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 www.houstonzoo.org/careers and submit your application online. Interested applicants can also email their resume to careers@houstonzoo.org.

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

EXPERIENCE:

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.

PHYSICAL EFFORT:

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.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

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.

PUBLIC CONTACT:

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.