Job Summary: Under direct supervision of the Manager of Horticulture, provides support to Horticulture department through applying appropriate horticultural techniques to a wide variety of plant materials throughout the gardens to ensure gardens are of the highest horticulture standards. Addresses issues/problems by applying prescribed rules, policies or procedures. Provides an enriching experience to garden visitors by disseminating information. Provides guidance and supervision of seasonal gardeners and volunteers.
Career Type: Full-time
Qualifications/Experience: Bachelors degree in horticulture, botany or related field from a four-year college or university with 2 to 3 years experience; or 4 to 6 years of horticulture experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Advanced understanding of correct horticultural practices and experience in all aspects of routine garden maintenance, including but not limited to: planting, weed identification and control, cultural requirements of herbaceous and woody plants as well as solid plant identification knowledge. Valid Colorado Drivers License required and ability to obtain Colorado Pesticide Applicators License. Experience with hardscape features desired. Working knowledge of irrigation systems as well as horticultural equipment, tools, and machinery.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Uses appropriate horticultural techniques of the highest standard to install and maintain diverse garden areas as prescribed in established organization guidelines, including routine and special projects as requested.
- Plants and maintains permanent and temporary displays. Maintenance tasks include weeding, cultivating, fertilizing, watering, pruning, and other horticultural tasks.
- Practices integrated pest management when dealing with plant disease and insect problems.
- Participates in education programs and conducts tours when required including but not limited to evenings and weekends.
- Maintains gravel and crusher fine paths to acceptable levels.
- Serves as a horticultural resource to management, co-workers, volunteers, members and visitors.
- Maintains labels and records and ensures inventories are correct.
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
- Creates and defines tasks and processes for volunteers, interns and seasonal gardeners.
- Coordinates garden expenditure and purchasing with supervisor.
- Participates in special events as needed including but not limited to Concerts, Corn Maze, Lavender Festival, Pumpkin Festival and Santa’s Village. Duties may include assisting in set-up, teardown, planning, cleanup, etc.
- Actively participates in professional societies and other organizations to disseminate and share ideas and keep current on horticultural happenings.
- Works with all departments to assure highest quality experience for all Denver Botanic Gardens visitors.
- Maintains satisfactory working relationships with managers, co-workers and others.
- Maintains a positive, helpful and solution oriented demeanor when responding to or serving members and visitors.
- Uses appropriate safety procedures.
- Performs other duties as requested by management, including snow removal in the winter.
Benefits: Major benefits include choice of medical plans, dental, vision and life insurance, medical and daycare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Healthcare Spending Account (HSA) ; a generous retirement plan plus paid holidays, vacation, personal and sick time and access to personal lines of insurance. Additional benefits include short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), an ECO pass and a complimentary Denver Botanic Gardens membership, access to Gardens education classes and summer concert tickets.
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