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Horticulturist/Animal Keeper

Posted: February 1, 2024 Expired: February 29, 2024
Lee G Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari

Lee G Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari

Horticulturist/Animal Keeper




This position will work at the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari located in Ashland, Nebraska.

Summary: Under general supervision of the Wildlife Safari Superintendent; this position will split duties between Horticulture and Animal Areas. 

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Horticulture responsibilities include:

Care and maintenance of all trees, shrubs, perennials and turf of the 500 acre park which includes the following areas:  prairie interpretive garden, Wearin Prairie, Sacred Hoop Garden, aviary, butterfly garden, Wolf Woods area beds, hospital bed, browse production fields, bamboo trials, nursery stock, and tree spade projects.

Supervise, train and direct seasonal Horticulturist.

Coordinate daily and weekly objectives.

Assist in planning new installations.

Coordinate with Wildlife Safari superintendent and supervisor on new and existing tree and shrub plantings as well as turf management.

Organize and supervise volunteer groups as needed.

Keep current and accurate records.

Assist in other areas of the department as seasonally needed.

Maintain a valid Nebraska Pesticide Applicators license.


Animal Keeper responsibilities include:

Maintaining animal care, cleaning, feeding, record keeping, recording observations and providing animal enrichment.

           Assisting in hand rearing animals.

           Maintaining food and cleaning supplies in all areas.

           Assist in all park projects.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required:


Knowledge of irrigation systems and watering equipment.

Identification of Great Plains species and the most common species of trees, shrubs & perennials.

Pest, Disease & Weed identification and treatment methods.

Knowledge of trimming & pruning techniques & equipment.

Basic record keeping knowledge.

Knowledge of common browse material.

Animal Keeper:

Knowledge of animal husbandry for various species.

Ability to work independently and with others.

Must have good communication skills.

 Must be creative and innovative in cage design and enrichment activities for animals.

Working Conditions & Physical Efforts: 

Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather and environmental conditions.

Physical effort required including ability to lift at least 75 lbs.

Exposure to physical risk is possible.

The work schedule is varied including weekends and holidays.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

A valid driver’s license is required.

How to Apply

Lee G Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari
16406 292nd Street
Ashland, NE 68003
Phone: 4029449453

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