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CPW PROJECT MANAGER I/Policy and Planning Project Manager (Denver, CO)

State of Colorado
Glendale, Colorado, US
Closing date
Jul 24, 2024

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Academic / Research, Government
Policy / Legal
Project Management
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Department Information

This position is open only to Colorado state residents.

Consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. It's our mission to manage and conserve Colorado's natural resources for the benefit of people today - and tomorrow. That means we have to balance development with conservation so the state we all love provides similar opportunities for our children and their children.

We invite you to explore our website at to find out more about the work we do to manage Colorado's natural resources for today - and tomorrow.

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply.

In addition to offering rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

* Medical and Dental plans
* Strong, flexible retirement plans including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus pre-tax and Roth 401K and 457 plans
* Paid life insurance
* Short- and long-term disability coverage
* Employee Wellness programs
* Flexible Spending Accounts
* Health Savings Accounts
* 11 paid holidays per year plus generous vacation and sick leave
* Flexible work schedule options and remote-work options
* Career advancement opportunities throughout the State system
* Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.


Colorado Parks and Wildlife was given an incredible mission by the people of Colorado - Our Mission is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system, and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado's natural resources.

The Policy and Planning Branch serves CPW and the Commission by providing policy analysis and development, informing management decisions through public involvement and social science research and providing expertise for agency planning efforts. The work products of this section are critical elements in the development and revision of parks and wildlife-related regulations, policies, programs, property planning and strategic planning activities. By effectively involving both internal and external stakeholders in policy and planning activities, this Branch assures that the best information is available for CPW and Commission decision-making.

Description of Job

This position plans, directs, coordinates, monitors, evaluates and reports on activities of designated projects to ensure that goals and objectives are accomplished within prescribed time frames and funding parameters. This work involves determination of time frames, funding limitations, and procedures to meet project goals and objectives. The position manages available resources during the phases of a project, establishes project work and staffing plans, identifies and coordinates with project personnel, and develops project plan outlines to ensure that the project progresses on schedule and within budget. This position provides project reports, technical advice, and coordination of project activities. Projects may be long or short in duration, focusing on a variety of programs for the state with emphasis on fulfilling the business needs and requirements. Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

Project Management

Plans, directs, coordinates, monitors, evaluates and reports on activities of designated projects to ensure that goals and objectives are accomplished within prescribed time frames and funding parameters. Determines which are the most appropriate planning, research, methods, techniques and strategies to achieve Division and Commission goals and objectives and oversees the implementation of those project management measures. Coordinates with CPW staff, Division partners, stakeholders, consultants and other relevant parties to plan and carry out assigned projects. Assembles, manages and facilitates project teams. Plans and facilitates internal and external meetings to advance projects and ensure successful project outcomes. Monitors project progress and keeps stakeholders informed. Uses and continually develops project management, facilitation, public engagement and leadership skills. Attends conferences and trainings as needed to achieve and maintain proficiency. Advises and trains Division staff on project management tools and techniques.

Policy Development, Information Collection and Reporting

Develop, research, compile and/or organize accurate and updated information in order to meet CPW, DNR, state, federal or other reporting requirements and information needs. This may include, but is not limited to, the development of such items as: DNR Performance Plans, Wildly Important Goals, Operational Plans, fiscal notes/bill analysis, legislative reports, administrative directives, Commission policies, fact sheets, etc. Ensure that CPW meets all necessary requirements that may be set forth for reports, including formatting, content or procedural requirements from federal agencies, state agencies or partner organizations. Work closely with CPW staff to develop and implement processes for efficient and accurate data sharing and organization. Ensure that all products are well-written, organized and meeting all design standards, content requirements and deadlines. In consultation with CPW managers, Executive Management Team or Commission, edit and finalize work products.

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

Seven (7) years of relevant experience in project management that includes planning, directing, coordinating, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on projects to ensure that goals and objectives are accomplished within prescribed time frames and funding parameters or an occupation related to the work assigned to this position


A combination of related education in in project management, public administration, public policy, environmental policy, political science, human dimensions, law, business administration, natural resource management, outdoor recreation, parks administration or management, biology, ecology, environmental science, geography, forestry, range management and/or relevant experience in an occupation related to the work assigned equal to seven (7) years


Additional appropriate experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis. Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Required Competencies

* Strong organizational skills, detail orientation and ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects
* Ability to work independently and take initiative by using critical thinking and problem-solving skills to identify solutions to challenges
* Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate through all avenues of communication (e.g. email, phone, website, in-person, etc.)
* Outstanding customer service skills which includes timely responses to all customers
* High attention to detail
* Ability to perform under pressure and on deadline
* Excellent writing and public speaking skills and demonstrated ability to translate complex concepts into accessible, audience-specific materials
* Ability to problem solve independently and as a team member
* Being reliable and punctual
* Experience with Microsoft Office and internet research

Preferred Qualifications:

* Current or former State experience relevant to this position
* Current or former Colorado Parks & Wildlife work or volunteer experience
* Knowledge of parks, wildlife and outdoor recreation issues and stakeholders
* Project Management Professional (PMP) certification

Conditions of Employment

* State of Colorado residency is required at the time of application.
* Must possess and maintain a valid state of Colorado driver's license if operating a State vehicle.
* Must be able to travel to support public and/or Commission meetings and other CPW events around the state as needed. This position involves travel throughout Colorado, approximately 2-3 days/month.
* The overall schedule for this position is anticipated to be hybrid (2-3 days/week at the work address and the remainder working from home). Occasional evening and weekend work will be required.
* Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify their application from the current position. (Please Note: Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with DNR).


It is recommended that you contact the Human Resources Specialist listed below to resolve issues related to your possession of minimum qualifications. However, if you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director.

An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email (, postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department's action.

For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board; go to; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at (303) 866-3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at under Rules.

Supplemental Information

The Assessment Process

* All applications received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed by an HR Specialist against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement.

* Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process. Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position will be a structured application review by Subject Matter Experts.

* Resumes, cover letters and other attachments are not considered as part of initial reviews, therefore, it is important to document in your application your education, experience, minimum qualifications, and preferred qualifications as outlined in the job announcement.

* Please thoroughly answer all supplemental questions (if listed) since question responses may be evaluated for content, writing ability, spelling, grammar, and effective communication.

* This recruitment may involve additional testing and/or exams to arrive at the top group for interviews.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

The Department of Natural Resources is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, at

ADAAA Accommodations

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request accommodation, please contact our Benefits Specialist at at least five business days before the date that any accommodation will be required to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date

Toll-Free Applicant Support - Technical Help

If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV at 855-524-5627, Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). The Human Resources Office will be unable to assist with technical issues. Helpful hints: If you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and close the document before you attempt to upload it.

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