🔗Heritage Resources Specialist
Website Jefferson County Open Space
Jefferson County Open Space was founded as a land conservation organization in 1972 by PLAN Jeffco and The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County. These organizations proposed a unique concept to the Board of County Commissioners to preserve the scenic vistas and open lands within the county using the collection of one-half of one percent tax on sales in Jefferson County to fund the program. The voters agreed, thereby ensuring perpetual land conservation, stewardship of open space and parklands, and access for public enjoyment. Jefferson County Open Space contributes to city and park district projects, has preserved more than 56,000 acres, and manages 28 open space parks and more than 244 miles of trails in Jefferson County, Colorado. The Heritage Stewardship Team is tasked with the protection and management of cultural and paleontological resources on Open Space properties including 365 cultural sites, 34 paleontological sites
The Ideal Candidate:
The Heritage Resources Specialist is responsible for preserving and managing cultural resources (primarily historic buildings and structures) on Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) properties by conducting resource condition assessments, preparing resource management and maintenance plans, and implementing the JCOS heritage resources program. This position will train JCOS staff and volunteers, assist with the supervision of park technicians, and provide public outreach and communication with other work units, departments, and agencies.
The ideal candidate will be someone who has experience in historic preservation, architectural history, and/or construction and has proven prior experience handling multiple projects at once. This person must be innovative, detail-oriented, and an excellent communicator, with strong project management experience working with the public and contractors. The candidate must also have a proven ability to use digital tools to monitor site progress, ensure quality, and deeply understand historic preservation best practices. A strong relationship management skillset with the ability to communicate effectively is a must.
There will be some opportunities for remote work, depending on the season. This position has the flexibility to keep either a 4-day workweek (Monday-Thursday) or a 5-day workweek and traditionally operates on-site and in the field. This position will work out of the Hiwan Heritage Park in Evergreen, Colorado.
Target Hiring Range: $30.00-32.69 USD Hourly
Compensation will be determined based on education, experience, and skills.
Benefits include dental, medical, and vision insurance, paid time off and holidays, retirement matching, wellness programs, tuition reimbursement, flexible schedules, remote work options, and more. Click Here for our Total Rewards summary.
Jeffco offers a work community that strives to promote the development, strategic vision, and scope for work and inclusion practices to strengthen and advance shared departmental goals and alignment with the county strategic plan.
- Organize and process heritage resources data for JCOS, including performing and overseeing heritage resources surveys;
- recording heritage resources;
- completing State Historic Preservation Office survey forms;
- preparing National Register, State Register, and local landmark evaluations; and
- making recommendations to mitigate impacts on cultural resources
- Conduct heritage resources review for JCOS projects and conduct field visits at identified priority resources to record or update condition and inventory records.
- Record newly discovered heritage resources when necessary.
Assist with defining project tasks and resource requirements, including writing and implementing management plans and reports. Manage day-to-day operational aspects of projects, including budgets, contractors, and collaborators. Assist with evaluating, purchasing, and maintaining equipment and supplies necessary for projects. Collaborates with other Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) staff and work units to assist with developing and managing grants and contracts.
Participate as a park and regional management planning team member, collaborating with other Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) staff and work units. Participate as a member of teams implementing action items related to the park and regional management plans.
Provide training for volunteer projects in collaboration with other Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) staff. Assist JCOS staff with heritage resource outreach information. Provide information and participate in the advisory committee and various stakeholder groups when requested. Participate in public meetings as needed. Interact with park neighbors and on-site park visitors concerning heritage resource management.
Collaborates with other Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) staff and work units to assist with developing and managing grants and contracts.
Assist with interviewing and evaluating potential permanent and seasonal employees during the hiring process. Assist with managing time accounting records and providing reports for supervisors and managers.
Other duties as assigned.
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