Conservation Project Manager OR Senior Conservation Project Manager

Salary: Conservation Project Manager Salary Range: $73,815-$88,578. The maximum pay for this position is $103,341. Senior Conservation Project Manager Salary Range: $79,539-$97,436. The maximum pay for this position is $115,332.
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Vail Valley, CO
Publish Date: Posted July 1, 2024

Conservation Project Manager Salary Range: $73,815-$88,578. The maximum pay for this position is $103,341.
Senior Conservation Project Manager Salary Range: $79,539-$97,436. The maximum pay for this position is $115,332.

Eagle County Government is looking to fill one position, however, we are willing to consider applicants on both levels. See the description and qualifications for both positions below.


Applicants are encouraged to apply by, Friday, May 10th, however, the posting will be kept open until filled. 

Schedule: M-F, 8am-5pm- May include occasional weekend or evening work. A hybrid work arrangement can be discussed.


Do you love protecting wild places? We do too! Join Eagle County’s passionate team and make a difference. 

To view the full job descriptions: Conservation Project Manager or Senior Conservation Project Manager

You’ll be responsible for:

  • Negotiate deals, manage grants, and oversee projects that restore and protect our mountain ecosystems.
  • You’ll be the go-to person for land acquisition, leading the charge to secure new open spaces for all to enjoy.
  • Collaborate with a wide range of partners, from government agencies to community groups, to make conservation a reality.
  • This role requires a blend of leadership, negotiation skills, and a deep love for the outdoors.


  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in ecology, landscape ecology, natural resources, restoration ecology, water resources, project management, or a related field, and 3 or more years’ experience performing project management related projects OR 4 or more years as a Senior Conservation Project Manager.
  • Experience preferred with conservation real estate transactions, real estate, or law. Additional preference with leading collaboration and partnerships, grant writing and administration, and contracting.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required in Natural Resources or Conservation or equivalent combination of education and experience, Law or Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy or other related field is preferred.
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License and acceptable Motor Vehicle Record
  • Good working knowledge of Eagle County and Western Colorado, including its history, culture, land ownership, ranching heritage, natural resources, and economy.
  • Familiarity with local county governments, town governments, recreational and outdoor activity constituencies, prominent civic groups and other key stakeholder groups.

Job Description for Conservation Project Manager

Job Description for Senior Conservation Project Manager

Culture & Benefits

Working in local government is one of the best career paths in the mountains. ‘Your Career will Soar with Eagle County’. Get started with us today!

  • Why is Eagle County recognized as a Best Place to Work in 2022? Culture of flexibility and support for mental health / wellness. Check out more awards here.
  • Purpose! A modern, values-driven workplace with more than 550 employees embracing a welcoming culture, supportive leaders and an organization focused on our mission: Creating a Better Eagle County for All. 
  • Learning organization focused on professional development opportunities, FREE CMC classes and Tuition reimbursement. 
  • Future focused with our Strategic Plan on improving housing, climate change and more.
  • As a certified healthy workplace, our culture recognizes the importance of individual needs and enjoying life outside of work. Other perks may include flexible work arrangements, paid volunteer time, and daytime fitness classes/bike rides.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The County is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive for a healthy and prosperous community that promotes all people having equitable access and opportunity. This starts with our internal practices and work. All employees of the County have a responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect at all times. All employees are expected to exhibit conduct that reflects inclusion during work, at work functions on or off the work site, and at all other County-sponsored and participative events

Great benefits! See the details

  • Comprehensive and low-cost medical, dental, and vision insurance (as low as $85/month for employee only)
  • Wellness program where you can earn cash or extra days off
  • 15 paid holidays
  • Paid time off (starting at 12 days) and additional medical leave 
  • Paid volunteer hours
  • 8% (dollar-for-dollar match) retirement plan
  • Free classes at Colorado Mountain College
  • Eagle County University classes (internal training) 
  • Tuition reimbursement programs
  • Bilingual Pay Incentive
  • Free bus pass and more

Eagle County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Working in a diverse, respectful and inclusive environment is essential for our employees to be successful in serving our community. We do not discriminate with regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

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