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Horticulture Specialist

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Denver Zoo is a leader in animal care, wildlife conservation, education, and guest experience. We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding. We provide extraordinary experiences every day for our animals and visitors and our core values of Protect, Honor, Innovate, Serve, Engage, and Empower are evident in everything we do.  We value the different strengths our staff bring to Denver Zoo. We expect our staff to embrace and to commit to our core behaviors for engagement: Passion, Respect, Innovation, Diversity, and Excellence.\r
Denver Zoo's Horticulture Department has an opportunity for a full time Horticulture Specialist to provide routine maintenance to the Zoo's exhibit and collection plants to optimize the health and vigor of the living landscape.  Responsibilities include monitoring, pruning, fertilizing, pest control, watering, collaborative design, and record keeping.\r
In this role, you will: \r
Coordinate, monitor and implement the maintenance programs of specified section of the zoo's landscape to the highest horticultural standard.\r
Design, coordinate, and implement all annual plant displays in responsible area with approval from Director, Manager, and supervising Horticulture Coordinator. Designs, coordinates, and implements perennial plant displays with approval from Director, Manager, and supervising Horticulture Coordinator.\r
Work closely with the Horticulture Technician, and seasonal Horticulture Technicians. \r
Assist Horticulture Coordinator and Horticulture Technician(s) when needed.\r
Coordinate with supervising Horticulture Coordinator on the documentation of the Zoo's botanic collection database. \r
Work with Horticulture Manager, supervising Horticulture Coordinator, Production Coordinator and Director to manage specialty collections. \r
Participate with the Horticulture department's role in Zoo's browse program; working with Veterinary Medicine and Animal department representatives. \r
Execute an Integrated Pest Management Program for all responsible areas and coordinates needed assistance with the supervising Horticulture Coordinator and the Horticulture Manager.\r
Monitor irrigation systems in specified area(s), performs minor repairs, and coordinates with the supervising Horticulture Coordinator, Horticulture Support Manger and the Irrigation team of repairs needed beyond scope of skill level.\r
Collaborate with the arboriculture team to correctly maintain the tree and shrub collection(s) within area of responsibility.\r
Cooperate with the Volunteer Programs staff to maintain a smooth and efficiently run volunteer program for the department. Identify volunteer needs, recruit, train and provide instruction for assignments.\r
Collaborate with fellow Horticulture Specialists to develop and lead yearly intern program for the department.\r
Participate in snow removal operations and is available to work certain weekends and holidays as an on-call status for snow removal.\r
Adhere to and promotes Denver Zoo's mission, core values, and strategic initiatives.\r
Value and consistently apply Denver Zoo's ROADMAP (Reaching Our Audiences by Developing Mission Aligned Programs) process and resources in engaging and educating guests at Denver Zoo.\r
Demonstrate a commitment to Denver Zoo's Safety and Sustainability Policies by adhering to all environmental, safety, and health regulations, procedures, and goals.\r
The Ideal Candidate will have the following qualifications:\r
B. S. in horticulture, landscape design, forestry, environmental science, or related fields.\r
2 years professional experience in related field.\r
A Minimum of 5 years work experience in horticulture will be considered in lieu of not possessing a B.S. Degree. \r
Strong leadership and strategic planning skills, and experience supervising staff.\r
Experience and high level of comfort with Microsoft Office and Outlook.\r
Proficiency in both written and oral communication skills; ability to produce and maintain digital 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.\r
Safe Heavy Equipment Operation basics needed.\r
Clear driving record.\r
Ability to lift 60 lbs.\r
Completed applications must be submitted by May 30, 2018\r
Denver Zoo reserves the right to close the position prior to the above date.\r
Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer\r

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