HORTICULTURE TECHNICIAN I




Organization: Houston Zoo, Inc. (AZA Member)
Location: Houston, Texas, Country
Job or Internship: Job

The Houston Zoo Horticulture Department is searching for a highly motivated, dynamic and creative individual to join our group. Our new Horticulture Technician will perform duties such as 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. The team is responsible for the beautification efforts for the Houston Zoo, including a large collection of bamboo, palm trees, exotic plants, and more.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

•Monitors plant material to ensure plant health

•Installs plantings and vegetation in accordance with instructions provided

•Assists in gathering daily browse for herbivorous animal collection

•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

•Performs irrigation duties

•Responsible for landscaping and planting flower beds

•Supports the enrichment of our animals by providing healthy plant life

JOB REQUIREMENTS

EXPERIENCE:

Two years of experience in horticultural field such as landscape installation, grounds maintenance, plant production or pest control are required.

KNOWLEDGE:

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. Must have a valid Texas driver’s license and comply with policy on driving. Additional training in horticultural skills is preferred.

SKILLS:

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.

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.

PHYSICAL SKILL:

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.

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.

Please go to www.houstonzoo.org/careers for a complete job description and to apply.