Job Opening: Part-time and full-time seasonal gardeners

Work at the Zoo or Botanic Garden.

June 13, 2022 - The ABQ BioPark is hiring part-time and full-time seasonal gardeners to work at the Zoo and Botanic Garden. Gardeners will assist with a variety of duties involved in the planning, care and maintenance of plants and grounds. They will perform a variety of tasks relative to assigned areas of responsibility.

Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the functions listed below.

  1. Participate in a variety of grounds and plant maintenance duties including raking leaves; cutting back ornamental grasses; pruning trees, shrubs, and rose bushes; weeding, mowing and edging lawns; watering plants and trees; sweeping grounds; and assisting in the setup and planting of new plants.
  2. Learn to perform basic gardening, plant maintenance and nursery duties; water, re-pot, prune and transplant plants; harvest seeds.
  3. Assist with preparing flower beds for planting; fertilize flower beds and mulch with chips; prune and trim shrubs; trim trees as needed; inspect flower beds and surrounding areas for diseases and pests.
  4. Learn to operate a variety of gardening and maintenance equipment including a mower, leaf blower, line trimmer, aerator, and fertilizer spreader. Assist with performing minor maintenance and repair on equipment as needed.
  5. Perform general grounds maintenance duties; pick up litter from grounds; utilize power blower and vacuum to dispose of leaves and debris.
  6. Assist with pest control operations as needed.
  7. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Must pass a background check and drug screen.

Pay Rate and Hours

Pay rate is $11.50 per hour for up to 40 hours per week. Shift hours are completed Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. This position is staffed through RivenRock Staffing Agency, not the City of Albuquerque. Positions are seasonal with long-term employment potential through 2022.


Experience in landscape maintenance, horticulture, or greenhouse work is preferred but not necessary. Applicants must be able to perform basic gardening activities, including repeated bending, kneeling and lifting in variable outdoor conditions. Applicants can also expect constant exposure to extreme weather, noise, dust, pollen, insects and other environmental conditions as part of ongoing work requirements.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can contact Maria Thomas at 505-350-8523 for more information and to schedule an interview.