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University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 21, 2024

Job Summary

Facilities Management at CU Boulder encourages applications for multiple Horticulturist roles! Outdoor Services provides high quality, professional grounds and landscape services to enhance a safe, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally conscious campus. Facilities Operations provides a physical environment that promotes the advancement and transfer of knowledge. This work unit provides horticulture management and grounds maintenance support to the CU Boulder, and is also responsible for snow removal operations during the winter months.

These roles will identify and provide treatment of horticulture issues, including weed and pest infestations. The positions make decisions on and implement practices for horticulture management including chemical, mechanical, or natural methods to control pests and weeds.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

Facilities Management (FM) provides outdoor services to general fund areas and to several auxiliary funded facilities. Facilities Management Outdoor Services is responsible for grounds maintenance and irrigation system operation and maintenance for the general fund areas on campus.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Conduct Chemical Applications for Weeds & Pests
  • Conduct pre and post-emergent chemical applications using synthetic and organic/natural liquid or granular products. Assist Supervisor in researching new synthetic and natural products during the offseason. Safely mix chemical concentrates in the chemical storage area per label. Conduct chemical applications in both general fund and recharge areas of campus for weeds and pests. May require weekend work schedules one or two weekends a month throughout the growing season. Maintain records of all chemical applications and assist with timely reports to Supervisor. Conduct appropriate timely notification prior to all applications. Ensure appropriate pre and post application signage is placed in areas visible to the public and ensure signs are picked up when re-entry is acceptable. Accurately charge appropriate work orders, maintenance agreements and maintenance projects on a timely basis.

Landscape Management Practices
  • Assist Supervisor with implementing the Grounds Shrub & Bed Management Plan, assist with trash removal, pruning, watering, fertilizing, weeding, chemical applications and maintaining vine, rock, shrub, annual, and perennial landscape beds on CU FM maintained areas. Work directly with the Supervisor to plan, coordinate resources, and implement the use of Grounds Staff to train with and assist the Horticulture Team with bed maintenance. May train in correct and safe practices for FTE and student employees. Other duties include soil/compost preparation, shrub/plant installation and removal, identifying pests and diseases, edging, cleaning out, mulching, maintaining tools, monitoring irrigation, assessing conditions, and recommending adjustments to the Supervisor or Irrigation Manager. Maintain accurate records of bed applications throughout the growing season. Recommend or complete special projects by improving landscape areas in conjunction with Supervisor and Maintenance Manager. Identify problem beds and recommend action needed to correct problems.
  • Maintain assigned tools and equipment and communicate and accurately describe issues/problems.

  • Chip in to a safe working environment for self, employees, co-workers and the public. Adhere to all Federal, State, Local, and Department safety guidelines, including any concerning chemical applications or release of bio-controls. Report unsafe conditions or accidents to supervisors or Operations Control Center. Attend and participate in safety trainings. Review and be familiar with the Outdoor Services safety manual and ensure staff comply in the same manner. Follow Colorado Department of Agriculture guidelines and CU Boulder policies. Follow pesticide storage guidelines. Advise applicators assisting with chemical applications on appropriate safety measures.

Conduct Snow Removal
  • Perform mechanical, hand shoveling and ice abatement operations. Remove snow and conduct ice abatement for sidewalks, stairs, bus stops, curb cuts, paved trails, parking lots and ADA ramps using powered equipment or manual methods. This position is designated Essential Services and is expected to respond to perform snow removal as required based on university needs and activities.

Perform General Landscape Maintenance Activities
  • May assist with and lead projects such as manual weeding of rock beds, mulch beds, annual/perennial beds, pruning, mowing, string trimming, sidewalk edging, rough mowing, native area management, noxious weed management, trash removal, drainage corrections, irrigation, tree care, turf management, building entry/loading dock maintenance, graffiti removal, hardscape and outdoor furniture assets maintenance and installations, and support other grounds maintenance activities/assignments. May assist Campus Arborist work activities.
What You Should Know
  • These positions are eligible for our Facilities Management Employee Referral Program.
  • These in-person positions will work five (5) eight-hour days per week M-F, between the hours of 6:00 am and 5:00 pm, based on staffing requirements of the Department.
  • Some duties may require adjusted work schedules including off-set work hours and weekends.
  • These positions will be stationed on either East or Main campus.
What We Can Offer

The salary for this role is $43,896 annually.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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Be adaptable. Be innovative. Be Boulder.

What We Require
  • Must obtain and maintain a Colorado Department of Agriculture Certified Operators License or higher with categories 207 (Ornamental Pest Control) within 12 months of hire or possess one currently.
  • Two years of increasingly responsible grounds care and maintenance, greenhouse, or plant nursery general labor work experience appropriate to the job assignment.
  • Must have a valid Colorado driver's license.
  • Must be a Colorado resident to apply.
What You Will Need
The ability to work independently and in a team setting.

What We Would Like You to Have
  • Knowledge of horticulture and landscape management experience highly desirable.
  • Crew/Lead Worker experience also highly desirable.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume. Must include date ranges and whether full-time or part-time work.
  2. Optional : A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.
  3. DD-214 for veteran applicants. Qualified veterans are eligible for veteran preference points within the State classified system. If you are a veteran and would like to have your DD214 evaluated to determine your eligibility for preference points, please attach a copy of your DD214 to this posting. If you do not wish to upload a DD214, please email a copy to or send it via fax at 303-492-4693 and reference the job to which you are applying.
  4. If using the educational substitution for experience: proof of degree or transcripts.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by June 4, 2024 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Select here for additional information regarding Classified Staff positions:

Essential Services

This position is designated “essential services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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