• Arapahoe County
  • Fort Morgan , CO
  • Hospitality - Lodging/Resort/Travel
  • Full-Time
  • 17637 Co Rd M

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Supervises and leads field staff, temporary staff, contractors and volunteers associated with the operations, maintenance, public use and stewardship of County parks, irrigated turf, landscaped areas and recreational facilities / playgrounds. Supervises and mentors the assigned personnel and recommends the hiring, promotion, evaluation, discipline and termination of assigned employees.

Plans and coordinates quarterly and annual parks operations, maintenance and stewardship activities. Implements staff work schedules, site improvements, contract services, budget requests and equipment procurement.

Leads and participates in the monitoring, inspection, operations and maintenance of County parks, irrigated turf, community gardens, landscaped areas and recreational facilities / playgrounds to meet established quality and safety standards.

Oversees and performs a variety of duties in the monitoring, stewardship and cultural practices associated with managing irrigated turf and landscaped areas. Reviews and interprets irrigation and landscape plans to support Department goals.

Coordination and field oversight of irrigation and turf management systems, pump systems and control systems in partnership with the Department's management staff and external recreational partners.

Utilizes a computerized maintenance management system, centrally controlled irrigation system, geographic information systems and other technologies to support inventory, monitoring, operations, and maintenance and asset/water management activities.

Maintains records associated with each park, irrigation system, playground and recreational amenities. Provides recommendations for public safety, annual planning and capital improvements.

Plan and coordinate the horticultural practices necessary for the proper care of lawns, landscaped areas, shrubs and trees. Maintains inventory of park and irrigation equipment necessary for the daily management of parks, athletic fields, landscaped areas and community gardens.

Coordinates and supports the cleaning, sweeping and removal of debris and snow within parks, trailheads, parking lots, streets, trails and sidewalks. Supports County level snow removal and emergency management operations when necessary.

Assists in the operations and logistics associated with special events occurring at the 17 Mile House Farm Park, the Fairgrounds Event Center or through Departmental partnerships.


Supervises staff through establishing clear directions; distributes the workload appropriately; lays out work in a well-planned and organized manner; maintains two-way dialogue with team members regarding their work and associated results; brings together staff in a team approach while bringing out the best in people.

Works effectively with teams/work groups (e.g. volunteers, staff, peers, managers and County partners) to accomplish organizational goals; taking actions that respects the needs and contributions of others; contributing to and accepting team consensus and decisions.

Sets high goals or standards of performance for self, other employees, contractors and the organization; dissatisfaction with average performance; self-imposing standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed by others.

Makes good decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; most of his/her solutions and suggestions turn out to be correct and accurate when judged over time; sought out by others for advice and solutions.

Thorough technical knowledge of principles, practices and equipment for park, irrigation system, turf and recreational site operations, maintenance and stewardship. Ability to utilize automated and computerized technologies to efficiently manage associated horticultural resources, properties and amenities.

Service First
Excellent Quality
Responsive Government
Visionary Thinking
Caring Leadership
Effective Communication
Fiscal Responsibility
Respect for Others

Associate or technical vocational degree in park management, recreation management, irrigation management, horticulture or related field.

Four (4) years of parks, horticulture or irrigation experience. Coordination of maintenance and stewardship operations desired.

Advanced experience, training and certifications in functional areas associated in the operations and maintenance of parks, landscaped areas, recreation areas and irrigation systems highly desirable.

An equivalent combination of education and work experience that satisfy the requirements of the job will be considered.

Bachelor's Degree in park management, recreation management, horticulture or related field.

Certification or training in parks/recreation, horticulture or irrigation management from industry trade organization.

Qualified Supervisors Pesticide License from the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

Supervisory/Lead experience

Must successfully pass pre-employment testing which includes an acceptable motor vehicle record (MVR) check, background check and drug screen. Possession of a valid Class \"R\" Colorado Driver's License or the ability to obtain one within two weeks of appointment.

Possession of, or the ability to obtain within two (2) months of employment, a valid First Aid/CPR certificate.

Possession of, or the ability to obtain within one (1) year of employment a Colorado Class A Commercial Driver's License.

Possession of, or the ability to obtain within six (6) months of employment a Certified Playground Safety Inspector Certification from the National Recreation and Park Association.

Possession of, or the ability to obtain within six (6) months of employment, a Colorado Commercial Pesticide Applicators License in Turf Pest Control and Ornamental Pest Control categories at the Qualified Supervisor level.

This position is deemed essential and incumbents must be available for winter storm operations and during other emergency conditions/events at all hours of the day or night. Supervision of crews for large snow storms may require longer hours based on the severity of the storm.

This position may require working on call, evenings, weekends or irregular hours.

Supplemental Information

This position will report to the Arapahoe County Open Space Maintenance Shop at 25508 East Quincy Avenue, Aurora, CO 80016.

This position will work outdoors and indoors, much of the time is spent working in the field or on project/job sites. Field environment; travel from site to site; exposure to noise, dust; potentially hazardous chemicals; inclement weather conditions; work around heavy construction equipment; work on slippery or uneven surfaces.

The following are some of the physical demands commonly associated with this position.

Spends 35% of the time sitting and 65% of the time either standing or walking.

Occasionally lifts, carries, pulls or pushes up to 75 lbs.

Occasionally uses cart, dolly, or other equipment to carry in excess of 80 lbs.

Frequently climbs, stoops, kneels, balances, reaches, crawls and crouches while performing office or work duties.

Verbal and auditory capacity enabling constant interpersonal communication through automated devices, such as telephones, radios, and similar; and in public meetings and personal interactions.

Constant use of eye, hand and finger coordination enabling the use of automated office machinery or equipment.

Visual capacity enabling constant use of computer or other work related equipment.

Below, please list any special physical demands associated with this position. For instance, exposure to hazardous environments, blood borne pathogens, extreme heat/cold, use of power equipment or machinery, wearing of PPE (personal protective equipment).

This position works within both an office setting and out of doors throughout the County which may result in exposure to extreme heat/cold, outdoor allergens, varying terrain and environmental conditions.

Occasionally: Activity exists less than 1/3 of the time.
Frequently: Activity exists between 1/3 and 2/3 of the time.
Constantly: Activity exists more than 2/3 of the time.

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support: If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-###-#### Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files, and second, close the document before you attempt upload (attach) it.

As a regular full-time or part-time Arapahoe County employee you may be eligible for benefits such as:

Medical and Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life and Supplemental Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability, Retirement Plan and Deferred Compensation Plan, Flexible Benefit Plan, Pre-paid Legal Service Plan,
Vacation and Sick leave time, Holiday pay, and the Training and Educational Reimbursement Program.

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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