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Horticulturist - VHE

Posted: June 8, 2024 Expired: November 27, 2023
Oregon Zoo / Metro
1 Year

Oregon Zoo / Metro

Horticulturist - VHE

Are you a person that likes working outdoors and working with your hands to create beautiful spaces for guests and animals to enjoy? The Oregon Zoo is hiring for variable hour Horticulturist. You will directly help create and maintain landscaping for one of Oregon's most popular visitor attractions while supporting our groundbreaking wildlife research and conservation activities.
As a Horticulturist you will:

  • Assist and collaborate with animal keepers and other staff to evaluate and plan landscape and horticulture needs. This includes specialty zone area plant selections, landscape and gardening practices to ensure animal care, conservation and restoration.
  • Maintain many different types of flowers, shrubs, trees, turf and other plants. This will include inspecting for pests, disease and other deteriorating agents; as part of an IPM program; repairs damages, trimming of shrubs, turf and flowers.
  • Assist in planting bulbs, trees, shrubs, turf, flowers; pots plants and transplants plants; maintains trees, flowers and shrubs by pruning, thinning, spraying, staking and arranging; pulls weeds, rakes leaves, cleans plant beds, waters color, collect browse, and replenishes bark dust covering.
  • Assist the public with general zoo questions or provide directions to ensure a positive and unique experience, and be an ambassador for the Zoo.
  • Troubleshoots problems such as pathway obstructions, irrigation breaks, plant disease concerns, visitor safety or exhibit substrate issues.
  • Tools available will be gas-powered & electric gardening equipment and a variety of other hand tools. This role will help keep all equipment clean and in proper working condition through preventative maintenance and by making minor repairs.
  • Operates motorized vehicles, pickup trucks, front-end loaders, tractors, backhoes, forklifts, bobcats, lifts, street sweepers, dump trucks and other equipment necessary for performance of essential duties.
  • Assists the public, public officials and other employees in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Develops safe work habits and contributes to the safety of self and co-workers. Contributes to a positive team atmosphere. Has regular and punctual attendance.
Knowledge of:
  • Standard practices, materials, methods, tools and equipment used in planting, transplanting, cultivating and caring for native and landscape plant material, tropical/indoor plantscapes, trees, plants, flowers, shrubs and lawns.
  • Proper relationship between soils and plants. Irrigation and watering systems.
  • Plant identification. Fertilizers and their use. Pest and weed control.
  • Plant diseases and symptoms.
Skilled to:
  • Safely use hand and power tools and equipment.
  • Communicate effectively with the public and colleagues and management.
Ability to:
  • Follow and issue oral and written instructions and offer clear communication with staff.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and to work independently or as a team member.
  • Work outdoors under severe storms and adverse climate conditions.
  • Physically perform all of the essential duties of the position including climbing, kneeling, stooping, walking, bending, twisting and lifting 50 pounds.
  • Provide excellent customer service by meeting the needs and interacting with employees, volunteers, vendors, the public and others encountered during the course of work in a courteous and professional manner.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION                                              
At Metro, we strive to cultivate diversity, advance equity, and practice inclusion in all of its work. This means attracting and empowering a workforce that is inclusive of a broad range of human qualities. Workplace diversity is both a moral imperative and a business strength, essential to providing quality support and services to our region. Metro’s goal is to hire, develop and retain highly skilled and talented individuals across all departments and programs who best reflect the diversity of our community.   

Experience Required

Minimum Qualifications: Three (3) years progressively responsible professional horticulture and gardening experience and Associate's degree or post-secondary equivalent or Any combination of experience and education that provides the necessary skills, knowledge and ability to perform assigned tasks Ability to obtain within six months of hire an Oregon Pesticide Applicator License and First Aid/CPR Certification. Required: A valid driver's license

Further Comments

Specific schedule: This position will have no set schedule and hours will be variable in nature based on business need – more hours available in the summer and less hours available in the winter. Hours are variable with no set schedule and limited to 1040 hours of work in a 12 month period.


$25.86 Hourly

How to Apply

If interested in this opportunity, apply by visiting our website at by 6/24 at 5pm. 

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Oregon Zoo / Metro
Portland, OR

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