • Involved in preparing and planning for planting and display of flowers, plants, tropical plants, flowering shrubs and trees, including formal gardens to ensure the beautification of exhibits and public areas
  • Participates in training volunteers as needed
  • Helps identify potential plant conservation programs to align with the Zoo’s mission and strategic plan

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Working knowledge of best horticultural practices and techniques
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule
  • Comfortable in an environment that includes the presence of living animals
  • Ability to work independently and manage time effectively
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff in various disciplines
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Must be able to work under adverse conditions including adverse weather and heights

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 1-year hands-on, preferably paid experience in horticulture, garden maintenance or landscaping. 1 or more years of related horticulture schooling a plus.
  • References/proven track record and experience with the care of gardens and landscapes
  • Ability to work one day per week October – April and two days a week May – September
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