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Horticulture Manager - Animal Exhibits And Special Projects

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San Antonio Zoo Olmos Park , TX 78212

Posted 2 months ago

As Horticulture Manager of Animal Exhibits and Special projects, you are responsible for the design, installation, proper health management and maintenance of all landscapes for the animal exhibits, as well as numerous landscapes outside of the zoo's main campus. In addition to managing assigned areas, you are responsible for the well-being of the staff members by creating an environment that is pleasant, goal driven, well informed and well trained in order to perform their expected tasks.

Essential Duties

  • Responsible for the design and horticulture construction of all animal exhibits including planting, installing hard-scape and irrigation.

  • Responsible for the design, purchase of parts and installation of all irrigation systems throughout the Zoo's gardens and landscapes where needed.

  • Responsible for the proper maintenance and healthcare of all landscape flora in assigned areas.

  • Responsible for the creating, planting and subsequent maintenance of the landscapes that are not associated with the San Antonio Zoo main campus, such as Zoo House, outside of zoo perimeter landscapes, Donkey Barn office building, Animal Hospital and surrounding offices, parking garage, etc.

  • Create a work ethic within the team that promotes learning new methods, smart work, and a caring attitude with an eye for detail when performing projects.

  • Be efficient at organizing and scheduling projects, delegating work and communicating with all who are involved with projects.

  • Efficiency in scheduling proper staffing for any and all project needs, including daily duties.

  • Responsible for the care and condition of all tools and equipment assigned to daily use and projects. This includes making sure equipment is safe, cleaned, and has proper and correct repairs all in a timely manner for use.

  • Communicate clearly and effectively with the Director of Horticulture and staff members, including other leadership colleagues.

  • Maintain department records; including employee records, purchase requests, and work orders.

  • Coordinate with the Horticulture Director and other senior staff managers to develop policies, procedures, and directives.

  • Establish and maintain positive, cooperative, and effective working relations with fellow employees.

  • Responsible for the assigned equipment as it is used daily or on projects.

  • Any and all other duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Associate's Degree or higher in a Horticulture related field or 5 years' experience in a horticulture related field.

  • Two years in a supervisory/management position.

  • Knowledge of appropriate local plant identification, their natural environment, health needs, and general care.

  • A strong understanding of the installation and maintenance of irrigation systems, including but not limited to drip irrigation and pop up sprinklers.

  • A strong understanding of landscape design, plant identification as well as plant maintenance.

  • The ability to read blue prints, organize, schedule work projects and communicate effectively.

  • A strong and effective work ethic with an understanding of "eye-to-detail".

  • Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely.

  • Ability to analyze facts and exercise sound judgment.

  • Ability to effectively direct a team of employees toward satisfactory goal accomplishment.

  • Ability to work weekends, holidays and occasional after-hour assignments.

  • Valid Texas driver's license and clean driving record required to operate company vehicles.

Physical Demands

Based on an 8-hour workday

Never = 0 hrs Rarely = 0-2 hrs Occasionally = 2-4 hrs Frequently = 4-6 hrs Continuously = 6-8 hrs

Sit: Rarely

Stand: Frequently

Walk: Frequently

Bend: Frequently

Squat: Occasionally

Kneel: Occasionally

Crawl: Rarely

Climb: Rarely

Reach: Frequently

Grasp: Frequently

Push/Pull: Occasionally

Twist/Turn: Rarely

Corrected Vision must include:

Seeing 20/20

Normal Distinguishing colors

Normal Depth Perception


Ability to safely lift a minimum of 35 pounds or more from ground to chest level and move at least 10 feet to relocate.

Corrected Hearing skills must include:

Normal frequency sensitivity

Normal frequency selection


Speaking skills must include being understandable when speaking:

In person

On the telephone or radio


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