Program Manager Resource Management
Manages and administers natural resource management of Larimer County parks and/or open lands under, and supervision of, the direction of the Department of Natural Resources Director. Performs professional and technical natural resource planning, management, and services related to the acquisition and stewardship of land for parks, open space, and trail projects. Oversees as project manager the construction of facilities and infrastructure on open space lands, development of land management plans, and inventories for proper stewardship of open lands and parks as well as the design and management of trails. Provides overall direction of the Trails and Projects Program and the Land Stewardship Program including the Weed Control District, Weed Enterprise Fund, and Forestry Program.
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 immediate supervision from the Department of Natural Resources Director.
- Exercises direct supervision over professional Weed Program and Trails and Projects staff and clerical and technical staff as assigned.
- Exercises indirect supervision over professional forestry, clerical, and technical staff as assigned.
- Provide information and makes policy and procedure recommendations to the Director.
- Serve as a member of the department senior management team in setting annual goals and objectives, making policy recommendations, developing and implementing new policies and procedures, assisting to review and resolve internal issues; developing and implementing strategic direction for the organization.
- Coordinate various internal and external County teams and task forces such as the Resource Stewardship Team, Technical Advisory Groups, open space management activity teams, etc.
- Act as a resource or expert in natural resource management planning, and implementation for the Department and for the Division as assigned. Lead resource management activities on open space and park lands, providing resource management expertise in planning, implementation, and monitoring of resource management activities including wildlife, vegetation, hydrologic, and cultural resources.
- Project manager for facility design and development projects including oversight of requests for proposals, interviewing and hiring consultants and contractors, coordinating engineering, design and planning consultant teams, and managing development budgets, development of estimates for costs to perform development, construction, and management projects for parks and/or open lands.
- Project manager for development and update of Open Lands, Parks, and Open Space Master Plans and other complex and controversial planning processes.
- Plan, direct, oversee and supervise the activities of the Larimer County Land Stewardship Program including the Weed Control District to enforce the Colorado Noxious Weed Act in conducting vegetation management activities and the Forestry Program.
- Provide input to the Director for and monitor the Land Stewardship Program, Trails and Projects Program, and specific facility development and resource management projects budgets.
- Assign, direct, and supervise activities of Weed Program and Trails Program 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.
- In cooperation with the Board of County Commissioners, the Open Lands Advisory Board, the Parks Advisory Board, the Director and other managers and staff, participate in identifying acquisition priorities and evaluating lands acquired through the County Open Lands Program, and participate in the development of land management recommendations and guidelines.
- Coordinate, develop, and perform natural and cultural resource inventories and ongoing monitoring of plant and wildlife communities, endangered and threatened species, geologic and historical sites, etc., and integrate information into existing management and master plans and ongoing management activities.
- Oversee monitoring of conservation easements and leases on open lands; conduct annual inspections for compliance with easement agreements.
- Consult and coordinate with other local, state and federal agencies, departments, land trusts, educational institutions, and organizations regarding special projects and issues of mutual interest.
- Conduct research into a variety of complex issues; develop options and alternatives and present recommendations; implement final results.
- Oversee, research, plan, coordinate, and monitor programs and projects in the areas of resource management, historic preservation, revegetation, and land use on park and open space lands; develop and coordinate a resource management team that will advise and contribute specific resource expertise to department resource planning efforts.
- Conduct research for review, development, and implementation of the open space, trails, and environmental resource elements of the Larimer County Open Lands Master Plan, other related plans, and supporting land use regulations.
- Coordinate, manage, assign, track, and evaluate progress of individual projects and provide reports as necessary.
- Manage the Department GIS/GPS data and databases, information, and projects; develop and oversee mapping and related activities.
- May act in the absence of the Director as assigned.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Extensive knowledge of Colorado flora and fauna, vegetation communities, grazing management, and holistic ecological and adaptive sustainable land management practices.
- Ecology, ecological principles, wildlife management, and on-the-ground vegetation management techniques including practices for restoration, invasive plant management, and native plant species management and conservation; natural resources planning and land use management including principles of reserve design and conservation biology.
- Extensive, proven knowledge of western native plant species (including rare species and communities) and their conservation needs and ecosystem process.
- Methods, equipment, and control methods as well as short and long-term monitoring protocols used in vegetation management and weed control programs.
- Thorough knowledge of contemporary PC-based computer systems and software, and GPS/GIS applications and software (including ArcMap 9.0).
- Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations.
- Budget management and resource allocation according to governmental standards and procedures.
- Methods of effective leadership and supervisory principles, procedures, and methods including selection, training, discipline, and evaluation.
- Group process, group dynamics, meeting facilitation, negotiation, mediation, and group problem solving principles and techniques.
- Larimer County land use regulations and real property records.
- Basic knowledge of Colorado water law and water rights.
- 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.
- Represent Larimer County on local, state, and national levels concerning related legislation.
- Communicate clearly and concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing, with a variety of audiences.
- Write and review grant proposals.
- 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.
- Monitor management actions and apply monitoring results for adaptive management practices.
- Maintain appropriate records and reports.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- Five 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.
- A Master's degree is preferred.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.