Parks Technician (Horticulture) OR Senior Parks Technician (Horticulture)

City and County of Broomfield - Broomfield, CO4.3

One full-time position for either Horticulture Technician OR Senior Parks Technician (Horticulture), depending on qualifications/experience. Please see the Minimum Qualifications section below detailing the training/experience required. This position is generally scheduled 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Includes excellent benefits; please see the Benefits tab for details.

Horticulture Technician:
Salary Range $19.65/hr - $27.35/hr | Hiring Range $19.65/hr - $23.50/hr

Senior Parks Technician (Horticulture):
Salary Range $23.70/hr - $31.65/hr | Hiring Range $23.70/hr - $27.68/hr
The incumbent performs unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled work in the maintenance of the City and County's undeveloped and developed park areas and cemetery. His/her primary responsibilities include performing a variety of routine to moderate difficulty tasks related to the City and County's Parks and Cemeteries Operations and providing information and assistance to City and County staff and the public.

The incumbent exemplifies the characteristics of a collaborative, innovative and resilient work culture and along with the leadership team, models the appropriate behavior to create and maintain a resilient work culture within the department.

The incumbent provides holistic services to the public by seeking ways to integrate programs or services provided by other departments, divisions and agencies. The incumbent works in partnership with other employees, departments/divisions, agencies and the public in delivering effective and innovative services.

Essential Required Tasks/Examples of Duties
(Persons hired in this position must be able to perform all the essential tasks required by the position. The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other nonessential or peripheral duties that may be required. The City and County of Broomfield retains the right to modify or change the duties or essential tasks and additional functions of the job at any time. Examples of duties are not intended to be all-inclusive or restrictive.)

Maintains confidentiality of information consistent with applicable federal, state and city/county rules and regulations.

General Duties:
Performs maintenance on flower beds, shrub beds and turf areas including diagnosing and treating disease and pests. Assists Irrigation staff in determining proper water needs and scheduling. Assists Forestry staff in pruning of small caliper trees in the Urban Forest. Tracks and records all chemical use in Pesticide Log book. Maintains small tools and equipment that pertain to the position. Prepares and plants annual and perennial flower beds. Organizes, prioritizes daily task for self and seasonal employees. Trains seasonal employees in proper maintenance practice of all types of plant material and proper pesticide application methods.

Prepares, develops, and maintains park areas which may include grass and weed mowing and trimming; tree and flower bed planting, watering, and maintenance; aeration; weed eradication; sprinkler irrigation; picking up trash; and snow removal. Assists in set-up for special events. Assists in inspections of contractor work, trash removal, painting, and equipment maintenance and operation.

Supervises seasonal maintenance crew and assists supervisor in preparation of performance appraisals; may recommend appropriate disciplinary action. Assists supervisor in training of seasonal maintenance crew. May act as troubleshooter to resolve problems within particular area of assignment.

Maintains a variety of records relating to maintenance, construction, and inspection of parks and facilities. Prepares requests for new equipment, materials, and supplies. Responds to complaints from the public regarding parks and facility conditions. Ensure, that problems are corrected in a timely and effective manner. Completes reports and inventory as required.

Operates construction and maintenance equipment such as pick-up trucks, dump trucks, tractors, water trailers, riding mowers, hand mowers, front-loaders, backhoes, box scrapers, tillers, aerators, snow blowers, sprayers, spreaders, weed trimmers, pruning tools, trenchers, grinders, and hand tools. Provides back-up coverage in the operation of snowplows during inclement weather. Insures the proper maintenance of equipment and tools by cleaning and checking equipment and tools after use. Performs routine inspection and preventive maintenance on assigned equipment and refer defects or needed repairs to appropriate division.

Duties require a full range of physical motion and activities including manual digging, pushing, pulling, lifting, twisting and turning the upper body, stooping, kneeling, crouching, climbing, balancing, crawling, reaching for objects, walking and standing. The incumbent must also be alert to peripheral activities when operating equipment and therefore must have a full range of movement in the neck and shoulders.

Administrative Duties:
The incumbent is responsible for effectively managing his or her workload to achieve departmental goals. Assures that responsibilities are performed in compliance with federal and state regulations, Broomfield policies and procedures and the Broomfield Municipal Code. The incumbent may confer with employees, supervisory, and administrative personnel regarding departmental policies and procedures. Contributes to the preparation and review of departmental policies and procedures as necessary to maintain the effectiveness of departmental programs. Advises applicable administrators or departments of potential problems or concerns. Compiles, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinate departmental activities with other departments and agencies as needed.

The incumbent assists in recommending and implementing modifications to systems, policies and procedures. May conduct studies, analyses, and research on a wide variety of topics. Assists in researching and analyzing legal requirements impacting departmental programs and services. The incumbent keeps operational records and makes required reports. Evaluates service costs and makes related recommendations. Identifies and recommends changes or improvements in departmental operations to ensure assigned functions are efficient and cost effective.

Budget/Resource Management:
The incumbent participates in the preparation of the department's annual budget. Assures that responsibilities are performed within budget and performs cost control activities such as monitoring expenditures to assure sound fiscal control. The incumbent is responsible for partnering with other staff members in planning, developing, and implementing the overall vision, mission, programs, processes and projects of the department. Works with the team to avoid duplication of service and to ensure that customer expectations are recognized and resolved thereby maximizing customer satisfaction. Assists in the development of short and long-range goals including annual efforts to advance the City and County's mission, goals, and objectives. Monitors the progress of projects so the goals may be obtained within the established timeframe. Prepares purchase orders and processes invoices as assigned.

Public Relations/Communication:
The incumbent meets and confers with customers to explain departmental plans, programs, functions, policies, and procedures. Assists departmental staff in preparing and coordinating reports as required. Answers letters of inquiry/complaints and talk with customers. Attends meetings, workshops, and conventions as necessary for the maintenance of effective services. Responds to requests for information and advises City and County departments on assigned programs. Maintains liaison with other departments. Provides verbal and written information to departments. Maintains the accuracy of any program materials posted on the Intranet/Internet.

Miscellaneous Duties:
May assist in other areas of Public Works as assigned. He/she operates a personal computer including associated software programs. He/she operates a motor vehicle in traveling to and from work sites. He/she ensures that facilities and equipment are maintained properly and coordinate maintenance and repair functions. He/she takes proper safety precautions, anticipates unsafe circumstances, and acts accordingly to prevent accidents. He/she uses all required safety equipment. Responsible for the safety of self, others, assets, equipment and facilities; responsible for knowing and complying with all City and County of Broomfield and department policies; adheres to attendance and workplace attire policies. He/she performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications
Training - High school graduation or GED equivalent.

Experience - Minimum of one year of responsible horticulture experience. A State of Colorado Pesticide Applicator's License is preferred. Experience in supervising seasonal staff is preferred.


Training - High school graduation or GED equivalent.

Experience - Two years of progressively responsible experience in construction, maintenance, and repair activities within the respective maintenance division.


Any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides evidence that the applicant possesses the Necessary Applicant Traits.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: - Must be at least 18 years of age. Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license and safe driving record for continued employment. New hires must, as a condition of employment, pass the following pre-offer and post-offer/hire processes: written evaluation (if requested), oral board, reference checks, driving record check through DMV, background checks including local police check and sex-offender registry check, physical, and fingerprint checks through CBI/FBI.

Working Conditions
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. The noise level in the environment is usually loud. Work is generally scheduled Monday through Friday with some weekend and holiday work required. Position also involves on-call duty which requires working weekends on a rotating basis and working all hours during emergency repairs as needed. Travel by pickup truck is required to reach work sites. The incumbent is exposed to the following environmental factors: work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places; working in or near moving traffic; fumes or airborne particles; electrical shock; toxic or caustic chemicals; year-round outdoor temperatures and weather conditions; and vibration. May have exposure to bloodborne pathogens. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Please note that the frequency of the activity may depend on the actual assignment in the Park Division as found in a Job Site Evaluation prepared by the Colorado Center for Rehabilitation. While performing the duties of this job, the employee uses hands and/or feet to perform manual tasks such as lifting and digging. The employee is constantly required to talk or hear; perform simple grasping; smell; and perform cervical motions such as flexion, extension, rotation, and sidebending. The employee is constantly to frequently required to stand, walk, push/pull, bend/stoop, and reach forward; frequently required to twist, crouch/kneel/squat, reach below the waist, reach above the shoulder, perform power grasping, and perform fine hand manipulation; and occasionally required to sit, climb vertically, crawl and be in quadruped position, work from heights, and work in confined space. Physical demands are described as heavy (exert up to 100 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 lbs. of force frequently, and/or up to 40 lbs. of force constantly to move objects). Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, ability to adjust focus, and peripheral vision. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Incumbent will be subject to random, reasonable suspicion and post-accident alcohol and substance abuse testing as required by law.