Horticulture - FPZ · Boston, Massachusetts
Department Horticulture - FPZ
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Essential Job Functions

Supervises Seasonal employees, Volunteers, Community Service workers, Apprentice Horticulturists, on an as assigned basis.


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Participates in the installation and maintenance of the landscapes at both the Franklin Park and Stone Zoos.
  • Participates in all aspects of landscape construction and exhibit construction as pertains to the landscape.
  • Plants trees, shrubs, plants, flowers, bulbs, seed and sod, as directed.
  • Prepares planting areas, installs walls, fences, pathways, irrigation systems and water features, as directed.
  • Waters trees, shrubs, plants and flowers utilizing irrigation systems, sprinklers, hoses,  or by hand.
  • Performs all aspects of plant maintenance including:  weeding, dead-heading, pruning, fertilizing, transplanting, dividing, propagation, mulching and winterizing.
  • Performs all aspects of grounds maintenance including: raking, sweeping, blowing, trash collection, snow removal, sanding and salting, mowing, edging and grading.
  • Operates machinery including:  mowers, hedgers, weed-whackers, chainsaws, snow throwers, roto-tillers, skid-steer loaders, backhoe-loaders, tractors and sod cutters.
  • Assists in the collection and transport of purchased or donated trees, plants and flowers.
  • Assists in the supervision of Community Service groups, Seasonal employees, Volunteers and Interns.
  • Monitors Zoo grounds to make sure they are safe, clean, attractive and comfortable for Zoo guests and staff.
  • Purchases parts and materials, as directed.
  • Interacts with and answers questions of Zoo guests by providing information about the Zoo and acts as a Good-Will Ambassador for the Zoo.
  • Operates two-way radio responsibly and professionally.
  • Attends training and education programs and seminars.
  • Works outside in all weather.
  • Performs related or non-related work as assigned to assure the proper operation of the Zoo.

Minimum Job Requirements


  • Some basic knowledge of landscaping and horticultural principles and practices.
  • Ability to provide quality customer service to both internal and external customers.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to work under conditions including adverse weather and heights.
  • Ability to operate machinery.
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds.
  • Must have a negative result on a TB test.
  • Must have the ability and willingness to work independently and as a team member.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.
  • Must be able and willing to work weekends, holidays and overtime, as needed.
  • Must have a good work history.
  • Ability to perform heavy manual labor.

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  • Location
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Department
    Horticulture - FPZ
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience