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.
- 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 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