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Horticulturist

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San Diego Zoo
2020 Zoo Dr
San Diego , CA 92101
US

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Horticulturist
2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA Req #640
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
San Diego Zoo Global is a conservation organization dedicated to the science of saving endangered species worldwide. San Diego Zoo Global operates three world-class facilities: the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.

Our organization’s vision - we will lead the fight against extinction.

Help us to make a difference for wildlife and begin your adventure with a career at the San Diego Zoo. Join the dedicated crew who are passionate about what they do and strive to create unforgettable experiences for our guests.
HOW YOU WILL IMPACT OUR MISSION

The Horticulturist will support San Diego Zoo Global’s mission of saving species worldwide by performing horticultural, grounds maintenance, and tree related work; develops new area when necessary. This position reports to a Lead/Supervisor.

WHAT WILL YOU DO?

Mow, edge, irrigate and fertilize lawns
Fertilize and cultivate plantings and shrubs
Prepare new areas for planting
Plant transplants and nurture seedlings and other new plantings
Collects seeds
Prune shrubbery and trees
Rake, sweep and generally maintain an appealing appearance to grounds
Controls pests
Answer questions from the public
May drive motorize vehicles on and off grounds
Adhere to all SDZG and department policies and practices
Practice the GRRREAT Customer Service Standards
Operate power machinery as required, such as mower, edger and watering truck
Rake, sweep and generally maintain an appealing appearance to grounds
May occasionally conduct tours, both walking and botanical bus tours

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

General knowledge of trees, shrubs, bedding plant material and their growth principles, horticultural soil conditions and preparations, methods and precautions for applying fertilizers and insecticides, working knowledge of tree removal, experience with irrigation system troubleshooting, repair and installation from the valve to the sprinkler head, maintenance practices and work safety practices. Two (2) years of work experience is preferred. Additional qualifications include experience with tractors, loaders, forklifts, dump trucks, and ability to use walk behind gas powered equipment, the ability to operate equipment (i.e. heavy duty trucks) as well as tractors and carts is essential. Ability to move moderate to heavy objects, work from elevated positions and perform other duties as required. A degree or certificate in horticulture, botany or a related subject is desirable. Scheduled work hours per week will be approximately 40 hours. Work schedule is primarily Monday through Friday. HOWEVER, weekends, nights and emergency work may be required. A good driving record and a valid CA driver license required. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

Comprehend and follow instructions
Communicate and work effectively with others
Work in a team environment and motivate others
Follow directions effectively
Deal tactfully and courteously with others
A variety of plants, plant materials and growth principles
Horticultural soil conditions and preparations
Methods and precautions for applying fertilizers and insecticides
Working knowledge of tree removal and maintenance practices
Proper watering techniques
Work safety practices
Layout of the Zoo/Safari Park
Effective customer relations
WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Work outdoors; exposure to varying weather conditions, dust, and allergens; work in temperatures above 100 degrees in the summer months at the SDZG Safari Park; equipment noise/vibration; possible exposure to poisonous insects and wild animals; exposure to fertilizer, insecticide and other chemicals.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

This position has been identified as one requiring at least occasional lifting in excess of 50 pounds; frequent walking and move about on uneven terrain; frequently sit and stoop, kneel, bending or work in confined or cramped positions.

SOME OF THE PERKS YOU WILL ENJOY AS A TEAM MEMBER

Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Family Passes
Complimentary Tickets
Local and In-House Discounts
IMPORTANT DETAILS

Location: Horticulture Department (We have one position in the browse and two horticulture area positions).
Duration: Year round
Positions available: 3
Union Position: Starting hourly wage $20.85
Candidates must be available for an interview if contacted. Full job description may be requested at that time.
Posting deadline: Friday, July 3, 2020 by 9:00 PM
THIS EMPLOYER PARTICIPATES IN E-VERIFY

SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL IS AN EEO/AA/DISABILITY/PROTECTED VETERAN EMPLOYER - San Diego Zoo Global makes every effort to ensure equal employment opportunities for all individuals and abides by EEO and nondiscrimination provisions of all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete an application please email your request to sdzgcareers@sandiegozoo.org and provide the job title and location to which you are applying.

All New Hires are subject to passing a drug screen and some employment is contingent upon passing pre-placement testing.

Are you ready to start your adventure and put your Passion for Wildlife to work?

Full Name 
Christy Powell