Being a full-time (40 hr/week, year round) Gardener at the Zoo’s White River Gardens requires an energetic, motivated gardening/landscaping expert who thrives on physically demanding work, and prefers working outside.
Our Horticulture team manages the Gardens, cultivates plants in our majestic glass conservatory, and maintains all of the landscaping throughout our 64-acre campus. Assisting with clearing snow from Zoo grounds is also part of the job. Being part of this team requires physical stamina, excellent interpersonal skills, a positive outlook, and the ability to work independently and productively with little supervision. A strong understanding of irrigation systems and troubleshooting is preferred.
The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining the Zoo’s plant collection which features numerous species of trees, shrubs and perennials. Responsibilities include all aspects of grounds maintenance from weeding and watering to design and installation. Experience with irrigation systems, pest management and power equipment is a strongly preferred.
Expert knowledge of plants and their care, power equipment, and irrigation systems
Ability to work outdoors, in all types of weather conditions and temperatures
Physical strength and stamina to include kneeling, squatting, bending, lifting, walking and standing for long periods of time
Minimum of two years of professional experience in landscaping or a similar field.
Valid driver’s license and driving record that is insurable by our carrier
A bachelor’s degree in a related field (Horticulture; Forestry; etc)
The Zoo offers a competitive benefit package (medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 403b; Paid Time Off; paid holidays) upon 90 days of employment. Compensation is commensurate with experience.
Please include compensation requirement in your attached cover letter or enter it on the online application.
Application deadline is June 8.
All applicants must meet the following requirements: