Greenhouse Horticulturist

Greenhouse Horticulturist
Organization Denver Parks and Recreation
Location Denver, Colorado
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Aug 19, 2022

Denver Parks and Recreation is seeking an experienced and passionate Greenhouse Horticulturist to perform growing and horticultural related duties in the effort to continue Denver’s long tradition of providing beautiful parks and parkways for all citizens. 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 Greenhouse Horticulturist position performs propagation, scheduling and finishing of greenhouse crops for installation citywide. This position will also assist with planning, design, and installation of annual perennial plant displays throughout Denver’s park system, which require the highest level of professional care. Additional responsibilities may include general park maintenance, trash pickup, restroom cleaning, graffiti removal, and more.

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 these positions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Determine nutrient and watering/moisture requirements for a wide variety of plants including annuals, perennials, natives, and shrubs
  • Control pests by implementing Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Inspect crops and identify moisture requirements, status of plants and possible problems/issues
  • Regulate environmental conditions by modifying humidity, ventilation, and temperature utilizing Wadsworth Climate Control software
  • Follow growing schedules by determining schedules with coworkers and supervisors to include propagation via seed, vegetation, and woody plants
  • Move, space, and cut crops back
  • Upkeep and maintain greenhouses, outside garden spaces, and all surrounding areas of the greenhouses
  • Interact/communicate with Citywide Parks team
  • Make recommendations for the number and types of plants for a location and assist with planting and management scheduling
  • Prepare reports and maintain records of plant maintenance, weed management, and/or restoration activities
  • Observe all common safety standards, follows safety rules and regulations
  • Provide work instruction and assist employees with difficult and or unusual assignments with recommendations for proper completion
  • Resolve problems encountered during daily operations and determine appropriate solutions
  • Respond to informal grievances and relay information to the supervisor. Document situations which may be cause for disciplinary action and provide this information to the supervisor
  • Operate small gasoline and electric powered garden tools used indoors and outdoors
  • Participate in snow removal duties as assigned

We are looking for a knowledgeable and passionate greenhouse grower who is looking to positively contribute to the development and culture of a growing team. The ideal candidate will be able to apply best practices and maintain high quality and attention to detail in a greenhouse setting keeping in mind our plants go out to highly visible public parks citywide. Additionally, our ideal candidates will have:

  • Proficiency in growing/caring for perennials including a wide variety of native plants
  • Experience with and knowledge of best practices in care of shrubs and turf grasses
  • Experience utilizing creativity to sketch and implement garden designs
  • Experience coordinating with seasonal staff and/or volunteers to accomplish tasks and projects
  • Current Certification in Pesticide Application by the State of Colorado

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 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
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