Organization: The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore (AZA Member)
Location: Baltimore, Maryland , United States
Job or Internship: Job


The Maryland Zoo is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Gardener. The Gardener will provide grounds and landscaping maintenance of assigned sections and assist with horticulture planning, design, and overall appearance of the Zoo. He/she will provide routine maintenance to include, but not limited to, watering, spraying, weeding, fertilizing, pesticide application, pruning, mowing, mulching, edging, blowing, and leaf and debris removal; maintain landscaping of assigned exhibit; and participate in the planning, designing, purchasing, planting, and maintenance of display gardens, exhibits and other related areas. This person will harvest plants, and transplant or pot and label them; observe and document plant health for possible signs of insects or diseases; operate tractors and other machinery and equipment to fertilize, cultivate, harvest, and spray fields and plants; and inspect plants and bud ties to assess quality. The Gardener will dig, cut, and transplant seedlings, cuttings, trees, and shrubs; move containerized shrubs, plants, and trees using wheelbarrows or tractors; maintain cleanliness at work stations; haul and spread topsoil, fertilizer, peat moss, and other materials to condition soil, using wheelbarrows or carts and shovels; and maintain and repair irrigation and climate control systems. He/she will maintain knowledge of plants and associated problems such as diseases, weeds, and insect pests; determine plant growing conditions, such as greenhouses, hydroponics, or natural settings, and set planting and care schedules; and assist with preventative maintenance on all equipment. He/she will shovel areas clear of snow and ice. This person will fulfill on-call duty twenty-four hours a day in order to report as emergency personnel for situations such as snow removal and storm damage; assist Exhibit Specialists with various projects; and assist with greenhouse maintenance. The Gardener will maintain interior foliage plants in public areas and administrative offices and ensure guest safety at all times. He/she will participate in keeper encounters, presentations and other educational zoo programs; attend area, department and All Staff meetings; and respond appropriately to guests’ questions, comments, or concerns. This person will communicate with fellow employees by a campus wide radio as needed following Zoo radio etiquette and protocol at all times and contact an appropriate staff member necessary to resolve guest issues. He/she will train volunteers to perform routine maintenance and special work assignments. This person will perform other duties as assigned; and, adhere to all policies and procedures of the Zoo. This is a full-time, hourly, non-exempt position.

Minimum Qualifications:

High School Diploma or Associates degree in Horticulture, Science or related field. Bachelor’s degree preferred. (Experience will be considered in lieu of a degree). Minimum of one year of horticulture experience in a commercial landscaping preferred; Industry certification preferred; Must possess plant knowledge; and, Valid driver’s license. Friendly and outgoing; Able to work independently and as a team; Possess a positive and patient attitude; and, Possess excellent verbal communication skills. Physical demands are in excess of those for sedentary work- must be able to stand and remain active, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, push, pull, climb and balance for an eight hour shift; Must be able to walk large areas of the Zoo as needed; Must be able to work in an outdoor weather environment in all seasons and weather, including heat/humidity, cold temperatures, and/or wet conditions; Ability to work a flexible schedule to include weekends, holidays, and special events; Must be able to exert up to 75 pounds of force occasionally, 50 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects; Must be able to work around animals including bees; Must be able to operate a variety of machines and equipment including computer, telephone, two-way radio, vehicles, golf carts, hand tools, gardening/carpentry tools (tractor, weed eater, tiller, etc.), machinery, etc (non-motorized tools are predominantly used); Will be trained and must be able to operate and maintain backhoe, skid steer, or any other equipment obtained by the department and necessary to perform the job; and Must have proficiency with tiller, weed eaters, blowers and other landscape equipment. Ability to work with individuals from a wide variety of ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds; and, Self-directed, collaborative and detail-oriented. Exposure to zoo animals and insects; and Exposure to Zoonotic diseases and risk of animal attack.

Contact: Karen Debus


Email Subject Line: Gardener (Full-time)