Being a part-time (20 hr./week) Browse 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 are a strongly preferred.

Position requirements:

  • Expert knowledge of plants and their care, power equipment, and irrigation systems
  • Knowledge of acquisition/ disposition of browse plant specimens
  • 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 one (1) year 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.) from an accredited college or university is required.

Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to work outdoors and indoors under all environmental conditions.
  • Must be able to perform very heavy work exerting at least 100 pounds of force occasionally, and or up to 50 pounds of force frequently.
  • Must be able to climb and maintain body equilibrium while performing various jobs.
  • Must be temperamentally suited to working around animals.
  • Must be oriented with good communication skills.
  • Heavy visual acuity and good hearing required.
  • Must follow Universal Protection Precautions and Bloodborne Pathogens Guidelines.

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of pre-employment drug testing, limited criminal history check, and a BMV check.

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Please include compensation requirement in your attached cover letter or enter it on the online application.


Candidates must apply onlineONLY ON-LINE APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED.  Faxed, e-mailed, mailed, and dropped off applications are not accepted, and will not be considered.

A cover letter and résumé may be attached to the online application. In the “Position Desired” section of the application, please put “Browse Gardener.”

To ensure receipt of your online application, we recommend applicants use a computer running Windows XP or higher, with at least Internet Explorer 8, Google Chrome, or Safari.

The Indianapolis Zoo is a Drug Free/Smoke Free Workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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