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Browse Technician

    • Job Tracking ID: 512699-764375
    • Job Location: Atlanta, GA
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: March 23, 2021
    • Years of Experience: Not Applicable
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Job Title: Browse Technician

Department: Horticulture

Reports to: Horticulture Manager

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Job Status: Full-time

Job Purpose: ‘Browse’ is any approved plant species that can be consumed as a supplement to an animal’s diet. The Browse Technician is responsible for supplying browse to the Zoo’s animal collection teams on a regular and timely basis. Includes all aspects of identification, procurement, handling and delivery. Reports to the Horticulture Manager.

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JOB FACTORS:

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for coordinating with Zoo partner organizations to schedule regular browse pick ups off site and harvesting browse on zoo grounds as needed using appropriate Best Management Practices.
  • Consulting with keeper staff to assess animal area browse requirements.
  • Harvest browse from locally identified sites in a manner appropriate for animal consumption.
  • Responsible for daily record keeping of browse species harvesting logs.
  • Responsible for researching new browse proposals and report findings to Horticulture manager and Veterinary staff.
  • Cultivation/propagation of sites for the purpose of harvesting for animal consumption.
  • Assist with continued development of the local harvesting program, including site evaluation and species identification.
  • Maintenance of all departmental vehicles, tools and equipment. Includes pruning tools, saws, chainsaws, leaf blowers, etc.
  • Maintenance of browse gardens on zoo grounds.
  • May at times assist the Horticulture team with Zoo grounds maintenance as needed.
  • Must be willing to support Zoo Atlanta’s Vision, Mission and Values statement
  • Any other miscellaneous projects/assignment assigned by Zoo Atlanta’s Horticulture team.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge:

  • Quality plant ID skills highly important. Must be able to discern approved browse from unapproved species.
  • Completion of browse species identification training and proficiency in browse field site evaluation and plant identification.

Special skills and abilities:

  • Ability to learn to drive and operate medium/heavy duty vehicles - including 14’ trailer and skid steer. Ability to drive a manual transmission preferred.
  • Consistently demonstrates strong and positive leadership skills in a team-oriented environment and proven ability to work well with co-workers.
  • The ability to work independently at times with minimal to no supervision.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • 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.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Biology or related field preferred.

Driving requirements:

  • Must have a valid Georgia driver’s license

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to drive manual transmission vehicle preferred and repeatedly lift 50 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Must be able to work in inclement weather conditions.

MISC:

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

Experience and Skills: