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

Ready to take your outdoor social science research skills to the next level? Join the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks department as a Human Dimensions Field Technician II! You will help lead the charge in understanding visitation and social dynamics within our stunning Open Space and Mountain Parks system. With a focus on coordinating field data collection, managing equipment, and ensuring adherence to protocols, you’ll play a pivotal role in shaping our understanding of public land usage. From overseeing field operations to training new staff, your expertise will drive innovation and excellence in data collection. This three-year fixed-term position offers an exceptional opportunity to deepen your knowledge and skills in social science field research while making a tangible impact on land management practices. Embark on a rewarding journey with us as we help shape 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: $26.17 – $31.99 (hourly)
  • Benefits: medical, dental, vision, life, retirement, paid time off, sick-leave (see the BMEA 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)
  • Fixed-Term (3-year appointment)
  • Work hours: Pre-scheduled but variable (morning/evening, weekdays/weekends)
  • Overtime: Eligible but no to minimal overtime expected

Work Environment:

  • Fieldwork: Daily, 60-80% of time
  • Office: Daily, 20-40% of time
  • Field location: Open Space and Mountain Parks nearly 47,000 acres and 155 miles of beautiful trails
  • Office location (duty station): OSMP Administrative Office 2520 55th Street, Boulder CO 80301

Additional Details:

More about this position

What you’ll do:

  • Conduct field data collection, ensuring adherence to established methodologies and protocols. Train and mentor temporary staff, fostering a supportive and knowledgeable team environment.
  • Assist with data collection procedures, ensuring accurate and reliable information is captured. Lead quality assurance efforts and contribute to data analysis tasks.
  • Oversee equipment maintenance and troubleshoot technical issues. Assist in piloting research projects and testing new procedures.
  • Collaborate with project managers, internal teams, and the public, providing clear and informative communication.

What you’ll bring:

  • Proven experience conducting independent fieldwork and leading teams in various outdoor environments.
  • An understanding of field methodologies, data collection, and equipment operation.
  • A leader mentality, fostering a positive and collaborative team environment.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, effectively interacting with diverse audiences.
  • 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 conducting and coordinating field research.
  • Develop, refine, and grow your technical skills in data management.
  • Join a passionate and collaborative team dedicated to supporting a data-driven management approach for our public lands.
  • Make a real difference by helping to shape the future of our cherished Open Space and Mountain Parks System.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., social sciences, human dimensions, recreation management, environmental studies) OR equivalent experience.
  • Experience conducting independent field work and working with automated sensor/counting equipment.
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS, Survey123, and Field Maps apps, facilitating efficient data collection and analysis of field data.
  • Basic familiarity with Excel, data entry, and simple calculations.
  • Strong teamwork and communication skills, essential for leading and coordinating field operations effectively.
  • Thoroughness, attention to detail, and a strong sense of responsibility for ensuring the accuracy and reliability of data.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Extensive experience conducting independent fieldwork, demonstrating leadership and proficiency in a variety of outdoor data collection methods.
  • Proficiency with automated sensor/counting equipment, including installation, calibration, and troubleshooting.
  • Exceptional problem-solving and analytical thinking skills, enabling you to overcome challenges and identify innovative solutions in the field.
  • Proficiency in Excel, including data entry, manipulation, and basic analysis.

Ready to take the lead? Apply today!