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Nashville Zoo


Nashville Zoo


Job Summary

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere Position Description 

Position:     Gardener

Department:  Facilities

Supervisor: Area Supervisor – Horticulture. Lead Horticulture Technician 

Description: The Gardener position is responsible for maintaining the landscape of their assigned area.  Gardener responsibilities include monitoring the health of all plants and greenscapes, watering and feeding plants, trimming trees and shrubs, fertilizing and mowing lawns, weeding gardens, and keeping green spaces and walkways clear of debris and litter within their assigned area. You should know how to use and maintain landscaping equipment, including mowers, trimmers, and fertilizers while following health and safety regulations.

The Gardener must work hours appropriate to meet the needs of the Zoo.  This may require weekends, holidays, and early or late shift start times.

Job Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prune and weed-landscaped areas
  • Monitor irrigation systems and ensure they are working properly
  • Hand water all plantings that are not established
  • Install plants when necessary
  • Responsible for assisting other departments and staff when requested
  • Responsible for completing assigned tasks in an orderly efficient manner
  • Responsible for furthering horticulture knowledge during tenure at the Zoo



  • Ability to work with little or no supervision
  • Ability and motivation to learn the plants on the ground and their proper care
  • Ability to interact professionally with both staff and visitors
  • Ability to perform assigned tasks in an organized and efficient manner
  • Ability to professionally and safely use small, medium, and heavy equipment and tools required for the execution of assigned tasks 

Physical Responsibilities:

  • Must be able to work outside year-round in inclement weather conditions such as extreme high/low temperatures, snow, and rain conditions. 
  • Must be able to work on his or her feet for extended periods of time and have the ability to bend, stoop and extend oneself, etc., as required for performing assigned tasks. 
  • Must be able to work off of ladders, scaffolding, and lifts. 
  • Must be able to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds.


  • A Minimum High School diploma or GED equivalent is required. 
  • A background in landscaping or grounds maintenance is preferred. 
  • A valid driver’s license is required. 

Pre-employment requirements:

Nashville Zoo is an EEO Institution and a Drug-Free Workplace.

Applicants for this position are required to submit to a criminal background check and pass a drug test.

Additional Information


Medical, Dental, Vision, STD/ LTD, 401K company match, PTO, and Sick Time.

How to Apply



  • Date Posted: August 20, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Environment
  • Start Date: 09/30/2023
  • Salary Range: $16
  • Working Hours: 40