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Fund Development & Special Projects Spec

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


Performs professional and technical natural resource fund raising, planning, management, and services related to the acquisition, development and stewardship of land for parks, open space, and trail projects. Oversees development of land management plans and inventories for proper stewardship of open lands and parks as well as the design and coordination of regional trails.


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 Manager.
  • Exercises direct supervision over the Open Lands Department Specialist and indirect supervision over professional, technical, and clerical staff and volunteers as assigned.
  • Assist Open Lands Program Manager in identifying and developing acquisition priorities, management opportunities, and constraints for open land, park, and regional trail acquisitions, and in evaluating lands acquired through the Open Lands Program in order to develop land management recommendations and guidelines.
  • Conduct research and prepare, submit, and monitor proposals for grant funding, in coordination with the Program Manager Open Lands; coordinate grant and/or contract administration with department administrative staff and other agencies, as appropriate.
  • Review land development proposals for coordination with Open Lands Program goals; identify opportunities for furthering Open Lands Program goals including such possibilities as open space or trail dedications, fees in lieu of land dedication, or regional park/open space impact fees; negotiate development terms between developer and the Open Lands Program.
  • Conduct research for review, development, and implementation of the open space, trails, and elements of the Larimer County Open Lands Master Plan, other related plans, and supporting land use regulations. 
  • Integrate information into existing management and master plans.
  • Serve as Park Fee Administrator for collection of park fees in lieu of parkland developments.
  • Consult and coordinate with other agencies, departments, land trusts, and volunteer organizations regarding special projects and issues of mutual interest.
  • Project manager for development and update of Open Lands planning, including master plans, management plans, and other complex and controversial planning processes.
  • Responsible for developing significant financial resources to leverage Department funds.
  • Act as a resource and/or grant reviewer for partnering agencies (both internal and external) on successful grant writing techniques and methods.
  • Identify and cultivate opportunities for fund development from organizations, agencies and private donors and/or corporations and foundations for department-wide projects relating to the acquisition, maintenance and management of open space and parks.
  • Research, strategize, and develop proposals for grant, foundation, and corporate funding for department-wide projects relating to the acquisition, maintenance, and management of open space and parks.
  • Responsible for grant and/or contract administration and to meet grant due diligence requirements, coordinating with department staff and partnering agencies as necessary.
  • Handle inquiries from the public regarding open space acquisitions, parks, trails, or other open lands issues as needed.
  • Attend Open Lands Board, Planning, BOCC, and other meetings and area or task force groups as required; make presentations to these groups as requested.
  • Coordinate, manage, assign, track, and evaluate progress of individual projects and provide reports as necessary.
  • Assist the Program Manager Open Lands in analyzing open space and regional park fee programs when appropriate and in developing policy recommendations to the department management team.
  • Develop yearly work plans and provide input to setting objectives and priorities for Department activities.
  • Serve as the back up for the Open Lands Program as needed in coordinating with other agencies on matters related to the acquisition, planning, preservation, and management of open space, regional parks, and trails including regional and local planning committees, land trusts, and state and federal agencies.
  • In conjunction with the Program Manager Open Lands, work with Larimer County cities, towns, and park districts in areas of joint venture and attributable share of funds.
  • Assist the Program Manager Open Lands in setting annual Open Lands Program goals, objectives, strategic plans, and annual budget.
  • Directly and indirectly supervise technical and clerical staff including Department Specialist, limited term employees, and interns for the Open Lands Program as required including coordination of various teams and task forces such as the, Technical Advisory Groups, and open space management activity teams.
  • Act as a resource or expert in natural resource management, planning, and implementation for the Department and for the Division as assigned.
  • Assist with facility design and development projects including oversight of requests for proposals, interviewing and hiring consultants and contractors, coordinating design and planning consultant teams, and managing development budgets.
  • In conjunction with the Larimer County Land Agent, assist the Program Manager Open Lands in developing alternative financial and protection scenarios for proposed purchases including researching tax issues and performing financial analysis.
  • Manage the Department GIS/GPS data and databases, information, and projects; develop and oversee mapping and related activities.
  • Develop policies, systems, and procedures for the Parks and Open Lands Department.
  • Research and analyze long term financing options for the open space sales tax and for resource management plans for open lands.
  • Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Ecology, ecological principles, on the ground vegetation management techniques, and practices including native plant revegetation.
  • Extensive knowledge of western native plant species (including rare species and communities), their conservation needs, and ecosystem process.
  • Larimer County real property records.
  •  Basic knowledge of Colorado water law and water rights.
  • Larimer County land use regulations.
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to assigned area.
  • GIS applications, mapping, and uses.
  • Routine software and business applications including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases.
  • Make recommendations and decisions for holistic, ecological, and sustainable land management practices.
  • Commit to providing effective and efficient customer service to the public and to co-workers.
  • Demonstrate sense of fairness, honesty, practicality, and long- range vision.
  • Adapt appropriately to particular circumstances and handle stress effectively.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Write and review grant proposals.
  • Extensive knowledge of Colorado flora and fauna, vegetation communities, grazing management, and holistic ecological and adaptive sustainable land management practices.
  • Budget management and resource allocation according to governmental standards and procedures.
  • Supervisory principles, procedures, and methods including selection, training, discipline, and evaluation.
  • Natural resources planning and land use management including principles of reserve design and conservation biology.
  • Methods of effective leadership
  • Group process, group dynamics, meeting facilitation, negotiation, mediation, and group problem solving principles and techniques.
  • Facilitate public and working group meetings effectively and to positive outcomes and to solicit citizen input in planning processes on complex and controversial subjects.
  • Effectively perform complex and controversial management planning functions and strategize effective public processes.
  • Supervise and mentor professional and support staff in a productive and positive manner.
  • Act as an official representative of the County in a professional manner with local, state, and national agencies and organizations.
  • Negotiate and manage contracts for service.
  • Perform effective public speaking to groups of varied interests and backgrounds.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.


  • Four years of advanced experience in a directly related field or in the performance of similar duties and responsibilities with little direct supervision.
  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Natural Resources Management, Ecology, Project Management, Public Facilitation, and methods of Field Biology.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.


Background Image: Changing Aspen Leaves in Rocky Mountain National Park by Jeremy Hollis. All rights reserved.