Planning Manager

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

About the organization

The mission of Colorado Parks and Wildlife 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.


This position provides critical planning knowledge, expertise and support to the agency, staff and the Commission, on statewide and property-level planning. The Planning Manager takes a lead or facilitative role with state park management plans and master planning.

This position tailors planning templates, best practices and principles to fit the specific circumstances of the statewide issue or property that is the focus of a planning effort. Also performs a variety of research and analyses to help quantify and address important property-level and division planning needs. Trains and/or advises CPW employees concerning planning theories, concepts and technical applications.

Having this expertise in-house helps to ensure that major division-wide and property-level planning efforts employ reliable methodologies, transparent decision-making, effective public involvement strategies, and consistent adherence to professional planning principles.


Minimum Qualifications:
Three years professional experience taking a leadership role in developing and managing park, open space, outdoor recreation, wildlife or natural resource planning projects and/or processes or an occupational field related to the work assigned to the position AND a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in park planning, park administration, outdoor recreation, recreation planning, wildlife planning, landscape architecture or a field of study related to the work assignment.

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.

Preferred Qualifications:
- An American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification.
- Subject matter expertise in visitor use management, recreation ecology, recreation planning or similar field.
- Certifications in facilitation, consensus building, public engagement and project management.
- Knowledge of parks and wildlife issues and stakeholders.
- Survey design and implementation expertise. Knowledge of Qualtrics a plus.
- Current or former State experience relevant to this position.


$68,100.00 - $108,972.00 Annually

Application instructions

Before responding to this announcement, please review the RPCV Career Link Terms of Use [PDF]. The Peace Corps is not able to confirm the legitimacy of every position posted to the jobs board and we ask everyone to use caution when contacting and/or sharing information with any organization while seeking employment. If you believe an announcement has violated the Peace Corps Terms of Use, please contact [email protected].

Equal Opportunity Employment

The posting employer has certified that this announcement complies with Peace Corps’ Equal Opportunity Employment policy:

The Peace Corps is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees, Volunteers, and applicants for employment and volunteer service. Peace Corps policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or over), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or history of participation in the Equal Employment Opportunity process, grievance procedure, or any authorized complaint procedure.

Does this sound like the position for you?

Apply to job