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Zone Gardener

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Job Summary:
The Zone Gardener is responsible for horticulture maintenance

Job Description:

Schedule: Monday-Friday 7 :00am-3 :30pm (Occasional weekends and Holiday)

Summary of Essential Job Functions

  • Mowing and String trimming
  • Maintenance of all essential lawn care equipment
  • Brush clearing, wood-chipping, and mulching
  • Understory tree and shrub pruning and maintenance
  • Leaf removal, i.e. raking, sweeping, vacuuming and storage
  • Soil testing
  • Installing and repairing fence
  • Winter maintenance, i.e. shoveling, ice-chopping, salt spreading, and plowing
  • Planting and transplanting
  • Weeding
  • Debris and trash removal
  • Working closely with other staff members and volunteers, as well as members of Dept. of Parks and Recreation on a regular basis
  • Training seasonal staff
  • Interacting with park patrons in a professional manner as a representative of CPC
  • Navigation of New York City streets with large truck and trailer


Minimum Requirements

  • Two or more years of horticulture experience or degree in horticulture and/or related filed
  • Experience with various landscape maintenance equipment
  • Knowledge of plant material including types of turf and turf pests
  • Strong communication skills
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • CDL and/or pesticide license recommended 


Abilities Required

  • Ability to work a varied schedule with overtime including weekends, holidays, and evenings
  • Sufficient reading ability to understand simple instructions and schedules
  • Ability to perform simple tasks independently after being given assignments
  • Sufficient strength and manual dexterity to operate power equipment
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds occasionally
  • Ability to stand, crouch, and climb to use ladders and perform various types of manual labor
  • Willing and able to work outdoors all year round

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Safety Requirements

Establishment and maintenance of a safe work environment is the shared responsibility of this organization and employees at every level. The Conservancy will make every effort to assure a safe environment and be in compliance with federal, state, and local safety regulations.  Employees are expected to obey safety rules and to exercise caution in all their work activities.  Accordingly, employees should be aware of any hazards, which could cause an injury or accident (e.g., spills, obstacles in walkways).  If an employee discovers a potential dangerous condition, he/she should alert other employees and notify his/her supervisor immediately.



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed