Denver Parks and Recreation is seeking a Park Horticulturist in our Downtown 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. This position will work four ten-hour shifts per week, 5:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. This position will report to 3375 Park Ave, Denver. To see a map of the Downtown Park Operations District please click here.

Job duties and responsibilities of these positions include, but are not limited to, the following:

– 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
– 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, weed management and restoration activities
– Ensure safe handling and proper utilization of hand-powered tools, motorized equipment, and spray equipment
– Safely mix, prepare, and appropriately apply chemicals
– Develop and modify work plans to align with innovative approaches and best practices
– Perform related park maintenance tasks such as trash collection, bathroom maintenance and cleaning, vandalism repair/graffiti removal, and snow removal operations as needed

Tagged as: Full Time

Required Skills:

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

Preferred Skills:

In addition to the minimum requirements, our ideal candidates will have a passion for beautifying the City’s gardens, parks, and open spaces, while remaining committed to serving the citizens of Denver. Our ideal candidates will have:
- Annual and perennial design and maintenance experience
- Knowledge of a wide range of flower and shrub varieties
- Experience performing lead work or guiding others
- An eye for creativity and innovation
- Strong collaboration and communication skills

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