Starting Pay Rate:
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.
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.
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.
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
Corrected Vision must include:
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:
On the telephone or radio