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Seasonal Horticulturist Providence RI Zoological Society

Job Description:

RWPZ is currently recruiting for part-time, Horticulturists. Under the supervision of the Manager of Buildings/Grounds Maintenance and Horticulture, the Horticulturalist is responsible for all plant material within the Zoo and RWP Carousel including, but not limited to, weeding, fertilizing, pruning, mulching and leaf removal.


  • Plant floral or ornamental plant and trees.
  • Care and maintenance of all plant material within the Zoo including but not limited to, weeding, fertilizing, pruning and mulching.
  • Irrigation of plants and lawns (public and off-exhibits areas).
  • Daily operations and maintenance of the Greenhouse.
  • When necessary, plan for the freezing, winterizing of plants.
  • Landscaping inventories. Grass cutting, including trimming and edging.
  • Special event setup of plant material.
  • Identification of toxic plants.
  • Participation and coordination of leaf removal.
  • Follow all Zoo procedures in regards t driving and maintaining Zoo vehicles and motorized equipment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Manager of Buildings/Grounds Maintenance and Horticulture and/or the Deputy Director of Operations.
  • Assist in other areas if the Operations department including, but not limited to, crowd control and evacuation.

Experience and Education:

High school equivalent plus one year experience in landscape design, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Bilingual in multiple languages is a plus.

Skills and Aptitudes:

  • Knowledge and use of plant materials.
  • Proficient in hand power tools, snow blower, grass mower, etc..
  • Cooperative attitude.
  • Highly organized and able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the public.
  • General knowledge of plant identification.

Additional Requirements:

  • Successful completion of a background check, per organization policy.
  • Valid state driver’s license.
  • Ability to work outdoors under various weather conditions.
  • 24 on-call available for Zoo emergencies, including storm responses.
  • Willingness to work a flexible work schedule, including occasional evenings, weekends and holidays. This includes Zoo Events such as Asian Lanterns, Zoobilee, Brew at The Zoo, and Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.
  • While performing the duties of he job, the employee occasionally sits and lifts and/or moves objects up to 50 pounds. This position often requires the employee to work in confined spaces and climb a ladder to maximum height of 25 feet.
  • Work environment is primarily out in the public spaces of the Zoo where the noise levels is usually moderate to loud.

As a Horticulturist, you will be joining our team in showcasing our Zoo pride and excellence in customer service.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to be a team member at a well-renowned Zoo in the New England area, send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:

Roger Williams Park Zoo
ATTN: Horticulturist
1000 Elmwood Ave
Providence, RI 02907

To Apply:
Email resume to:
Apply online at:
Fax to: 401-941-1325 or 941-3988