Denver Parks and Recreation is seeking two Park Horticulturists in our Northwest Park district. This is an exciting and unique opportunity for anyone with a passion for creating beautiful landscapes and natural areas for the citizens of Denver.

Park Horticulturists perform restoration, cultivation, care, and management within a variety of natural and traditional park landscapes and gardens. These positions will support Denver’s Northwest Park district, which includes a high percentage of natural areas and native landscapes such as perennial and annual gardens, ornamental grasses, shrubs, turf management, and open spaces. These positions will provide much focus to these areas but will also focus on many of the traditional park landscapes. These positions will typically work Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. with occasional weekend shifts. To see a map of the Northwest Park Operations District please click here.

Tagged as: Full Time


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

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.

Required Skills:

Perform cultivation, restoration, management, and general maintenance of flower gardens, lawns, shrubs, trees, ground covers, natural areas, and wildlife habitats

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

Prepare working sketches of flower beds or water conserving landscapes

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

Preferred Skills:

Participate in the planning and development of planting programs, natural open space restoration projects, and planting management schedules

Make recommendations for the number and types of plants to be grown in assigned locations

Perform weed management

Determine appropriate growing conditions such as soil, sunlight, moisture levels, temperature, and humidity most suitable to the variety of plants under cultivation or restoration

Prepare reports and maintain records of plant maintenance

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