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Natural Resource Planner and Ecologist 



Specialist title covers job classes engaged in providing technical support duties for a specialized program; the job requires detailed program knowledge, records management and computer skills, and the ability to understand and apply governing rules and regulations.


Under general supervision, supports the Planning and Outreach Manager with preparing, updating, and designing complex environmental and restoration projects with a special focus on managing the biodiversity aspect of planning implementation and outreach. Also responsible for managing the on-call ecological services consultants. Duties may vary according to job assignment.


Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist in management plan development including, but not limited to, gathering existing natural resource data, managing consultants for additional studies, writing plan content and participating in public meetings.
  • Work directly with outreach staff to educate and disseminate information regarding the natural resource side of the Open Space and Trails program.
  • Prepare and oversee contracts as part of planning efforts.
  • Manage ecological consultants, conducting appropriate studies and managing the implementation of restoration plans and ecological monitoring of Open Space and Trails assets.
  • Work with consultants to accomplish planning goals and objectives; including, budget, tracking task orders, reviewing work product and making sure details are in fulfillment the task order.
  • Ensure implementation plans are created and published in a user friendly format for both contractors and internal staff utilization.
  • Serve as the Open Space and Trails liaison to Natural Resource related cooperative planning efforts and partnerships.
  • Participate in comprehensive regional planning activities to represent environmental and recreational values and concerns.
  • Assist in providing technical assistance to community and special advisory groups; interacts with county boards, county commissioners, public committees, and citizens of Pitkin County.
  • Work with other staff on the creation of content for public outreach, project websites, social media, newsletters, signs and various public awareness campaigns.
  • Supports the relationship between Pitkin County government and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors, and County staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and County information; performs other duties as required or assigned.
  • Maintains regular and reliable attendance.
Position Requirements

Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science/planning, Ecology, Forestry, Biology, Natural Resource management or related field, plus a minimum of two years’ work experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferred 5 years work experience in the above fields or related fields on both the planning side and project implementation side.

Required Licenses or Certifications:

  • Must possess a valid Colorado Driver’s License and acceptable Motor Vehicle Record


Knowledge of:

  • Federal, State, and County policies, procedures, regulations, and guidelines governing purchasing.
  • Principles and practices of general accounting, audit practices, and federal grant administration.
  • Methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis, record keeping, and report preparation.
  • Correct English usage, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary.
  • General office procedures, policies, and practices, as well as basic knowledge of computer equipment.
  • Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up on assignments with a minimal direction.

Knowledge of (Job Class Standard):

  • County policies and procedures.
  • State and federal laws and regulations governing work performed
  • Record keeping and records management rules and standards.

Skill in:

  • Ability to prepare effective written reports and public presentations.
  • Communicate and effectively with diverse groups of people, including the ability to deal courteously with the public and land users.
  • Ability to work within complicated public processes which can involve multiple stakeholders, and competing interests.
  • Apply logical thinking to solve problems or accomplish tasks.
  • Understand, interpret, and communicate policies, procedures, and protocols.
  • Use fact, discretion, initiative, and independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Ability to implement contractual and legal documents.
  • Use a PC with proficiency; Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Apps, Adobe Creative Suite, ArcView GIS

Skill in (Job Class Standard):

  • Handling multiple tasks simultaneously, under pressure, and in emergency and stressful situations.
  • Interacting with people of different social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Following and effectively communicating verbal and written instructions.
  • Utilizing standard personal computer software programs and specialized state and County software.
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.

Physical Demands and Working Environment:

  • Work is performed in a standard office environment, with some exposure to dangerous tools, equipment, machinery, inclement weather conditions, and fumes.
  • Abe to attend evening meetings and work early or late hours as necessary for field work.


$2,345.92 to $2,860.88 biweekly dependent on qualifications.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Natural Resource Planner and Ecologist  
Close Date 1/11/2019  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Location Open Space & Trails  
About the Organization Pitkin County government provides valued and high quality public services supporting the health, safety and well-being of people and the natural environment. Pitkin County is a tobacco-free workplace.

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EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
EEO-4 Job Category None Specified 

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