Curator of Horticulture
Essential Job Functions
Oversees, develops, and curates a living collection of
plants to meet the needs of animal exhibits, display gardens, plant
conservation priorities, and the overall landscapes of both Franklin Park and
Stone Zoos. Exercises direct supervision of Horticulture Supervisor,
Horticulturists, Landscapers, Interns and Volunteers, as assigned.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Prepares and plans for
planting and display of flowers, plants, tropical plants, flowering shrubs
and trees, including formal gardens to ensure the beautification of
exhibits and public areas.
- Develops and oversees plant
- Establishes and implements Departmental and staff
performance goals that support the organization’s mission and Strategic
- Develops and oversees Horticulture Department budget.
- Responsible for hiring, promotion, termination and
performance evaluations for department staff.
- Oversees the care and installation of the interior
landscapes at Franklin Park Zoo.
- Oversees and assists in the design, planting, and
maintenance of flowers, plants, shrubs and trees; determines and advises
personnel of the best methods of planting, pruning, IPM, and other
- Generates staff schedules, prepares and submits
- Prepares budget requests for assigned activities
based on projected needs; purchase plants, seeds, and soils, etc, for use
in gardens and exhibits.
- Maintains liaisons between local garden clubs,
horticultural societies, city and state agencies, and zoological
institutions to exchange information and/or solve problems.
- Determines needs and assigns workers to specific tasks
as relates to the requests and activities of the Horticulture Department.
- Directs all aspects of plant maintenance
including: watering, fertilizing,
pruning, transplanting, and propagation.
- Oversees and administers IPM as needed.
- Prepares written reports as needed.
- Supervises and coordinates volunteers.
- Oversees care and maintenance of all department
vehicles, machinery and equipment.
- Participates in the development and implementation of
horticultural educational and interpretive programs for zoo guests and
- Oversees operation of the zoo greenhouse.
- Oversees all landscape construction.
- Purchases parts, tools, materials and plants as
- Provide quality customer service to both internal and
- Interacts with and answers questions of zoo guests by
providing information about the zoo and acts as good-will ambassador for
- Operates two-way radio responsibly and
- Coordinates and collaborates with the Facilities
Department for snow removal.
- Is “On-Call” 24 hours a day, seven days a week for zoo
- Performs related and non-related work as assigned to
assure the proper operation of the Zoo.
- College degree in horticulture or related science
and/or a minimum of 5 years’ professional experience in the field of
Horticulture, Landscaping or Zoological Horticulture.
- Must have a minimum of 5 years supervisory
- Must have a negative TB test.
- Must have experience with budget development and
- Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
- Ability to communicate clearly and professionally
verbally and in writing.
- Knowledge and experience of the principals,
practices, and techniques of horticulture in a Zoological setting.
- Knowledge of and experience with the materials and
equipment used in horticulture.
- Ability to supervise.
This includes: planning and
assigning work, assessing employees capabilities and available resources,
conducting evaluations, training and motivating employees, conducting
corrective action as needed.
- Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of
horticultural data, to draw conclusions, and make appropriate
- Ability to maintain accurate records and prepare general
- Ability to communicate effectively and give oral
instructions in a precise, understandable manner.
- Knowledge and experience of the safety practices and
procedures followed in horticultural operations.
- Knowledge and experience with greenhouse operations.
- Knowledge and experience with plant propagation
- Knowledge and experience with the varieties and uses
of ornamental trees, shrubs and flowers.
- Knowledge and experience with soils and the
conditions needed to foster the growth of trees, shrubs and flowers.
- Must have a valid driver’s license.
- Must be able to work weekdays, weekends, evenings,
and holidays as needed.
- Ability to maintain harmonious working relationships
- Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds.
- Must be able to work under adverse conditions
including adverse weather and heights.
- Outdoors under exposure to all types of weather
- Frequently need to bend, stoop, climb, kneel and
- Frequent requirement to lift moderate to heavy objects.
- Work on uneven terrain with exposure to dust and
- Move about on slippery surfaces.
- Work at elevated heights and confined spaces.
How To Apply:
Submit resume & cover letter
Format: MS Word or PDF attachment
(State the title of the position in the subject line).
Mail: Office of
Zoo New England
One Franklin Park Road
Boston, MA 02121
Perks for Full-time
Health, Dental, Vision, Life/AD&D/LTD, 401k Match, Free
Zoo Membership, plus more
September 30, 2019
About this Organization:
Zoo New England is the private, non-profit organization responsible for the operation and management of the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts.
Zoo New England is dedicated to teaching wildlife and wild land preservation through responsible management and exhibition of wildlife. Our mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.