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REQUISITION #:  req1112
DEPARTMENT:  Water Conservation
BENEFIT CATEGORY: Classified (Non-CBU) View Classifications & Benefits
EMPLOYMENT TYPE:  Full-Time Regular
ANNUAL SALARY RANGE:   $43,013.00 - 60,218.00 (Salaries are paid biweekly)
SELECTION PROCESS:  Application deadline is 3:00 p.m. MT on 4/7/2017.
You will receive an email acknowledgment when you have successfully submitted an application. Your completed application will be forwarded to the hiring manager. You will be notified if you are selected for further testing or interviews. Please keep your contact information up-to-date. The status of your application will be updated in your applicant profile. Post-offer background check and drug test required.

 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


Plans, develops, and implements water conservation programs to meet water efficiency objectives of the Utilities Water Conservation team.


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.


  • Research, develop, coordinate, and carry out water efficiency programs.
  • Develop strategies to engage the community in outdoor water efficiency actions, including changes to behavior, irrigation equipment/design, and landscape type/design such as xeriscape transformation.
  • Implement and monitor specific water conservation measures and monitors compliance with the City's water conservation goals.
  • Provide technical analysis related to the development and evaluation of efficiency programs; analyze and interpret site and utility data.
  • Monitor and evaluate trends and innovations in the area of water efficiency; may attend and/or present at seminars and conferences.
  • Oversee maintenance of Xeriscape Demonstration Garden(s) and coordinates with other demonstration gardens; may coordinate educational/maintenance volunteers.
  • Develop additional water-wise landscape and/or irrigation demonstration sites.
  • Create and deliver educational classes, workshops, presentations and events to a range of audiences.
  • Analyze and communicate options and value of water efficiency programs to customers.
  • Respond to public inquiries about utility services and programs.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other related water efficiency, outreach, and educational efforts within the City and local/statewide community industry groups.
  • May conduct water use audits and analyze irrigation efficiency, both at customer's homes, multi-family, or commercial/public sites.
  • May enforce and investigate violations of the City's wasting water ordinance.



This position will may be responsible for the supervision of City employee(s) and/or volunteers.


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



  • Knowledge of water end-uses, irrigation practices, xeriscape, and landscape water requirements.
  • Knowledge of horticultural principles, water efficient landscape design, and Xeriscape.
  • Advanced computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheet and database applications.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to perform irrigation and landscape audits/assessments.
  • Ability to conduct research using reports, journals, and other sources of information.
  • Ability to write clear, complete and accurate reports.
  • Ability to present clearly to both large and small groups.
  • Ability to work effectively on teams.
  • Ability to use word processing, database, presentation, spreadsheet and photo editing software.
  • Ability to develop easily understood and engaging promotional materials for the public.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff and external customers.



Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Horticulture, Landscape Design/Architecture, Environmental Science, Watershed Science, or related field; three to five years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.



Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports and business correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions, generally from customers and the general public.



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



Valid driver's license.


Desirable to have a landscape and/or irrigation certification, such as the Landscape Irrigation Auditor certification or other WaterSense labeled certifications.


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 stand; walk; and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. 


WORK ENVIRONMENT  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This job is predominantly performed in an office setting.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

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.

The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions for which they have applied without regard to race, religion, gender, age (40 years or older), national origin, color, creed, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, or other characteristics protected by law.


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