Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

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
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement

Department Information
The Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces Department's vision is to connect with the community and be acknowledged as an essential service defining the quality of life in Aurora by encouraging active lifestyles and creating healthy environments for people, nature, and the community.  The Open Space & Natural Resources (OSNR) Division develops environmental education programs at our nature centers; maintains over 7,000 Acres of open space and over 80 miles of trails; manages outdoor recreation at 2 reservoirs.

**This posting will remain open until a sufficient pool of qualified applicants are obtained; however, it is subject to close at any time without prior notice.** 


Performs supervisory functions related to public safety, education/interpretive programs, resource protection, and enforcement of rules and regulations related to sites and facilities assigned to the Open Space and Natural Resource Division

  • Oversees and coordinates the enforcement of rules and provision of educational/interpretative programs related to sites and facilities
  • Responsibilities include public safety
  • Enforcement of City adopted rules and regulations, and serves as liaison with the City's Public Safety Departments
  • Provides information related to sites within the natural open space, park, and the stream systems within an educational or informational format
  • Ensures efficient coordination of volunteer programs
  • Responsible for maintaining current knowledge of high plains ecosystems wildlife, vegetation, and legislation issues
  • Reviews and recommends policies and procedures
  • Manages the program budget planning
  • Hires and supervises swim beach lifeguards, seasonal park rangers, and watercraft inspectors at the reservoirs and is responsible for emergency response and rescue throughout the system
  • Coordinates staff resources and assignments; makes recommendations regarding selecting, hiring, training, evaluating, and disciplining assigned employees
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.
Must be able to work evenings, weekends and holidays. 



  • Associate Degree with an emphasis in natural resources or open space and reservoir public safety, education, resource protection, and rules/regulation enforcement or a directly related. (Bachelor's Degree preferred.)
  • At least 4 years' progressively responsible experience in natural open space or resource site and facility rules enforcement and provision of educational/interpretative programs
  • At least 2 years' supervisory experience. (Preferred)
An equivalent combination of experience and education may be considered.

  • Knowledge of ecological principles and practices related to natural resources and stewardship of ecosystems, principles and practices of law enforcement related to parks, open space, reservoirs, and other natural resources; knowledge of methods, materials, equipment, and operating procedures utilized in reservoir, natural open space or resource site and facilities rules enforcement, and educational/interpretative programming.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and citizens; handle sensitive or stressful situations with tact and diplomacy; communicate effectively both orally, graphically, and in writing; analyze problems to provide best options and assistance; establish and fulfill goals and objectives; and make effective graphic presentations.
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Skill is use of personal computers and related software that includes word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications.  As first City contact with users of open space sites, employee must demonstrate proven experience in dealing with the public in enforcement and educational settings.
Licenses, Certificates Preferred: 
  • Colorado Driver's License with good driving history.(Required)
  • Red Cross First Aid & CPR 
  • EMT 
  • First Responder 
  • OC 
  • Volunteer Management 
  • Certified Interpretive Guide 
  • Emergency Water Safety
  • Ice Rescue 
  • Defensive driving 


Physical Demands: 

  • Heavy physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 100 pounds with or without assistance to handle emergency rescue operations
  • 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
  • Ability to swim;
  • Considerable hand/eye coordination to operate hand/power tools, power boats, and computer
  • Foot/eye coordination for operating boats, equipment, and vehicles
  • Vision to read reports, documents, manuals, and other written material
  • Effectively communicate with employees and citizens.
Work Environment: 
  • Frequently works outdoors with exposure to varying types of weather, dust, noise, and fumes.
Equipment Used: 
  • Operates motor vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, power boat, and motorized and/or handheld parks maintenance equipment.

For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.
Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.

Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.

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