Denver Zoo
  • Horticulture
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

his is a regular full-time position with excellent benefits, including complete medical/dental/vision coverage, 403(b) retirement plan, and a generous vacation package.

Denver Zoo is a leader in animal care, wildlife conservation, education, and guest experience. We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding. We provide extraordinary experiences every day for our animals and visitors and our core values of Protect, Honor, Innovate, Serve, Engage, and Empower are evident in everything we do.  We value the different strengths our staff bring to Denver Zoo. We expect our staff to embrace and to commit to our core behaviors for engagement: Passion, Respect, Innovation, Diversity, and Excellence.


Denver Zoo's Horticulture Department has an opportunity for a full time Grounds Coordinator to maintain zoo grounds to keep them clean and attractive and maintains the efficient operation of all department equipment. 

Essential Functions:

  • Performs preventative maintenance, with the assistance of Grounds staff, on all large and small equipment that the department is responsible for.
  • Maintains and makes minor repairs, with the assistance of Grounds staff, to all waste containers; this includes dumpsters, trash and recycling cans.
  • Maintains and makes minor repairs, with the assistance of Grounds staff, to all small engine equipment for the Horticulture and Grounds Department, and other departments upon request.
  • Maintains and makes minor repairs, with the assistance of Grounds staff, to all mounted equipment, including snowplows, salters, hydraulic attachments, etc.
  • Manages and maintains, with the assistance of other staff, Zoo's fuel supply.
  • Coordinates with Grounds Manager the evaluation, inventory, procurement, and purchases of equipment, supplies, and materials in compliance with budget standards.
  • Coordinates with Grounds manager the scheduled use of all large equipment usage by necessary and trained Zoo staff.
  • Coordinates with Grounds manager the training of safety standards for equipment usage by departments and develops procedures to ensure compliance as appropriate.
  • Performs trash and dumpster routes throughout the zoo.
  • Operates the sweeper, and leaf blower to ensure all visitor pathways are clear of debris.
  • Picks up litter throughout the zoo.
  • Participates in snow removal operations and is available to work certain weekends and holidays as an on-call status for snow removal.
  • Operates light to heavy equipment used for maintenance, clean-up, and minor/major hardscaping projects.
  • Assists Horticulture branch with minor/major projects as directed.
  • Performs Pre/post trip vehicle inspection on equipment for such things as fluid levels, leaks, condition of hoses and belts, tire pressure, lights, and all related areas. Cleans and cares for all tools and equipment needed for job assignments.
  • Adheres to and promotes Denver Zoo's mission, core values, and strategic initiatives.
  • Value and consistently apply Denver Zoo's ROADMAP (Reaching Our Audiences by Developing Mission Aligned Programs) process and resources in engaging and educating guests at Denver Zoo.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to Denver Zoo's Safety and Sustainability Policies by adhering to all environmental, safety, and health regulations, procedures, and goals.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Trains subordinate volunteers and seasonal employees to assist in all related operations.
  • In absences of Grounds Manager, assigns and directs work of the Grounds department and coordinates with the Director of Horticulture and Grounds.
  • Performs various duties as assigned.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED Certificate.
  • Experienced in the repair of machines, tools, motor vehicle engines, and parts.
  • Skilled in the operation of equipment such as Bobcat, front end loader, high lift, tillers, trimmers, blowers, sprayers, and snow removal equipment. Knowledgeable in the safe operation of such equipment.
  • Skilled in operating equipment used for turf and landscape maintenance.
  • Ability to identify problems and provide adequate information, including alternative solutions regarding problematic situations to the supervisor.
  • Proficiency in both written and oral communication skills; Ability to read, interpret, and apply organizational policy and procedures and other written guidelines to work functions, and to work independently.
  • Possess excellent customer service and interpersonal skills. Skill in understanding and following oral, illustrated, written or demonstrated instructions.
  • Knowledge of safety hazards and necessary safety precautions sufficient to be able to establish a safe work environment for self and others.
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to care for and properly maintain Denver Zoo property including but not limited to large and small equipment, and vehicles.
  • Must be able to frequently lift (raise or lower) 50 pounds.
  • Clear driving record.

 Licensure and Certification:

  • Possession of a valid Colorado Class "R" Driver's License within three months of hiring.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands for this position involves light lifting under 25lbs and also requires carrying, pushing, pulling, and occasional heavy lifting up to 50 lbs. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk and listen.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to maneuver handle or feel objects, tools or controls.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance; also, reach, stoop, kneel or smell.  Specific vision abilities required include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception vision and ability to adjust focus.   Minimal crouching, crawling, climbing, and non-confined sitting are also required. The position requires both mental and visual concentration.

Compensation and Benefits: 

This is a regular full-time position with excellent benefits, including complete medical/dental/vision coverage, 403(b) retirement plan, and a generous vacation package.

Completed applications must be submitted by March 23, 2018

Denver Zoo reserves the right to close the position prior to the above date.

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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