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. To see a map of the Northeast parks district, click here.

Tagged as: Full Time


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

Required Skills:

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

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

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