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San Antonio Zoo

Temporary Gardener

San Antonio Zoo of San Antonio, TX, is looking to hire a Temporary Gardener. If you're interested in a new environment, working at the Zoo would be perfect for you! Do you want to be part of a dynamic team focused on conservation? If so, please read on!

Fun perks include discounts on entry, food, and merchandise! If this sounds like your dream to use your knowledge and skills to advocate for wildlife conservation, apply today!


As a Gardener, you will perform various tasks related to the planting, landscaping, cultivating, and caring for ornamental plants and shrubs used to beautify zoo grounds. You assume primary responsibility for flower and shrub planting and maintenance of assigned areas. The zoo grounds will act as your art canvas displayed to all guests and team members to see and delight in. You will meet and report to the Horticulture Manager both verbally and in writing of work accomplished and progress every week for the project and schedule updates. As you will be around zoo guests, you will continuously exhibit an exceptional guest service attitude and an apparent interest in guest assistance. It would be best if you were an "early" bird as the Horticulture Department shifts begin as early as 6 am.

You must be fully committed to San Antonio Zoo's mission to create awareness that inspires action to care for the wildlife we steward and animals we protect. You take pride in knowing your hard work is making a difference in wildlife conservation.


  • Must be able to work early morning schedule

  • Ability to start and safely operate powered equipment such as mowers, tillers, edgers, string weed trimmers, chain saws, motor vehicles, and standard gardening tools such as but not limited to rakes, shovels, shears, clippers. Equipment is not limited to this list.

  • Identify and follow landscape design concepts.

  • Able to safely apply fertilizers is required.

  • Knowledge of the kinds of materials required in growing mixed plants, various fertilizers, and use methods are required.

  • Knowledge of tropical, sub-tropical plants and familiarity with flowers, trees, plants, and shrubs common to south Texas required.

  • Associate degree in conservation, plant science, biology, horticulture, or related field preferred, but not required.

  • Two-year's experience in the care of plants, flowers, shrubs, trees, and lawns in a professional setting preferred but may substitute two years of other related experience.

  • Must be 18 years of age or older with a clean driving record for vehicle operation

  • Responsibility for completion of all online training curriculum by assigned deadline.

  • Successful candidates must complete a pre-employment National Sex Offender Search, Criminal Background Check, and Drug Screen.

  • Must be able to work in varying climate and weather conditions (rain, snow, hot, or cold)

  • We enjoy year-round operation for all staff, must be available day, nights, weekends, and occasional special after-hour assignments.

Do you have organizational skills, follow-through, and attention to detail? If so, then you might be perfect for this gardener position!


Our Gardener work schedule is 6 am to 3 pm, a rotating weekly schedule.




How to Apply


All future zoo crew, please apply at and complete our application.

We look forward to meeting you!

San Antonio Zoo
3903 N St Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78212
Phone: 210.734.7184

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