DNR: Colorado Parks and Wildlife Real Estate Specialist

State of Colorado Job Opportunities - Denver, CO3.5

Department Information

NOTE: This announcement will remain open until the advertised closing date OR until 75 applications received, whichever occurs first. Applicants are encouraged to apply promptly.


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 develop, preserve, and enhance the state's natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future citizens and visitors. In an effort to build diversity and inclusion, we welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
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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.
The Real Estate Section coordinates implements and manages the Colorado Parks & Wildlife's (CPW) real estate program for the systematic and planned acquisition, disposition, management and administration of real property assets which are necessary, suitable and proper for the preservation and conservation of the state's wildlife habitat and parks. The work unit is responsible for ensuring compliance with the legal and procedural requirements of federal and state statues pertaining to the real estate program as well as the directives and policies of CPW and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission (Commission). The section is responsible for creating and maintaining recording systems (manual, electronic and interactive databases) necessary to document, track, and archive real property assets and transactions.

Description of Job

This position provides professional* real estate services for CPW and the Commission to include acting as an official representative in real property transactions and negotiations involving the acquisition and disposition of real estate interests. The position reviews and provides expert analysis of a variety of complex real estate documents including land surveys, title commitments, abstracts, deeds and related legal documents. The position advises and educates CPW staff and outside stakeholders, including CPW legal representatives, on the intricacies and potential issues regarding land surveys, title searches, title insurance, conveyance documents, and related issues.
*Professional work involves exercising discretion, analytical skill, judgment, and personal accountability and responsibility for creating, developing, integrating, applying, and sharing an organized body of knowledge that characteristically is: uniquely acquired through an intense education or training regimen at a recognized college or university; equivalent to the curriculum requirements for a bachelor's or higher degree with major study in or pertinent to the specialized field; and continuously studied to explore, extend, and use additional discoveries, interpretations, and application and to improve data, materials, equipment, applications and methods.

Duties/Expectations include:
  • Serve as the lead negotiator and the official representative on assigned projects including all phases of the acquisition and/or disposition processes. Coordinate and review due diligence work of consultants on surveys, title insurance commitments, Phase I Environmental Assessments, Mineral Remoteness Reports, Appraisals, and property Management Plans. Draft and review legal documents in partnership with the Attorney General's Office. Draft and review contracts and funding agreements for acquisition of fee title, easement or lease. Manage all complex closing and post-closing activities.
  • Analyze and develop guidelines for the programmatic implementation of survey and title analysis and decision making with respect to title exceptions and encumbrances, work with other members of the Agency to establish a policy regarding title review, together with proper analysis and judgment on real estate issues related to title and survey work. Designs strategy, guidelines, rules and standards as to the bidding and review of title opinions when necessary, and surveys when required.
  • Establish partnerships and work cooperatively with other government agencies, land trusts, non-profit conservation organizations, funders, consultants, and political officials in order to complete real estate transactions. Educate and instruct all levels of CPW personnel about real estate laws, standards, principles, concepts, and procedures. Analyze and recommend actions or positions on proposed legislation relative to real estate matters. Use databases to track real estate transactions.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in science, a field related to environmental studies, or real estate, AND three years of professional* experience with land trust or other organizations involved in conservation easements, habitat protection, title and survey analysis AND working with attorneys specializing in environmental or real estate law and title and survey analysis.

The highly desirable candidate will possess a Juris Doctor or Master of Environmental Law degree or similar post graduate work. Although, this position is not required to practice law, it applies legal expertise in the analysis and comprehension of real estate transactions.

A combination of work experience in real estate or field or the specialized subject area of work assigned to the job, which provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor's degree.

A Juris Doctor or Master of Environmental Law degree will substitute for the required experience on a year for year basis.

Conditions of Employment:
  • Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire.
  • Must possess a current and valid Colorado driver's license
  • Must be willing and able to travel with occasional overnight travel.

Appeal Rights:

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 www.colorado.gov/spb.

A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. 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.

Your on-line application will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Expert to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position.

Upon meeting the minimum qualifications, the next phase of the assessment process will consist of a Structured Application/Resume Review. Utilizing your application, resume, cover letter and transcripts (include if substituting education for experience), the review is 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 and in comparison to all other applicants for this position. It is imperative that you provide adequate detail on your application, resume and cover letter to describe how you meet and/or exceed the requirements for this position. "See Resume" or "See Attached" will not substitute for the completed and detailed on-line application.

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 experience aligns with and meets the business needs of this position. Current experience is preferred.
Upload additional pages if necessary to detail 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.
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 Mary Vigil maryi.vgil@state.co.us 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.
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). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and second, close the document before you attempt upload (attach) it.

The Human Resources Office will be unable to assist with these types of technical issues.