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Jeffco Open Space offers a variety of opportunities for employment in the following departments. Learn more by stopping by one of our Job Fairs in January. Speak to staff, ask questions, learn about how and when to apply for multiple positions in 2022. 

Job Fairs

January 13 & 20, 5–7 p.m.
Origin Hotel Red Rocks
18485 West Colfax Avenue
Golden, CO 80401



Job Fair promo image, Jan 13 and 20 5-7 pm at Origin Hotel Red Rocks
Job Fair promo image, Jan 13 and 20 5-7 pm at Origin Hotel Red Rocks

Admin

Positions in IT, Accounting, Real Estate, and other more office-related specialties. These roles support daily operations of the JCOS team in different capacities from the computer or in the field. 


Park Construction, Building & Historic Sites

Responsible for the safety of the public through the proper construction and solid maintenance programs of the facilities and structures that Open Space manages. Provide and manage safe, long-lasting facilities.


Natural Resources

The Natural Resources team monitors and controls invasive species, designs and implements forest health and fire mitigation projects, restores degraded ecosystems, and conducts ongoing biological inventory and monitoring throughout the JCOS park system.

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 R-3227 Natural Resources Tech Invasive Species Management, External: 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Operating specialized equipment for herbicide application including UTVs, backpack sprayers, and tractors, as well as additional equipment including but not limited to: 4WD vehicles, chainsaws, and tree chippers 
  • Identifying and distinguishing native and nonnative plants 
  • Collecting field data using equipment such as tablet computers with mobile mapping capabilities, GPS units, and laptop computers 
  • Ensuring all operations are conducted in a safe and efficient manner
  • Additional duties may include installing erosion control items, vegetation inventories, forest management, wildlife surveys, and other activities at peak times during the season 

QUALIFICATIONS  

  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent combination of education and experience on a year-for-year basis.  
  • Up to one year of work-related experience in invasive species management, natural resource management, or related field.

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R-3228 Natural Resources Tech Forest Management, External: 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Operating specialized equipment ranging from hand tools to heavy equipment including, but not limited to chainsaws, tree chipper, rubber-tired skidder, skidsteer, UTVs, and 4WD vehicles 
  • Identifying and distinguishing native and nonnative plants; collecting forest inventory and other field data using equipment such as handheld data loggers, GPS units, laptop computers, and/or tablet computers with mobile mapping capabilities; 
  • Ensuring all operations are conducted in a safe and efficient manner. 
  • Additional duties may include data entry, installing erosion control items, tree pruning, vegetation inventories, wildlife surveys, and other activities at peak times during the season. 

QUALIFICATIONS  

  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent combination of education and experience on a year-for-year basis.  
  • Up to one year of work-related experience in forest management, arboricultural, natural resource management, or related field. 

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Park Rangers

Rangers patrol, engage with visitors and partners, and support general maintenance operations in our parks. Rangers are an important part of our visitor services team and assist with multiple projects, plans, programs, and training to improve visitor safety and resource protection. Our Rangers lead and support emergency response incidents throughout the county and work closely with other first-responder units.

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Please note hiring range for this role is: $50,000-$55,000 USD Annual 

Full Pay Range for job profile: $21.50 - $26.88 - $32.25 USD Hourly 

Compensation will be determined based on education, experience and skills. 

 

Essential Duties: 

  • Work involves protecting visitor safety and natural resources through stewardship contacts, educational contacts, written warnings and penalty assessments (tickets). 

  • Respond to emergencies, including medical and swiftwater emergencies, search and rescue, and wildfire emergencies. 

  • Patrol may be conducted by vehicle, on foot or by bike. 

  • Develop, prepare, and promote educational programs such as the Jr. Ranger Program, Stewardship Program, and/or Look Out Mountain Nature Center programs.  

  • Conduct maintenance operations including snow removal, campground maintenance, restroom cleaning, fence and sign maintenance in Jefferson County Open Space parks. 

  • Ability to work with volunteers including Volunteer Park Patrollers, Park Hosts, and Community Service Volunteers.

  • Other duties as assigned. 

 

Minimal Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor's degree in Outdoor Recreation, Natural Resources Management, Wildlife Management/Biology, Criminal Justice, Public Administration or related field. Applicants lacking a degree can substitute year-for-year work experience. 

  • Minimum of one-year work related experience; previous professional experience as a Park Ranger is preferred. 

  • A combination of experience in park ranger, environmental education, recreation management, natural resources, law enforcement or emergency management will also be considered. 

 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Three or more years' experience as a Park Ranger, Natural Resources, Emergency Response, or closely related field. 

  • Bilingual in Spanish/English 

  • Experience in Hiking and mountain biking 

  • Awareness of current events and management issues in Jeffco Open Space

  • Experience in emergency medical care, Wildland fire experience, and De-escalation experience and or training

  • Experience guiding/managing youth 

 

Skills, qualities and attributes that will lead to success in this role include: 

  • Proactive communication including written and verbal communication skills 

  • Independent and self-motivated; ability to complete tasks without direct supervision 

  • Ability to organize and prioritize competing requests for your time and attention 

  • Excellent people skills that include conflict resolution 


Park Services

The Park Services Team provides clean, safe, and well-maintained parks and amenities. They manage general cleanliness, appearance and safety standards, maintenance and upkeep of all park amenities (restrooms, campgrounds, kiosk, picnic areas, benches, signs), parking lot and entry roads, and provide exceptional customer service.


Trails

The Trails Team builds and manages a sustainable trail network for park visitor access. Trails Team members spend most of their time outdoors performing trail construction and maintenance projects that include erosion control, vegetation management, hand and heavy machine construction, and wood projects such as stairs and fencing.

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Trails Technician - Climbing Trails (8 Month)

Please note hiring range for this role is: $18-$21/hr 
This is a Limited position with a projected start date of 04/04/2022 and projected end date of 11/18/2022  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: 

  • Inventory climbing access routes through out Open Space lands using ESRI field maps. 

  • Work involves maintaining and constructing climbing access trails and landing areas, using hand tools, Grip Hoist highline system and power tools. 

  • Work also involves supervision of volunteer in climbing areas.

  • Serve as Climbing ambassador for Open Space.   


QUALIFICATIONS  

Minimum qualifications:  

  • High school diploma or equivalent  

  • One year of work-related experience  

  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  


Preferred qualifications:  

  • One or more years of specifically trails maintenance/construction  

  • Experience with climbing maintenance/construction.

  • Interest in climbing. 


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 

  • Must be physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment, including skid steer, roller/compactor, water pump, chainsaw and a variety of hand tools and power tools. Requires ability to exert up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 25 pounds of force constantly to move objects. 

  • Must have a valid Colorado driver's license. If you possess an out of state license, you must obtain a valid Colorado driver's license within 30 days of hire date.  

  • Offer of employment contingent on criminal history and motor vehicle record checks 

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Trails Technician - Volunteer (8 Month)

Please note hiring range for this role is: $18-$21/hr  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: 

  • Work involves constructing trails using heavy equipment, hand tools and power tools. 

  • Crew leading and assisting with trail volunteer program.

  • Employee is responsible for maintaining trails, installing erosion control devices and inspecting the trail system. 

  • This position involves snow removal.  

  • Work also involves vegetation control, constructing stairs, tie walls and fencing  


QUALIFICATIONS  

Minimum qualifications:  

  • High school diploma or equivalent  

  • One year of work-related experience  

  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  


Preferred qualifications:  

  • One or more years of specifically trails maintenance/construction  

  • Experience working with volunteers


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 

  • Must be physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment, including skid steer, roller/compactor, water pump, chainsaw and a variety of hand tools and power tools. Requires ability to exert up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 25 pounds of force constantly to move objects. 

  • Must have a valid Colorado driver's license. If you possess an out of state license, you must obtain a valid Colorado driver's license within 30 days of hire date.  

  • Offer of employment contingent on criminal history and motor vehicle record checks 

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Trails Technician (8 month)

Please note hiring range for this role is: $18-$21/hr  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: 

  • Work involves constructing trails using heavy equipment, hand tools and power tools. 

  • Employee is responsible for maintaining trails, installing erosion control devices and inspecting the trail system. 

  • This position involves snow removal.  

  • Work also involves vegetation control, constructing stairs, tie walls and fencing  


QUALIFICATIONS  

Minimum qualifications:  

  • High school diploma or equivalent  

  • One year of work-related experience  

  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  


Preferred qualifications:  

  • One or more years of specifically trails maintenance/construction  

  • Experience with Natural Resources and/or instruction.  

  • Additional course work in Natural Resource Management, Outdoor Recreation, Park Maintenance or related field preferred. 


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 

  • Must be physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment, including skid steer, roller/compactor, water pump, chainsaw and a variety of hand tools and power tools. Requires ability to exert up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 25 pounds of force constantly to move objects. 

  • Must have a valid Colorado driver's license. If you possess an out of state license, you must obtain a valid Colorado driver's license within 30 days of hire date.  

  • Offer of employment contingent on criminal history and motor vehicle record checks 


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Trails Technician (Seasonal/NBE)

Please note hiring range for this role is: $17 hourly 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Work involves constructing trails around heavy equipment, hand tools and power tools.
  • Employee is responsible for maintaining trails, installing erosion control devices and inspecting the trail system.
  • This position involves snow removal.
  • Work also involves vegetation control, constructing stairs, tie walls and fencing.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS


Minimum qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • One year of work-related experience
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Preferred qualifications:

  • One or more years of specifically trails maintenance/construction
  • Experience with Natural Resources and/or instruction.
  • Additional course work in Natural Resource Management, Outdoor Recreation, Park Maintenance or related field preferred.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Must be physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment, including skid steer, roller/compactor, water pump, chainsaw and a variety of hand tools and power tools. Requires ability to exert up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 25 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Must have a valid Colorado driver's license. If you possess an out of state license, you must obtain a valid Colorado driver's license within 30 days of hire date.
  • Offer of employment contingent on criminal history and motor vehicle record checks

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Trail Stewardship Team

Each summer since 1975, Jeffco Open Space has employed County youth between the ages of 14-18 in the management and maintenance of Open Space parks, an experience that develops a positive work and stewardship ethic. The nationally acclaimed Trail Stewardship Team (TST) helps to maintain and improve natural surface trails, mitigate noxious weeds and restore natural areas each summer. The application period for the TST program opens in March each year. Learn more about the Trail Stewardship Team.

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Trail Stewardship Team Crew Lead

The Trail Stewardship Team Crew Leaders will perform administrative and limited supervisory duties in directing day-to-day activities of Trail Stewardship Team Crew Members performing trail maintenance and construction for the Open Space Division.
 
There are eight non-benefited temporary positions available. Individuals will work four 10-hour days per week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7:00AM – 5:00PM. 
The Crew Lead Position has a projected start date of 04/14/2022.
Working dates are listed below: 

Pre-Program Training: 
April 14; 6:30 – 8:00PM  Interview Training

April 16 & 23; 7:00AM – 5:00PM  Crew Member Interviews

June 6 – June 16; Mon – Thurs; 7:00AM – 5:00PM Crew Leader In-Field Training

 Program Dates:
 June 21 – August 4 Mon-Thurs; 7:00AM – 5:00PM

Please note hiring range for this role is: $16 hourly


ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Supervision of trail work performed by a crew consisting of 8-12 youth aged 14-18 years old. 
  • Ensure that safety policies and procedures are communicated and adhered to in order to achieve compliance with established standards.
  • Work will involve walking up to 7 miles a day in extreme weather carrying tools and personal equipment.
  • Document attendance, payroll, and work completion reports of crew daily.
  • Drive a 14 passenger van


QUALIFICATIONS


Minimum qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent supplemented with additional course work in Natural Resource Management, Outdoor Recreation, Park Maintenance or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of one year of experience in youth supervision and/or trail maintenance/construction preferred.
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Preferred qualifications:

  • Strong time management and communication skills
  • A passion for positive youth development
  • Must be physically able to operate a variety of equipment, including trucks, 14-passenger vans, and basic trail tools.  
  • Requires ability to exert up to 75 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 25 pounds of force constantly to move objects.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Requires a valid Colorado driver's license. If you possess an out of state license, you must obtain a valid Colorado Driver's License within 30 days of your hire date.

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Trail Stewardship Team Supervisor

The Trail Stewardship Team Supervisor will perform administrative and supervisory duties in directing the day-to-day activities of Trail Stewardship Team Crew Leaders and Crew Members performing trail maintenance and construction for the Open Space Division.
 
There are eight non-benefited temporary positions available. Individuals will work four 10-hour days per week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7:00AM – 5:00PM. 

The Supervisor position has a projected start date of 03/08/2022
Working dates are listed below: 

Pre-Program Training: 
April 14; 6:30 – 8:00PM  Interview Training
April 16 & 23; 7:00AM – 5:00PM  Crew Member Interviews
June 6 – June 16; Mon – Thurs; 7:00AM – 5:00PM Crew Leader In-Field 

Training Program Dates:
June 21 – August 4 Mon-Thurs; 7:00AM – 5:00PM
Please note hiring range for this role is: $18 hourly

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Direct the daily work of the Trail Stewardship Team to accomplish park and open space projects in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Train and supervise up to 10 Crew Leaders to complete trail and natural resources projects and manage youth in an outdoor setting.
  • Ensure that safety policies and procedures are communicated and adhered to in order to achieve compliance with established standards.
  • Walk up to 7 miles a day in extreme weather carrying tools and personal equipment.
  • Facilitate crew meetings at the end of each day.
  • Direct Crew Leader reporting requirements and manage payroll, attendance, and project completion data.
  • Use conflict resolution skills to mitigate any conflict among employees.


QUALIFICATIONS


Minimum qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent supplemented with additional course work in Natural Resource Management, Outdoor Recreation, Park Maintenance or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of one year of experience in youth supervision and/or trail maintenance/construction preferred.
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Preferred qualifications:

  • Minimum of four years of experience in youth supervision and/or trail maintenance/construction.
  • Excellent group management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects at once.
  • Excellent communication and teaching skills.
  • Must be physically able to operate a variety of equipment, including trucks, 14-passenger vans, and basic trail tools. 
  • Requires ability to exert up to 75 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 25 pounds of force constantly to move objects.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Requires a valid Colorado driver's license. If you possess an out of state license, you must obtain a valid Colorado Driver's License within 30 days of your hire date.

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Volunteer

Jeffco Open Space has been the natural choice for volunteering since 1972. Ever since a grassroots campaign resulted in the creation of our agency, volunteers have been pitching in for their parks – from helping to preserve natural resources and educating visitors to blazing new trails.

See all volunteer opportunities.