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🔗Heritage Stewardship Supervisor

  • Full Time
  • Evergreen, CO
  • $68,000-85,000 USD / Year
  • December 1, 2023
  • Department: Heritage Stewardship Team within Open Space
  • Job Reference #: R-6385
  • Job Summary: Jefferson County Open Space is seeking a Heritage Stewardship Supervisor responsible for overall leadership, planning, and management for the preservation of cultural resources on Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) properties.
  • Job Qualifications:

    Minimal Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s in Museum Studies, Education, Historic Preservation, Historic Sites, Interpretation or similar.
    • Three years’ experience in Museum Studies, Informal Education, Historic Preservation, Historic Sites Interpretation, or similar.
    • Or an equivalent combination of education & experience.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Five or more years of experience in Museum Studies, Informal Education, Historic Preservation, Historic Sites Interpretation, or similar
    • Prior supervisory experience
    • National Association of Interpretation Certification
    • Curatorial or collections experience highly preferred
    • Experience coaching and/or managing volunteers
    • Past experience working with a non-profit organization
    • Experience with Archival and specialized software, such as Preservica, ArchivesSpace, CivicPlus,  Conserv, PastPerfect
    • Proficient with Microsoft Office/Microsoft 365

    Knowledge, skills, and attributes that would be beneficial and lead to success in this role include:

    • Ability to interpret rules and regulations and communicate to internally and external customers.
    • Excellent organizational skills to ensure accuracy and deadlines are met.
    • Superior interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills working with individuals, groups, and staff.
    • Show ability to work independently and in a team environment.
    • Operate effectively with a high level of autonomy.
    • Experience in building and maintaining strong relationships with community collaborators and a variety of stakeholders.
    • Experience in training, mentoring, and coaching staff and leadership.

    Additional Job Information: 

    • Offer of employment contingent upon successful completion of criminal history, motor vehicle report, education verification, and/or references.
    • Please note that supplemental questions requiring a written response will serve as a writing sample.
  • How to Apply:

    Applications will be accepted electronically at Jefferson County Colorado Career Opportunities.   

    Applicants complete an online form and have the option to provide a resume and detailed cover letter that describes why you are the best candidate for the position. Applications are reviewed for minimum qualifications listed in the qualifications section of the job bulletin, and applicants are contacted directly by the hiring team regarding next steps. To view the status of your application or direct communication from the hiring team, please log into your candidate portal.

    For more details on the recruitment process, please visit   

    County Recruitment Team: 303-271-8400 or
    Library Recruitment Team: 303.275.6168 or
    Sheriff Recruitment Team: 303.271.5332 or

  • Job benefits: This position is eligible for Standard Benefits which includes dental, medical, and vision insurance, paid time off and holidays, retirement matching, wellness programs, and tuition reimbursement.
  • Application URL:

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.   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, and more than a hundred historic buildings and structures.  The Mission of Jefferson County Open Space is to preserve open space and parkland, protect park and natural resources, and provide healthy nature-based experiences.

Jefferson County Open Space is seeking a Heritage Stewardship Supervisor responsible for overall leadership, planning, and management for the preservation of cultural resources  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.

The Heritage Stewardship Supervisor oversees a team comprised of JCOS staff and volunteers, assists with supervision of park technicians, and provides public outreach and communication with other work units, departments, and agencies.  Additional duties include heritage education, museum and collections  management; volunteer coordination, community engagement, special event management, budget management, grant writing and administration; and interpretive media implementation.

The Heritage Stewardship Supervisor provides strategic leadership by developing trusting and collaborative working relationships with both internal and external partners. 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 a decisive leader, detail oriented, and an excellent communicator, with strong project management experience working with the public and contractors. The candidate must also have proven ability to use digital tools to monitor site progress, ensure quality, and have a deep understanding of historic preservation best practices. A strong relationship management skillset with the ability to communicate effectively is a must.

Essential Duties:

  • Leads the development and implementation of the Historic Sites Stewardship Plan (HSSP) for Jefferson County Open Space. Updates the plan annually and develops work plans, project priorities, schedules, and construction specifications, as assigned, including supporting the solicitation of estimates/quotes/bids for the organization’s preservation work.
  • Evaluates HSSP annual and ongoing budgetary needs, determines budget projections, formulates budget proposals, sources, and monitors budget expenditures, including project costs, purchase orders, and requisitions. Identifies alternate funding sources and coordinates grant writing and administration efforts.
  • Stewards the physical preservation and maintenance of the organization’s historic structures including inventory, analysis, and prioritization of plan action items.
  • Prioritizes and directs educational efforts including formal programs, informal education at trailheads and sites; exhibits, research, events, acquisitions, and collections management. Supports staff and volunteers to provide accurate information in heritage education.
  • Manages Heritage Education Budget Unit and tracks and reports quarterly Stewardship Education contracts for Conservation Greenprint Goal attainment purposes.
  • Supports Hiwan Museum volunteer programs including recruitment, training, supervision, evaluation, and recognition. Plans, designs, oversees content, and placement of permanent and temporary exhibits at Hiwan Museum.
  • Oversees budget and staffing operations for Hiwan Museum. Coordinates management, inventory, storage, display, preservation, and maintenance of curated artifacts at Hiwan Museum and other Jeffco Open Space heritage sites.
  • Monitors facility management and creates annual prioritized maintenance requests.
  • Collaborates with community partners on stewardship efforts at historic sites on JCOS lands.
  • Participates in seminars, conferences, and other professional development activities to complement the JCOS education mission.
  • Supervises staff in area of responsibility. Administers and makes recommendations for routine personnel matters affecting subordinates, including recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, assigning, scheduling, granting leave, appraisals, and taking corrective action. Conducts performance evaluations and communicates short-and-long-term goals and objectives. Submits personnel records and reports as required by the County. Assists and advises subordinates as necessary, resolves problems as non-routine situations arise, and ensures adherence to established policies, procedures, and standards. Communicates changes in policy and procedures to direct reports and implements them as directed.
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