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.
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The Natural Resources Director:
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.
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.