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Employer: Sedgwick County
Division: Zoo
Job Title: PT Groundskeeper
Salary: $9.22 Hourly

Job Description:

Job Objectives:

Performs all duties associated with maintenance, care and development of indoor and outdoor plant displays, collections, and exhibits.


Essential Job Functions:


  • Demonstrates and maintains knowledge of equipment and maintaining of landscape.
  • Effectively and timely communicates to supervisors all botanical related items.
  • Maintains all assigned horticulture or botanical functions.


  • Through consultation with supervisors and other resources develops and maintains a skillset of installation for all botanical, landscape and hardscape products.
  • Develop the ability to read and execute landscape projects from construction documents or landscape designs.

Plant Care

  • Performs a wide range of landscape/maintenance tasks important to cultivation, preservation, protection, and transplanting of existing and new plants; including but not limited to soil preparation, planting, mulching, and weeding, watering, fertilizing, irrigating, IPM and pesticide application.
  • Participate in care of turf areas, woody plants, and herbaceous ornamental plants; including but not limited to mowing, edging, trimming, pruning, pinching, repotting, watering, fertilizing, and pest control.
  • Observes health of botanical collection and reports issues or concerns immediately.
  • Performs greenhouse management tasks as required



Adaptability:  Adapts well to changes in assignments and priorities; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; approaches change positively and adjusts behaviors accordingly; focusing on being part of the solution.

Dependability:  Takes personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work, and achieves results with little oversight.

Problem Solving:  Breaks down problems into smaller components, understands underlying issues, can simplify and process complex issues, and understands the difference between critical details and unimportant facts.

Initiative:  Takes action without being asked or required to. Achieves goals beyond job requirements.  Identifies opportunities and issues, and proactively acts and follows through on work activities to capitalize or resolve them.  Actively seeks and identifies opportunities to contribute to and achieve goals.  Maintains a sense of purpose, value, and ownership of their work.  Seizes opportunities when they arise.  Works independently with little direction.

Subject Matter Expertise:  The ability to apply the principles and practices of (subject matter) management to contribute to the success of the county.


Job Standards:

Minimum Qualifications

Educational Requirements:  High School Diploma or equivalent

Years of Experience:  Any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities

License, certifications, etc…  Valid State of Kansas Driver’s License

Preferred Qualifications

Educational Requirements:   Acquiring a degree from an accredited college or university in Horticulture, Botany, or related field

Years of Experience:  1 year practical work experience in Horticulture related field

License, certifications, etc…   Kansas Pesticide Applicator License


Physical Requirements of Position:

  • Climbing. Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized. This factor is important if the amount and kind of climbing required exceeds that required for ordinary locomotion.
  • Stooping. Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full motion of the lower extremities and back muscles.
  • Kneeling. Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
  • Crouching. Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
  • Pushing. Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
  • Reaching. Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Lifting. Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.
  • Fingering. Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
  • Grasping. Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Medium work. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • The worker is required to have visual acuity to perform an activity such as: operates machines, such as lathes, drill presses, power saws, and mills where seeing the job is at or within arm's reach; performs mechanical or skilled trades tasks of a non-repetitive nature, such as carpenters, technicians, service people, plumbers, painters, mechanics, etc.



Mowers, edgers, rakes, weed eater, pitchfork, shovel, lopper, pruning shears, hoses, and tiller


Work Environment:

Usual working days/hours:  19.75 hours per week

Location of work:  Zoo Grounds

The employee is subject to activities that occur in both inside and outside environmental conditions.  The employee is subject to potential hazards of working near dangerous animals.


*Please note this job posting is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice*

*This position may be filled or closed to further application without notice. Must be at least 18 years of age to work for Sedgwick County*

It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Crissy Magee, Sedgwick County ADA Coordinator, by phone (316) 660-7056, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777), or email at crissy.magee@sedgwick.gov. Do not send resumes or application status request or employment questions to this email or phone number. This information is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. Applications must be submitted on www.hrepartners.com. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate. Sedgwick County will prohibit the hiring of spouses and/or immediate family members within the same department, but not within the County structure.

Vacancy Number: 20001277

Open Date: 9/26/2018 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 10/17/2018 11:59:59 PM