Open Space Land Transaction Specialist

$81,744 - $99,840 yearly
  • City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks
  • Hybrid (2520 55th Street, Boulder, CO, USA)
  • May 08, 2023
Full time Building & Zoning Environmental Protection Legal Real Estate Sustainability

Job Description

It’s a great time to join the City of Boulder!

Hiring Range:

$81,744.00 - $99,840.00

Job Description Summary:

The Senior Property Agent will work as a member of the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Park’s (OSMP) Real Estate Services (RES) workgroup in carrying out a broad array of land conservation-related activities and duties associated with the acquisition and stewardship of OSMP property interests including land, water, and mineral rights. 

Job Description:


Carries out open space real estate transactions including acquisitions and disposals. 

  • Negotiates and prepares agreements and transactional documents with assistance of City Attorney’s Office.  

  • Seeks RES team and OSMP staff input. 

  • Performs and coordinates due diligence work including title review, appraisals, environmental inspections and surveys. 

Supports OSMP’s Real Estate Services team. 

  • Addresses, negotiates, and resolves a wide array of real estate issues including encroachments, intergovernmental agreements, and third-party access/use agreements. 

  • Performs research and responds to inquiries and requests for information from both internal and external customers. 

  • Reviews acquisition records, contracts, and other due diligence documents associated with existing or potential open space properties to guide document drafting, decision-making and problem-solving. 

Plays significant role in stewarding OSMP land, water and mineral interests. 

  • Performs and oversees property monitoring, planning, and administrative functions as requested, including tasks related to city and county development reviews and monitoring and enforcement of OSMP’s ditch agreements, conservation easements, scenic easements, and development rights agreements.  

Coordinates and participates in public engagement and outreach related to program activities. Prepares memos and delivers public presentations (including visual aids) for City Council, Open Space Board of Trustees and other public or official meetings. 

Other duties. 

  • May supervise or manage the work of Property Agent(s). 

  • Performs other related duties as requested to meet the needs of the department and city. 

  • Responsible for knowing and complying with all city and department policies and maintaining and promoting city values in all conduct. 

  • Seeks out and participates in professional trainings and development. 



  • Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems and enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks.   

  • Problem-Solving and Decision Support: Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions.  

  • Teamwork: Works effectively and enjoys being a member and leader of teams and understands the interests and concerns of others and able and willing to share and receive information.   

  • Leadership: Ability to provide coaching, delegation and review the work of team members. Identifies, values and leverages the talents of others to achieve the vision and mission of the organization. 

  • Customer Focus: Dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers and acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains trust and respect.  

  • Initiative: Self-starting and identifies what needs to be done and doing it before being asked or before the situation requires it.  

  • Written and Oral Communication: Writes and speaks clearly and succinctly in a variety of communications settings and styles; ensures messages are received with the desired effects. Actively listens to concerns and is open to the ideas of colleagues and customers. Ability to communicate tactfully and effectively with the public and coworkers, with excellent customer service skills.   



Ideal candidate will have: 

  • Experience in land conservation transactions and legal document drafting and interpretation; 
  • A working knowledge of land use planning and utility project permitting;  

  • A commitment to stewarding open space lands and resources; and 

  • A talent for building effective relationships. 



  • Experience in real estate transactions, land conservation, and land stewardship gained through a bachelor’s degree or paralegal certificate and at least eight years’ experience in a land trust, open space or other governmental land program or real estate law firm. 


    Working knowledge and experience with research and use of databases and GIS software. 

    Thorough understanding of land conservation, water and mineral rights, and stewardship practices.  

Additional Job Description:


Supervision Received:  Real Estate Sr Manager 

Supervision Exercised:  May supervise Property Agent(s).   



  • Must have a valid drivers' license and the ability to maintain an acceptable motor vehicle record.   

  • Acceptable background information, including criminal history, is required as well.  

  • Capable of adjusting to in-person or work-from-home arrangements as needed to serve business need. Work is currently performed under a hybrid policy where staff are required to be in-person at least 2 days per week.   

The City of Boulder is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected statue. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please send a request to