Garden of the Gods, a 1,334 - acre municipal park featuring towering sandstone spires and abundant wildlife, is designated as a National Natural Landmark. As a site receiving an estimated 5.8 million visitors annually, Garden of the Gods Park is considered an iconic tourist destination that serves as an economic driver for the community and the region. As a City park, it is well-loved by the residents of Colorado Springs who hold high hopes regarding the level of care and interpretation the site should receive. The unique relationship between the park and its supporting partner organizations requires an exceptional level of relationship building and coordination to ensure the needs of the park are being met in concert with the expectations of its partner groups.
Essential Job Functions - the basic job duties an employee must be able to perform:
Oversee the day-to-day administration and coordination of activities associated with Garden of the Gods Park and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, including operations, maintenance, visitor services, education, and interpretation
Implement and evaluate park programs and policies; prepare periodic and annual status reports
Manage maintenance and improvement projects; develop reports regarding projects and programs and their effectiveness; prepares statistical reports as required
Assist in the development and implementation of annual and long-range programs for facility operations, preventive maintenance, and capital improvements
Work with a team of representatives, including staff, partners, community leaders, and other stakeholders to implement master and management plans; plan and oversee the development and implementation of the park master plan, management plan, restoration plan, trail rehabilitation and construction, and reclamation projects
Coordinate all necessary legal compliance activities associated with the Park, including NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) and NHPA (National Historic Preservation Act of1966)
Assess needs related to park health and resource protection; develop and implement resource management activities that involve sensitive and complex issues that may impact a variety of park issues
Negotiate cooperative and interagency agreements and other cooperative channels to carry out resource stewardship goals
Represent the department at meetings with organizations, including tourism boards, nonprofit groups, state/local agencies, and other park partners
Coordinate with public safety personnel in emergency situations
Supervise full-time staff, including preparing, conducting, and executing performance appraisals and development plans
Participate in identifying, developing, hiring, and supervising seasonal, student, and intern staff positions
Plan and oversee development and implementation of volunteer programs and interpretive and natural resource programs
Coordinate, manage, and monitor the department budget; allocate funds within the budget process; ensure compliance with all City policies and procedures
Respond to citizen requests and questions; work on interdisciplinary teams; attend public meetings associated with the park; aid in the development of interdisciplinary solutions
About City of Colorado Springs
General William Jackson Palmer founded Colorado Springs in 1871, envisioning a resort community always in view of Colorado's famous Pikes Peak. Within seven years, the Antlers Hotel was built; and by 1918, the renowned Broadmoor Hotel was constructed. Beginning in the late 1800s, Colorado Springs became a natural health destination for tuberculosis patients because of the nearly 300 days of sunshine a year, natural mineral springs, and dry mountain air.
Throughout its history, Colorado Springs has been a popular tourist destination due to its surrounding natural beauty and magnificent climate. Some of the more visited sightseeing attractions in and around Colorado Springs include Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, United States Olympic Headquarters and Training Center, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, United States Air Force Academy, and The Broadmoor Hotel.
Learn more about the City of Colorado Springs at www.coloradosprings.gov