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Professional Engineer I - NE Regional Project Manager - Colorado Parks and Wildlife

at State of Colorado

Posted: 5/4/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2436731

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Department Information


The Colorado Constitution, Article XII, Section 13 requires that applicants for state classified government jobs be residents of Colorado, unless this requirement is waived by the State Personnel Board.  If the residency requirement has been waived for an announced vacancy, it will be noted on the job announcement and applications will be considered from individuals who are not residents of Colorado.  This announcement does not include a residency waiver (remove if waived).
If your goal is to invest in a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  Our professionals are committed to supporting state government and the citizens 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. Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
This position (to be located in Denver OR Fort Collins, depending on candidate's preference) is the NE Regional Project Manager (Professional Engineer I). The Northeast Region of Colorado Parks and Wildlife has 15 State Parks and more than 70 State Wildlife Areas and exists to provide outdoor recreation and wildlife management in the northeast region of Colorado. The Northeast Region Capital and Trails unit exists to manage capital development and trail development in Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Northeast Region. Engineers (Regional Project Managers) in the unit execute all the planning, design, engineering, budgeting, contract documents and project and construction management for capital projects on CPW-owned lands including State Wildlife Areas and State Parks.

Description of Job


The position is a project manager for all aspects of capital development and infrastructure projects in the NE Region ranging in scope and budget from small projects ($5,000) to large projects ($1,000,000 or more). This position may prepare and provide designs for projects. As a project manager, this position handles all aspects of projects, including preliminary investigations, project planning, surveying, developing and choosing project alternatives, cost analysis, design calculations, develop construction drawings, specification preparation, contract and bid documents preparation, and design consultant selection, contracting, and oversight. This position provides construction management services including construction contract management, ensuring the project construction is in compliance with contract documents, preparing construction contract modifications, providing construction quality assurance, contractor payment processing, writing contractor claims for adjustments and disputes, handling contract terminations, closing out construction contracts, and designing and administering purchase order and invoice work.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

Capital Project Management
This position administers and oversees multiple design and construction projects and contracts. This includes the responsibility to act as the fully authorized representative of CPW for the project. Ensure contractor performance and compliance with plans and contract specifications. This requires project management and engineering expertise to read and interpret engineering drawings, interpret contract specifications, ensure code/regulation compliance, environmental compliance, and contractually decipher the relationship between general requirements and covenants for capital construction, the bid schedule, contract specifications, contract drawings, procurement rules, and current Colorado Revised Statutes. This position may create engineering designs as part of this job duty. This also requires project communication with stakeholders (Area Wildlife Managers, Property Technicians, Park Managers, Park Resource Technicians, Deputy Regional Manager, Central Capital staff, and other Regional Project Managers). Act as a fully operational Professional Engineer (licensed) to inspect construction including stamping the as-built drawings with Professional Engineer stamp and signing across it. Take project to completion so that project is a high quality addition to State resources and has reasonable maintenance requirements for field staff.

Prepares detailed budget spreadsheets for each project. Uses the state's accounting and purchasing system to procure all materials necessary and to initiate bids and contracts. Responsible for payments to contractors and keeping detailed records of invoices, work accomplished, inspections, etc. Understands state's fiscal rules and contracting requirements to ensure that bidders, contractors, internal stakeholders are informed of requirements and that contractors comply. Keeps detailed project updates in CPW's capital database. Keeps detailed project documentation on state's network drives to ensure adequate documentation for audit purposes and historical purposes.

Project Development
Provides engineering technical guidance and input to proposed ideas from Northeast Region field managers and hatchery managers. Participates in capital request process to provide estimates, technical expertise and guidance. Determines project requirements and desired function. Discusses possible alternatives with field staff.

NOTE: Colorado Parks and Wildlife is also currently recruiting for a Southeast Regional Project Manager (Professional Engineer I) in Colorado Springs, CO; an Aquatic Engineering  (PE I) position in Denver, CO; a Structural Engineering (PE I) position in Denver, CO; and a general Civil Design (PE I) position in Denver, CO. Please see separate announcements for those positions as the State Job Opportunity site:

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


Minimum Qualifications
Current, valid licensure as a Professional Engineer from the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.
Preferred Qualifications
The exceptional applicant will have proven ability or accomplishment in the following areas:
  • Demonstrated success with the duties listed in the Description of the Job section
  • A history of progressively responsible design project management experience, including the ability to successfully plan, organize, and manage multiple concurrent projects or tasks of varying complexities
  • Managing budget to ensure cost effectiveness of projects and programs
  • Proven ability to manage multiple assignments, priorities, and projects in a demanding environment
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and be adaptable to changing assignments
  • Ability to take initiative to solve problems in an innovative manner
  • Ability to work with general public, professional, consultants, and staff, with sensitivity to their needs, priorities, promises made and commitments
  • Ability to negotiate mutually acceptable solutions and build consensus through give and take
  • Strong time and project management skills, including prioritization and multi-tasking ability
  • Excellent reasoning, investigative, analytical, and problem solving ability
  • Excellent facilitation, presentation, and communication skills, both written and oral
  • Strong attention to technical detail and accuracy
  • Ability to work effectively in both independent and team situations
  • Fluency in Autodesk AutoCAD and Civil 3D, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel), Gmail, and ability to quickly learn other software systems
  • Passion for outdoor recreation and natural resources management

Conditions of Employment
  • Must posses and maintain current valid Colorado driver's license
  • Must be willing and able to travel to construction sites and field surveys up to at least 10 times a month
  • Must be willing and able to exert up to 20 lbs. of force to move objects
  • Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire.
  • Must be willing and able to encounter possible hazards that may include: proximity of moving; mechanical parts; exposure to electrical shock; working in high, exposed places; and/or exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals
  • Must be willing and able to encounter environmental conditions and physical surroundings that may include exposure to weather; cold; heat; wet and/or humid conditions; noise; vibration; and/or atmospheric conditions (exposure to fumes, dusts, gases, etc.)
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 the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.
Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.
Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at
A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information

The Colorado Constitution requires all appointments and promotions in the state personnel system be made according to merit and fitness.

  • Cover letter of interest
  • Resume
  • A copy of their Colorado Professional Engineer license with license number, status and expiration date
Part or all of the assessment for this position may include a review of your application materials.  Application materials will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Expert to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position. If you are notified that you do not meet the minimum qualifications, you will be given two business days from the date of the notification to submit an addendum in order to attempt to resolve the matter. It is recommended that you submit the addendum or contact the Human Resources Specialist listed below immediately to resolve issues related to your possession of minimum qualifications.
Upon meeting the minimum qualifications, the next phase of the assessment process may consist of a comparative analysis of all application materials. Utilizing your application, résumé and cover letter, the review would be a comparative analysis against the listed required competencies, job duties and/or preferred qualifications in this announcement to determine technical competence, depth and breadth of experience and job fit.  It is imperative that you provide adequate detail on your application, résumé and cover letter to describe how you meet and/or exceed the requirements for this position. 
Comparative analysis factors to be assessed:
  • Technical Competence – Technical experience as it relates to the duties outlined in this job announcement
  • Depth and Breadth of Experience – Experience that covers multiple areas outlined in this job announcement; varied and not one dimensional; and demonstrate progressively higher level of responsibility with a wide range
  • Job Fit – Experience will be evaluated to determine how well your past experience aligns with and meets the business needs of this position.  Current experience is preferred
Upload additional pages if necessary to fully explain your experience and accomplishments.  Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the deadline for application may result in your application not being accepted for this position and may affect your inclusion in future steps in the assessment process.
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 (attach) it.
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 an accommodation, please contact Naomi Nigro by phone or email at least five business days before the assessment date 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.
The Department of Natural Resources participates in E-Verify in accordance with the program's Right to Work for all newly-hired employees. Employees are queried through the electronic system established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify identity and employment eligibility. You may complete section 1 of the I-9 form upon your acceptance of a job offer letter, but no later than your first day of employment and in addition, on your first day, but no later than the third day, you will are required to submit original documents to verify your eligibility to work in the U.S.  Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at