Job Posting

Senior Environmental Planner

Company / Agency

City of Fort Collins
Fort Collins,

Contact person

Cameron Gloss

Position Closes

Tue, October 16th 2018

Experience Level

Mid 2 (4-8 Years)



Salary Range

$55,950.00 - 93,250.00 (Salaries are paid biweekly)

Job Description

Located against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and home to Colorado State University (CSU), the City of Fort Collins offers a diverse culture, educated and engaged citizens, outdoor recreation, bicycles, breweries, historic charm, and a thriving economy. Throughout the year, live music and entertainment, as well as great local dining, can be found throughout the historic downtown area. Fort Collins offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a larger city.  

The City’s long list of acknowledgements includes:  

  • No. 8 Top 25 Best-Performing Large Cities (Yahoo Finance 2016)
  • “Top Ten Websites” Best of The Web Awards (Center for Digital Government – September 2016)  
  • Top 10 Healthiest Cities" ( - April 2015)
  • No. 13 “Best Place to Live” ( - September 2015)
  • No. 9, and “One of the Top 10 Best Places to Retire” (CBS Money Watch - February 2012)

Why Work For the City of Fort Collins?

-   Medical, dental, vision (for self, spouse, children) – eligible on the 1st of the month following 30 days employment

-   Paid vacation, paid holidays, and sick days 

-   Retirement + company matching – after 6 month probation period and immediate vesting

-   Flexible spending: Medical expenses FSA, dependent FSA or both  

-   Employee Assistance Program: counselling, legal, financial assistance 

-   Life insurance, short-term and long term disability 

-   Wellness program, workout facilities 

-   Employee/family Onsite Health Clinic 

-   Personal & professional learning opportunities including supervisory and leadership development; plus career mobility

-   Collaborative work environment

SUMMARY:  Participates in development review, natural resource planning processes, develops and implements environmental policy, manages natural resource programs/projects, and advises on natural resource issues.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive. 

  • Develops and implements plans and policies regarding natural resource and issues and collaborates with other staff and consultants regarding issues.   
  • Reviews development and construction projects for natural resource protection and environmental impacts.
  • Develops and manages complex interdisciplinary City-wide projects.  
  • Conducts public outreach/involvement activities. 
  • Makes presentations to and answers questions from boards and City Council.
  • Comments and advises on natural resource issues to other City departments, citizens, boards and commissions, and City Council. 
  • Participates in long-range planning processes as a subject matter expert.
  • Responsible for preparing and managing portions of the program budget.   
  • Serves on task forces and as team leader on interdepartmental and interagency teams related to natural resource protection.
  • Conducts field visits and inspections of development sites. 
  • Oversees and directs the work of classified and temporary employees. 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:  This position is responsible for the supervision of City employee(s).

May carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. 

QUALIFICATIONS:  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the necessary functions of this position. 


  • Knowledge of local natural resource issues. 

    Leadership and Project Management skills.

    Environmental impact analysis skills.

    Site, landscape and urban design skills, including layout, grading, plant selection, knowledge of local plant species and hardscape design.

    Ability to use graphics, photo editing, GIS, spreadsheet, database, presentation and word processing software.

    Ability to read developmental plans and blueprints.

    Ability to develop proposals and bid specifications.

    Advanced math and statistical skills.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture, Ecology, Environmental Planning, Natural Resources Management, Wildlife Management, Botany, or related field from an accredited college or university and at least three to five years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, planning documents, environmental reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from top management, public groups, City Council, boards and commissions, and other agencies.  

REASONING ABILITY:  Ability to define and solve complex problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical, oral, written or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. 


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk.  The employee is frequently required to hike over rough terrain.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.   

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee would encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. Otherwise, the employee works in a normal office environment where the noise level is usually quiet.

 Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


The City of Fort Collins will make reasonable accommodations for access to City services, programs and activities and will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities.  Please call (970) 221-6535 for assistance.

Notice Regarding Medical and/or Recreational Marijuana Use: Because the possession and use of marijuana,

whether for medical use or otherwise, constitutes a federal offense and because the City is a drug free workplace, the City will not accommodate the medical

use of marijuana and enforces written policy prohibiting working for the City while marijuana is in the body.  The fact that state law recognizes medical marijuana as a prescribed, or otherwise permitted, medication does not alter or otherwise change this policy. The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions for which they have applied without regard to gender (regardless of gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age 40 years or older, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy or other characteristics protected by law. For the purpose of this City policy “sexual orientation” means a person’s actual or perceived orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality.


Note: Some information in your application may be public information under the Colorado Open Records Act. 


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