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Horticulturist Assistant (Zoo)

Position Type: Full-time, Hourly

Department: Zoo

Compensation Range: $15.16 - $16.89/hr
Closing Date: Open until all positions are filled.

Job Summary:  To maintain and preserve horticultural and botanical facilities using sound horticultural practices.  Preserve and enhance the Zoo’s assets, ensure quality services and product delivery.


Work Schedule: Ability to regularly work early mornings (5am) including weekends regularly, as well as mid-day and evenings as needed.


Job Responsibilities

  • Maintain Plant Collections - Propagate, cultivate, water, prune, fertilize, mulch, aerate, monitor disease and pests, design, display, and transplant annual, perennial, tree, shrub, and turf species in outdoor, indoor, and greenhouse settings.

  • Seasonal Events and Themes – Set up and tear down different seasonal themed decorations, carve pumpkins, and help work on creating seasonal decorations.

  • Assist Grounds Department – Help Grounds department with snow and leaf removal by manually shoveling snow, manually raking leaves, operating snow/leaf blowers, and operating other utility vehicles used for snow/leaf removal.

  • Assist Grounds Crew - During heavily attended events, the Horticulturist Assistant will help the Grounds department with garbage removal and picking up litter.

  • Landscaping - Assist in invasive removals, soil and site preparation, design, grading, construction, and installation in renovated and new planting zones.

  • Attends meetings and completes training as directed by management.

  • Occasionally work with the Zoo forestry department.

  • Acts as a Lead Worker –Ability to provide and/or follow oral, written, and visual instructions and feedback.  Must be team-oriented.

  • Properly and safely operate box trucks, pickup trucks, golf carts, utility vehicles, pruners, watering units, tillers, pesticide sprayers, soil aerators, manual and automatic irrigation systems, and other various equipment and tools.

  • Ability to lift, carry, push and pull up to 50 lbs.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Required Education, License/Certification and Experience

  • High School Diploma and or GED required

  • Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License required and must be maintained throughout employment

  • Basic computer knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel preferred

  • Horticulturist training or enrolled in Horticulturist training preferred

  • Category 3.0 (Turf & Landscape) or 3.1 (Greenhouse & Nursery) Pesticide Applicator License preferred

  • Candidate should be motivated to develop their Horticulture skills




PG07 Org:9500 RV 


Special Instructions: This Original Examination is open to current residents of the state of Wisconsin. The selection process will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods.

Milwaukee County offers a comprehensive blend of benefits designed to make your life better both inside and outside of the workplace. Milwaukee County conducts criminal background checks and pre-employment drug testing.

Milwaukee County is an Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability genetic information or protected veteran status. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing, background checks and pre-employment physicals subject to job requirements. If special accommodations are needed, please contact 414-278-3936.