Gardener
San Antonio Zoo - San Antonio, TX

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Job Title: GARDENER

Department: HORTICULTURE

EEO/Job Category: TECHNICIANS

Exempt Status: NON-EXEMPT

Starting Pay Rate: $10.00

Reports to: DEPARTMENT SUPERVISOR

Nature of Work:

The Gardener performs a variety of tasks related to the planting, cultivating, and caring for ornamental plants

and shrubs used to beautify Zoo grounds. A Gardener assumes primary responsibility for flower and shrub

planting and maintenance of a specified area. The Gardener meets and reports to the Horticulture Supervisor

both verbally and in writing of work accomplished and in progress on a weekly basis for project and schedule updates.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

Establish and maintain positive, cooperative, and effective working relations with fellow employees.

Constantly exhibit a guest service attitude, a smile, and an obvious interest in guest comfort and service.

Communicate with the public in a courteous and tactful manner and assist guests with questions and directions

to various areas of the Zoo. Address the guest - do not wait to be asked.

Remove trash and debris from public areas; i.e. pick up litter whenever you see it.

Prepare ground for planting and participate in planting, cultivating, fertilizing, watering, and pruning of flowers,

shrubs, trees and keep assigned area free of weeds and dead plant material.

Water and care for plants in open beds; transplant decorative plants, flowers, shrubs and trees; plant special flowerbed designs.

Fertilize and condition soil for different types of flowers and plants.

Inspect for pests, diseases, or other deteriorating agents and take necessary steps for their eradication.

Load/unload trucks and trailers as needed and able to push a loaded wheelbarrow over uneven terrain.

Plant, mow, pickup debris, and maintain specified area.

Understand and be able to maintain watering requirements of a diverse plant collection.

Any and all other duties as assigned.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS

Able to start and safely operate powered equipment such as mowers, tillers, hedgers, string weed trimmers,

chain saws, and motor vehicles.

Able to effectively follow written and oral instructions.

Able to follow landscape design concepts.

Able to repeatedly and safely lift 50 lb. bags from ground level, carry them twenty feet, place them on a

pickup truck tailgate, and then return them to the point of origin.

Able to work at or above ground level planting and caring for bedding plants, trees, shrubs, lawns, and flowers

while bending, standing, kneeling, squatting, lifting, twisting, reaching, for extended periods of time.

Able to safely and effectively use standard gardening hand tools such as hoes, rakes, shovels, handsaws, shears,

clippers, loppers, and pole pruner.

Able to safely apply fertilizers as required.

Able to withstand extreme outdoor temperatures typical of south Texas and extreme working conditions.

Knowledge of the kinds of materials required in growing varied plants, various types of fertilizers, and methods of use.

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

Ability to work weekends, holidays and occasional after-hour assignments.

Associate degree in conservation, plant science, biology, horticulture or related field.

Two-years experience in the care of plants, flowers, shrubs, trees, and lawns in a professional setting.

Substitute Ratio: Two years of related experience may be substituted for one year of higher education or

one year of related higher education for two years experience.

  • Must have a valid driver's license.

  • PHYSICAL DEMANDS

    Based on an 8 hour workday

    Never = 0 hrs Rarely = 0-2 hrs Occasionally = 2-4 hrs Frequently = 4-6 hrs Continuously = 6-8 hours

    Sit: Never

    Stand: Continuously

    Walk: Continuously

    Bend: Frequently

    Squat: Occasionally

    Kneel: Occasionally

    Crawl: Rarely

    Climb: Occasionally

    Reach: Frequently

    Grasp: Occasionally

    Push/Pull: Occasionally

    Twist/Turn: Frequently

    Corrected Vision must include:

    Seeing 20/20

    Normal Distinguishing colors

    Normal Depth Perception

    Corrected Hearing skills must include:

    Normal frequency sensitivity

    Normal frequency selection

    Speaking skills must include being understandable when speaking:

    In person

    On the telephone or radio

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