Horticulture Supervisor

    • Job Tracking ID: 513080-774314
    • Job Location: Centennial, CO
      Lone Tree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: June 08, 2021
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Horticulture Supervisor

(Full Time, Non-Exempt)

Salary: $52,000 - $64,300 per year

Position Summary:

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.

Essential Duties:

  • 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 correct deficiencies.
  • 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 is required.
  • 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 business purposes.

Working Environment :

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.

Physical Requirements :

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 South Suburban

  • 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 and holidays
  • 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

About Us

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.