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SW Trails Coordinator - Parks and Wildlife

Colorado Department of Human Services

La Plata County ,  Colorado

If your goal is to invest in a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Our professionals are committed to supporting state government and the citizens of Colorado.

Our mission is to develop, preserve, and enhance the state's natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future citizens and visitors. In an effort to build diversity and inclusion we welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Customer service is a key component for every position across state government. We are focused on improving Efficiency (use of resources), Effectiveness (impact of our work), and Elegance (graceful service interactions).

Our Mission is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system, and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado's natural resources. Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The Southwest Region work unit is a major, geographical-based organizational unit of the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife (CPW), which encompasses roughly the Southwest quadrant of Colorado. The Southwest Region is responsible for administering and managing seven state parks, four wildlife administrative areas, the statewide Game Damage and Commercial Park program, and all of the ancillary operations, programs, projects, staff resources, fiscal resources and miscellaneous property resources relating to state parks and wildlife activities in the region.

Description of Job
Regional trails coordinators serve as a point of contact and ambassador for the CPW Trails Program within their assigned region and statewide as necessary. They assist in the implementation of the trails program goal to promote public stewardship of Colorado's trail systems for public recreation. Assists in the identification of priority trail needs. They coordinate and cooperate with federal, state, and local agencies, volunteers, clubs and non-profit groups in planning, developing and constructing trails. The position independently conducts trail project inspections and grant audits. Identifies environmental issues and develops solutions to address adverse impact or user conflicts related to trail development, construction or use. Provides technical expertise and guidance relative to trail maintenance and construction. Studies, summarizes, evaluates and suggests solutions for short and long term challenges and impacts related to recreational trails. Assists with the development of section budgets, and operational plans. Collaborates on decisions related to the development of section priorities and strategies for implementation. Assesses trends in trail use, trail needs, trail maintenance and the public's outdoor recreation needs. Annual budgets are adjusted in accordance with growing trends and public need as observed by trail coordinators. Use and teach the use of skills and tools including maps, Google Earth, electronic mapping software, backcountry travel and safety, and the operations of various recreational and 4WD vehicles. Employee must be physically able to perform rigorous field work. Work will generally be independent in nature with only periodic oversight as directed by the Deputy Regional Manager. This position is the Trails Coordinator for the Southwest Region of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in Natural Resources, Natural Resources Management, Land Use, Parks/Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Forestry, Outdoor Recreation, Range Management or Zoology and TWO years of professional work experience in trails management, land use or parks/wildlife management.

A combination of work experience in the trails management, land use or parks/wildlife management or in the occupational field, which provided the same kind, amount, and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, will be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor's degree. A master's or doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in a field of study related to the work assignment will be substituted for the bachelor's degree and one year of general experience.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must possess and maintain current and valid Colorado drivers license
  • Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire.
  • Employee must be physically able to perform rigorous field work to include the capability to operate a mountain bike, snowmobile, OHV, and dirt bike.

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