Northwest Park Horticulturist

City and County of Denver

Denver, Colorado

Job Type Full Time

About Our Job
As a Park Horticulturist, you will be responsible for the restoration, cultivation, care and management within a variety of traditional park landscapes and gardens, in addition to some natural areas.

Skills to be developed and utilized:

Working outdoors alongside other team members and using leadership skills to guide and mentor less seasoned workers to implement best practices in horticulture and ensure efficiency in work plan implementation

  • Directs and performs restoration and management of natural areas and wildlife
  • Prepares working sketches of flower beds or water conserving landscapes
  • Participates in the development of planting programs or planning restoration projects
  • Prepares reports and maintains 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, including appropriately preparing and implementing spray programs.

Perform related park maintenance tasks such as trash collection, bathroom maintenance, vandalism repair/graffiti removal, and snow removal operations, as needed.

About You
We are looking for a knowledgeable and passionate horticulturist who is looking to expand their skills and increase their upward mobility in the horticulture profession. Our ideal candidate will be adept with safety considerations and eager to learn from implementing best practices and taking pride in their work. Additionally, our ideal candidate will possess:

Current Certification in Pesticide Application by the State of Colorado.
Experience with and knowledge of best practices in a variety of horticulture fields including noxious weed management, care of shrubs, ornamental grasses, perennials, and turf.
We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

Graduation from high school or the possession of a GED, HiSET or TASC Certificate.

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

Education/Experience 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.


  • Requires a valid Driver's License at the time of application.
  • Require 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.

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Category Horticulture