Open Space Project Manager

Jefferson County Open Space

Golden, Colorado

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $55,612.09 - $70,905.42
Deadline Sep 17, 2019

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Jefferson County is looking for a Project Manager to work with our Open Space Division. This person will be collaborating with other team members. The Project Manager is someone who has experience in engineering, construction, and architecture. We are looking for someone who is dynamic, passionate, mission oriented, and a team player. The ideal candidate will be someone who has experience in civil design, construction and someone who has proven prior experience handling large and complex projects.

The Project Manager will be able to manage and coordinate small to medium capital improvement projects for Jefferson County Open Space. Gather needed data, evaluate scenarios, makes recommendations, prepare reports, budgets and cost estimates. Provide administrative services for contracts. Attend or lead meetings as necessary. Monitor the status of projects. Coordinate with contractors, consultants, other outside agencies.

About Jefferson County Open Space:

Jeffco Open Space was founded as a land conservation organization in 1972 by PLAN Jeffco and The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County. These organizations proposed a unique concept to the Board of County Commissioners to preserve the scenic vistas and open lands within the county using the collection of one-half of one percent tax on sales in Jefferson County to fund the program. The voters agreed, thereby ensuring perpetual land conservation, stewardship of open space and parklands, and access for public enjoyment.

Funded with a one-half of one percent sales tax, Jeffco Open Space contributes to city and park district projects, has preserved more than 56,000 acres, and manages 27 open space parks and more than 244 miles of trails in Jefferson County, Colorado. View the Jeffco Open Space park system map.


  • Preserve open space and parkland
  • Protect park and natural resources
  • Provide healthy, nature-based experiences


Essential Duties

The Project Manager will be able to:     

  • Oversee and monitor multiple projects of small to medium size and complexity. Continually ensure quality while maintaining scope, schedule, and minimizing any cost variances. Adhere to and verify compliance to projects documents, plans, and specifications.
  • Lead design and development activities with other Open Space (OS) team members by providing appropriate information and recommendations in order to resolve any conflicts or issues. Confirms data correctness of acceptable work before approving and finalizing.
  • Oversee design, purchasing, construction, contract management on assigned projects. Responsible for written, oral and graphic presentations, this includes the preparation of information addressing environmental concerns for parks and trail development, resource mitigation and habitat enhancement.
  • Process pay applications and invoices by following established County procurement policies, procedures, and contracting methods to create and evaluate requests for proposals, qualifications, information, statements of work, and change order requests.
  • Evaluate and recommend consultants and provide the Purchasing Department with all information required for procurement.
  • Facilitate pre-proposal and pre-bid meetings by providing necessary information and suggesting any recommendations. Assist in drafting contracts, executing contracts, and administering contracts.
  • Research and prepare landscape designs, conceptual plans, reports and evaluate the condition of existing park sites, landscapes, structures and facilities.
  • Attend and/or present at public shareholder meetings and respond to project inquiries.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Four-year degree in landscape architecture, design, planning, construction management, engineering, architecture, or similar degree.
  • One or more years of work experience in project management, civil construction and open space or park planning and design.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two or more years of direct experience in project management, civil construction, open space or park planning and design.
  • Experience in project management, grading, budgeting, engineering, construction, architecture, stakeholder engagement, and design experience.
  • Experience with government procurement and contract negotiation and management.
  • Experience using AutoCAD, Sketchup, Adobe Creative Suite, Lumion, GIS Mapping/Analysis
  • Project Management Professional certification is preferred, and required within two years of hire.

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