Open Space Manager

Job Title: Open Space Manager
Reports To: KCRMA General Manger
Starting Pay Range: $90,000 – $110,000 annually, paid on a biweekly basis
Employment Classification: Full-Time, Exempt

BENEFITS SUMMARY:                                                                             

Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association employees’ eligibility for benefits varies by employment classification. Regular and Variable Full-Time employees receive healthcare benefits, employer-paid dental and vision insurance for the employee, life & AD&D insurance, and long-term disability insurance. Regular Full-Time, Variable Full-Time and Regular Part-Time employees also enjoy retirement benefits, paid time off, and paid family medical leave. Variable Part-time and Seasonal employees may be eligible for paid family medical leave and paid-sick leave.


Oversee and direct all aspects of open space management at Ken-Caryl Ranch.  Provide leadership and supervision to Open Space staff.  Meet with community leaders on a regular basis regarding open space issues.  Represent Ken-Caryl Ranch on issues affecting open space by outside forces.


  • Oversee management and execution of all Open Space objectives and requirements for the Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association (KCRMA).
  • Provide leadership and guidance to environmental and planning programs.
  • Responsible for developing and administering a program for management of open space lands required for maintaining conservation and recreation values.
  • Provide liaison support to community advisory groups to coordinate issues of resource management, regulatory interpretation, and KCRMA order compliance.
  • Interface with Colorado Division of Wildlife, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, West Metro Fire Protection District, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District for the design, development and maintenance of management programs designed to meet objectives and mandates of these various agencies.
  • Provide guidance, assistance and support to the residents of Ken-Caryl Ranch for applicable Open Space Rules, environmental laws, regulations and KCRMA directives that apply to the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of KCRMA Open Space facilities, assets and natural and cultural resources.
  • Design memorandums of understanding, programmatic agreements and other compliance agreements. Pursue and develop intergovernmental agreements regarding maintenance, research, education and other activities on open space lands.
  • Mentor staff and execute annual performance evaluations.
  • Provide training and support to employees and volunteers.
  • Assist in preparation of Open Space Budget. Monitor and oversee monetary activity and prepare written status reports relating to open space department budget, and grant budgets.
  • Prepare written reports and oral presentations to staff, community boards, advisory committees, and grant councils. Serve as KCRMA representative to citizen Open Space Committee (OSC) and advise members on land management issues. Facilitate business of the OSC by developing meeting agenda, writing meeting summary and correspondence.
  • Write RFPs and prepare bid packages for various construction projects, feasibility studies and general services performed in open space. Oversee work of private contractors and associated budgets.
  • Maintain relations and work with various conservation organizations to represent KCRMA’s interest on natural resource conservation issues.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice


  • A bachelor’s degree or combination of work and/or education in natural sciences, natural resource management or environmental studies, is required.


  • Exceptional written and verbal communication abilities along with robust relationship-building skills are necessary.
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills, capable of prioritizing and managing multiple tasks efficiently in a dynamic work setting.
  • Basic computer skills including use of MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook), with a willingness to learn new software programs.
  • Successfully engage with both the public and colleagues in a constructive and supportive manner.
  • Adaptability, readiness, and capacity to navigate through demanding circumstances.
  • Must possess the capability to collaborate effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds and personalities.
  • Possess the ability to work independently and be self-motivated.
  • Must be able to work in all-weather elements.
  • Must have current, valid Colorado Driver’s License and must be insurable with KCRMA’s insurance carrier.
  • Ability to read, write, speak, and understand the English language at a level adequate to perform the job.
  • Be able to work evenings, holidays, and weekends as needed.


This position requires work in a variety of locations and conditions, including but not limited to outside patrol of trail system and office environment.

  • Constant standing and walking over uneven terrain in all weather conditions to patrol trails; occasional running to address emergency situations.
  • Moderate physical activity will be required frequently.
  • Work will occasionally be required outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Work may be required under hazardous and adverse conditions, including, but not limited to, slippery and uneven surfaces and proximity to moving mechanical equipment.
  • Work in an office environment.
  • Ability to operate a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a printer, copier and scanner.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • The person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, supplies, office machinery, etc.
  • Have ability to stand, walk, sit, kneel, stoop, bend, lift, squat, push, pull, crawl, jump, slide, climb, pinch, grip, reach overhead, reach away from body, and perform repetitive motions.

Candidates are subject to pre-employment criminal background and DMV record review (if applicable), along with possible reference checks.

This Employer Participates in E-Verify.


Please visit our website to complete the Employment Application and submit your resume and cover letter.

*Applications accepted for this position until July 31, 2024.


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