About Our Job
Denver Parks and Recreation is seeking a Park Horticulturist to perform weed control (both chemical and manual) restoration cultivation, care, and management in mostly native open space/hybrid park landscapes. This position will typically work daytime hours Monday – Friday and some weekends to accommodate volunteer groups or respond to snow removal. This position will support the Northeast district and will report to the Northfield Maintenance shop at 10450 Smith Road in Denver. To see a map of the Northeast parks district, click here.

DPR recognizes the importance of diversity in the representation of our organization to best serve our customers and community. To that end, DPR is committed to:

Examining department policies and processes that value diverse perspectives and eliminate barriers to inclusion

Identifying where inequities exist and implementing strategies to ensure equitable outcomes

Strengthening diversity in Parks and Recreation services by transforming policies to institutionalize equity

Reinvesting in resources aimed at ensuring DPR is an equitable and just organization

Job duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

Work outdoors alongside other team members and use leadership skills to guide less seasoned workers to implement best practices in horticulture:

Direct and perform spraying of herbicides and fertilizing

Direct and perform restoration and management of open space natural areas and wildlife habitats including growing, seedling, transplanting, cultivating, or weed management

Prepare, fertilize, amend, or condition soils for different types of plants or plant communities

Participate in the development of planting programs or planning restoration projects in natural open space areas

Make recommendations on weed management

Prepare reports and maintain records of plant maintenance, weed management, and/or restoration activities

Safely utilize and maintain a variety of hand-powered tools, motorized equipment, and spray equipment:

Mixing, preparing, and appropriately applying chemicals

Spraying and recording noxious and invasive weeds in both natural areas and traditional turf

Develop and modify work plans to align with innovative approaches and best practices and utilize staff to accomplish goals and initiatives; determine work priorities and develop work schedules to provide adequate staff coverage

Mentor staff, contribute to the development of performance goals, and assist with formal HR processes

Perform related park maintenance tasks such as trash collection, bathroom maintenance and cleaning, vandalism repair/graffiti removal, and snow removal operations

Tagged as: Full Time


We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

Education: Graduation from high school or the possession of a GED, HiSET, or TASC Certificate

Experience: Three (3) years of experience in the cultivation and care of a wide variety of ornamental/native plants OR horticultural/ecological restoration

Required Skills:

Licensures/Certification(s): Requires a valid Driver's License at the time of application. Requires Certification in Pesticide Application by the State of Colorado by completion of probationary period. Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment

Equivalency: Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirement except for one year of experience in the care of a wide variety of ornamental/native plants or horticultural

Preferred Skills:

Proficiency in caring for native plants, xeric landscapes, aquatic plants, ornamentals, and perennials

Experience with and knowledge of best practices in care of shrubs and turf grasses

Experience coordinating with seasonal staff and/or volunteers to accomplish tasks/projects

Current Certification in Pesticide Application by the State of Colorado is highly desired

About City and County of Denver

The secret is out: Denver is the nation's top place to live, work, and play. Being the best place to live isn't easy; maintaining such a reputation means we need the best people working for the residents of Denver. People who want to make a difference; people who want to give back; people who want to be at the heart of this city and have a hand in creating our future. When you join us, you will employ your unique skills to do important and meaningful work critical to the success of both your organization and the city as a whole. Be a part of the city that you love. #WhereDenverWorks

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