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Horticulture Technician

Houston Zoo
Houston, United States Posted: June 04, 2024


We are seeking an experienced Horticulture professional that has specialized history performing duties such as the installation of exciting and underutilized plants, watering, weeding, removal of invasive plants, pruning, fertilization, grading and other tasks needed for general care and maintenance of planted areas. If you would like to join a team that is responsible for the beautification efforts for the Houston Zoo, including a large collection of bamboo, palm trees, exotic plants, and more than this might be the ideal position for you! 

Our Mission:
  • Houston Zoo connects communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife.  
Our Vision:
  • Houston Zoo will be a leader in the global movement to save wildlife. 
Job Duties and Responsibilities 
  • Maintain positive attitude, good communication skills, and be a team player. 
  • Portray a helpful attitude. 
  • Project a professional image while in uniform and respond to radio calls in a timely manner. 
  • Adheres to Zoo policies and procedures to ensure the safety and welfare of collection animals, guests, and other staff members. 
  • Cleans and maintains zoo plantings both inside and outside of exhibits providing a pleasing and lush horticulture environment around the zoo. 
  • Provides regular intensive maintenance of plant material, such as watering, fertilizing, pruning, weeding, and performing other projects as required. 
  • Assists in gathering daily browse for herbivorous animal collection. 
  • Ability to work independently when needed. 
  • Must be able to work well in a diverse team environment which may include Volunteers and other Zoo staff. 
  • Maintains appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when working with chemicals and machinery. 
Education and Experience 
  • Experience within horticultural field such as landscape installation, grounds maintenance, plant production or tree work is highly desirable. 
  • High school diploma or a GED, required. 
  • Additional training in horticultural skills is preferred. 
About Houston Zoo 
  • Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts with over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education!
  • There are over 2 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment.
  • Our dedicated staff works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the safety and well-being of our residents and guests.
  • We strive to ensure the protection of all the counterparts of the animals we have at the Zoo and in the wild.
  • Join the Houston Zoo and become a part of an organization that is focused on the preservation of wildlife and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in the local communities.
  • The Houston Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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