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Horticulture Position

Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Rosamond Gifford Zoo has internship roles available for immediate start. The opening for Horticulture Position job is up for grabs since September 7, 2023 until it expires on October 5, 2023. You can negotiate your salary with the employer based on the company's approach to employee career progression and advancement. The company has a job opening in Syracuse, but is open to considering candidates from other areas or remote workers who meet the necessary qualifications. The job site is located at Syracuse , NY , Syracuse , NY.

Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Horticulture Position

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Friends of the Zoo is seeking a dedicated and skilled Horticulturist to join our team and contribute to the overall beauty, health, and aesthetic appeal of our zoo grounds. As a Horticulturist, you will play a vital role in creating and maintaining stunning landscapes that enhance the visitor experience while providing a conducive environment for the animals in our care. This position offers an exciting opportunity to combine your passion for horticulture with your commitment to wildlife conservation and education.


  • Design, plan, and execute landscape projects that align with the zoo's aesthetic and functional requirements, while considering the needs of the animals and visitors.
  • Cultivate, propagate, and care for a diverse range of plants, including ornamental flowers, trees, shrubs, and other vegetation suitable for the zoo's climate and ecosystem.
  • Collaborate with the animal care team to ensure that plantings and habitats support the natural behaviors, enrichment, and health of the animals.
  • Maintain and monitor irrigation systems, soil health, and pest control programs to promote plant vitality and prevent disease.
  • Implement sustainable and eco-friendly practices, such as composting, mulching, and water conservation, to minimize environmental impact.
  • Conduct regular assessments of plant health and growth, identifying and addressing any issues promptly to maintain the overall appearance of the zoo's landscapes.
  • Coordinate seasonal displays, themed gardens, and special events, utilizing your creative flair to engage and educate guests about horticulture and conservation.
  • Train and supervise a team of interns and volunteers, providing guidance, support, and knowledge-sharing to enhance the team's performance.
  • Stay informed about horticultural trends, advancements, and best practices, and apply this knowledge to continuously improve the zoo's landscape designs and maintenance routines.
  • Assist in the development of educational programs and interpretive signage that highlight the botanical elements of the zoo and their significance to biodiversity.






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  • Bachelor's degree in Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, or a related field.
  • Proven experience in horticultural practices, landscape design, and maintenance, preferably in a public garden, zoo, or similar setting.
  • Strong knowledge of plant identification, growth requirements, and sustainable gardening practices.
  • Familiarity with irrigation systems, pest management, and soil science.
  • Creative thinking and an eye for aesthetics, with the ability to design and execute visually appealing landscapes.
  • Excellent communication skills to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams, guests, and volunteers.
  • Strong organizational and leadership abilities, including experience in team management and project coordination.
  • Passion for wildlife conservation, environmental stewardship, and public education.
  • Physical stamina and flexibility to perform manual labor, including lifting, digging, planting, and working outdoors in various weather conditions.
  • Proficiency in basic computer software and data management for record-keeping and project planning.

Join our dynamic team and contribute to our mission of connecting people with wildlife through captivating horticultural displays and enriching environments for our animals. This is an exceptional opportunity for a dedicated Horticulturist to make a lasting impact on the zoo's landscape and guest experience.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to Rachel Leonardo, Director of Human Resources at

Rosamond Gifford Zoo
1 Conservation Place
Syracuse, NY 13204
Phone: (315)435-8511
Fax: (315)435-8517

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