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Jeffco Open Space offers a variety of opportunities for employment in the following departments:

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 is tasked with preserving native species diversity, protecting ecosystem integrity, and providing science-based land management strategies.

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.

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.


hiring  Opens in new windowThe 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.

Eight positions are available with the Trails Team! Current openings for:
Trails Services Technician (South Table - Mountain) - Limited
Trails Services Technician (Trails Services) - Temporary
Trails Services Technician - Limited

Essential Duties
  • Assist with the maintenance, repair, construction, trail construction and natural resource elements of all JCOS amenities, facilities, infrastructure and natural features associated with the properties.
  • Administrative functions such as daily time accounting, public engagement, collaboration with other Open Space staff.
  • 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.

  • Work also involves vegetation control, snow removal, constructing stairs, tie walls and fencing and assisting in the supervision of Trail Stewardship Team field crews and Volunteer Program.

  • High school diploma or equivalent supplemented with additional course work in Natural Resource Management, Outdoor Recreation, Park Maintenance or related field preferred. 

Range: $15-17.50 hourly

Trails Stewardship Team

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Crew Leaders
Crew Leaders manage a crew of 10 youth aged 14-18 throughout the summer, focusing on building leadership skills and teaching the importance of stewardship of public lands. If you have passion for the outdoors and working with youth, join our team!

Essential Duties

  • Supervision of trail work performed by a crew consisting of 8-10 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 5-6 miles a day in extreme weather carrying tools and personal equipment.
  • Document attendance, payroll, and work completion reports of crew daily.
  • 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.
  • Must be physically able to operate a variety of equipment, including trucks, 15-passenger vans, and basic trail 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.
  • 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.

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.


2020 Volunteer Applications Open February 20
Drop-in Volunteer Recruitment Fairs to learn about opportunities in Park Hosting, Patrolling, Trail Stewardship, Education, Wildlife Monitoring, Office Support, and more!

All volunteer positions:
Thursday, February 20, 4:30–6:30 P.M.
Saturday, February 22, 10:00 A.M.–1:30 P.M.
 At 700 Jefferson County Pkwy, Suite 100 Golden, CO

Trails volunteer positions:
Thursday, February 27, 4:30–6:30 P.M
At the Arbor House, 14600 W 32nd Ave Golden, CO

 See all volunteer opportunities.