Open Space Planner

Jefferson County Open Space
Golden, CO
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Engagement
GIS / Technology
Land-Use Management
Landscape Architecture
Planning Law
Regional Planning
Sustainability Planning
Experience Level: 
$53,992.32 - $83,688.10

Open Space Planner


$53,992.32 - $83,688.10 Annually


Golden, CO

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12/24/2018 11:59 PM Mountain


Are you seeking more than a paycheck?
Jefferson County is looking for an experienced Planner to work with our Open Space Division. The Planner will be collaborating with other team members and is someone who has experience and a strong planning knowledge base.  We are looking for someone who is passionate, independent, mission-oriented, and a collaborative team player. The ideal candidate will be someone who is well versed in planning and basic project management, and someone who has proven prior experience handling planning projects.

The Planner will be responsible for managing and coordinating long-term and short-term projects, various plan updates and new property proposal evaluations for Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS). The Planner will coordinate and facilitate meetings with a diverse set of in-house teams (Natural Resources, Trails, Visitor Services, Buildings and Historic Sites, etc.), external agencies and consultants as well as a diverse collection of community partners and park visitors. This person will utilize creative approaches to data gathering, analysis and application in the conservation planning process, including proficient use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for map creation and analysis. They will facilitate public engagement efforts for plans and projects while using professional judgement to produce quality deliverables within tight time constraints which benefit Jefferson County Open Space parks and visitors.

About Jefferson County:
Living and working in Jefferson County offers the quintessential Colorado lifestyle sought after by many. Residents enjoy easy access to mountain activities such as hiking, skiing and rafting, while also being able to take advantage of the eclectic amenities offered by the greater metropolitan Denver area.  Located at the heart of the foothills of Golden, city life, bike paths, hiking and adventure are just a step away.
About Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS):
Our mission is to preserve open space and parkland, to protect park and natural resources, and to provide healthy nature-based experiences.  With sustained annual funding devoted to the program thanks to a one-half of one percent sales tax revenue stream, Jeffco Open Space has preserved more than 54,000 acres, manages 28 open space parks and 252 miles of trails in the County.

Essential Duties

The Planner will be able to:

  • Coordinate and facilitate long-term planning efforts, including update to organizational strategic plan, Countywide/system-wide plans, and Park Plans/Land Management Plans.
  • Facilitate meetings with JCOS teams (Natural Resources, Trails, Buildings and Historic Sites, Visitor Services, etc.) in order to gain consensus on park development plans, trail planning efforts, and other projects.
  • Draft existing conditions reports for capital projects at locations across the JCOS park system.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in research, utilize creative approach to diverse data gathering and analysis in the conservation planning process, and work both collaboratively and independently to achieve goals.
  • Assist with public engagement efforts on planning projects by representing JCOS at external meetings with partners, community groups and involved citizens. 
  • Effectively administer contracts with consultants by creating and overseeing, scopes of work, reports, and plans related to open space development and management.
  • Obtain and analyze data while developing solutions based on organizational business needs.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and resourcefulness in a dynamic environment.
  • Evaluate property proposals for new land acquisition, including the use of GIS software for map making and data gathering.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in conservation planning, urban and regional planning, environmental policy, landscape architecture, or another related field or equivalent combination of education and experience on a year for year basis.
  • Minimum one-year related experience in conservation planning, urban and regional planning, land management, environmental policy, landscape architecture, or another related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree preferred in conservation planning, urban and regional planning, environmental policy, landscape architecture, or another related field or equivalent combination of education and experience on a year for year basis..
  • Over three years of work experience in one of the above areas. 
  • Experience in public sector planning, open space or park planning.
  • Managing small to medium planning projects of varying complexity.
  • Overseeing consultants for planning projects.
  • An understanding of planning process and theory.
  • Advanced skills in ArcGIS and Adobe Creative Suite.

Additional Information

Offer of employment contingent on criminal history, MVR check and education verification.

Must have a valid driver's license, if you are from out of state, you must have a valid Colorado driver's license within 30 days of hire date, and you must not have any major violations, nor more than one DUI, DWI, DWAI conviction in the past three years. 


Jefferson County (CO)


Published on:
December 3, 2018 - 11:31am
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