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Horticulturist (Conservatory)

Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver, CO 80206
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Job Summary: Under direct supervision, provides support to Horticulture department through applying appropriate horticultural techniques to a wide variety of tropical plant materials in the Boettcher Memorial Conservatory, back-up greenhouses, and other areas as needed. Addresses issues/problems by applying prescribed rules, policies, or procedures. Provides an enriching experience to garden visitors by disseminating information.

Career Type: Full Time

Compensation: $19.23 per hour

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. Knowledge of tropical plants. Advanced understanding of correct horticultural practices and experience in all aspects of routine garden maintenance, including but not limited to planting, pest identification, and control, cultural requirements of tropical and sub-tropical 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 Job Duties:

  • 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.
  • Contributes articles to internal and external publications.
  • Serves as a horticultural resource to management, co-workers, volunteers, members, and visitors.
  • Maintains labels and records and ensures inventories are correct.

Other Job Duties:

  • Creates and defines tasks and processes for volunteers, interns, and seasonal gardeners.
  • Coordinates garden expenditure and purchasing with a supervisor.
  • 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.
  • Participates in special events as needed including but not limited to Plant Sale, Fete, Concert Series, and Blossoms of Light. 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 the highest quality experience for all DBG 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.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this job. This is not an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.


Major benefits include the 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.

Employment Requirement:
Denver Botanic Gardens employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All persons offered a position will be required to provide valid proof of vaccination prior to starting employment.



Posted: 2021-08-21 Expires: 2021-09-21
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