About this Opportunity!
(Full Time, Non-Exempt)
Salary: $52,000 - $64,300 per year
Under the supervision of the Manager of Forestry, Horticulture,
Trails and Natural Open Space, this position is responsible for
identifying, planning, prioritizing, scheduling, coordinating,
assigning and evaluating projects and personnel associated with the
District's horticulture planting, establishment and maintenance
programs including the District's annual flower displays, perennial
gardens, water gardens, the War Memorial Rose Garden, shrub beds and
pool foliage plants. Assists the Assistant Director of Parks and
Forestry Supervisors with personnel training, plant health care
programs and special events. May be required to work weekends,
evenings, holidays, and be on snow watch, as well as work shifts
deviating from this position’s normal work days and/or with other work groups.
- Identify, plan, prioritize, schedule, assign, supervise and
evaluate shrub, rose, and flower planting and establishment programs
including schedule monthly and weekly work as well as dispatch crews
and equipment to project locations on a daily basis. Works closely
with Park Maintenance District Supervisors to properly schedule and
coordinate watering regimes for trees, shrubs and flowers.
- Prioritize shrub and flowerbed renovations and new bed designs,
and coordinate with the Planning Department, Park Maintenance
District Supervisor and underground utilities notification center.
This includes bidding, ordering, scheduling delivery, and installing
all flower and shrub bed plantings.
- Regularly inspect Recreation Facility and Park shrub, flower and
rose beds as well as foliage plants throughout the District.
Initiate proper maintenance activities, maintain accurate planting,
maintenance and removal records and provide regular status and needs
reports to the Manager.
- Coordinate with the District all volunteer gardening programs
including the Master Gardener's, the Denver Rose Society, and other
local garden clubs.
- Hire, train, schedule, supervise and evaluate assigned staff;
provide or coordinate staff training; and work with employees to
- Train horticulture crews in proper planting/transplanting
techniques, cultural requirements, safe procedures and proper
operation and maintenance of tools and equipment. Coordinate vehicle
and equipment maintenance and repair with service center personnel.
- Maintain labor and material cost tracking data for planting and
establishment of shrub and flower planting and maintenance,
- Assist with preparation of horticulture section goals and objectives.
- Assist with the preparation and monitoring of the budget, manage
revenues and expenditures and prepare financial reports. Prepare
purchase orders, RFP’s, and invoice requests.
- Assist in preparing, enforcing, maintaining and modifying policies
and procedures manuals; conduct periodic staff meetings to provide
and gather information, answer questions and respond to complaints
and concerns, both internally and externally.
- Plan, coordinate, order and install holiday décor at recreational
facilities with close cooperation and involvement of facility supervisors.
- Assist forestry supervisors with structural and health pruning of
small trees, plant health care, pest control programs and special
events such as Arbor Day.
- Maintain and update shrub and flowerbed inventories as well as the
War Memorial Rose Garden inventory and map.
- Assist in coordinating and carrying out Storm Damage Responses for
the Department and Division.
- Develop and maintain relationships with District employees,
vendors, and various outside user groups to coordinate their
programs and special events.
- Assist others in the District as needed or requested while always
committing to be a team player.
- Maintain accurate time cards and daily activity reports for self.
Assist others in your work group with filling out time cards,
activity sheets and other electronic or hardcopy paperwork.
- While on duty or on snow watch, carry a charged and functional
District-issued cell phone, which is expected to be answered or
messages returned in a timely manner, and when it is safe to return calls.
- Use Purchase Cards and Purchase Orders in accordance with
established procedures. Reconcile Purchase Cards in a timely manner.
- Assist in shop cleaning of the Forestry and Horticulture facility
and keeping the facility organized, tidy and safe.
- Attend and participate in staff meetings, trainings, and orientations.
- Attend work on a regular, reliable and punctual basis.
This job description should not be construed to imply that these
requirements are the exclusive duties of the position. Incumbents
may be required to follow any other instructions, and to perform any
other related duties, as may be required.
Education and/or Experience:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture, Landscape Maintenance, Grounds
Management, or other closely related degree.
- Five (5) years of experience in horticulture, landscape
maintenance or grounds management with an emphasis on installation
and care of annual or perennial flowers, roses, shrubs, and trees
including a solid knowledge of cultural requirements, growth habits,
proper pruning techniques, various pests, and environmental problems
of landscape plants.
- Two (2) years experience in scheduling and supervising field crews
- Snow and ice removal and mosquito control experience is helpful.
Licenses, Certifications, and Other Requirements:
- Must possess the Colorado Pesticide Applicator's License as a
Certified Operator or Qualified Supervisor in the Turf and
Ornamental categories or have the ability to obtain within six (6)
months of hire.
- Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener Certification
or Association of Landscape Contractors of Colorado™ Landscape
Industry Certified Technician is desirable.
- Must possess a valid Colorado Driver License and maintain a good
driving record is required. A CDL Class B with air brakes is desirable.
Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to read and understand construction drawings, landscape
plans, diagrams and maps.
- Ability to learn and safely operate large equipment associated
with Landscape Construction or Renovation Projects.
- The ability to learn, understand and follow policies, procedures,
and master plan objectives for the District and to learn, understand
and follow the District’s purchasing policies and procedures.
- Ability to successfully and productively work without supervision
within established policies and procedures, and regularly exercise
independent judgement for daily operations.
- Ability to train and supervise subordinate employees, community
service workers, and volunteers.
- Ability to adhere to safe work practices and procedures.
- Ability to adapt to changing priorities, weather events, and
special work requests.
- Ability to interact tactfully, clearly, concisely, and
appropriately with the public, District administration, co-workers,
and other agencies or contractors.
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in
writing; Ability to read, listen and follow directions/instructions
from supervisory staff.
- Must be highly motivated and take direction well with excellent
interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbally.
- Ability to work independently and with a team in a fast-paced and
high volume environment with emphasis on accuracy and timeliness.
- Ability to provide outstanding customer service and get along with
coworkers, patrons, and supervisors and interact with employees and
vendors in a professional manner.
Material and Equipment Used
Pick-up or stake-bed trucks with manual or automatic transmissions;
snow plow trucks, ATV's or out-front mowers with snow plows; trailers
for towing equipment or materials; tractors, skid steers with various
implements; Hand tools such as shovels, rakes, hand trowels, screw
drivers, hammers, wheel barrows, etc.; Electrical power tools such as
drills, circular saws, jig saws, etc.; Motorized power tools such as
weed trimmers, hedge shears, backpack blowers, rototillers,
walk-behind mowers, snow blowers, chainsaws, etc.; Pesticide
Application equipment including high or low pressure sprayers and
backpack sprayers, Pesticides, fertilizers, and De-Icing salts; Water
truck and pump systems; Personal computer, smart or cell phone,
hand-held data collection devices, and GPS tools and software. This
position will drive a District vehicle and/or a personal vehicle for
Regularly requires strenuous work outdoors with exposure to a variety
of weather conditions, ecosystems, and landscapes; regular exposure to
dust, noise, chemicals, and extremes in temperature, ultra-violet
radiation exposure, and precipitation, including low light situations.
Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to
work in a field environment; to walk, stand, and sit for prolonged
periods of time; to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl,
climb with both legs and arms, reach, twist, grasp, and make
repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties; to lift,
carry, push, and/or pull/drag objects weighing up to 50 pounds
unassisted; may occasionally Climb stairs and short ladders; work in
uncomfortable positions for short periods of time; to lift, carry,
push, and/or pull/drag objects weighing up to 75 pounds unassisted.
Ability to tolerate exposure to dust, fumes and odors; to operate
assigned equipment and vehicles while exercising good hand/eye and
foot/eye coordination; and to verbally communicate and exchange
information, or hearing and listening for receiving and interpreting
information and warning signals.
This list is not all-inclusive and represents examples of the work
environment and physical demands.
Employee Benefits & Perks at
- Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision package
- Medical and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
- Retirement packages with employer contribution/match
- Free Employee Assistance Program
- Paid time off including vacation time, sick leave, personal leave
- District paid life insurance and long term disability
- FREE use of District fitness centers and swimming pools
- Discounts on recreation classes and golf
- Opportunities for training and promotion from within
- To view a complete listing of the District’s most current benefit
package, please visit http://careers.ssprd.org
Our mission is to foster healthy living through stewardship of the
environment, parks, trails, and open space by providing recreational
services and programs.
We serve residents in Bow Mar, Columbine Valley, Centennial west of
I-25, Littleton, Lone Tree and Sheridan and unincorporated portions of
Douglas, Jefferson and Arapahoe counties. We operate four full-service
recreation centers, golf courses, outdoor pools and restaurants, two
ice centers and miniature golf courses, and a BMX track, a sports
dome, batting cages, an entertainment center, a hotel and a nature
center. In addition, we maintain nearly 3,800 acres of developed and
open space land, including 119 multi-purpose athletic fields, more
than 100 parks, nearly 80 miles of trails, 60 playgrounds, 56 tennis
courts, and the 880-acre South Platte Park.