• Natural Resources Director

    Job ID
    Position Type
    Full Time - Appointed
    Hiring Pay/Range
    $100,000 - $135,000 DOE
    Closing Date
    Natural Resources
    Reporting Location : Location
  • Overview

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    The Larimer County Natural Resources Department is looking for an enthusiastic and accomplished individual to join our family as our Director.


    The Natural Resources Director plans, organizes, directs, oversees, manages, and reviews programs and activities in the Natural Resources Department including Parks, Open Lands, and Lands Stewardship (Weeds and Forestry). Oversight areas include management, recreation, and development of US Bureau of Reclamation Reservoirs; management and use of allocated Colorado Lottery Funds; acquisition, development, and management of County open spaces and trails; County Weed Control District and Enterprise Fund; and County Forestry. Significant interaction with municipalities, the County Parks Advisory Board, the County Opens Lands Advisory Board, Land Stewardship Advisory Committee, and other agencies to further the Board of County Commissioners' (BOCC) Natural Resources agenda and projects. 

    Click here to see a brochure for this position highlithing some neat features and important information.


    The Natural Resources Director: 

    • Exercises direct and indirect supervision over County Parks operations, maintenance, patrol and construction personnel, County Open Lands acquisition, development, maintenance, and patrol and Land Stewardship (weed and forestry) personnel.
    • Provides highly complex and responsible staff assistance to the Board of County Commissioners and other Commissions and Committees; develops, prepares, and presents recommendations; frequently make presentations to the Board of County Commissioners. .
    • Evaluates the need for and develops plans for Department projects; directs and coordinates planning and formulate bids; acquisition, design, and development of current and future facilities and programs to include trails, open spaces, parks, and natural and historic areas; monitors and oversees contract administration activities.
    • Develops and implements operating policy and procedures and directs and coordinates planning in compliance with County goals and objectives; researches policy issues, drafts and interprets policies; makes recommendations to the Division Director and other County officials when requested; ensures proper implementation of all the policies, orders, resolutions, regulations, budgets, and other programs adopted by the County.
    • Oversees development, implementation, and monitoring of Department budget.
    • May serve as member of various committees, panels, commissions, etc.
    • Oversees and ensures compliance of the Colorado Noxious Weed Act and other relevant laws and policies within the Larimer County Weed Control District; oversees and directs the activities of the Larimer County Weed Enterprise fund to ensure County citizens are assisted regarding vegetation management, weed control, and land stewardship; oversee the County Forestry program to ensure good forestry management; oversees integrated re-vegetation plans and other planning efforts.
    • Oversees and ensures compliance with various Colorado Lottery regulations and restriction.

    Please click here to see the complete job description and physical requirements for this position.

    Interesting Facts About Us:

    The creation, protection, and use of open spaces is an important part of the culture in Larimer County.  Larimer County Natural Resources spaces were first opened for public use in 1954 - five years before the same was done by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.  Today, our staff of 47 full time and 100-130 seasonal employees, manages over 31,000 acres of land and 3,000 acres of water. 


    Across the state, 90% of Coloradoans participate in some form of outdoor recreation - and this is exemplified by Larimer County residents and visitors.  From our 437 designated campsites, we host an average of 50,000 campers annually.  Our staff  maintain 95 miles of hiking trails, and complete over 59,000 boat inspections.    Selling 140,000 daily and 8,500 annual permits in 2016, our estimated visitation was between 650,000 and 1.4 million.  


    In addition to frequently utilizing their open spaces, Larimer County residents have shown overwhelming support for our mission through a 25-year extension of a quarter cent sales tax with an astounding 82% vote.  This tax revenue, projected to be $7,750,000 this year, in combination with 11 additional funding sources allows us to support operations/development and acquisition/restoration projects.


    • Eight (8) years of experience in a directly related field or in the performance of similar duties and responsibilities required.
    • Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Parks Administration, Natural Resource Management or a related field required.
    • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Driver's License.

    An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen. As marijuana is an illegal substance under federal law, testing positive for marijuana (medical or otherwise) or any other substance for which the county tests, will result in the contingent offer of employment being revoked. A successful completion of the drug screen is defined as obtaining a negative result.


    All application components must be submitted by 10:00 PM MT on the closing date listed.


    Employee Benefits

    Click here to view information on Larimer County's Benefits.  


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