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Assistant Curator of Horticulture

Job Title

Assistant Curator of Horticulture

Job Qualifications

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

In coordination with Curator of Horticulture: 

Oversee and manage the day-to-day operation of the Horticulture Department. Ensure that horticulture work is completed to the highest standard for guest experience and animal welfare, and is aligned with environmental sustainability goals. Manage the horticultural care of the zoo’s landscapes, exhibits, and specialty collections including but not limited to soil preparation, planting, watering, fertilization, pruning, and weeding.
Develop and implement job specific staff training. Mentor and guide horticulture staff towards continued professional development. Directly supervise and mentor a team of 5 Horticulture Coordinators.  Indirectly supervise Horticulture Specialists, and seasonal Horticulture Technicians. 
Ability to work in a fluid and flexible manner and successfully address changes and challenges as they arise.
Provide leadership and guidance towards innovative horticulture. 
Plan, schedule, coordinate, and assign work within established goals and priorities for horticulture staff. 
Utilize established computer programs for submitting, receiving, tracking, and resolving work orders, and timesheets. 
Implement safety standards and works with horticulture staff to develop procedures that ensure compliance.
Professionally interface with other Denver Zoo team members, zoo colleagues, and other professional organizations.
Participate in zoo-wide initiatives such as committees, working groups, etc.… as assigned.
Interview and select staff that report directly to this position and assists with other interviews as required.
Recognize and address outstanding performance by horticulture team members.
Monitor and document performance evaluations for horticulture staff. Provides ongoing feedback regarding levels of performance and formally evaluates employees in relation to performance. Initiates and recommends disciplinary action for employees as necessary. Responds to grievances within or involving assigned areas.
Actively contribute to a culture of teamwork, within the horticulture department and throughout the entire Zoo. 
Work with Curator of Horticulture to develop area policies and procedures and provides implementation and interpretation of policies and procedures to horticulture staff.
Provide input towards the development of departmental budgets. Work together with the Curator of Horticulture, and the Grounds Manager to maintain department budget.
Participate in conservation, research and educational programs as assigned. 
Effectively communicate zoo-wide, division and area information to horticulture staff. 
Coordinate Horticulture project assistance to other Zoo departments.
Work closely with the Curator of Horticulture and supervised staff on the documentation of the Zoo’s plant collection in Iris BG. 
Ensure the effective participation of Horticulture department in the Zoo’s browse program; working with Nutrition Center.
Manage the communication of the Zoo’s plant inventory to the Planning Department in relation to the Denver Zoo’s Mapping Program and Databases.  Coordinates with appropriate Planning Department staff on the execution of mapping. 
Work 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.
Research and coordinate the Horticulture departments’ Integrated Pest Management Program.
Work with Grounds Manager to oversee the purchasing, delivery and storage of all landscape materials. 
Set priorities in alignment with Inspire Awe:
Safety first, always
Care demonstrated through exceptional guest service
Connect with each guest utilizing ROADMAP’s guest engagement strategies and program development process
Demonstrate a commitment to Denver Zoo’s Sustainability Policies by adhering to all environmental, safety, & health regulations, procedures, and goals.
Demonstrate a commitment to Denver Zoo’s One Zoo Team, working together, and wholly focused on a singular mission: Inspiring Communities to Save Wildlife for Future Generations.
Act in accordance with Denver Zoo’s Core Values: Welcoming, Curious, United, Courageous, Transformative all interactions with staff, guest, volunteers, and vendors.
Other Responsibilities and Duties

In absences of Curator, oversee and coordinate with other department Curators and Directors. 
Participates in snow removal activities as required, including some weekend and evening coverage.
Strong leadership, communication, and mentoring skills. 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. 
Ability to read and interpret construction documents. 
Proficiency in both written and oral communication skills; 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. 
Performs various duties as assigned. 

Education and Experience

Technical / Professional Requirements & Qualifications

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 a large team. 
Strong plant identification and plant diagnostic skills
Experience and high level of comfort with Microsoft Office and Outlook.
Experience with Iris BG or other collections management databases a plus
Experience at a zoo, museum, or botanical garden a plus
Position Conditions

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

Position Application

Application Process and Timelines

Resumes / Completed applications must be submitted by January 12, 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately.  Denver Zoo reserves the right to close the position prior to this date. 

As part of our commitment to health and safety, Denver Zoo employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All persons offered a position will be required to provide valid proof of vaccination prior to starting employment. Exemptions based on approved medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs will be considered. We do ask for employees to upload their vaccination card into our HRIS for documentation.  This information is kept confidential. 

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.

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