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Colorado Springs Utilities Forest Management Program Administrator in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Forest Management Program Administrator

Job Type: Business Operations

Pay Range $106,000 to $133,000

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Posting Close Date 2/2/20

Forest Management Program Administrator

Colorado Springs Utilities is fortunate to offer our customers one of the finest sources of drinking water in the nation…The Rocky Mountains. Our water is collected from snowmelt coming from 3 river basins (Arkansas, Colorado and South Platte) and provides water for nearly half a million customers. Help us as we work to ensure that millions of acres of land are properly developed, managed and utilized in order to protect our critical water infrastructure and supply.

Working alongside our current Forest Management Program Administrator, you will have the unique opportunity for an in-depth, on-going, knowledge transfer of the intricacies of this job. We will work beside you to bridge relationships and strengthen knowledge and skills, to ensure that the programs we’ve invested in together with our community and strategic partners continues moving forward.

In collaboration, you will be a part of the strategy and oversight of Colorado Springs’ Utilities’ water interests across the state of Colorado. You will participate in key watershed protection programs through your work in policy development, strategic partnerships, wildfire mitigation, and forest restoration efforts, recreation, and access control, and service agreements. In partnership and collaboration with the Colorado State Forest Service, US Forest Service, government agencies, conservation organizations, foundations and community partners, you will protect our most valuable natural resource; our water supply.

How you’ll spend your day:

  • Developing and utilizing effective watershed wildfire risk base management methodologies to determine priority watersheds at greatest risk to Utilities water resources and infrastructure

  • Direct the planning and prioritization of forest health and wildfire mitigation projects in coordination with partnering agencies to optimize partnership funding

  • Oversee the procurement and contracting of partnerships and multi-year service agreements

  • Manage the Forest Management Program budget in compliance within department guidelines and requirements

  • Collaborate with federal, state, local and non-profit staff, other water providers and elected officials to develop and coordinate strategic forest management plans and activities to protect vital water supplies and infrastructure, draft and execute agreements accordingly

  • Provide technical review and guidance on federal and state legislative matters affecting forest management, public land use policy, and wildfire mitigation challenges and strategies

  • Plan, design and safely implement forest management projects on disparate Utilities’ properties to reduce the risk of wildfire in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) and improve riparian conditions in the Fountain Creek watershed

  • Participate on various wildfire councils, watershed wildfire protection groups, and collaboratives engaged in advocacy/policy administration, scientific analysis, and wildfire management to drive federal, state and local initiatives

  • Engage local community support for local conservation efforts, and negotiate complex and innovative solutions with government agencies and landowners to conserve, restore and protect source water

  • Plan, implement and manage Utilities watershed-based prescribed fire program in coordination with Utilities Wildland Fire Team and other key federal, state, and local fire agencies

Who you are…

The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree in Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Conservation Science, or related field, master’s degree preferred. Within one year of hire, the successful candidate will be required to obtain all wildland fire trainings and certifications as a RXB3 Colorado Certified Burn Boss. We are also seeking experience in the following:

  • Political savvy, experienced in partnership development (partners, community, government) and relationship management

  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing policies and plans

  • Experience managing critical projects with an emphasis on return on investment for our citizen owners

  • Expertise in the procurement and contracting of multi-year service agreements

  • Demonstrated experience with policy and federal and state laws related to forest and land management

  • Experience negotiating and managing complex, multi-year projects with numerous stakeholders

What a career at Colorado Springs Utilities can offer you…

Offering four services, Colorado Springs Utilities gives you experience unmatched by other utility companies. We champion innovation, state-of-the-art facilities and clean, efficient technologies that sustain the Colorado Springs lifestyle. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is the perfect blend of mountain and city living. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, you will enjoy nature at its finest. From snowboarding to biking to theater to community service to food and wine festivals, Colorado Springs offers something for everyone.

All postings will close at 11:59pm on the Posting Close Date. Candidates must apply for the position prior to this date and time. If the Posting Close Date is blank, the position will remain open until filled . Actual starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Our differences make us richer. Learning and growing from one another makes us more than what we were. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our business and recognize the limitless benefits of this commitment. Our desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region. As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, it is our commitment that no person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

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Have a question? If you have a question about a position or need assistance from a recruiter, email us at csurecruiting@csu.org or call 719-668-7500.

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Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas. All eligible applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Job Type: Business Operations

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