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Horticulturist - Browse

San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Escondido, United States Posted: March 24, 2024


The Horticulturist under direction, performs routine horticulture tasks, grounds maintenance, and tree related work of assigned area; develops new area when necessary. This position reports to a Lead/Supervisor.

WHAT YOU WILL DO
  • Mows, edges, irrigates and fertilizes lawns
  • Fertilizes and cultivates plantings and shrubs
  • Prepares new areas for planting
  • Plants transplants and nurtures seedlings and other new plantings
  • Collects seeds
  • Prunes shrubbery and trees
  • Rakes, sweeps and generally maintains an appealing appearance to grounds
  • Controls pests
  • Answers questions from the public
  • May drive motorize vehicles on and off grounds
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
  • This Horticulturist position will be primarily as a member of the Browse team, which farms and supplies fresh-cut plant material to animals.
  • Travel to alternate off-site browse areas will be required.
  • These reporting sites will vary from Zoo to Safari Park and the different Browse Farm sites.
  • Harvesting and delivery of the cut material from off-site areas will require effective time management, record keeping and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • The Horticulturist will perform horticulture maintenance, grounds maintenance, browse and tree related work.
  • Under general supervision, this individual will work independently or as part of a crew to perform horticultural, maintenance and grounds development tasks and related work as required. 
JOB EXPERIENCE
  • Prior commercial gardening and tree work desired
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
  • Current valid California Driver’s License in good standing 
SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
  • 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 skills
  • 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
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
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program
Salary
  • Hourly Rate: $22.07

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