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Careers at Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens is more than just a place to work; we are a community of individuals driven by a shared passion for connecting people with plants. As a living museum, our initiatives make an impact locally, nationally and around the globe. We are always seeking people who support our four core values – transformation, relevance, diversity and sustainability – through outreach, collaboration and education.

You don’t have to be a plant expert to work at Denver Botanic Gardens! Our career opportunities are wide-ranging and cater to various interests and skill sets, including:

  • Horticulture
  • Conservation
  • Art
  • Science
  • Education
  • Customer Service
  • Event Management
  • Operations
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Development

The Gardens offers full-time and part-time positions, seasonal employment, internships and on-call positions for short-term, temporary assignments. We strive to maintain a workplace that is both rewarding and challenging, offering ample opportunities for personal and professional growth.

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Competitive Salaries and Benefits Programs

Working at Denver Botanic Gardens is about so much more than a paycheck, but we know that compensation counts, too. To attract and retain the highest caliber of talent, we offer competitive salaries and have crafted generous benefits programs for eligible employees. Here are some highlights:

For Eligible Full-Time and Part-Time Employees: Benefits At-A-Glance

Medical & Dental Insurance

Denver Botanic Gardens subsidizes a significant portion of the premium for your medical and dental coverage, for you and your eligible family members. You’ll have a choice of plan designs to best meet your family’s needs, and you’ll also have access to a health savings account (HSA) with employer contributions if you choose the high-deductible health plan.

Denver Botanic Gardens offers vacation and sick time to all eligible employees, and you’ll begin accruing time off right after you start. We also observe eight (8) holidays each year, and you’ll have up to four (4) floating holidays to use, too! Last but definitely not least, we also offer up to twelve (12) weeks of paid parental leave to enable eligible employees to care for and bond with the newest members of their family.

Retirement Savings Plan

Saving for your future is something we encourage, and eligible employees are automatically enrolled in Denver Botanic Gardens’ 403(b) plan. We also offer a Roth 403(b) option, and once you’ve been with us for a year, we’ll accelerate your savings by contributing 6% of your salary to the plan.

Educational Assistance

We love supporting employees in growing their careers, and once you’ve been with Denver Botanic Gardens for six (6) months, we’ll reimburse 90% of your qualified educational expenses, up to $5,250 each year. We also have a scholarship program for creative professional experiences that foster professional development and personal learning opportunities.

RTD EcoPass

You’ll have a free EcoPass for unlimited rides on buses and trains, great for getting you to work or wherever life takes you.

Membership and Discounts

As an employee of Denver Botanic Gardens, you’ll receive a free Friends & Family membership, as well as free admission to events such as Blossoms of Light® and limited tickets to the Summer Concert Series. You’ll also enjoy waived or discounted fees for various education programs and other events, along with reciprocal privileges at other SCFD organizations and public gardens across the country.

There are many more benefits programs at Denver Botanic Gardens, including vision, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts and an employee assistance program, to name just a few. Explore our Benefits Guide.


Think you’re a good fit?

Explore our current opportunities and apply today.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Some people are less likely to apply for a job unless they feel they meet every single qualification. At Denver Botanic Gardens, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about a position but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification noted in the description, we still encourage you to apply. At Denver Botanic Gardens, you'll find a supportive and dynamic environment where you can make a meaningful impact while pursuing your passion.

Denver Botanic Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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