COSA Natural Lands Technician job opening, Boulder Colorado

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Maintenance Person III – Natural Lands Technician

$16.83 – $26.92 Hourly

Boulder, Colorado

Full-Time, Permanent with Benefits

M-F with some early mornings, evenings and weekends

Closes 6/24/2018 11:59 PM MST

Overall Job Objective

Under limited supervision, maintains the health, safety and aesthetics of natural areas throughout the Parks and Recreation system. Performs natural resource related maintenance and operations on City of Boulder Parks and Recreation natural lands including staff collaboration, project completion and program assistance. Performs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled tasks in the areas of natural lands maintenance, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), wildlife management and equipment operation, and performs related duties as required.

Duties & Responsibilities

1. Performs as a team member by collaborating to perform technical and mostly field based natural lands functions including the noxious weed IPM projects, natural lands maintenance and wildlife management activities across the Parks & Recreation system to ensure safe and efficient operations, including the following:

• Implements best management practices for the removal of noxious weeds by utilizing assorted mechanical methods (digging, hand pulling, whipping, tractor and mower operation, etc.), chemical control (backpack and UTV spraying, wicking, etc.), cultural practices (planting, burning, etc.), and assists with biological control (insects, animals)
• Performs and/or coordinates prairie dog management tasks including surveys, colony monitoring, mapping, installing and maintaining barriers and potentially trapping and relocation.
• Utilizes GIS, GPS, and tablet technologies to collect field data and use ArcGIS platform to add and manage data in established databases and creation of maps. Works with GIS staff to implement data into overall system.
• Performs and/or coordinates restoration projects such as native seed collection, re-seeding, mitigation work and wildlife habitat enhancements
• Performs and assists with research, monitoring, and data collection associated with various natural land management tasks (IPM, wildlife, etc.), data entry and preparing of scientific reports
• Coordination of projects related to and field oversight of seasonal employees, youth corps, jail crew and volunteers; performs public environmental education and outreach programs
• Performs and/or coordinates regular maintenance and creation of natural lands and park infrastructure such as fencing, trails, restroom amenities, trash receptacles, signs, and other light construction
• Performs various urban wildlife management tasks including surveys, addressing wildlife concerns for projects, assisting with closures and adhering to best management practices
• Assists with data management and makes recommendations for program and project improvements
• Makes decisions pertaining to tasks in the field without direct supervision
• Trains and oversees daily work of seasonal staff in program and project activities
• Maintains records of work performed and resources utilized, spends funds appropriately and reports costs and needs to supervisor.
• Successfully integrates into the Natural Lands work group as one of the team members

2. Ensures all city and department safety procedures, regulations and policies are observed and followed in order to promote a safe work environment and prevent injuries and illnesses. Success measures include:

3. Assists with field aspects of contracted work. May oversee contractor work and ensure completion prior to recommending payment. Will report issues to upper level staff. Ensures natural lands activities take into consideration other projects, and events with regard to habitat closures or other best management practices.

4. Ensures proper use of vehicles, equipment and tools to accomplish tasks.

5. Updates job knowledge to remain current with natural lands management practices including but not limited to, IPM including mechanical, chemical, biological and cultural practices, equipment operation, general safety and training, risk management issues, the City of Boulder Urban Wildlife Management Plan, the City of Boulder IPM Plan and corresponding IPM and wildlife ordinances. Keeps current with trends and issues as they affect the professional field of parks and recreation and water conservation management. Updates job knowledge through attendance and participation in continuing education opportunities such as conferences and specialty schools when offered.

6. Other:

• Performs related duties as required to meet the needs of the City
• Maintains a high level of professionalism and integrity; provides excellent customer services to internal and external customers; listens to questions and concerns, evaluates issues and possible solutions, works collaboratively with the department and other city teams to find solutions to challenges that arise; inspires confidence and respect; uses feedback from others to grow and develop. Optimizes the use of resources
• Flexible with work shifts including overtime and weekends as needed

Generally, duties and responsibilities are listed from most to least critical or time consuming.


Education, training, and/or experience that demonstrates knowledge of natural lands, wildlife and IPM management, ecology or related field with an emphasis on field work, project management, prairie dog techniques and noxious weed control practices. Variety of maintenance, equipment operation, and/or trail maintenance experience. Ability to identify plant species common to the Front Range of Colorado. Variety of maintenance, equipment operation, and trail maintenance experience. Ability to perform a wide range of physical and manual tasks in an outdoor environment. Excellent customer service skills with the ability to deal tactfully and effectively with the public in stressful situations. Ability to communicate professionally, courteously and effectively with co-workers and the public. Demonstrated ability to act as a team member and collaborate with others. Ability to perform record keeping functions. Effective organization skills. Willingness to work a flexible work schedule including weekends, early mornings, some evenings and holidays. Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work as a team member. Knowledge of Microsoft Office. Valid driver’s license. Have and maintain acceptable background information, including criminal conviction history and motor vehicle record. Colorado Pesticide Applicator license or ability to obtain it within 3 months of employment.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS – In addition to the required minimum qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree, certificate, or documented training in plant identification, restoration, wildlife surveys or a related field. Certificates indicating proficiencies in plant identification, weed management techniques, equipment operation/maintenance, wildlife management/monitoring, volunteer management, trail construction, or related field task. Basic knowledge of GPS systems and GIS software and applications. Knowledge and experience with many different types of equipment, including but not limited to, hand tools (shovel, Mcleod, pick, rake), power tools (drill, multiple saws, blower, bench grinder, etc.), herbicide equipment, weed whips, chain saw, brush saw, small tractor with attachments such as mow deck and loader, chipper, drill seeder, generator, trailer, UTV, loader, backhoe, etc. Previous experience applying herbicides in a natural lands setting. Experience working in high visitor use areas. Experience with resource conservation in a natural lands maintenance environment. Experience with ArcGIS, Collector App, GPS Units (Trimble) and Microsoft/Apple applications. Effective writing skills and/or previous experience preparing written reports.

Supplemental Information

WORKING CONDITIONS – Required Physical and Mental Effort, and Environmental Conditions:
In addition to the information listed in the required minimum qualifications section.

Physical and Mental Effort: Primarily strenuous physical work in an outdoor environment requiring the ability to frequently stand, walk and kneel for extended periods of time while using manual, power and long handled tools in an outdoor environment under a variety of weather conditions. Ability to carry up to 40 pounds while hiking on rough terrain. Upper body strength to lift up to 65 pounds on a daily basis and over 100 pounds on an occasional basis. Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time while operating equipment. Ability to squat for extended periods of time and walk on uneven, or slippery surfaces; frequent hand/eye coordination to operate equipment; vision for reading, recording and interpreting information; sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities that permits the employee to communicate effectively on the telephone and in person.

Work Environment: Work takes place year round in an outdoor environment, including extreme heat and sun, wind, rain, cold and snow. Works in icy conditions in winter. Potential exposure to dangerous wildlife (e.g., rattlesnakes, mountain lions, stinging insects), toxic chemicals (e.g., pesticides), and dangerous weather conditions (e.g., heat, cold, lightning).

Machines and equipment used include, but are not limited to the following:
Hand tools such as wrenches, hammers, shovels, rakes, pruning shears, long-handled tools, chemical applicators, power tools, chain saws, mower-deck, truck, UTV, tractor, loader, backhoe, driller seeder, chipper and trailer. Office equipment and electronic equipment such as; computers, related software, telephones, and copy/fax machines.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Note: The above description is illustrative only. It is not meant to be all-inclusive.

To see the whole job description and to apply, visit and look for the Maintenance Person III Natural Lands job title (Number 2018-00168).

Joy Master

Natural Lands Program Coordinator

O: 303-413-7261


Boulder Parks & Recreation

3198 Broadway | Boulder, CO 80304