Denver Parks and Recreation is seeking a Park Horticulturist to perform restoration cultivation, care, and management in mostly traditional park landscapes/gardens, as well as some natural areas in Denver. This includes many parks that are considered high profile and highly valued by both citizens and visitors to downtown Denver. 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 East parks district in Denver. To see a map of the East parks district, click here.

Tagged as: Full Time


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 utilizing creativity to draw and implement garden designs

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

Current Certification in Pesticide Application by the State of Colorado

Required Skills:

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

Direct and perform cultivation, care and maintenance of flower gardens, lawns, shrubs, trees, and ground covers including growing, transplanting, cultivating, trimming, spraying, fertilizing, pruning, and watering plants in a greenhouse or landscaped area

Preferred Skills:

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

Prepare working sketches of flower beds or water conserving landscapes

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

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