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Community Relations Specialist

Min Hourly Max Hourly Min Monthly Max Monthly Min Salary Max Salary
$24.48 $34.28 $4,243.12 $5,941.75 $50,926.00 $71,297.00


Assists with the management of the Department of Natural Resources public engagement and community relations as well as management of the volunteer and education programs.  Performs professional and technical public outreach services related to the acquisitions and management of lands, water, and any other real property for parks, open space and trails projects. Designs, develops, and initiates public relations, education, and outreach media and events, as well as education and interpretive plans for Department of Natural Resources properties.


The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.

  • Receives general supervision from the Open Lands Program Manger.
  • Exercises direct supervision over Volunteer Coordinator, Education and Volunteer Program for Department of Natural Resources.
  • Manage and oversee Volunteer Program for Department of Natural Resources including individual volunteers, volunteer groups (business and community groups) interns, and adopter programs.
  • Manage and oversee education and outreach programs for Department of Natural Resources including volunteer naturalist program, campground programs, school field trip programs, special request programs and public tours. 
  • Work with senior management team to develop and implement consistent department wide messages and communication with internal and external audiences.
  • Develop and implement education plans for Department of Natural Resources properties including interpretive media, wild zones/playscapes and site design characteristics. Provide content for education portions of property management plans
  • Expands and heightens public awareness of Department of Natural Resources through targeted outreach events and award opportunities.
  • Build community relations with presentations on behalf of department.
  • Create media for education and outreach efforts, video, brochures, annual reports, website, social media and other materials.
  • Create and implement department-wide design standards for media including specifications of media for consistency.
    Select contractors for research, writing, design, and graphics for educational and outreach media and materials.
  • Develop relationships within community for partnerships and sponsorship of events.
  • Coordinate events (Northern Colorado Birding Fair, Grand Openings) and implement new departmental special events as needed.
  • Track and assess all department outreach efforts and QR codes and coordinate the departmental Outreach Forum.
  • Manage department social media pages (Facebook, Twitter) and participate in web team.
  • Participate in community natural resource education and outreach organizations.
  • Develop and coordinate natural resource training programs for staff, volunteers, and the public at large.
  • Plan and participate in public outreach events including public tours, dedications, and community festivals.
  • Assist in grant writing and due diligence as needed for the Education Program.
  • Assist in volunteer recognition events and new volunteer orientation trainings.
  • Serve on Public Works Division communications team.
  • Undertake special projects and other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Principles and practices of public relations and public process.
    Natural resource and wildlife conservation, outdoor recreation, land conservation, and management principles.
  • Event planning and organization.
  • Basic principles of interpretive programming and planning.
  • Principles of marketing and design of marketing materials.
  • Basic graphic design and video editing software packages
  • Act as an official representative of the County in a professional manner with local, state, and national agencies and organizations.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Perform effective public speaking to diverse audiences.
  • Supervise and mentor professional and support staff in a productive and positive manner.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
  • Local plant and animal communities, conservation biology, threatened and endangered species, and natural ecosystem processes.
  • Basic principles of Volunteer management.
  • Strategies and designs of effective training and development programming.
  • Various computer software applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access, as well as desktop publishing software.
  • Develop and modify work procedures, methods, and processes to improve efficiency.
  • Effectively organize and coordinate complex scheduling of simultaneous projects and/or programs at multiple locations and with numerous volunteers.
  • Perform duties independently without close supervision.
  • Work some evenings and weekends.


  • Three years of experience in a directly related field or in the performance of similar duties and responsibilities.
  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Public Relations, Marketing, Natural Resources, Environmental Communications or a related field.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.

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