Resource Specialist I
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.
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.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Receives general supervision from the Open Lands Program Manager.
- Exercises indirect supervision over professional, technical, and clerical staff as assigned.
- Assist Program Manager Open Lands in identifying and developing acquisition priorities, management opportunities, and constraints for open land, park, and trail acquisitions, and in evaluating lands acquired through the Open Lands Program in order to develop land management recommendations and guidelines.
- 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, plan, and coordinate programs and projects in the areas of resource management, historic preservation, reclamation, and land use; develop and coordinate a resource management team that will advise and contribute specific resource expertise to the management plan development process.
- 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.
- Perform 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.
- 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.
- Monitor conservation easements and leases on open lands; conduct annual inspections for compliance with easement agreements.
- 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.
- 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.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
- Ecology, ecological principles, on the ground vegetation management techniques, and practices including native plant revegetation.
- Extensive proven 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.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- No experience to two years of experience in directly related planning, property, open land management, natural resources management, or in the performance of similar duties.
- Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in natural resources, ecology, environmental sciences, rangeland management, or other related degree.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.