Indianapolis Zoo
1200 W Washington St, Indianapolis IN 46222
Indianapolis, IN 46222
United States

Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Employment Type
Work Schedule
No Travel

Job Description


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)



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

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.

Candidates must apply online. ONLY 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 “Gardener.” Apply at:

To help 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/Child Safe Workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Indianapolis Zoo
Monica Salazar
1200 W Washington St, Indianapolis IN 46222
Indianapolis 46222
United States