Open Space Technician
City of Westminster, CO - Westminster, CO
Full-time, Part-time

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The Open Space Technician provides technical assistance and support in the acquisition of properties for the City’s open space program. The work involves GIS mapping, coordination of real estate services for acquisitions, and assisting with grants and analysis of property conditions. The Open Space Technician also creates, maintains, and updates computerized data banks and other files, researches and responds to citizen questions and provides other technical and planning assistance and support to the Open Space Coordinator.


The mission of every employee at the City of Westminster is to deliver exceptional value and quality of life through SPIRIT. Each employee is measured by the ability to adhere to the City’s core values of Service, Pride, Integrity, Responsibility, Innovation, and Teamwork.

This position supports the goals of the Community Development Department, which p lans, promotes and sustains an attractive and high quality living and working environment by facilitating appropriate land use and infrastructure decisions ensuring that the community is developed in a safe, aesthetically pleasing and maintainable manner.

Every employee is accountable to:
· Demonstrate a high level of customer service; encourage others to focus on the customer; foster an environment where customer service is a priority
· Communicate with customers to ensure that, where possible, they are satisfied, and that their needs are being addressed; solicit and evaluate customer feedback
· Act as an ambassador by understanding and fostering the organization's mission and vision
· Exhibit pride in self, the department, the city, and the community; conduct self in a professional manner
· Demonstrate integrity and build trust through credibility, reliability, commitment, loyalty, and ethical behavior
· Address difficult or contentious issues in a constructive manner
· Support/promote change; demonstrate flexibility, and take calculated risks when appropriate
· Participate in personal growth opportunities, and attend trainings designed to enhance capacity to bring new skills and ideas to the job and the organization
· Work to continuously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the service or product being delivered
· Demonstrate support for team efforts by accepting new roles and responsibilities, and helping others achieve objectives
· Value diversity; demonstrate an awareness of differences; demonstrate sensitivity, and adapt behaviors and communication to accommodate these differences

Citywide - Every employee in this position is accountable to:
· Establish effective interpersonal relationships through honest, open communication and follow-through on commitments
· Recognize personal strengths and weaknesses, and target areas for personal self-development
· Demonstrate initiative in performing job tasks
· Exhibit problem-solving skills leading to sound judgment and quality decisions
· Achieve goals, and handle assigned workload and new assignments effectively; demonstrate an ability to work independently
· Communicate effectively with individuals and groups using clear and concise verbal and written communications
· Demonstrate accountability for work, and take ownership in job performance
· Demonstrate concern for the accuracy and quality of work; take steps to correct mistakes and improve the overall product
Job Specific – Every employee in this position must be able to:
· Demonstrate knowledge of the principles and practices of real estate as they apply to a local government open space program
· Understand and use ESRI ArcGIS software for cartographic production and basic editing
· Enter GIS property descriptions using coordinate geometry
· Demonstrate knowledge and skills in cartography
· Demonstrate general knowledge of planning and zoning and the ability to read and understand site plan drawings, subdivision plans, ODPs and PDPs
· Understand title documents, deeds, surveys and legal descriptions
· Exhibit some knowledge of vegetation and wildlife
· Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, board members, citizens, and other persons contacted in the course of the work
· Communicate both orally and in writing


Essential Job Functions, Duties, Responsibilities, and Tasks
1. Provides technical support to the Open Space Coordinator
· Maintains computerized geographical data using ESRI ArcGIS software
· Creates GIS maps for City Council agenda packets and Open Space Advisory Board presentations, and prepares maps, presentations, photographs and displays for meetings and grant applications
· Coordinates appraisals, surveys, environmental assessments, title work, and their associated contracts for acquisitions and researches and assists with their analysis. Creates license agreements as necessary and handles encroachment issues
2. Works with Parks, Recreation and Libraries on master plans, vegetation and wildlife inventories, baseline assessments, monitoring and management plans as required by granting organizations, and weed control, revegetation and restoration projects. Coordinates conservation easement stewardship and monitoring
3. Helps review planning documents and submittals and attends technical review meetings to represent and address open space issues
4. Answers questions from the public regarding existing open space properties
5. Assists with the coordination of the demolition, moving or leasing of homes acquired on open space properties along with revegetation/restoration as needed
6. Prepares materials for Open Space Advisory Board meetings, attends and takes minutes of the meetings
Other Duties and Responsibilities
1. Maintains various open space related files and documents, including photographs
2. Performs occasional fieldwork to determine location and value of land, assess condition of properties, vegetation and wildlife, and to photograph sites
Incumbent is accountable for all duties of this job, and other projects and responsibilities may be added at the City’s discretion.


Education, Experience, Skills, Formal Training, Licenses, and Certifications
Required :
· Graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in landscape architecture, planning, environmental sciences, political science or related field with supplemental GIS courses preferred, OR
· Two year associate’s degree in these fields plus at least three years experience in this area of work with supplemental GIS courses or related real estate experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
Submit cover letter and resume
Preferred :
· Previous planning, park planning, real estate or open space management experience
· Previous experience in environmental sciences or landscape architecture
· Knowledge of PowerPoint and spreadsheet software desirable
Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and skills, may be considered.
Physical Requirements
Work is sedentary in nature and requires sufficient physical stamina and strength for:
· Constant sitting to perform daily tasks; occasional walking through a multilevel facility to retrieve information; frequent standing, sometimes for extended periods
· Frequent squatting, reaching above shoulder, and twisting to file documents and lift supplies and material; occasional bending, kneeling, climbing, balancing, and reaching below shoulder to store documents, material, and supplies
· Constant light grasp, fine manipulation, and handling to perform daily duties; occasional firm grasp to safely use equipment
· Frequent lifting, carrying, and pushing and/or pulling of up to ten (10) pounds to move material and supplies; occasional lifting, pushing and/or pulling of up to twenty-five (25) pounds with dollies and carts

Work is constantly performed indoors. This is primarily sedentary office work. Must demonstrate the ability to meet the physical demands of the job, including the ability to retrieve information from various locations in the office when needed. Exposure to periods of high activity and stress under demanding conditions. The position requires a great deal of communication with City employees, the public, and outside agencies.
Required Materials and Equipment
Operates a personal computer, telephones, plotter, and printer, fax machine, calculators, copy machines, printers and other standard office equipment. Operates digital photographic equipment.

· Background checks will include employment references and criminal history, and when applicable, credit check, driver license record, and education verification
· Drug screen
· Must be legally entitled to work in the United States