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Arborist I

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The Arborist positions within Audubon Zoo and Park ensure the health, safety, and welfare of our guests and staff as well as our property as pertaining to our tree collection. Additionally, they are responsible for the maintenance of our collection of ancient oaks and are responsible for planting trees for future generations of New Orleanians to enjoy from the River to St. Charles Avenue.


Provide a guest experience of outstanding quality (required)

  • Perform daily visual assessment of overhanging branches to determine their health and safety as pertaining to our guests.
  • Perform regular pruning techniques on all trees and palms.
  • Exhibit green practices, such as turning as much debris as possible into mulch rather than sending it to the landfill.
  • Ensure the future of all trees and palms by performing aggressive maintenance techniques.

 Preserve native Louisiana habitats.

  • The arborist will present ancient native Louisiana Live Oaks in an eye appealing way that will best express their natural state.


Arborist 1/Groundsman 1 -No field experience, but a sincere desire and ability to work in the tree care industry and learn proper arboriculture procedures and practices; high school diploma preferred. Must be able to bend, stoop, climb, and lift up to 75 lbs. Valid Louisiana drivers’ license required. Ability to follow written and verbal instructions, as well as a strong understanding of the English language. Must be thoroughly able to perform a bucket truck rescue from the ground. This position must be held for at least one year prior to advancement.


Education: High school diploma or GED

Machinery/Tools/Equipment Requirements:  Must have the ability to use gas powered chainsaws, power blowers, extension chain saws. Must have a valid La. driver’s license and be capable of driving golf carts, gas powered utility vehicles, pickup trucks, large cargo trucks with trailers, and chipper operation.

Physical Requirements:   

  1. You must be a team player and be able to interact well with others within the department, as well as staff from other departments. Good communication is important within the team.
  2. This job requires the ability to pick up items weighing up to 40 lbs.
  3. Must be able to operate power equipment in varying degrees of temperatures for long periods of time.
  4. Regular talking and the ability to express and exchange ideas by means of language expected.
  5. Regular hearing and the ability to perceive the nature of sounds.
  6. Ability to read and write required.
  7. This position is a physically demanding one. This job requires 100% working out in the elements, so the ability to withstand hot, humid summers and cold, wet winters is a must.

Environmental/Working Conditions:

  1. Working long hours between breaks or meals required.
  2. Ability to work under and handle stress in an appropriate manner required.
  3. May be exposed to high, medium, or low noise intensity.
  4. Constant contact with co-workers required.
  5. Affinity for animals preferred.
  6. Contact with zoo guests is expected to be courteous and respectful.
  7. This position requires exposure to the elements and to dirty conditions.
  8. Understanding of safe practices is essential in order to minimize unsafe working conditions. Use of safety gear required.



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