Natural Resources Senior Specialist-Plant Ecologist

JEFFERSON COUNTY Open Space invites applications for the position of Natural Resources Senior Specialist – Plant Ecologist

SALARY:                $24.17 – $30.21 Hourly

CLOSING DATE: 06/07/17 06:00 PM


Are you seeking more than a paycheck on your new adventure? Then Jefferson County wants to bring to your attention to a position that we currently have open here in the County. If you’re a plant ecologist with proven experience in applied conservation and land management, Jefferson County Open Space is currently hiring a Senior Natural Resources Specialist to join our Natural Resources Team. This position provides you the opportunity to work for a county that thrives on working collaboratively and overcoming challenges. We are seeking a game changer, someone that loves what they do and is motivated to share their knowledge with those that they work with.


Collect, analyze, and disseminate natural resource data and information with a focus on vegetation ecology, conservation, and management. Prepare vegetation management plans based on sound scientific and biological principles. Lead or assist with vegetation inventory and monitoring. Complete various reports that detail past, current and future needs to ensure best management practices are followed. Operate specialized equipment, hand tools, and data collection devices in the performance of vegetation assessment and management, inventory and monitoring of natural resources, invasive species management, and related work. Train staff and volunteers. Provide public outreach and communicate with other work units, departments and agencies. Provide supervision of Natural Resources Specialists, Natural Resources Technicians, and volunteers. Collaborate with agencies, consultants, universities, and NGOs.



  • Natural resource assessment/management – Plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate vegetation assessments and management prescriptions on county-owned properties, with an emphasis on special-status species and associated communities. Lead or assist with inventory and monitoring. Coordinate with stakeholders regarding key vegetation conservation and management issues, and translate such issues into JCOS management frameworks. Stay up-to-date on relevant scientific literature, and assist in preparing peer-reviewed and outreach publications. Demonstrate willingness to develop new skills and experience regarding additional taxa outside of core areas of expertise. Assist with developing and implementing habitat restoration plans. May assist with invasive species management, including the operation and maintenance of equipment and tools such as backpack sprayers, UTV-mounted sprayers, etc.
  • Supervision – Provide field and office supervision of Natural Resource Specialists, Technicians, and volunteers. Interview candidates and make recommendations for hiring permanent and temporary Natural Resources positions. Provide input for disciplinary actions or termination of permanent and temporary employees. Assign, direct and supervise activities of assigned volunteer program staff. Assist and advise subordinates, as necessary, including assigning, scheduling, and submitting such records and reports as required. Train new employees on safe operation and maintenance of equipment and tools.
  • Administration – Identify project tasks and resource requirements. Manage day-to-day operational aspects of projects, including budgets, contractors, and collaborators. Evaluate, purchase and maintain equipment and supplies necessary for projects. Manage time accounting records and provide reports for supervisors and managers. Track purchases using a database. Lead or assist with development and management of grants and contracts in collaboration with other Open Space staff and work units. Assist with monitoring budgets, contractors, and collaborators.
  • Public outreach/engagement – Provide training for volunteer projects in collaboration with other Open Space staff. Assist with coordinating necessary public information signs as needed for vegetation conservation/management and other resource management activities. Participate in public meetings as needed. Assist Lookout Mountain Nature Center with natural resource outreach information, both personal and non-personal. Provide information and participate when requested for Open Space Advisory Committee and various stakeholder groups. Interact with park neighbors and on-site park visitors concerning vegetation conservation/management and other natural resource management activities. Engage with media in collaboration with other Open Space staff and work units. Contribute and maintain vegetation-related content on JCOS webpage.
  • Planning – Lead development and implementation of vegetation conservation/management plans, likely in coordination with state and federal agencies, universities, consultants, and NGOs. Participate as member or team leader of park and regional management planning teams, collaborating as needed with other Open Space staff and work units. Participate as member of and/or lead teams implementing action items related to park and regional management plans. Lead or assist with inter-agency (e.g., Colorado Parks and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and other inter-organizational (e.g., Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Denver Botanical Gardens) collaboration.


Requires a Bachelor’s degree in plant biology, ecology, natural resources management or a closely related field and a minimum of 3 years of work-related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred: M.S. degree, 5+ years of vegetation conservation/management experience including experience with inventory/monitoring and special-status species; experience with Colorado Front Range vegetation; experience developing and implementing vegetation conservation/management plans; and, Department of Agriculture Qualified Supervisor License.


A post offer pre-employment physical will be required. Must have a valid driver’s license, if you are from out of state, you must have a valid Colorado driver’s license within 30 days of hire date, and you must not have any major violations DUI, DWI, DWAI conviction.



100 Jefferson County Parkway, #4530 (303-271-8400)

(303) 271-8400   An Equal Opportunity Employer

About Jefferson County:

A career with Jefferson County Government offers the best candidates career growth and a diverse workforce. More than a paycheck, your job enriches the lives of the citizens of Jefferson County. Jefferson County is a major stop along RTD’s Light Rail West Line.

Living and working in Jefferson County offers the quintessential Colorado lifestyle sought after by many. Residents enjoy easy access to mountain activities such as hiking, skiing and rafting, while also being able to take advantage of the eclectic amenities offered by the greater metropolitan Denver area.

Located at the heart of the foothills of Golden, city life, bike paths, hiking and adventure are just a step away. When you’re ready to learn, grow, and make a contribution to your community, find your career with us