Horticulturist II

Phoenix Zoo
Phoenix, AZ 85008
United States

Manages Others
Experience Required
From $21.70
Per Hour
Employment Type
Work Schedule
No Travel

Job Description

Essential Duties:

  1. Provide quality guest service to both internal and external guests by maintaining a WILD (friendly, helpful, positive and professional) working attitude and appearance.
  2. Responsible for installation of plant and landscape materials, general grounds maintenance, basic maintenance of irrigation systems, maintenance of lakes and waterways;
  3. Responsible for assessing overall landscape health and needs (i.e., weed and irrigation problems and assist in identifying appropriate solutions) including the fertilization of plants and turf areas.
  4. Responsible for routine preventive vehicle and equipment maintenance.
  5. Work collaboratively with other departments to meet the Zoos overall revenue goals and objectives.
  6. Interact with guests in support of the Zoos mission by conducting public presentations in support of program activities.
  7. Serve as backup to irrigation technician when necessary.

Job Requirements
Bachelors degree in Horticulture, Agriculture, Botany, or equivalent degree or experience/knowledge, or combination of experience with a technical certificate.

Minimum 8 years experience in landscape maintenance.

State Certification in Structural Pest Control for Turf and Ornamental.

Knowledge and skill in use of landscape and irrigation equipment (i.e., PVC, valves and drip irrigation)

Knowledge or experience with local plant palette required.

Ability to safely operate and maintain hand and power equipment.

Ability to work independently and demonstrate self initiative.

Strong interpersonal skills.

Ability to carry out oral and written instructions.

Ability to perform heavy physical labor such as lifting up to 50lbs., use of picks, breaker bars, stake drivers, ladders and boats; occasionally tree climbing and use of jack hammer.

Ability to bend, stoop, crawl and walk over uneven surfaces and work in extreme weather conditions.

Possession of a valid drivers license.

Ability to pass pre-employment background check, drug test, DMV check and clear annual TB test.