City of Bloomington

It is Parks & Recreation’s mission is to enrich the quality of life for our community.

The Horticulturist is responsible for performing highly skilled work in planning, design, and maintenance of landscape areas in the parks and green spaces. Work involves the planning and design of landscaped areas, including flower beds for the Zoo, parks, boulevards, golf courses, parking lots, etc. Work involves the organization, supervision, and maintenance of assigned areas and crews. Responsibilities include the supervision of both full and part-time staff and coordination with other City departments and committees.

Work is performed under technical independence under the general supervision of the Asst. Superintendent of Parks or the Superintendent of Parks within broadly established policies and procedural requirements. Work is reviewed through reports prepared, periodic or incidental inspections of jobs or upon completion to insure completion in accordance desired results.


Graduation from college or vocational school with special emphasis in horticulture, arboriculture, lawn maintenance and/or landscape design or an equivalent combination of experience and training which would provide the following knowledge, skill and ability. Experience preferred in the supervision of personnel and total implementation of beautification efforts from drawing board to completion.

Certificates and Licenses:

Possession and maintenance of a valid Illinois Class B Commercial Driver’s License with air brake endorsement. Possession of a valid State of Illinois Urban Pesticides Applicator’s License.

Physical Requirements / Working Conditions: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

· Traveling to in-town work sites and the ability to walk/work in variety of natural and altered ground surfaces which may be uneven, wet or slippery or sloped.

· Ability to sit/drive vehicles or equipment.

· Ability to stand or walk for extended periods of time.

· Ability to enter, exit and safely operate motorized equipment.

· Ability to attending occasional training as required

For more information, contact:

Lindsey Denny