Colorado State Trails Program Manager position - deadline September 16, 2009

August 25, 2009

Job Title: State Trails Program Manager (General Professional V)

Position Number: PJA - 308
Job Location: Colorado State Parks (Loc. Code 826)
Salary: $5481.00 – $7903.00/month
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Apply By: September 16, 2009
Employment Type: Full-Time
Class Code H6G5XX

Information About The Job:
Attracting over 11 million visitors per year, Colorado's 43 state parks and statewide recreation programs are a vital cornerstone of Colorado's quality of life, offering some of the highest value outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Our parks include a variety of landscapes to match the state's geography, from urban playgrounds to back-country retreats, from mountain lakes to whitewater adventure. Colorado State Parks enable everyone, regardless of age, background, economic or social circumstance, to enjoy the state's internationally famous natural beauty and experience a wide range of activities. Park visitors and beneficiaries of State Parks' any statewide outdoor recreation programs can literally "re-create" themselves both physically and spiritually. The parks are a priceless, irreplaceable legacy for future generations. Providing enjoyment and protecting the legacy is the core of the Colorado State Parks' mission. Colorado State Parks manages 4037 campsites, 42 cabins and yurts, encompassing 246,000 land and water acres. Several statewide programs including Trails, Boat Safety, Commercial River Outfitter Licensing, and Registrations for vessels, snowmobiles, and off-highway vehicles are also administered through Colorado State Parks. We are an integral revenue source to Colorado's growing economy. Please visit the Colorado State Parks Web site at: for more information regarding Colorado State Parks.

The Department of Natural Resources offers a comprehensive portfolio of benefits to its classified workforce, including medical, dental, life, disability plans, flexible spending, health savings accounts, and retirement plans.

This position is located in the Statewide Programs and Support Services for Colorado State Parks and will manage the State Trails Program. This work unit exists to administer the State Trail Program both Recreational Trails and Motorized Trails and to provide communities, government agencies and public organizations with trail funding, planning and technical assistance and to promote the creation and stewardship of a statewide system of trails.

The Colorado State Recreational Trails Program has actively encouraged the development of a variety of trails. The Recreational Trails Grant Program provides funding for trail planning projects and small and large trail development project grants. This grant program is a multi-agency partnership that includes the Division, GOCO, CO Lottery, Federal Recreation Trails Funds (RTP) and the Federal Land and Water Conservation Funds (LWCF). The State Trails Committee is comprised of nine members appointed by the Parks Board that help plan Colorado's trails and recommend funding for grants. The staffing for the Recreational Trails Program includes four fulltime employees. The Motorized Trails Program includes both the State Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Program and the State Snowmobile Program. Registration revenues are collected and used for trail development, maintenance and signing and to patrol trailheads and trails, make contacts with the public and to enforce regulations and statutes. The staffing for the Motorized Trails Program includes the Motorized Trails Manager and four additional full-time employees.

To serve as the State of Colorado's Trails Program Manager and is authorized to manage the program as established and defined in State Statutes and Parks Board Policies. Will develop and implement strategies, systems, processes, guidelines, rules and standards in order to pursue the Division's and Program's mission and goals that will ultimately enhance the opportunities and public stewardship of the state's trail systems and networks for all non-motorized and motorized uses. To prepare the draft and final Five Year State Trails Strategic Plan. Position will serve as the agency liaison with the statutorily mandated Colorado State Trails Committee. Prepares and arranges for State Trails Committee quarterly meetings. Position will provide professional expertise and guidance to the Division Director, Assistant Directors, the State Trails Committee, subcommittees, peer reviewers, and grant project leaders on national, statewide and regional trail issues and contract and fiscal matters. Prepare draft administrative directives and Board policies related to this program. Position will recruit, supervise, train and mentor the State Trails staff that is comprised of 9 fulltime employees and 3-6 temporary employees. This position will also prepare annual Trails Program budget and staffing request and submit to the Assistant Director of Statewide Programs. To manage and monitor program budgets for the State Trails Program that includes budgets established for: Program Administration, Field Coordination, Trails Committee, Matching Grants and Capital Equipment. This position will also be expected to cultivate, establish and maintain trails related partnerships with Federal, State, and Local Government agencies and to serve as the primary coordinator for these agency's grant project managers. Position will also plan and direct all grant analysis and management functions of the program from multiple funding sources that include Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) provided by the National Park Service; Recreation Trails Program through the Federal Highway Administration; Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grants; Snowmobile and Off Highway Vehicle Registration Funds; Lottery grants and other grants awarded to the Colorado State Parks Trails Program. This involves the development and implementation of processes for grant management that results in approximately 100-200grants awarded on an annual basis. Must prepare trails grant draft criteria, process and application form and instructions and submit to the Trails Committee for approval. Must manage grant application review and project prioritization process and coordinate work by subcommittees. Position will serve as the coordinator and liaison with the Division Financial Services Staff, the Department of Natural Resources Contracting and Accounting grants staff and Federal Government Financial and Grants Officers. Your application must specifically describe and demonstrate how you meet the experience as described above.

Education and Experience – Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in natural resource management, outdoor recreation, parks administration, parks management, parks and outdoor recreation, range management, wildlife management, social sciences as related specifically to outdoor recreation or tourism or a closely related field AND four years of professional experience in a 1) combination of motorized and non-motorized recreational trails administration at a upper management/professional level, natural resource management for a park or 2) outdoor recreation agency or 3) outdoor recreation management which must have included supervision of professional level staff.

Professional work experience involves exercising discretion, analytical skill, judgment, and personal accountability and responsibility for creating, developing, integrating, applying, and sharing an organized body of knowledge that characteristically is: uniquely acquired through an intense education or training regimen at a recognized college or university; equivalent to the curriculum requirements for a bachelor's or higher degree with major study in or pertinent to the specialized field; and continuously studied to explore, extend, and use additional discoveries, interpretations, and application and to improve data, materials, equipment, applications and methods.

Substitutions - Professional work experience in parks administration, natural resources management in a park or outdoor recreational setting, outdoor recreation management experience in the occupational field or specialized subject area of the work assigned to the position which provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education may substitute for the degree on a year-for-year basis.

A master's degree from an accredited college or university in natural resource management, outdoor recreation, parks administration, parks management, parks and outdoor recreation, range management, wildlife management, social sciences as related specifically to outdoor recreation and tourism or closely related field may be substituted for the bachelor's degree and one year of the general experience. YOU MUST SUBMIT COPIES OF TRANSCRIPTS ALONG WITH YOUR APPLICATION.

Necessary SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Former employees of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources must have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire. Must possess and maintain a valid State of Colorado Driver's License.

Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

How To Apply:
Review the duties, tasks, requirements, and additional information about this position carefully.

PLEASE INCLUDE A VALID E-MAIL ADDRESS, THAT YOU WILL CHECK FREQUENTLY, as communication and information regarding this position may be sent through e-mail. Please be sure your e-mail account is set-up to receive messages from and/or check your 'junk mail/spam' account to be sure messages from the Department of Natural Resources have not been filtered out of your 'inbox.'

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Applications are a part of the selection process and will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position. Be sure your application specifically addresses the requirements as listed in the minimum requirements section. Address your specialized experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the position duties and minimum requirements. Attach additional pages if necessary to fully explain your experience and accomplishments. When additional documents (transcripts, licenses, certificates, etc.) are required make sure you include them in your application packet. Failure to include the required information and/or documents by the application deadline may result in your application not being considered for the position. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the Official State Application Form. Your application will be reviewed by a qualified Human Resource Specialist to determine if you meet the minimum position requirements. If your application does not demonstrate that you meet the minimum requirements, you will not be considered for the vacancy. You will be notified of the results of the application review. If you do not agree with our decision concerning your qualifications, you also have the right to have your application rejection reviewed by the State Personnel Director. However, you must submit your request for Director's review in writing and the request must be received in the State Personnel Director's office within 10 days from the date of your receipt of the original notice of rejection of your application. Your written request for review must include the following: 1) Job title; 2) Agency involved; 3) Name of the agency representative spoken to during informal resolution attempts; 4) Date(s) of the conversation; 5) specific issue; and 6) reason(s) it is believed the decision was arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to rule or law. This request for review should be directed to: State Personnel Director, Attention: Appeals Processing, 1313 Sherman Street, First Floor, Denver, CO 80203.

Your application may also be used as a part of the examination process. If so, it will be evaluated by a panel of subject matter experts who will rate your education, training and experience as demonstrated on your application. You will be notified of the examination results.

To apply for this position, applicants must submit a signed State of Colorado Application for Announced Vacancy and the State Demographic Information Form by September 16, 2009. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. Postmarks will not be accepted.

State of Colorado Applications and State Demographic Information Form may be obtained from the State of Colorado Job Announcement Site

Please submit the Official State of Colorado Application for Announced Vacancy and State of Colorado Demographic Information Form to:

Department of Natural Resources
Attention: Alicia Melendez, Human Resources Office
1313 Sherman Street, Room 415
Denver, CO 80203
FAX (303) 866-6499

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