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Reports To: Horticulture Manager
The Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa is a non-profit organization and home to more than 2,800 animals representing nearly 240 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, and is fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The mission of the Blank Park Zoo is to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education, research and recreation.
Under supervision of the Horticulture Manager accomplishes all aspects of zoo grounds, outdoor and indoor horticulture, equipment maintenance, and snow removal. Additional responsibilities include working with maintenance as needed.
The following duties are normal for this position. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Direct report: seasonal staff, volunteers and community service workers
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
High School Diploma or GED
Major course work in horticulture, forestry, plant biology or similar and one year of experience preferred but not required.
Ability to communicate effectively to all ages of visitors and staff, both verbally and written.
Ability to make decisions and implement practices
Ability to research horticulture related topics
Basic computer business skills.
Iowa motor vehicle license
First Aid / CPR training
Ability to maintain horticulture related certificates
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to bend, twist, lift >50 pounds, etc. to perform horticulture and maintenance tasks.
Ability to walk on uneven surfaces such as hills, snow, ice, grass, mud, etc
Ability to be outside in all weather conditions including extreme heat and cold.
Ability to function in all types of weather. The majority of the job involves being outside.
Complete the Blank Park Zoo online application and attach cover letter and resume.