Landscape Grounds Maintenance Worker



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Performs general landscaping maintenance throughout Zoo and Zoombezi Bay grounds.



  • Maintains, repairs, and may perform minor installations of irrigation systems.
  • Manually waters non-irrigated plants.
  • Performs all tasks related to mowing, mulching, weeding, plant installation and general landscaping for all areas throughout Zoo and Zoombezi Bay grounds and in and around egress and ingress areas.
  • Assists in browse collection.
  • Performs pesticide application and maintains relevant logs.
  • Installs and maintains hardscapes (e.g. retaining walls, walkways, pavers).
  • Maintains care of internal and external plant materials.
  • Provides general maintenance to any and all equipment utilized in the performance of job duties.
  • Provides support and assistance to any and all activities related to special events such as Wildlights and Zoofari.
  • May assist other facilities staff when required.
  • Assures safety of self, staff, animals and guests through regular participation in safety training and activities; compliance with standard operating procedures; and, proper operation and maintenance of equipment.
  • Participates in cross-training activities as directed.
  • Constantly strives to further the mission of the organization and avidly supports the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay, Safari Golf Club and The Wilds.
  • Implements sustainable practices in daily tasks whenever possible.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Six months of related experience preferred.
  • Possession of Ohio public operator pesticide license within 6 months of entry into position required.
  • Knowledge of irrigation systems preferred.
  • Ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing required.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays required.
  • Ability to plan and organize work in an efficient and cost-effective manner and without direct supervision required.
  • Ability to provide excellent guest service by positively interacting with guests and upholding the Make it G.R.E.A.T. standards required.
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with all Zoo team members and contacts regarding company business required.
  • Ability to adhere to standard operating procedures including but not limited to safety protocols required.
  • Proof of negative TB screening prior to placement and annually thereafter required.
  • Possession of a valid Ohio motor vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record required, as well as ability to operate standard shift vehicles required.
  • Ability to adhere to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s drug-free workplace policy including but not limited to pre-employment, random, post-accident, reasonable suspicion and follow-up treatment required.
  • Ability to successfully complete a criminal history background check annually required.