B.S. in horticulture or related field
Minimum of 5 years work experience in public horticulture
Minimum of 2 years land management experience.
Minimum of 2 years’ experience supervising and mentoring staff.
Strong plant identification and plant diagnostic skills
Strong leadership, communication, and mentoring skills.
Ability to read and interpret construction documents.
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.
Ability to provide constructive feedback to staff, actively listen to staff concerns, apply Denver Zoo policies, critical thinking skills, and empathy when counseling supervised staff and practice the highest level of confidentiality.
Ability to build and maintain professional relationships throughout the Zoo.
Ability to follow directions, work as a team, and work independently.
Experience at a zoo, museum, or botanical garden a plus
Proven computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite are necessary.
Requires superior organizational skills, written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize work and tasks.
Requires adaptability to produce and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, multi-task and changing environment, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Must have good negotiation skills and the ability to handle sensitive information with diplomacy.
Must be an outstanding communicator and considered to be a developer of programs who is comfortable working and collaborating with a broad cross section of people in direct and matrixed relationships to drive programs to meet strategic goals.
Experience applying an equitable analysis to all duties to achieve organizational goals and demonstrate the Denver Zoo’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and anti-racism preferred.
Ability to pass a physical examination, background check and pre-employment drug and alcohol screen.
Heavy Equipment Operation basics needed.
Maintain a Colorado Department of Agriculture Qualified Supervisor License. If not yet certified, obtain within 3 months of start date.
Clear driving record
Schedule Availability: Days. Work on weekends, holidays as assigned and on occasion evenings, as needed.
Work Location: On campus.
Range for this position is $4,522-$5,539 (monthly).
This is a full-time position with excellent benefits including medical, dental and vision benefits; life insurance; short term and long-term disability; 403(b) retirement plan; and vacation and sick leave.
Application Process and Timelines
Open until filled. Review of applications will begin immediately. Denver Zoo reserves the right to close the position prior to this date.
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and others who identify as nonwhite, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and those with lived experience with racism and/or misogynoir are encouraged to apply for this role.
Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected status or any other characteristic protected by law.