Groundskeeper I

Organization: The Houston Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Houston Zoo is currently accepting applications/resumes for our Groundskeeping department. To apply, please visit our website at and submit your application online. Interested applicants can also email their resume to

Under general supervision, the Groundskeeper I performs the following basic grounds keeping duties:

-Cuts and trims grass operating gas powered equipment.

-Must pick up trash in assigned areas including flower beds.

-Make sure all trash cans are emptied and cleaned in assigned areas.

-Maintains driveways and parking lots.

-Check all above ground ramps for trash.

-Must be in proper Zoo uniform with a name badge at all times.

-Operates gas and electric equipment as needed by work assignments.

-Performs routine cleaning and maintenance of gardening and grounds equipment.

-Must utilize push carts when out on Zoo grounds and will be responsible for keeping them stocked.

-Will be required to work Special Events throughout the season.

-Respond to all Ranger requests in a timely manner


Two years of grounds keeping is helpful.

Basic knowledge of grammar, spelling, punctuation and simple mathematical functions like percentages, ratios, etc. as might normally be acquired through attainment of a high school diploma or a GED.


The position involves considerable physical exertion, such as walking, bending, stooping, regular climbing of ladders, lifting of heavy objects (up to 80 pounds) on a highly frequent basis and/or assuming awkward positions for long periods of time. Requires the ability to make coordinated gross motor movements in response to changing external stimuli with in moderately demanding tolerances; or the ability to make coordinated eye/hand movements on a patterned response space within low tolerance demands with no real speed requirements.


There are routine exposures to significant levels of heat, cold, moisture and air pollution. The position may involve periodic exposure to chemical substances and physical trauma of a minor nature such as cuts, bruises and minor burns.


Requires attention to detail and a concern for public comfort through providing a clean and pleasant environment for both zoo guests and staff. Must also interact with guests on a daily basis and insure that all guests have a great Zoo experience.