Technical Services Librarian

Denver Botanic Gardens


Application Deadline

Open Until Filled


$25.00 to $28.51 per Hour   Calculate


Denver, CO





Minimum Education

Bachelor's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience

Not Required

Type of Library


This job is more than 3 weeks old or the application deadline has passed.

Job Description

Performs technical services activities including but not limited to cataloging, classification, and physical maintenance of the circulating, rare books, and special collections. This position has required public service duties including but not limited to opening and closing the library, circulation, outreach, and reference. In addition, the Librarian works on assigned projects, supervises volunteers, and maintains library services for all audiences. 

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Takes a lead role in managing the existing and on-going access, cataloging, discoverability, and exhibition of main, rare books,      and special collections, both physical and electronic.
  • Consistently and accurately performs cataloging and technical services functions including but not limited to cataloging and classifying library materials in accordance with national standards, guidelines and systems.
  • Catalogs and cares for rare books and special collections.
  • Provides copy and original cataloging in multiple formats.
  • Participates in ongoing and project-based initiatives to refine the library catalog, including but not limited to, legacy editing issues, updating outdated subject headings, creating new collection level records, etc.
  • Explores new technologies, develop standards, policies, and procedures; and manage new and evolving projects.
  • Serves as the library database manager and authority on cataloging issues.
  • Coordinates technical services operations with other library services and functions.
  • Communicates with librarians regarding technical services, including, but not limited to, proper procedures, changes to policies, and processing materials.
  • Evaluates the use of bibliographic maintenance standards and authorities.
  • Performs circulation duties and provides reference services to patrons in person, by telephone, and electronically.
  • Autonomously opens and closes the library in a punctual manner.
  • Reviews potential materials for acquisition and contributes to acquisition and collection development efforts.
  • Trains and supervise volunteers and interns; makes job assignments and verifies that assignments are carried out properly.
  • Acts as liaison to vendors as assigned.
  • Assists in developing programming, displays, and other educational tools.  Assist with special events or programs that involve the library.
  • Assists with management of serials subscriptions, check-ins, and claims.
  • Contributes to book reviews, blog and social media posts, and other education/outreach efforts.
  • Works with all departments to assure highest quality experience for all Denver Botanic Gardens visitors.
  • Maintains satisfactory working relationships with managers, co-workers and others.
  • Maintains a positive, helpful and solution-oriented demeanor when responding to or serving members and visitors.
  • Regular attendance at the worksite may be required.  As with all positions at the Gardens, the incumbent must be in good performance standing to be eligible for remote work.  Remote work is at the discretion of management at all times.


Position Qualifications:  Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional and scientific journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, staff, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
  • Must be able to maintain accurate records, files and schedules requiring extensive attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of and experiences with rare books and special collections is desirable. Knowledge of horticultural, botanical, and gardening topics is not required.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, procedure manuals, and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Must have proven excellent customer service, interpersonal, and communication skills in dealing with the public.
  • Ability to maintain stability under pressure and able to deal well with stressful situations.
  • Ability to be flexible and willing to modify plans when necessary, throughout the day.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends and/or holidays.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Suite products, specifically Word, Excel and Outlook and Teams.
  • Ability to work overtime as necessary.
  • Must be a positive representative of DBG both internally and externally at all times.
  • Must work with respect and cooperation at all times with fellow employees and the public.
  • Must be committed to working safely at all times.
  • All Gardens employees must be committed to the mission of connecting people with plants, especially plants from the Rocky Mountain region and similar regions around the world, providing delight and enlightenment to everyone.
  • Experience/Education:
  • Prior knowledge and previous experience is required, including a Master's degree or equivalent.
  • Preferably an MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution and at least one year working in a library setting and operating library system software; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • The position requires demonstrated knowledge, skill and ability as a cataloger. Strong organizational and customer service skills are required.


  • Bachelors degree and/or combination of education and equivalent experience is required.
  • Preferably an MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution and at least one year working in a library setting and operating library system software; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


  • Effective immediately, Denver Botanic Gardens will require new employees to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or request a variance for medical or religious reasons (please contact Human Resources for the necessary forms if you wish to apply for an exemption).  Please provide proof of your vaccination to orientation.

Benefits & Additional Compensation Info

Denver Botanic Gardens has an incredible benefits package for eligible employees!

Our major benefits include a choice of Medical Plans, a Dental and Vision Plan and Life Insurance Plan. We have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and a Healthcare Spending Account (HSA).

The Gardens offers a generous Retirement Savings Plan with Company contribution of 6% after one year of service for eligible participants.

The Gardens also offers paid holidays, vacation, sick time and access to personal lines of insurance. Additional benefits include short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and an RTD ECO pass.

For eligible employees, The Gardens employment also includes a complimentary Denver Botanic Gardens Membership, access to Gardens education classes and summer concert tickets.

Come work for a place that offers you SO much more than just a paycheck!

The Community

About Denver Botanic Gardens: Green inside and out, Denver Botanic Gardens was founded in 1951 and is considered one of the top botanical gardens in the United States and a pioneer in water conservation. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, The Gardens has a robust living plant collection, natural history collection and art collection along with temporary art exhibitions. The Gardens is a dynamic, 24-acre urban oasis in the heart of the city, offering unforgettable opportunities to flourish with unique garden experiences for the whole family – as well as world-class exhibitions, education, and plant conservation research programs. 

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Posted Aug 23, 2022