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Tulsa Zoo


Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc.


Position Title: Horticulturist

Reports To: Horticulture Curator / Horticulture Supervisor

FLSA Status: Hourly, Non-Exempt


All positions with Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. are classified as 'Safety-Sensitive.'

(All candidates for employment with Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. must pass a pre-placement drug screening prior to beginning work)


Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. (TZMI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of “Connecting, Caring, Advocating for Wildlife, People, and Wild Places.” A dynamic group of passionate individuals brings the zoo to life each day, 365 days per year, caring for animals, greeting guests, educating the public and managing the facilities.  Each member of the team is integral to the success of the zoo as a key asset in the City of Tulsa and the Northeast Oklahoma region, delivering recreational opportunities, providing unplugged family time and conserving animal species for future generations.



Position Summary:

Under general supervision, this position performs skilled and semi-skilled landscape duties and functions necessary to maintain plant collections and landscapes to meet or exceed desired standards in an efficient and independent manner. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Other duties may be assigned in keeping with the mission of Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. (TZMI)

  • Installs exterior and interior seasonal and ornamental plantings and turf and performs related maintenance such as watering, weeding, mulching, fertilizing, pruning and trimming, and landscape construction.
  • Propagates plant materials by various means (seed, cuttings, divisions, etc.) either in the field or greenhouse/nursery environment.
  • Inspects for, identifies, and treats for pests and diseases on exterior and interior plants.
  • Operates, adjusts, installs and repairs irrigation systems, both automatic and manual.
  • Supervision and training of volunteers.
  • Operates and maintains a variety of light and heavy equipment, including tractor, back-hoe, front-end loader, skid loader (bobcat), trencher, tiller, utility vehicles.
  • Utilizes a wide array of tools such as shovels, rakes, pruners, clippers, chain saw, gas blower, non-electric and electric hand held tools, etc.
  • Removal of litter, debris and trash from gardens, pathways and grounds.
  • Requisition supplies, material and equipment; monitor inventory; load and unload supplies.
  • Assist Horticulture Curator and Supervisor in maintaining plant inventory and records.


Supervisory Responsibilities:                                         

This position currently has no supervisory responsibilities.



To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:


Excellence and Continuous Improvement

  • Works hard consistently and enthusiastically, steadfastly pushing for greater results
  • Resolves problems and initiates action in an expedient manner
  • Makes suggestions, offers solutions and thinks outside the box
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement both personally and professionally
  • Deals courteously and effectively with the public at all times



  • Accepts accountability for personal performance and behavior
  • Admits and takes responsibility for correcting mistakes
  • Keeps confidences
  • Represents collective interests over personal gains



  • Able to establish and maintain effective and professional working relations with coworkers
  • Demonstrates willingness to be a team player
  • Relates well to all kinds of people, building rapport with diplomacy and tact
  • Shows empathy and respect towards the diverse ideas and beliefs of others


Stewardship and Conservation

  • Demonstrates good stewardship in use of time, money and materials
  • Respects, maintains and optimizes the use of zoo equipment and resources
  • Actively participates in conservation efforts, whether internal or external
  • Thinks ahead with actions that would affect the proper preservation and protection of animals, plants and natural ecosystems
  • Serves as an ambassador for the zoo and its mission



  • Uses humor is a positive and constructive way
  • Promotes the organization having a positive, unique and memorable impact on guests and fellow employees

Safety and Security

  • Adheres to all safety regulations and policies and maintains a safe and productive workplace for animals, guests and fellow employees
  • Reports potentially unsafe conditions



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience

Associate’s degree in horticulture or related field or equivalent from college or technical school; two years related experience and/or training in landscape maintenance, landscape construction, greenhouse/nursery, irrigation or similar; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Language Skills                                                     

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients and other employees of TZMI.


Mathematical Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.


Computer Skills

Microsoft Word; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft PowerPoint or Prezi; Internet Browser(s)- Explorer, Chrome, Safari, etc.


Other Skills, Abilities or Qualifications      

Must possess a valid driver’s license and be insurable on TZMI’s insurance carrier. Must possess a valid Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Certified Pesticide Applicator’s license in Ornamentals and Turf. Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays as required. A broad knowledge of horticulture/botanical terminology, practices, methods, tools, materials and equipment used in grounds and landscape maintenance.  A good knowledge of different plant species (natives, exotics, annuals, perennials, trees, and grasses) and their culture and propagation. Proficiency in the operation and maintenance of all types of grounds equipment, especially those related to horticulture and arboriculture, such as mowers, skid steer loader, backhoe, tractor, front-end loader, trencher, chainsaws and bucket truck.


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


This position involves significant standing; significant walking; moderate sitting; significant reaching with hands and arms; significant climbing or balancing; significant stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling; significant talking or hearing and moderate lifting over 60 pounds.


Work Environment: 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


This work environment involves substantial work near moving mechanical parts; moderate work in high, precarious places; substantial work with or near toxic or caustic chemicals; substantial work in outdoor weather conditions; significant work with loud noise level.

How to Apply

To apply for this position please follow this link

Tulsa Zoo
6421 E 36th St N
Tulsa, OK 74115
Phone: 918-669-6601
Fax: 918-524-9631

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