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Phoenix Zoo

Horticulturist II

Application Submission Deadline: 07/06/2022

General Statement:

The Horticulturist II in this position is responsible for performing the installing and maintenance of landscape materials, irrigation systems and the use and maintenance of power equipment. This position will also act to support public interactions and programming.

Essential Duties:

  1. Provide quality guest service to both internal and external guests by maintaining a WILD (friendly, helpful, positive and professional) working attitude and appearance.

  2. Responsible for installation of plant and landscape materials, general grounds maintenance, basic maintenance of irrigation systems, maintenance of lakes and waterways;

  3. Responsible for assessing overall landscape health and needs (i.e., weed and irrigation problems and assist in identifying appropriate solutions) including the fertilization of plants and turf areas.

  4. Responsible for routine preventive vehicle and equipment maintenance.

  5. Work collaboratively with other departments to meet the Zoos overall revenue goals and objectives.

  6. Interact with guests in support of the Zoos mission by conducting public presentations in support of program activities.

  7. Serve as backup to irrigation technician when necessary.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. Management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (e.g. emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological developments).


  1. Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Agriculture, Botany, or equivalent degree or experience/knowledge, or combination of experience with a technical certificate.

  2. Minimum 8 years experience in landscape maintenance.

  3. State Certification in Structural Pest Control for Turf and Ornamental.

  4. Knowledge and skill in use of landscape and irrigation equipment (i.e., PVC, valves and drip irrigation)

  5. Knowledge or experience with local plant palette required.

  6. Ability to safely operate and maintain hand and power equipment.

  7. Ability to work independently and demonstrate self initiative. 

  8. Strong interpersonal skills.

  9. Ability to carry out oral and written instructions.

  10. Ability to perform heavy physical labor such as lifting up to 50lbs., use of picks, breaker bars, stake drivers, ladders and boats; occasionally tree climbing and use of jack hammer.

  11. Ability to bend, stoop, crawl and walk over uneven surfaces and work in extreme weather conditions.

  12. Possession of a valid driver’s license.

  13. Ability to pass pre-employment background check, drug test, DMV check and clear annual TB test.

  14. The Arizona Center for Nature Conservation / Phoenix Zoo requires all employees and volunteers hired (or approved for a position as a volunteer) on or after January 31, 2022 to be both fully vaccinated and receive a booster dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment or becoming a volunteer.  As an equal opportunity employer, we will provide accommodations to individuals who cannot be vaccinated for COVID-19 in accordance with applicable law.

How to Apply

Phoenix Zoo
455 N. Galvin Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85008

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