Natural Resources Director
Plans, organizes, directs, oversees, manages, and reviews programs and activities in the Natural Resources Department including Parks, Open Lands, and Lands Stewardship (Weeds and Forestry). Oversight areas include management, recreation, and development of US Bureau of Reclamation Reservoirs, management and use of allocated Colorado Lottery Funds, acquisition, development, and management of County open spaces and trails, County Weed Control District and Enterprise Fund, and County Forestry. Significant interaction with municipalities, the County Parks Advisory Board, the County Opens Lands Advisory Board, Weed Control District Advisory Committee, and other agencies to further the Board of County Commissioners' (BOCC) Natural Resources agenda and projects.
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.
Knoweldge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Receives general direction from the Public Works Division Director.
- Exercises direct and indirect supervision over County Parks operations, maintenance, patrol and construction personnel, County Open Lands acquisition, development, maintenance, and patrol and Land Stewardship (weed and forestry) personnel.
- Exercise administrative oversight over the Natural Resources Department; develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for Department; plan, organize, direct, and review the overall Program including parks open lands and land stewardship (weeds and forestry).
- Work within the Division to formulate division rules, procedures, and policies; ensure compliance with divisional and all other County rules and regulations within the Department.
- Provide highly complex and responsible staff assistance to the Board of County Commissioners and other Commissions and Committees; develop, prepare, and present recommendations; frequently make presentations to the Board of County Commissioners.
- Assist the Open Lands Advisory Board (OLAB), the Parks Advisory Board (PAB), and the Weed Control District Advisory Committee (WCDAC) in their deliberations and recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners; provide OLAB, PAB, and WCDAC with a variety of reports and information; maintain liaison with a variety of County, district, and city officials, citizens' groups, and state and federal agencies to facilitate exchange of information regarding open space issues; work with a variety of County departments and agencies to provide a broad range of recreational services to County residents.
- Conduct and attend agency meetings including meetings with the US Bureau of Reclamation and Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District.
- Evaluate the need for and develop plans for Department projects; direct and coordinate planning and formulate bids; acquisition, design, and development of current and future facilities and programs to include trails, open spaces, parks, and natural and historic areas; monitor and oversee contract administration activities.
- Assign, direct, and supervise activities of professional, technical, and clerical staff ensuring adherence to established policies, procedures, and standards; evaluate administrative procedures and services; conduct performance reviews.
- Determine and ensure that Department is organized and staffed to provide effective delivery of services; facilitate short and long-term strategic planning; direct and review budget preparation, program results, staffing and personnel issues, and make recommendations for the Department within the Division.
- Develop and implement operating policy and procedures and direct and coordinate planning in compliance with County goals and objectives; research policy issues and draft and interpret policies; make recommendations to the Division Director and other County officials when requested; ensure proper implementation of all the policies, orders, resolutions, regulations, budgets, and other programs adopted by the County.
- Oversee development, implementation, and monitoring of Department budget; forecast the need for additional staff, facilities, supplies and materials; monitor and approve expenditures; maintain responsibility for the accurate and prudent management of the Department Funds.
- Coordinate work activities with other County departments and with outside agencies.
- Present department concerns to the Division Director; perform signature and administrative duties including directing periodic Department Manager's meeting and staff meetings, serve on the Division's Management Team giving input on County-wide issues; and attend hearings and briefings as representative of the Division.
- May serve as member of various committees, panels, commissions, etc., attending meetings at local, state, regional, and national levels and provide input based on expertise and observations, as appropriate; represent the County at a variety of functions on the local, state, and national level.
- Oversee and ensure compliance of the Colorado Noxious Weed Act and other relevant laws and policies within the Larimer County Weed Control District; oversee and direct the activities of the Larimer County Weed Enterprise fund to ensure County citizens are assisted regarding vegetation management, weed control, and land stewardship; oversee the County Forestry program to ensure good forestry management; oversee integrated revegetation plans and other planning efforts.
- Oversee and ensure compliance with various Colorado Lottery regulations and restriction.
- Maintain responsibility for the accurate and prudent management of the Conservation Trust Fund (Lottery) Funds both fund allocation and grants awarded.
- Execute and enforce the compliance with concession leases; apply for and administer federal and state grants; oversee and direct the Park Fee Program; recommend development and adoption of public use regulations.
- Lead and facilitate discussions among various groups including County personnel, users of services, community groups, individual citizens, etc., to assist in determining County needs; assess the political, practical, technical, and non-technical aspects of needs and problems and provide recommendations.
- Coordinate and facilitate meetings with special interest groups which may potentially impact the Department such as the acquisition and/or development of open spaces, development of recreational facilities, scenic corridors, wildlife habitat areas, and special uses; respond to the most difficult visitor complaints and requests for information.
- Attend seminars, conferences, workshops, classes, lectures, etc., as appropriate, to enhance and maintain knowledge of trends and developments in the field; review professional journals, attend association and professional meetings, and otherwise maintain contacts with professionals to facilitate exchange of information and methodologies.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
- Principles, methods, and practices pertaining to the operation of a Natural Resources Department including park and recreation, land stewardship, open space, weed district, and forestry including hiking, camping, fishing, boating, and other recreational opportunities.
- Principles and practices of park and open space planning and development.
- Principals and practices relating to the acquisition, development, and long term maintenance, and operation of a variety of open lands which include wildlife habitat, unique natural resources, agriculture, and public access.
- Technical and legal problems and regulations involved in the conduct of a County Natural Resources program.
- Principles, method, and practices pertaining to the operation of a tax funded Weed District including the Colorado Noxious Weed Act and other relevant regulations.
- Principles, methods, and practices pertaining to the operation of a Weed Enterprise fund.
- Principles, methods, and practices pertaining to the operation of Forestry program including implementation of pest control, stewardship of public land, and forest management.
- Laws and regulations relating to Parks, Open Lands, Weeds, and Forestry.
- Grant application and administration.
- Colorado Lottery regulations and restriction.
- Principles and practices of organization, administration, budget, and personnel management.
- Plan, organize, and direct the activities of staff engaged in a variety of Natural Resources activities.
- Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies.
- Prepare comprehensive and complex technical reports.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
- Supervise and mentor professional and support staff in a productive and positive manner.
- Operate personal computer including related software such as word processing, email, spreadsheets, and databases.
- Attend a variety of evening meetings.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- Eight 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 Parks Administration, Natural Resource Management or a related field.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.