Job Title: Horticulture Tech I
Reports to: Horticulture Manager
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Job Status: Full-time
Job Purpose: The Horticulture Technician I is
responsible for landscape duties and functions as necessary to meet
operating needs with a high degree of efficiency and independence to
maintain performance standards. This position will work with the
maintenance/grounds staff to clear animal areas of debris,
materials, etc. The Horticulture Technician I will report to the
Lead Horticulture Technician.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Installation and maintenance of plant materials, seasonal
color, and turf for all Zoo landscapes and animal exhibits;
includes pruning, pest management, greenhouse management,
irrigation and public interaction
Assist with supervision of seasonal staff and Volunteers
Experience in the operation and maintenance of all types of
grounds equipment, especially those related to horticulture and
agriculture, skid steer loaders, and backhoe tractors, is desired.
Assist with identification and resolution of problems in
order to maintain the Zoo’s botanical collection
Must be willing to support Zoo Atlanta’s Vision, Mission and
Any other miscellaneous projects/assignment as assigned by
Zoo Atlanta’s Horticulture management team
* Knowledge and culture of plants, horticultural practices,
procedures, and principles, is desired.
* Knowledge of installation, maintenance, and repair of
irrigation systems preferred
Special skills and abilities:
* Communicate effectively verbally and in writing; understand
and follow instructions.
* Operate mowers, weed-eaters, hedge-trimmers, blowers,
chainsaws, tillers, chippers, sprayers, and other related equipment.
* Good organizational and communication skills required.
* Must be able to work as a team member and with little or no
* Experience in an animal diet kitchen or other food prep
operation is a plus.
* Must be able to pass Social Security and criminal background
checks; must consent to TB, drug and HPE tests.
* Zoo Atlanta is open to the public 363 days out of the year;
therefore, all positions at Zoo Atlanta may require employees to
work some weekends, holidays and evenings.
High school diploma or equivalent required.
Driving Requirements: Must have a valid Georgia
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. Perform
physical tasks such as lifting > 50 pounds, digging, standing,
walking, bending, climbing, etc.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment
characteristics here are representative of those an employee
encounters while performing the essential functions of this job;
must be able to work outdoors in all types of weather. Work schedule
may include weekends, evenings and holidays.
MISCELLANEOUS: This job description is not intended
to be all-inclusive. Therefore, the employee may be required to
perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by the immediate
supervisor or other management. The company reserves the right to
revise or change job duties as business requirements dictate. It is
mutually agreed that this job description does not constitute a
written or implied contract of employment.
Zoo Atlanta is an EOE and provides a Smoke-free and
Drug-free Work Environment.