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Horticulture (Seasonal) - Zoo

Position Type: Seasonal, Hourly

Department: Zoo

Compensation Range: $9.26 - $17.16/hr
Closing Date: Open until all positions are filled.


Job Summary: Work with full-time Horticulture staff to maintain and preserve the horticultural and botanical facilities using sound horticultural practices. Educates visitors, preserves and enhances department assets, ensures quality service and product delivery. All of these duties add value to the guest experience at the Milwaukee County Zoo.


 Job Responsibilities

  • Flower and Shrub Bed Maintenance - Plant, weed, mulch, water, trim, fertilize, and maintain annual, perennial, and shrub beds throughout the Zoo grounds.

  • Turf Maintenance - Prepare and seed new and renovated turf locations. Water, fertilize, aerate, mow and weed whip as needed.

  • Landscaping - Operate small engine equipment. Perform invasive plant removal. Assist in preparation and installation of new and renovated planting areas.

  • Pest, disease, and weed control – Monitor for and under general direction apply control methods for insect pests, plant disease, and nuisance weeds in the landscape.

  • Event Setup - Horticulture staff assist with holiday and special event set ups including lighted and seasonal decorations in indoor and outdoor locations.  

  • Grounds Maintenance – Assist with seasonal maintenance of Zoo grounds including snow removal, leaf removal, garbage and liter removal.

  • Miscellaneous - Assists other departments and staff with their duties. Provides information, directions and assistance to Zoo visitors.

  • Ability to safely and properly operate golf carts, box trucks, pick-up trucks, utility vehicles, pruners, shovels, tillers, aerators, snow blowers, snow plows, rakes, and a variety of hand tools specific to landscaping.  

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.; ability to push and pull up to 75 lbs.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Required Education, License/Certification and Experience

  • Eligible applicants must be at least 16 years of age or older upon application

  • Basic computer knowledge preferred

  • Valid Driver’s License preferred

  • Previous horticulture experience preferred

  • Previous pesticide applicator experience preferred

  • Previous landscaping experience preferred



PG5114-5118 Org: 9500 KM/RV


Special Instructions: This Original Examination is open to all applicants that are authorized to work in the United States. 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.