Horticulturist




Organization: Denver Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Denver, CO, United States
Job or Internship: Job

At Denver Zoo, our mission is to secure a better world for animals through human understanding. We are a respected leader in animal care and exhibition, conservation programs, scientific study, environmental education and public service.

Summary:

This position advances the mission of Denver Zoo by providing routine maintenance of the zoo plant collection to include monitoring, fertilizing, pruning, pest control, watering, and record keeping necessary to maintain the health and vigor of all plants.

Essential Functions:

•Performs soil preparation, planting, watering, fertilization, and maintenance of new plant material, as well as, monitoring and maintenance of existing plant material.

•Monitors irrigation systems in specified area(s), performs minor repairs, and advises Supervisor and Irrigation Technician of repairs needed beyond scope of skill level.

•Maintains records of installations and maintenance performed.

•Works with Horticulturists, Irrigation Tech., and Supervisor to enter and retrieve data from BG-Base and mapping programs.

•Removes or arranges for the removal of any litter from the work area and oversees the proper disposal of all such material. Places and removes barricades, cones, and other traffic control devices in and around work areas.

•Installs and removes existing plant material as needed.

•Utilizes the computer database and mapping programs to record plant locations and maintenance procedures.

•Trains subordinate permanent and seasonal employees to assist in all related operations. May supervise and train horticulture interns in fieldwork, data entry, and mapping.

•Coordinates work in or around animal enclosures with Keeper Staff.

•Participates in snow removal.

•Supervises utility workers, seasonal employees, college interns.

Additional Responsibilities:

•Perform duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

•Associate’s degree in a related field or combination of college courses and professional horticulture work experience.

•Minimum 3 years professional landscape maintenance experience. Working knowledge of plant care techniques and procedures.

•Skilled in the operation of equipment such as tillers, trimmers, blowers, sprayers, and snow-blowers. Knowledgeable in the safe operation of such equipment.

•Sufficient knowledge of computers to complete reports, enter and retrieve data, and learn plant mapping program and database records program.

•Proven ability to plan, organize, and direct work programs and to supervise other support staff members, as well as seasonal employees and college interns. Ability to train subordinate employees to carry out routine landscape maintenance and record deeping operations.

•Ability to identify problems and provide adequate information, including alternative solutions regarding problematic situations to the supervisor.

•Proficiency in both written and oral communication skills; ability to produce and maintain written records, plans and simple landscape drawings. Ability to read, interpret, and apply organizational policy and procedures and other written guidelines to work functions, and to work independently.

Please apply through our website at www.denverzoo.org

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer