Overview

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a nonprofit international conservation leader, committed to inspiring a passion for nature and creating a world where all life thrives. Empowering people from around the globe to support our mission to conserve wildlife through innovation and partnerships, we support cutting-edge conservation, and bring the stories of our work back to our two world-famous front doors — the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park — giving millions of guests, in person and virtually, the opportunity to experience conservation in action. The deep and extensive knowledge gained from more than a century of experience in wildlife care, health, veterinary services, nutrition and conservation makes us invaluable in the global effort to save species. Our team members play a crucial role in driving our conservation efforts forward and bringing us closer to a world where all life thrives.

HOW YOU WILL IMPACT OUR MISSION

The Horticulturist under direction, performs routine horticulture tasks, grounds maintenance, and tree related work of assigned area; develops new area when necessary. This position reports to a Lead/Supervisor.

WHAT YOU WILL DO

  • Mows, edges, irrigates and fertilizes lawns
  • Fertilizes and cultivates plantings and shrubs
  • Prepares new areas for planting
  • Plants transplants and nurtures seedlings and other new plantings
  • Collects seeds
  • Prunes shrubbery and trees
  • Rakes, sweeps and generally maintains an appealing appearance to grounds
  • Controls pests
  • Answers questions from the public
  • May drive motorize vehicles on and off grounds

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

  • JOB EXPERIENCE
    • Prior commercial gardening and tree work desired
  • EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
    • Current valid California Driver’s License in good standing
  • SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
    • A variety of plants, plant materials and growth principles
    • Horticultural soil conditions and preparations
    • Methods and precautions for applying fertilizers and insecticides
    • Working knowledge of tree removal and maintenance practices
    • Proper watering techniques
    • Work safety practices
    • Layout of the Zoo/Safari Park
    • Effective customer relations skills
    • Comprehend and follow instructions
    • Communicate and work effectively with others
    • Work in a team environment and motivate others
    • Follow directions effectively
    • Deal tactfully and courteously with others

SOME OF THE PERKS YOU WILL ENJOY AS A TEAM MEMBER

  • Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Family Passes
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Local and In-House Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program