This position is only open to Colorado state residents.
Are you looking for a challenge? Do you have a passion for helping people? Do you want to be part of a diverse team that is committed to making the transportation system in Colorado safe and efficient? Then, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is the place for you! CDOT is devoted to incorporating technology, providing equal employment opportunities, developing leaders, and improving systems in order to provide outstanding customer service. By saving lives and making lives better by providing freedom, connection, and experience through travel, CDOT is committed to becoming the number #1 Department of Transportation in the country. In working towards this goal, we believe every one of our employees plays a critical role. CDOT's core values include safety, people, integrity, customer service, excellence and respect. Please visit https://www.codot.gov/ to learn about CDOT and how we are making Colorado a great place to live, work and play, now and for the future!
State employees make Colorado an amazing place to learn, work, and play. We want every day to feel like an opportunity. We want to be surrounded by innovation, vibrant optimism, and creativity. Most of all we want to feel like we're doing what we're meant to be doing. It's our nature. Working for Colorado means being surrounded by people who share your vision. It's where making a difference meets a pioneering spirit. Reach your peak state and together let's share everything we love about Colorado. To learn about the State's Employee Value Proposition visit: https://www.colorado.gov/dhr/evp
In addition to a fantastic place to work, CDOT offers a variety of benefits which include:
Annual leave (accrued based on years of service, starting at 8 hours a month)
Sick leave accrued at 6.66 hours a month
10 paid holidays per year
Medical and dental plans with no cost preventative services
State paid Life Insurance with optional additional life insurance
State paid Short Term Disability coverage, with optional long term disability plan
Participation in PERA with 2 retirement plan options, and voluntary PERA 401K and 457 plans
Credit Union membership
Work life programs
State Employee Assistance programs at no cost
Tuition and certification reimbursement program
Access to a diverse array of technical, leadership, supervisory and specialty training across the state, in addition to personal development and productivity learning opportunities
This position is the manager of the Landscape Architecture Section, within the Division of Transportation Development in Denver. This section exists to ensure CDOT design, construction, maintenance, and planning activities comply with the broad range of state and federal regulations, executive orders, interagency agreements and CDOT policies that mandate the protection and enhancement of the environment.
The leadership position is a fully-operational, professional Colorado-licensed landscape architect that oversees a team of two Landscape Specialist/Landscape Architect positions, and various consultants, to evaluate and assign work to ensure conformance with designs and plans. This position supports, and collaborate with, the CDOT regions and other federal and state land owners such as USFS and BLM. This position formulates, innovates, and produces statewide habitat and landscape architecture mitigation plans and strategies, and soil/substrate stabilizing practices during construction for erosion and sediment control management, as well as permanent revegetation strategies that are developed, and implemented in the field for post construction site stabilization and completion. This position also evaluates: new products to be added to the CDOT "Approved Products List" for erosion and sediment control during construction; vegetation selection and management on projects (including some site preparation and plantings; landscape/aesthetic design plan development and application (involving some criteria development, and construction oversight or inspection work); visual impact assessments (VIA) and VIA training/oversight, noxious weed management construction plans and collaboration with CDOT roadside maintenance leadership; and ensuring compliance with federal, state and local regulations involved with these tasks, and CDOT safety standards both on and off of construction sites.
Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Oversee and directly supervise personnel in the Landscape Architect Section, which consists of two Landscape Specialist/Landscape Architect positions.
Oversee specific project work for all program areas under supervision. Review and approve time sheets, leave requests, expense vouchers, and scientific reports for all Landscape Architecture Section staff.
Provide key consultation to management on extensive, essential program and policy issues.
Ensure program goals are achieved in a timely and cost effective manner by establishing annual employee work plans that correspond with CDOT mission goals.
Formulate/innovate guidance on Landscape Architect input to projects, and for permanent and temporary stormwater management plans (SWMP) (in CAD or relevant program like Microstation), detail and specifications for transportation corridor projects design through construction.
Review and analyze plans developed by CDOT or others as necessary, and look for details and specifications for compliance with CDOT accepted practices, procedures and environmental permits.
Perform research to determine the best landscape architectural design application and erosion control alternatives from available products. From data, the type and extent of erosion control items is determined to ensure compliance with federal and state environmental regulations.
Serve as a member of relevant task force committees, which reviews erosion control features during construction to ensure Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) regulations are being adhered to
Train others through class development and delivery on proper Landscape Architect design including visual requirements, and SWMP preparation and review.
Formulate CAD revegetation plan, criteria, details and specifications for soil stabilization, weed control, ecological restoration, pollinator habitat support, and roadway aesthetics.
Develop wetland and/or endangered species/wildlife mitigation criteria and plans (CAD) and specification to mitigate, restore or enhance these habitats that are permanently/temporarily impacted from construction activities.
Develop stream restoration plans by collaborating with engineers, biologist and the Colorado Department of Wildlife to ensure plans that will decrease erosion, provide bank stabilization, and fish habitat without causing damage to the stream and aquatic life through sedimentation.
Incorporate lesson learned and design revisions into statewide guidelines (Landscape Manual wetland mitigation) with consensus of management or committees.
Clarify wetland, landscape, T & E, vegetation and stormwater design objectives to engineers and contractors to ensure proper installations/construction of elements per environmental permit requirements and CDOT specifications.
Oversee and inspect wetland, T & E, erosion control and landscape features on projects upon request from engineers.
Train construction inspectors how to determine that soil prep and revegetation specifications are properly applied in the field.
Initiate, develop and implement policies and procedures to sustain and improve statewide environmental/ landscape architecture program.
Collaborate with CDOT engineers, research specialists, environmental specialists, construction and maintenance employees to improve and refine landscape design, construction and maintenance activities through participation in various tasks forces on roadside management and the development and delivery of training programs.
Ensure that environmental specialists assigned to the programs in the Landscape Architect Section stay current with proposed regulatory changes and provide training, updates and insight to regional personnel that provide unified input on the regulations.
Other job duties as assigned.
Primarily 8:00 am – 5:00 pm work hours, Monday-Friday
Approximately 15-20% spent in the field, 80-85% spent in the office
Travel required throughout the state, including some overnight travel
Exposure to all weather conditions
Required to operate CDOT vehicles
This experience must be specifically documented on your application. Additional information submitted after the closing date of this announcement will not be considered in the review of your application.
Current, valid licensure as a Landscape Architect from the Colorado State Board of Landscape Architects.
AND at least two years of full-time professional work experience with a primary focus on landscape design and construction implementation of that design that included mitigation components for both natural and urban landscapes.
A current valid driver's license is required for this position as it requires operating a state or personal motor vehicle to perform one or more essential functions of the position.
Substitution: A Master's degree in landscape architecture may substitute for one year of the required experience.
NOTE: If substituting your Master's degree for a year of the required experience, a legible copy of your unofficial college transcript(s) or credential evaluation report must be submitted with your application. Transcripts from colleges or universities outside of the United States must be assessed for U.S. equivalency by a NACES educational credential evaluation service. Failure to provide a transcript or credential evaluation report will result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the selection process for this position.
Stronger candidates will be those that demonstrate depth and breadth of skill and ability, through a combination of professional experience and formal training, to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this position.
The Exceptional Applicant will be an experienced licensed Landscape Architect and will possess the proven ability or accomplishment in the following:
Demonstrated success with the duties listed in the Description of the Job section;
Five or more years of full-time professional work experience with a primary focus on landscape design that included vegetation and soil/sediment-control design/ oversight/ and inspections on construction projects;
Landscape Architect plan design and specification writing experience, including urban and natural land revegetation design (wetland mitigation design, or threatened/endangered species habitat design is a plus);
Stormwater Management Plan design experience/Control Measure selection/approval oversight; (supporting permanent water quality feature design, is a plus);
Demonstrated agronomy skills and experience increasing soil productivity and revegetation success;
Experience with native seed and plants, and success at getting them to grow;
Noxious weed expertise in identification and integrated land management plan development to control them;
Slope stabilization strategies, adaptations, and experience on projects
Visual/Aesthetic design in both urban and in natural landscapes;
Understanding of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and how responsibilities under this position play a role in that regulation;
Excellent reasoning, investigative, analytical, and problem solving ability; can manage multiple assignments, priorities, and projects in a demanding environment;
Experience managing a program area, determining strategic plan, goals, and objectives;
Leadership and vision across multidisciplinary groups;
Experience supervising professional and support staff, or as a project lead;
Contract management experience or consultant oversight experience;
Effective interpersonal and relationship building skills;
Highest work/personal ethics and integrity;
Strong attention to technical detail and accuracy;
Ability to work effectively in both independent and team situations;
Passion for safety;
Ability to work with staff and consultants, public and private organizations, special interest groups, elected and appointed officials, in situations which may be politically sensitive;
Ability to negotiate mutually acceptable solutions and build consensus through give and take;
Demonstrated experience in policy or guidance development;
Excellent facilitation, presentation, and communication skills, both written and oral;
Have prepared and delivered training;
Proficient in AutoCAD, MicroStation, or other drafting software
Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point), GIS, Google Earth, and the ability to quickly learn other software systems such as SAP, and ProjectWise Explorer.
If an applicant reaches the finalist stage of the hiring process, the Colorado Department of Transportation may procure a consumer report and/or investigative consumer report on the applicant in connection with his/her application for employment purposes, as defined under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. These reports may be obtained at any time after receipt of the applicant's authorization. As part of the employment screening an applicant will be requested to disclose any deferred judgments and convictions as well an explanation of the circumstances around any arrest or conviction. In the event that a screening returns information that the applicant believes is not accurate, he or she will have an opportunity to dispute the information with "Info Cubic".
The report may contain information bearing on the applicant's character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living. The information that may be included in the report includes: social security number trace, criminal records check, public court records checks, educational records, and driving records checks. CDOT will only request credit reports insofar as they relate to the position for which the applicant is applying. The information contained in the report will be obtained from private and/or public record sources. The applicant will have the right, upon written request made within a reasonable time after receipt of a notice, to request disclosure of the nature and scope of any investigative consumer report.
Notifications: All correspondence regarding your status in the selection/examination process will be via email. Include your current working email address on your application and check your email frequently as you could receive time sensitive correspondence regarding this position. We highly recommend that you set up your email to accept messages from "state.co.us" and "email@example.com" addresses. It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email.
Applicant Checklist: Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration. Immediately after you submit your application you should receive an email that confirms that you successfully submitted an application for this position. If you do not, try submitting again until you receive the confirmation email. Be sure to also check your junk folder for email communications from the State of Colorado's website.
Complete Applications must include the following documents: 1) A complete CDOT Application for Announced Vacancy (please submit online using the link in this announcement) 2) A complete Supplemental Questionnaire (must submit online as part of your application) 3) If substituting your master's degree for some of the required experience, a copy of your official or unofficial transcript showing that your degree has been conferred and the name of your school, or your NACES accreditation 4) Detailed, Chronological Resume (please attach to your online application or you may email it to DOT_CDOT_Recruiting@state.co.us) 5) A Cover Letter (please attach to your online application or you may email it to DOT_CDOT_Recruiting@state.co.us)
Requirements for the resume: Please upload your resume as an attachment in the "attachment" section within your online application or you may email to DOT_CDOT_Recruiting@state.co.us. Please label all pages with your full name. The resume limit is 2 pages with at least 11-point font and 1/2 inch margins. Your resume should contain the following information:
Education and Training
Work Experience should be listed in reverse chronological order, beginning with your most recent experience, and must include:
Beginning and ending dates of assignments, including promotion dates
Official position title/working title, including specialty area or unit, you held within the organization/company
The name of the organization or company
A brief description of your job duties
Requirements for the cover letter: Please upload your cover letter as an attachment in the "attachment" section within your online application or you may email to DOT_CDOT_Recruiting@state.co.us. Please label all pages with your full name. The cover letter limit is 2 pages with at least 11-point font and 1/2 inch margins. The education, experience, abilities, and accomplishments listed in this announcement have been identified as critical to successful performance in this position. Your cover letter should address your interest in and qualifications for this job with CDOT. Please be specific and detailed in describing experience, abilities, and accomplishments as they relate to this position's requirements and major duties as described in the announcement.
Only complete applications will be given consideration. Every effort must be made to submit transcripts by the announcement close date. Where unusual circumstances prevent timely acquisition of transcripts, they must be submitted within five business days of the announcement close date.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application, but may be used to supplement information to the application. Failure to submit properly completed documents by the closing date of this announcement will result in your application being rejected.
Former employees of the Colorado Department of Transportation System or any other State of Colorado Department or Agency, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information on his/her application.
Transfer, Non-Disciplinary Demotion or Reinstatement: If you believe that you are eligible to be considered as a transfer, non-disciplinary demotion or reinstatement to this vacancy, you must submit a completed application following the directions in this job announcement and you will be included in the selection process along with other qualified applicants. If you are the finalist for this position after the selection process, Human Resources will confirm your eligibility to be appointed as a transfer, non-disciplinary demotion or reinstatement applicant.
The Assessment Process: Colorado Revised Statutes require that all state employees be hired and promoted through comparative analysis of merit and fitness. Part or all of the assessment for this position will include a review of your application material. Applications will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Experts to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position. They may also use the application material to assess and rank applicants who meet the minimum requirements, to cut to a top group for additional assessment, or establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.
Be sure your application material specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the Major Duties, Education and Experience Requirements, and Exceptional Applicant sections as listed above. 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 as a qualified candidate in any of step of the selection process and placement on the eligible list.
Appeal Rights: 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.
The Consolidated Appeal/Dispute Form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb/forms-2 . Any appeals must be in writing and received no later than 10 calendar days from the date the examination was administered. Send appeals to the appropriate address as indicated on the Consolidated Appeal/Dispute Form. The above ten-day deadline and appeal procedures apply, as well, to all charges of discrimination.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment Guidelines for EDI Compliance for Job Announcements in CO-Jobs Prepared by: Department of Personnel & Administration Division of Human Resources, Consulting Services Page 1 of 3 January 29, 2020 opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.
CDOT is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to Emily Harp at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-757-9738.
YOU MUST BE A RESIDENT OF COLORADO TO APPLY. CDOT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER COMMITTED TO A DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE WORKFORCE.
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About Colorado Department of Transportation
The Colorado Department of Transportation is a billion dollar multi-modal engineering, planning, and roadway maintenance business dedicated to a mission to provide the best multi-modal transportation system for Colorado that most effectively and safely moves people, goods, and information. CDOT, with more than 3,300 employees assigned throughout the state, is responsible for a 9,146 mile highway system including 3,447 bridges. Each year this system handles over 27 billion vehicle miles of travel. Although the Interstate system accounts for only about 10% (914 miles) of the total mileage on the state system, 40% of all travel takes place on our Interstate highways. In addition, CDOT’s Aeronautics Division supports Colorado’s general aviation community through distribution of entitlement funds, an aviation grant program, and long-range system planning in partnership with Colorado’s general aviation airports. CDOT’s Division of Transit and Rail is responsible for the planning, development, finance, operation, and integration of transit and rail services into Colorado’s overall transportation system.
CDOT’s core values of safety, people, integrity, customer service, excellenc...e and respect make CDOT a great place to work, making Colorado a great place to live.
CDOT offers a variety of benefits for employees including:
• Annual leave (accrued based on years of service, starting at 8 hours a month)
• Sick leave accrued at 6.66 hours a month
• 10 paid holidays per year
• Medical and dental plans
• State paid life insurance policy of $50,000
• Choice of 2 retirement plans
• 401K and 457 plans
• State paid Short Term Disability coverage
• Credit Union Membership
• Work life programs
• Free RTD EcoPass
• Tuition reimbursement programs