Open Space and Trails Specialist

  • Broomfield CO
  • Broomfield, CO, USA
  • Oct 16, 2020
Full time Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Education - Interpretation Environmental Planning - NEPA Management Outdoor Recreation - Guides- Trails - Wilderness Parks Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description


This full-time non-exempt position is generally scheduled 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday with additional hours as needed.  Position includes excellent benefits; please see the Benefits tab for details.

Hiring Range: $27.20-$33.45 / $56,576-$69,576
Salary Range:$27.20-$39.70/ $56,576-$82,576

The incumbent performs routine to complex support and technical work related to the open space program and trails system.  His/her primary responsibilities include partnership with other employees, departments/divisions, agencies and the public in delivering effective and innovative services related to the City and County's Open Space and Trails function and providing information and assistance to City and County staff and the public.  

The incumbent exemplifies the characteristics of collaborative, innovative and resilient work culture and along with the leadership team, models the appropriate behavior to create and maintain a resilient work culture within the department.

The incumbent provides holistic services to the public by seeking ways to integrate programs or services provided by other departments, divisions, and agencies.  The incumbent works in partnership with other employees, departments/divisions, agencies and the public in delivering effective and innovative services.

Essential Required Tasks/Examples of Duties

The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or peripheral duties that may be required.  The City and County of Broomfield retains the right to modify or change the duties or essential tasks and additional functions of the job at any time.  Examples of duties are not intended to be all-inclusive or restrictive.

Community Volunteer Coordination and Education: 

  • Recruit, train, support, and celebrate volunteers that serve Broomfield by assisting with wildlife coexistence, nature programs, raptor monitoring, organizing fundraising activities, and similar activities. 
  • Maintain volunteer agreements, rosters, schedules, and other supporting documents.
  • Assist with the implementation of open space restoration projects. 

Special Event Coordination:

  • Organize, lead, and attend community events with a variety of departments and volunteers such as the Broomfield Trail Adventure, Kids’ Fishing Derby, Winter Moonlight Walk, Speaker Series, and Brewfest.
  • Manage and inventory supplies for public events. 

Citizen Response:

  • Respond to citizen questions and concerns related to wildlife, open space, trails and related topics. 
  • Conduct and document site visits to review citizen complaints related to wildlife conflicts, particularly coyotes, prairie dogs, and raptors.
  • Assist with documentation of Broomfield code related actions. 


  • Prepare public outreach materials such as posters, social media, website pages, newspaper ads, digital TV ads, email list-serves (Constant Contact), and printed handouts for community events and department projects.
  • Prepare and make presentations to the Open Space and Trails Advisory Committee (OSTAC), a seven-person citizen task force appointed by the City Council. Attend monthly meetings, prepare meeting room,  take minutes, post agendas, and print handouts.
  • Use graphic software such as Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop to prepare maps and other types of graphic material for research projects, budget presentations, and graphics for OSTAC review. 

Policy Planning/Special Project Research:

  • Develop open space, wildlife and trails planning policy and planning documents.
  • Research special interest topics such as wildlife management, sustainability, etc. 
  • Use ArcGIS and related GPS/GIS technology for data collection and mapping locations of open space improvements and wildlife activity.
  • Assist in preparing grant proposals. 

Works under the general direction of the Director of Open Space and Trails and Open Space and Trails Manager.  Meets with Open Space and Trails Manager on a regular basis to establish overall goals and objectives.

Minimum Qualifications

Training - Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in community planning, land use, landscape architecture, environmental policy, wildlife biology, or related field. Masters degree preferred.   

Experience - At least three years experience in research or work experience in planning, land use, landscape architecture, environmental policy, wildlife biology or related field. 


Any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides evidence that the applicant possesses the Necessary Applicant Traits.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: – Must be at least 21 years of age.  Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license and safe driving record for continued employment.  New hires must, as a condition of employment, pass the following pre-offer and post-offer/hire processes: interviews, reference checks, background checks including local police check and sex-offender registry, driving records check through DMV, and fingerprint checks through CBI/FBI.

Working Conditions

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.  The noise level in the environment is usually quiet. Work is generally scheduled Monday through Friday with occasional evening and weekend hours. Time spent in the office versus outdoors varies depending on seasons and the work needs. This position is estimated to work about 70 to 80% in an indoor office environment and 30 to 20% in an outdoor setting.The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk or hear, walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms, and stand. Physical demands are described as sedentary (exert up to 10 lbs. of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body.  Position involves sitting most of the time but may involve walking, hiking, or standing for periods of time). Data entry and other tasks may require sitting at a computer for several hours. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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Salary Range:$27.20-$39.70/ $56,576-$82,576