COSA Open Now: 2024 City of Boulder – Human Dimensions Field Technician I

Are you passionate about the great outdoors and social science? Join the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks department for the 2024 season as a Human Dimensions Field Technician I!As a crucial member of our team, you’ll support field research by conducting visitor surveys, observing transportation dynamics, and maintaining cutting-edge automated trail counters. Ever wondered how managers learn about visitors to our public lands? Here’s your chance to find out! Gain hands-on experience in social science research and collaborating with experts to shape sustainable land management practices. Embark on a rewarding journey with us as we pave the way for the future of public lands management.

For full details about the position and to apply, use the link below to view the job posting on the City of Boulder website.

Position Details

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Pay: $22.20 – $27.10 (hourly)
  • Benefits: medical, retirement, sick-leave (see the Temporary and Seasonal benefits guide on the Employee Benefits web page for more information)
  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) – boots, pants, and everything you need to work safely in a field position.


  • Full-time (40 hrs/week)
  • Temporary (7 to 9 month appointment)
  • Work hours: Pre-scheduled but variable (morning/evening, weekdays/weekends)
  • Overtime: Eligible but no to minimal overtime expected

Work Environment:

  • Fieldwork: Daily, 70-90% of time
  • Office: Daily, 10-30% of time
  • Field location: Open Space and Mountain Parks nearly 47,000 acres and 155 miles of beautiful trails
  • Office location : OSMP Administrative Office 2520 55th Street, Boulder CO 80301

Additional Details:

  • Deadline to apply: March 28

More about this position

What you’ll do:

  • Assist with field data collection by administering surveys, conducting observations, and collecting visitation counts using established methodologies and protocols.
  • Install and maintain sensor technology like trail counters, vehicle counters, and field cameras.
  • Help organize and manage data following established practices.
  • Contribute to a positive and informative experience for park visitors.

What you’ll bring:

  • A passion for the outdoors and a desire to learn.
  • Basic experience with outdoor data collection.
  • Strong teamwork and communication skills.
  • Attention to detail and a commitment to accuracy.
  • Initiative and a willingness to learn new skills.
  • A desire to contribute to meaningful research that shapes the future of our public lands.

What you’ll gain:

  • Valuable applied experience in conducting social science research.
  • Knowledge of best practices in open space management.
  • Join a passionate and collaborative team dedicated to supporting a data-driven management approach for our public lands.
  • The satisfaction of knowing your work contributes to the future of our public lands.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., social sciences, human dimensions, recreation management, environmental studies) OR equivalent experience.
  • Basic familiarity with Excel, data entry, and simple calculations.
  • Strong teamwork and communication skills.
  • Thoroughness, attention to detail, and a strong sense of responsibility.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience conducting independent fieldwork.
  • Experience with automated sensor/counting equipment.
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS, Survey123, and Field Maps apps.
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical thinking skills.

Ready to make a difference? Apply today!