Greenhouse Production Associate
Employment TypeJob (Part-time)
Under direct supervision this position provides support to the Horticulture department through applying appropriate horticultural techniques to a wide variety of plant materials to ensure gardens are of the highest horticulture standards. This role will address issues/problems by applying prescribed rules, policies or procedures. Specifically, it assists with Horticulturists (Greenhouse & Propagation) with day-to-day maintenance of plant collections and greenhouses and nursery. This position will be split between our York Street (Denver area) and Chatfield (Littleton area).
$18.75 – Per Hour
About Denver Botanic Gardens: Green inside and out, Denver Botanic Gardens was founded in 1951 and is considered one of the top botanical gardens in the United States and a pioneer in water conservation. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, The Gardens has a robust living plant collection, natural history collection and art collection along with temporary art exhibitions. The Gardens is a dynamic, 24-acre urban oasis in the heart of the city, offering unforgettable opportunities to flourish with unique garden experiences for the whole family – as well as world-class exhibitions, education, and plant conservation research programs.
For more information, visit us online at www.botanicgardens.org.
Denver Botanic Gardens is currently seeking a Seasonal Greenhouse Production Associate in our Horticulture Department! Read below to see if the requirements might be a good fit for you:
Duties & Responsibilities
Uses appropriate horticultural techniques and has an understanding of plant cultural requirements.
Completes assigned daily/weekly/monthly tasks including weeding, mulching, watering, planting, pruning, dead heading and seed collection on a regular basis including weekends as scheduled or required.
Practices integrated pest management when dealing with plant disease, nutrition, and insect problems.
Assists with the Grown at the Gardens program, keeping track of inventories and signage database, printing labels and coordinating volunteers.
Participates in seed collection, cleaning, organizing, databasing, distribution to Plant Select® and Index Seminum.
Assists with all aspects of greenhouse production, including ordering and accessioning.
Maintains greenhouses and common areas free of weeds, debris, and litter.
Provides courteous, accurate responses to all inquiries.
Supplies supervisor and Plant Records with accurate and consistent labeling and accessioning information for all assigned areas.
Participates in special events as needed including but not limited to Plant Sale, Fete, Concerts Series, and Blossoms of Light. Duties may include assisting in set-up, teardown, and cleanup.
Conducts tours and presentations when required including but not limited to evenings and weekends.
Participates in professional societies and other organizations to disseminate and share ideas and keep current on horticultural happenings.
Works with all departments to assure highest quality experience for all DBG visitors.
Maintains satisfactory working relationships with managers, co-workers, volunteers, and others.
Maintains a positive, helpful and solution-oriented demeanor when responding to or serving members and visitors.
Uses appropriate safety procedures.
Provides assistance with snow removal.
Must have reliable transportation to get to other Gardens locations.
Regular attendance at the worksite may be required. As with all positions at Denver Botanic Gardens, the incumbent must be in good performance standing to be eligible for remote work. Remote work is at the discretion of management at all times.
All Gardens employees must be committed to the mission of connecting people with plants, especially plants from the Rocky Mountain region and similar regions around the world, providing delight and enlightenment to everyone.
Position Qualifications: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of understanding of correct horticultural practices and experience in all aspects of routine garden maintenance.
Knowledge in planting, weed identification and control, cultural requirements of herbaceous and woody plants.
Knowledge in solid plant identification as well as some experience with greenhouse growing and propagation.
Knowledge of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) desired.
Knowledge with all horticultural tools and machinery is essential.
Must have proven excellent customer service, interpersonal, and communication skills in dealing with the public.
Ability to maintain stability under pressure and able to deal well with stressful situations.
Ability to be flexible and willing to modify plans when necessary, throughout the day.
Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends and/or holidays.
Knowledge of Microsoft Suite products, specifically Word, Excel and Outlook and Teams.
Ability to work overtime as necessary.
Must be a positive representative of the Gardens both internally and externally at all times.
Must work with respect and cooperation at all times with fellow employees and the public.
Must be committed to working safely at all times.
Education and Experience
Associate’s degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school.
Minimum of 2 years of experience in related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Up to 10% travel required. Requires the ability to travel to remote locations (or other Garden locations) where environment may vary significantly.