Park Horticulturist – Denver Parks and Recreation


City and County of Denver Parks and Recreation


Denver, CO


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 and will report to the Northfield Maintenance shop at 10450 Smith Road in Denver.  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 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 Participate in the development of planting programs or planning restoration projects in natural open space areas Make recommendations on weed management 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 practices and utilize staff to accomplish goals and initiatives; determine work priorities and develop work schedules to provide adequate staff coverage Mentor staff, contribute to the development of performance goals, and assist with formal HR processes Perform related park maintenance tasks such as trash collection, bathroom maintenance and cleaning, vandalism repair/graffiti removal, and snow removal operations   Education: Graduation from high school or the possession of a GED, HiSET, or TASC Certificate xperience: Three (3) years of experience in the cultivation and care of a wide variety of ornamental/native plants OR horticultural/ecological restorationLicensures/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. Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment Equivalency: Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirement except for one year of experience in the care of a wide variety of ornamental/native plants or horticultural/ecological restoration. For example, successful completion of a Master Gardener Program may substitute up to four semester hours of course work. Relevant Continuing Education Units (CEU) in horticulture or Naturalist Training Programs may substitute for three semester hours at the rate of forty-five contact classroom hours of seminars, workshops, etc. Additional appropriate experience in horticulture, botany, natural resources, range management, or horticultural/ecological restoration may be substituted for the education requirement