About Our Job

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 district and will report to the Congress Park Maintenance shop at 2601 East 9th Ave in Denver. To see a map of the East 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 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

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

Make recommendations for the number and types of plants to be grown in a certain location and make recommendations on weed management, as well as for the arrangement, planting, and management schedule

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

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

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

Licensures/Certification(s): Requires a valid Driver's License at the time of application. Requires Certification in

Required 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 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

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

Application Instructions

Please apply through out URL: https://denver.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/CCD-denver-denvergov-CSC_Jobs-Civil_service_jobs-Police_Jobs-Fire_Jobs/job/Park-Horticulturist---Denver-Parks-and-Recreation_R0047682