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Temporary Human Dimensions Crew Member

City of Boulder
Boulder County, Colorado, US
Closing date
May 14, 2022

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The City of Boulder is a great place to live, work, grow and play.

With over 300 miles of dedicated bikeways and more than 150 miles of hiking trails, Boulder values active lifestyles and access to nature. Forty-five thousand acres of land provide open space for parks,anda green belt around the city. With world class restaurants and art and music venues, The City of Boulder values diverse culture.

Respect is one of our fiveCity Values (including Customer Service, Collaboration,Integrityand Innovation)and we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We celebrate and support our differences across all spectrums, including but not limited to ethnicity, gender, age,disabilityand sexuality. Through our focus onRacial Equity, ouremployee benefits, and the many programs resources we offer our staff, we continually strive to weave respect for one another into the fabric of our organization.

Add your voice and talents to the City of Boulder and help us grow in service excellence for an inspired future.

Overviewof Role:

The Human DimensionsCrew Membersupports theHuman Dimensions team inmonitoringvisitor use andresearchingsocial sciencetopicsontheOpen Space and Mountain Parkssystem.The Human Dimensions teamemploysa wide range of data collectionmethods,including administration ofon-site and off-site surveys,conductingfield-basedobservations,andcollecting visitation counts throughthedeployment of automated counting equipment,including trailcounters, vehicle counters, andfieldcameras.As aHuman DimensionsCrew Member,your primary responsibility(70-90% of your time)is tocarry out thefieldwork and data collectiontasks,includingdata collection, data entryandQA/QC,andequipment maintenance and calibrations.In addition to fieldwork, youmay also be called uponto provide consultation, specialized technical assistance, design, research, analysis, and reporting to understand and enhancethevisitor experience and social sustainability on OSMP properties; and to perform related duties as required.

The starting pay for this position is $18.32 - $22.40, commensurate with experience.

Example responsibilities/Highlights:

Conducts field-based scientific data collection
  • Administer on-site visitor surveys using established department protocolsand survey platforms.
  • Collectquantitative observational data on recreation/visitor behavior,including - but not limited to - compliance with existing regulations such as dog management and resource protection measures.
  • Measure theleveland extent of recreation visits across the OSMP land system through the deployment, calibration, general maintenance,anddata retrieval of automated visitation monitoring equipment,including trail counters, vehicle counters, andfieldcameras.

Technical assistance and management
  • Perform data entryand quality assurance and control proceduresusing various platforms including - but not limited to - SQL and Microsoft Access databases, Microsoft Excel, ArcGISOnline, andSurvey123.
  • Usesanalyticaland business intelligenceplatformssuch as ESRI Dashboards and Power BItomonitor, manage andevaluatedata collection efforts.

  • Provide excellent customer service to internal and external customersby carefully listening and understanding issues andcommunicating program and department goals, findings, and project statuses.
  • Develop and present professional written and oral reports on programs and projects todepartmentalstaff and the public.

  • Take proper safety precautions to prevent accidents. Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials,equipmentand vehicles. Uses all required safety equipment and follows all safety regulations,policiesand procedures. Reports all accidents and damage to city property.
  • Know all policies inclusive of safety and report any damage or infractions.


Required Candidate Competencies:
  • Teamwork: Workseffectively as a member and leader of formal and informal teams. Understandsthe interests and concerns of others andisable and willing to share and receive informationplusfeedback.Ability to notice, interpret, and anticipate others' concerns and feelings, and to communicate this awareness empathetically to others.Flexibility with adapting to shifting priorities.
  • Thoroughness:Ensures that one's own and others' work and information are complete and accurate; develops and uses systems to organize and keep track of information or work progress;regularlycorresponds andfollows up with others to ensure that scheduled tasks have been completed.
  • Initiative:?Proactively identifieswhat needsto be done and doesit before being asked or before the situation requires it. Completes work in a timely and consistent mannerby following established study protocols and standard operating procedures.
  • Organizationand Responsibility:Abilitytostay on track with weeklytasks,specifically including arriving atfieldlocations atspecified times andpreparedwith all necessary equipment. Follows and fully implementsstandard operatingproceduresand/orresearchprotocols.
  • Written and Oral Communication:Speaksand/or writesto communicatetechnical concepts such asresearch methods, analysis procedures, and results. Actively listens to concerns and is open to the ideas of colleagues and customers. Ability to communicatepromptly,tactfully,and effectively with the public and coworkers, with excellent customer service skills.

Preferred Competencies:
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making: Ability to recognize needs, assess possible methods to meet needs, and act on solutions. Is willingand confidentto make decisions in difficult or ambiguous situations when time is criticalby following established guidelines.
  • Analytical:Approaches a complex task or problem by breaking it down into its component parts and considering each part in detail.Takes a systematic approach to collecting, organizing,and reviewing datafor accuracy and completeness.



Education: A Bachelor's degree in a Natural Resources Management, Environmental Studies, or Human Dimensions of Natural Resources field, such as Parks and Recreation Management, Geography, Outdoor Recreation, Recreation Ecology, Social Ecology, Human Ecology, Environmental Anthropology, or related field.


Experience: A Bachelor's degree with at least two years specialized experience collecting recreation data in a park or protected area setting. Examples of specialized experience include - but are not limited to - conducting visitor surveys, using automated trail counters, conducting vehicle and visitor site counts, observing and coding visitor behaviors, transportation monitoring, GPS mapping, and inputting and analyzing data.

OR: An equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

Attention to detail,critical thinking,anddataorganization. Ability to collect andorganizequantitative and qualitative data and communicate clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing; ability to prepare technical data summaries and reports; ability to work tactfully and effectively with the public and fellow workers. Able to maintain concentration on visitor behaviors for extended periods of time and accurately record observations. Physical ability to perform tasks in an outdoor environment in all weather conditions; to lift and carry equipment; to stand, walk, and kneel while performing duties over rough terrain on a regular basis. Valid Colorado driver's license. Have and maintain acceptable motor vehicle record. Technician may be required to use his or her personal vehicle for this work and if required to use personal vehicle, will be reimbursed for mileage.

Desired Qualifications:

In addition to the required minimum qualifications:Knowledge and experience with visitor monitoring, and Human Dimensions research. Experience working for public land management agencies in the Wildland/Urban interface and/or in the Front Range of Colorado. Familiarity with Microsoft suite,spreadsheetsand database skills. Strong proficiency with ArcGIS. Outstanding organizational and superior customer service skills. Experience with various automated visitation monitoring equipment. Experienced in the use of statistical software such as SPSS, R, SAS, or similar software package.

What you will learn and accomplish:
  • Gain applied experience with visitor use and social scienceresearchin apublic landsetting.
  • Learn about and contribute tobest management practicesand innovativeapproaches, includinghow to support data-driven approaches torecreationaland natural resourcemanagement.
  • Be part of a high-functioning researchteamdedicated todeveloping andapplyinginnovativesocial science methods to improving public lands management.

The City of Boulder provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.
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