The Horticulture Technician helps maintain the appearance and safety of the Zoo’s grounds to support day-to-day operations, field conservation efforts, and operational conservation practices. These components include plant health, pest, grounds and flowerbed maintenance, and irrigation work. This position works in assigned garden zone areas as part of a team and supports the Supervisor and Curator role including collaborating with other zoo personnel in the presentation of guest experiences in order to support and model the Zoo’s mission, vision, and values.
Essential Functions of the Position
- Mows, weed eats, pulls weeds, applies mulch, prunes trees, loads plant debris, and waters plants and lawns.
- Installs and repairs fencing; lays turf, flagstone, edging, and sub-surface drainage; builds retaining walls.
- Provides quality customer service to both internal and external customers.
- Actively promote and contribute to the Oklahoma City Zoo’s sustainability initiatives and green practices.
- Communicates effectively with the Horticultural Supervisor on the status of projects as they pertain to the assigned areas of horticulture and grounds maintenance.
- Fosters constructive attitudes and team orientation among staff; positively communicates and collaborates with Zoo personnel and professional colleagues.
- Represents the zoo in a professional manner at all times.
- Creates an atmosphere of respect with peers and works as a team.
- Performs at a high level and completes all assigned tasks in a timely manner, to include meeting all deadlines.
Nonessential Functions of the Position
- Other duties as assigned.
Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of the principles and techniques of landscape/grounds maintenance.
- Knowledge of general horticultural principles and practices.
- Knowledge of the soil and weather conditions present in the Oklahoma City area.
- Knowledge of plant species native to the State of Oklahoma.
- Knowledge of established safety practices and procedures for landscape maintenance work.
- Knowledge of the Oklahoma City Zoological Park's programs, activities, exhibits, and events.
- Knowledge of the policies, practices, and procedures of the Horticulture department.
- Knowledge of the policies and procedures of the Oklahoma City Zoological Park.
- Skill in understanding complex rules, regulations, policies, and guidelines.
- Skill in efficiently utilizing available resources to accomplish departmental objectives.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, and the public, both in person and through phone, e-mail and written correspondence.
- Ability to practice safe work methods, identifying work place hazards, and using appropriate safety equipment.
- This position will have no supervisory responsibilities.
- Required to walk, stand, and perform repetitive motions for long periods of time.
- Ensures a safe work environment for staff and guests.
- Ability to push, lift, and carry up to 50 lbs independently.
- Ability to bend, stoop, kneel, and move intermittently throughout the day.
- Driving around the Oklahoma City area throughout the year.
- Exposure to fumes, odors, dust, moving mechanical parts and vehicles, on an occasional basis.
- Noise level is usually quiet to moderate, with occasional increases due to equipment and/or large groups of people in Zoo buildings and on ground.
- Exposure to external environmental conditions, such as heat, cold, rain, snow, and ice.
- Exposure to potentially dangerous animals.
- High School Diploma or GED.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule that may include evenings and/or weekends and holidays and during emergencies such as dictated by weather.
- Two years’ experience in or knowledge of formal landscape/grounds maintenance work or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed in this job description.
- Must possess a valid Oklahoma motor vehicle operator’s license and pass a Driver’s History check to operate Zoo vehicles.
- Successful completion of a pre-employment background check and a drug test.
First consideration given to resumes received by September 28, 2019