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Horticulture Coordinator

March 12, 2014 - April 02, 2014
Location:Denver, CO
Benefits:This is a regular full-time position with excellent benefits including complete medical/dental/vision coverage, 403(b) retirement plan and a generous vacation package.
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Horticulture & Grounds
Description:At Denver Zoo, our mission is to secure a better world for animals through human understanding. We are a respected leader in animal care and exhibition, conservation programs, scientific study, environmental education and public service.

The Facilities Group is a diverse team of individuals and departments with a broad range of talents. The team works collaboratively to provide exceptional care, growth, and vision for all of the Zoo’s physical facilities and landscapes, while exceeding the expectations of our internal customers and our zoo guests.

This position advances Denver Zoo’s mission and goals and adheres to the mission of the Facilities Group by providing routine maintenance of the Zoo’s plant collection and exhibit botanics to include monitoring, pruning, fertilizing, pest control, watering, collaborative design, and record keeping necessary to optimize the health and vigor of the living landscape.
Duties:Essential Functions:
•Coordinates, monitors and implements the maintenance programs of specified section of the zoo’s landscape and inclusive exhibits through soil preparation, planting, watering, fertilization.
•Designs, coordinates, and implements all annual plant displays in responsible area with approval from Director. Designs, coordinates, and implements perennial plant displays with approval from Director and Facilities Group.
•Participates in Horticulture and Grounds’ project assistance to the Facilities Group as directed.
•Manages and works closely with the Horticulture Specialist, Horticulture Technician, and seasonal Horticulture Technicians.
•Works closely with the Horticultural Support Manager and Production Coordinator on the documentation of the Zoo’s botanic collection database.
•Works with Horticultural Support manager, Production Coordinator and Director to manage specialty collections.
•Participates with the Horticulture department’s role in Zoo’s browse program; working with Veterinary Medicine and Animal department representatives.
•Executes an Integrated Pest Management Program for all responsible areas and coordinates needed assistance with the Horticultural Support Manager.
•Monitors irrigation systems in specified area(s), performs minor repairs, and coordinates with the Horticultural Support Manger and the Irrigation team of repairs needed beyond scope of skill level.
•Collaborates with the arboriculture team and the Horticultural Support Manager to correctly maintain the tree and shrub collection(s) within area of responsibility.
•Cooperates 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.
•Coordinates work in or around animal enclosures with Keeper Staff for entire area of responsibility and distributes tasks for maintenance of the exhibit to appropriate supervised staff.
•Participates in snow removal operations and is available to work certain weekends and holidays as an on-call status for snow removal.

Additional Responsibilities:
•Demonstrates a commitment to Denver Zoo’s Safety & Sustainability goals & objectives.
•Performs various tasks as assigned.

•B.S. Degree in horticulture, landscape design, forestry, environmental science, or related fields.
•3 years professional experience in related field.
•A Minimum of 5 years work experience in horticulture will be considered in lieu of not possessing a B.S. Degree.
•Maintain a Colorado Department of Agriculture Certified Operator License. If not yet certified, obtain within 6 months of start date.
• Strong leadership and strategic planning skills, and experience supervising staff.
•Experience and high level of comfort with Microsoft Office and Outlook.
•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.
• Must be able to frequently and safely lift (raise or lower) 50 pounds.
•Safe Heavy Equipment Operation basics needed.

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