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.

Position requirements:

  • 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. 


Additional Application Requirements

A​ll​ applicants must meet the following requirements:​

  • ​​When applying, please include the job title as stated above in the “position desired” section of the application.
  • Please attach a cover letter and résumé with your application.
  • Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a limited criminal background check, a drug test and pre-employment training on child protection.
  • Some positions require the successful completion of a driving record check.
  • Employees must adhere to our grooming standards (No visible tattoos on the face or neck. Other visible tattoos may not contain offensive or derogatory images or language. No visible piercings, no tongue piercings, no ear gages, etc.)
  • The Indianapolis Zoo is a drug free/smoke free environment.
  • The Indianapolis Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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