Job: Program Assistant I

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Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

This is an INTERNAL posting ONLY, if you are not a current City of Aurora employee Please Do Not Apply as your application will not be reviewed at this time.

This is a temporary position with some Medical Benefits
Work hours are Friday thru Tuesday
Some overtime may be Required

City of Aurora, Colorado

It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  IntegrityRespect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.

Why Work for Aurora?

  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation work spaces

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Provides for natural resource management and protection, neighborhood and community outreach, educational/interpretative programming, site and facility maintenance and regulation enforcement at the Plains Conservation Center (PCC).  This position reports to the Open Space & Natural Resources (OSNR) Division of the City of Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space (PROS) Department.

  • Assists with educational and interpretative programs related to natural resources and cultural history
  • Performs resource improvements including trail maintenance, and routine facility maintenance including janitorial duties
  • Provides support and assistance to outside agencies who regularly provide cultural and natural resource education programming at the site
  • Provides information to the public regarding uses, rules, regulations, and fees
  • Receives, responds to and routes calls and visitors as appropriate
  • Responds to a variety of external and internal requests for information
  • Assists in special project implementation
  • Coordinates the work activities of seasonal, contract and temporary employees and volunteers
  • Assists with marketing and programming of PCC through participation in or development of special events and programs
  • Maintains and monitors various records
  • Operates and properly maintains equipment
  • Performs a variety of clerical and administrative tasks such as data entry, typing and formatting documents and program research
  • Performs snow removal and sanding according to City standards at the PCC site
  • Assists in resolving complaints and concerns from citizens and senior staff
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Associate's Degree in natural resources, history, ecology, wildlife, or another related field.*
  • At least 1 year of work experience in public open space, cultural and natural resources with resource and facility maintenance experience.*
*An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.

  • Knowledge of ecological principles and practices related to natural resource management; and knowledge of local native plants and animals, and noxious weeds of Colorado.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other agencies, employees and citizens
  • Handle sensitive or stressful situations with tact and diplomacy
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Present natural resource related programs verbally and using computer presentation software
  • Work varied schedules that includes nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Skill in carpentry, craftsmanship, and use of construction tools
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, and organizational skills,
  • Use of personal computers and related software that includes word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications
  • Operate a variety of equipment and vehicles including trucks, tractors, all-terrain vehicles, bicycles, etc.

Working Conditions

Physical Demands: 

  • Heavy physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 100 pounds with assistance
  • Frequent lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to 50 pounds with or without assistance
  • Considerable walking and standing in all types of terrain
  • Frequent performance of activities requiring full range of body movement including bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, climbing, and crawling
  • Considerable hand/eye coordination to operate hand/power tools, and computers; hand/foot/eye coordination for operating equipment, and vehicles
  • Vision to read reports, documents, manuals, and other written material
  • Speech communications, and hearing to communicate with employees and citizens.
Work Environment: 
  • Frequently works outdoors with exposure to varying types of weather, dust, noise, chemicals and fumes.
Equipment Used: 
  • Operates motor vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, snow plow and blower, construction power and hand tools, and motorized and/or handheld maintenance equipment.


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