Join the Team!
Jeffco Open Space offers a variety of opportunities for employment in the following departments.
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.
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.
The Natural Resources team now accepting applications for a full-time Natural Resources Specialist to support our forest management program. This position assists with forest management on JCOS parks and properties primarily by collecting and analyzing forest inventory data to inform forest restoration and wildfire mitigation plans. The ideal candidate will have previous experience with forest management that includes conducting forest inventories and strong GIS skills.
- Six limited-term Natural Resources Technicians to support our invasive species management program. The link to the announcement can be found here: https://jefferson.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/External/job/Golden/Natural-Resources-Technician--Invasive-Species-Management-_R-4971. Please note this position closes on 1/16/23. Ideal candidates will have an educational background in natural resource management (or related field), some experience with invasive species management that includes mixing, loading, and applying herbicides using motorized and/or hand-held equipment, and a willingness to work safely as part of a team.
- Three limited-term Natural Resources Technicians to support our forest management program. The link to the announcement can be found here: https://jefferson.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/External/job/Golden/Natural-Resources-Technician--Forest-Management-_R-4972. Please note that these positions close on 1/16/23. Ideal candidates will have an educational background in natural resource management (or related field), some experience with forest management that includes chainsaw operation and conducting forest inventories, and a willingness to work safely as part of a team.
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.
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.
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.
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 (Web).
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.