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Program Manager Open Lands

Min Hourly Max Hourly Min Monthly Max Monthly Min Salary Max Salary
$31.33 $43.86 $5,430.43 $7,602.25 $65,170.00 $91,238.00


Manages and administers assigned sections of the Open Lands Program, as a member of the Department of Natural Resources senior management team and as lead of the acquisition team, under the direction of the Natural Resources Director. Performs professional and technical fund development and public outreach services related to the acquisitions of land, water, and other real property for parks, open space, and trail projects. Designs, develops, and initiates public relations, education, and outreach materials and events.


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 Natural Resources Director.
  • Exercises direct or indirect supervision over the Education Specialist, Volunteer Coordinator, Resource Technicians, Land Agents and other professional, technical, clerical, or volunteer staff of the Open Lands Program and the Department of Natural Resources as needed.
  • Assign, direct and supervise activities of assigned staff, ensuring adherence to established policies, procedures and standards. Administer or make recommendations for routine personnel matters affecting subordinates, including recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, assigning work, scheduling work hours, granting leave, appraising performance, disciplining and submitting such records and reports as required by County policies and procedures.
  • Participate as a member of the departmental senior management team in setting annual department goals, objectives and priorities, developing and implementing policies and procedures, and developing the annual budget.
  • Project manager for development and/or update of Departmental master plans and strategic plans. Includes interviewing, hiring and managing consultants and contractors.
  • With oversight from the Director, participate in the development of alternative financial and protection scenarios for proposed purchases including assisting in researching tax issues and performing financial analysis.
  • With oversight from the Director, participate in the research and analyze of long term financing options for the open space sales tax. Coordinate with citizen groups, city and town representatives, and the Open Lands Advisory Board in making recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for future tax structures.
  • With oversight from the Director, track relevant state and federal legislative activity and assess potential impacts to the Department of Natural Resources. Work within County guidelines on taking an official position on proposed legislation and present that position to the Board of County Commissioners for approval. Testify at State congressional hearings as needed.
  • Research, identify and cultivate opportunities for fund development from organizations, agencies, and private donors and/or corporations and foundations.
  • Responsible for grant and/or contract administration and due diligence with department staff and other funding agencies.
  • Research, analyze, implement, and evaluate various public outreach and education tools, techniques, and methods to heighten the profile, knowledge, and awareness of the Open Lands Program and the DNR.
  • Cultivate relationships with professionals, current and potential grantors, media, and the general public to enhance awareness, credibility, knowledge, and support for the Open Lands Program and the DNR.
  • Plan, organize, and implement educational sessions for professionals in related fields for continuing education credits; plan, organize, and implement educational sessions for landowners and the general public.
  • Manage and oversee the environmental education and volunteer components of the Department of Natural Resources including the Volunteer Naturalist Program. Oversee the Small Grants for Community Partnering Program.
  • Oversee and act as primary contact for the Colorado Open Space Alliance (COSA), a statewide organization of open space programs and its Steering Committee; manage and organize a networking list serve, web site, and annual statewide conference.
  • Manage and oversee information to the public including Annual Reports, web site materials, and other promotional and educational materials such as brochures, flyers, display boards, maps, photos, and presentations.
  • Identify opportunities and develop proposals for recognition awards to enhance the credibility and profile of the Open Lands Program and the Department of Natural Resources.
  • Research, analyze and synthesize such information or data as business trends, market values, revenue sources, relevant laws, requests from individuals and groups, and the present and future proposed needs of the county and the public to make recommendations and projections for land acquisition and utilization. Develop alternatives to proposed purchases. This may include consideration of the impact of the acquisition in regard to the Larimer County Parks Master Plan, the Open Lands Master Plan, area concerns, County Commissioner priorities, cities' priorities, and departmental goals.
  • In coordination with professional consultants, assist in scientific research and analysis of open space entry fee programs, economic analyses of open space, and other studies when appropriate.
  • Act as the Departmental liaison to the Open Lands Advisory Board, as assigned by the Director.
  • Lead the acquisition team in identifying acquisition priorities and evaluating lands acquired through the County open lands program to develop land management stewardship recommendations and guidelines. Acquires real property interests including water rights, leases, conservation easements, trail rights-of-way, land trades, development rights and fee title to open lands for the County, in cooperation with Larimer County cities, park and recreation districts, and private parties.
  • Communicate effectively with the public, County personnel, property owners, and other entities on politically sensitive, controversial, and/or complex issues; communicate courteously and responsibly.
  • Provide effective and efficient customer service to the public and to co-workers; demonstrate a sense of fairness, honesty, practicality, and long-range visions.
  • Handle inquiries from the public regarding open space acquisitions, trails, events and meetings, or other open lands issues.
  • Coordinate and supervise professional, technical, clerical, and volunteer staff as assigned for the Open Lands Program and DNR.
  • Assist in setting annual Open Lands Program goals, objectives, and strategic plans.
  • Organize and coordinate project site visits for staff, the Open Lands Advisory Board, the Board of County Commissioners, the public, and the media.
  • Represent the department as needed in coordinating with other agencies on matters related to the implementation of the Larimer County Parks Master Plan and/or Open Lands Master Plan, acquisition, planning, preservation, and management of open space, regional parks, and trails including regional and local planning committees, land trust, and state and federal agencies.
  • Coordinate, manage, assign, track, and evaluate progress of individual or special projects and provide reports as necessary.
  • Develop, prepare, and administer assigned section of the open lands program budget, including the recommendation of annual goals and objectives and calculation of cost estimates; monitor and control the budgets for open lands program functions.
  • Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Budget management and resource allocation according to governmental standards and procedures.
  • Supervisory principles, procedures and methods including selection, training, discipline and evaluation.
  • Methods of effective leadership and management.
  • Negotiate and maintain contracts for service.
  • Group process and group dynamics, meeting facilitation, negotiation, mediation, and group problem solving principles and techniques.
  • Principles and practices of public relations and public process.
  • Grant Writing and fund development processes and procedures.
  • Natural resource and wildlife conservation, outdoor recreation, land conservation, and management principles.
  • Event planning and organization.
  • Basic principles of interpretive program and planning.
  • Principles of marketing and design of marketing materials.
  • Routine software and business applications including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases.
  • 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 groups of varied interests and backgrounds.
  • Write and review grant proposals.
  • 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.
  • Three years of experience in a directly related field or in the performance of similar duties and responsibilities.
  • a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Public Relations, Marketing, Natural Resources, or a related field.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.No other information.

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