Park Horticulturist

City and County of Denver

Denver,  Colorado

The City and County of Denver's Department of Parks and Recreation maintains nearly 400,000 square feet of highly visible and greatly valued annual flower and perennial plant displays. The Park Horticulturist position leads and performs planning and design, installation, cultivation, care and maintenance of up to 20,000 sq. feet of annual flower and perennial plant displays throughout Denver's park system. In most cases, these displays are the focal point of historic parks and require the highest level of professional care possible.

This position is also responsible for the care and maintenance of up to 200 acres of park assets including turf, shrubs, trees, and ground covers including transplanting, cultivating, spraying, fertilizing, and pruning. May also assist with restoration cultivation, care and management of natural areas and wildlife habitats and provide seeding, transplanting and cultivation assistance to the City's greenhouse operations. Additional responsibilities may include general park maintenance trash pickup, restroom cleaning, graffiti removal, and more.

Please Note: You will no longer receive communications via e-mail or regular mail regarding your application status. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Prepares, fertilizes, amends or conditions soils for different types of plants or plant communities.
  • Participates in the development of planting programs or planning restoration projects in natural open space areas.
  • Makes recommendations for the number and types of plants to be grown in a certain location and makes recommendations on weed management, as well as for the arrangement, planting and management schedule.
  • Determines the kind of growing conditions such as soil, sunlight, moisture, temperature and humidity most suitable to the variety of plants under cultivation or restoration.
  • Ensures proper preparation and application of chemicals, hot water, steam or other methods to prevent damage to self, other employees, the public, plants, and wildlife.
  • Prepares reports and maintains records of plant maintenance, weed management and/or restoration activities.
  • Observes all common safety standards. Follows safety rules and regulations.
  • Develops or modifies work plans, methods and procedures; determines work priorities and develops work schedule to provide adequate staff coverage. Provides work instruction and assists employees with difficult and/or usual assignments. Assigns and distributes work, reviews work for accuracy and completeness and returns assignments with recommendations for proper completion.
  • Resolves problems encountered during daily operations and determines appropriate solutions.
  • Contributes to the development of the performance enhancement plan, documents performance, provides performance feedback and furnishes information for the formal performance evaluation.
  • Responds orally to informal grievances and relays information to the supervisor.
  • Documents situations which may be cause for disciplinary action and provides this information to the supervisor.
  • Directs and performs 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.
  • Directs and performs restoration and management of natural areas and wildlife habitats including growing, seedling, transplanting, cultivating, or weed management.
  • Operates small gasoline and electric powered garden tools used indoors and outdoors.
  • Prepares working sketches of flower beds or water conserving landscapes.
  • Participates in snow removal duties as assigned.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education Requirement:
Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate;
PLUS nine (9) semester hours of post high school course work in horticulture, ecology, botany, natural resources, horticultural/ecological restoration or range management.

Experience Requirement:
Three (3) years of experience in the cultivation and care of a wide variety of ornamental/native plants -OR- horticultural/ecological restoration.


  • Additional appropriate experience in horticulture, botany, natural resources, range management, or horticultural/ecological restoration may be substituted for the minimum education requirements.
  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional experience designing and maintaining annual and perennial display beds.
  • Associate's degree or higher in Horticulture, Botany or directly related field.
  • Possession of a current Pesticide Application License in the state of Colorado or any other state.

License / Certification:

  • A valid Driver's License is required at the time of application and must be kept current as a condition of employment. 
  • Certification in Pesticide Application by the State of Colorado by the end of the probationary period.

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