Woodland Park Zoo Seattle, Washington
Job Type Full Time

This is your opportunity to join the dynamic Zoo Operations team at Woodland Park Zoo. Applications are now being accepted for Gardener in the Horticulture department. There is one full-time, regular, benefited position to be filled at this time.


Maintains horticultural landscape activities in assigned areas by performing the following duties.


  • Provide hands on horticultural maintenance of assigned area.
  • Make recommendations on aesthetic, functional and facility improvements.
  • Make field decisions on appropriate tools, methods and techniques to accomplish assigned task(s).
  • Provide training to intermittent assistant gardeners and volunteers as required.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports as required.
  • Transplant and prune trees and shrubs. Prepare, plant, and maintain planting beds. Seed lawn areas and transplant sod. Fertilize, mow, aerate, and generally maintain lawn areas and sprinkler systems.
  • Lead a small group of assistant gardeners, laborers, and volunteers in daily activities.
  • Ball, burlap, plant, and transplant trees and shrubs; rototill topsoil; grade, seed, and perform sod work for new lawn areas; plant ground cover; design and install flower beds and plant annuals, biennials, and perennials.
  • Apply pesticides. Spray trees and shrubs; direct the operation of spraying equipment and maintain records of pesticide application.
  • Repair irrigation systems.
  • Perform other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 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.

  • Demonstrated experience in the care and management of horticultural assets as they pertain to zoological or related institutions, including rose gardens.
  • Understanding of IPM principles and techniques required.
  • Knowledge of the methods, materials, procedures, tools, and equipment associated with landscaping and gardening is required.
  • Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institutions' Core Values.


Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Valid Washington State Driver's License and Washington State Public Pesticide Operator's License required.


Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office and basic computer skills required to communicate via email, fill out electronic timesheets, forms, and other electronic record keeping.



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.

The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


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Category Horticulture