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Colorado Governor Jared Polis is committed to building a Colorado For All, a place where everyone has an opportunity to succeed and live the Colorado way of life. Governor Polis is focused on lowering health care costs for hardworking Coloradans, transitioning the state to renewable energy sources, ensuring every Colorado child gets a quality education, and building an economy that works for everyone. The Governor's staff includes offices for budgeting, communications and outreach, legal counsel, legislative liaison, operations, policy and research, and scheduling.


Description of Job


The Governor's Office of Policy and Research is seeking a Policy Advisor for Natural Resources, Water and Environmental Issues (Advisor). The Advisor will report to the Director of Policy and will provide strategic policy and legislative analysis, project management, press guidance and general support for the Governor's agenda.  The Advisor's portfolio will include, but not be limited to, policies related to:

  • Wildlife
  • Public lands (state and federal)
  • State parks and outdoor recreation
  • Forest management and wildfires
  • Water resources
  • Water quality
  • Air quality
  • Hazardous waste and toxic pollutants
  • Environmental cleanup
  • Rural Colorado


The Advisor will also support the work of the policy advisor responsible for energy and climate issues as needed and appropriate, including oil and gas, mining, GHG emissions and mitigation strategies.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The Advisor will maintain policy expertise, develop strategies, and be prepared to brief and advise the Governor and other administration officials concerning all the issue areas assigned. S/he will coordinate this work as needed with other policy advisors, other offices of the Governor (communications, budget, legal, etc.), and appropriate state agencies. The Advisor will also work closely with the Governor's legislative team to help advance the Governor's agenda during legislative sessions. S/he will develop and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders and constituencies throughout the state to inform this work. This may entail significant travel within the State.

Desired Skills and Competencies: The successful candidate should have the ability to multitask and function effectively in a complex professional environment. S/he should be a detail-oriented strategic thinker with well-developed decision-making, research and analytical skills. S/he should also have strong written and verbal communications skills, advanced interpersonal skills, the ability to learn and assimilate information quickly, and the ability to influence and persuade to effect solutions to complex problems. A well-developed familiarity with Colorado issues and demographics would be an asset.

Additional competencies should include the ability to conduct professional research; the ability to assimilate and synthesize complex information into relevant, logical and organized formats for analysis and discussion; and the ability to identify and minimize potential conflicts in goals and objectives, missions and agendas.


Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


This position requires:

  • Public policy analysis and development skills, as demonstrated by professional and/or academic experience.
  • Experience working on two or more of the policy areas listed in the position description (above), or related issues.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Familiarity with governmental and legislative processes.
  • A high degree of professionalism and confidentiality.


Supplemental Information

A cover letter and resume must be submitted with the application for consideration. Your cover letter and resume must provide sufficient detail about your background and experience to allow the screening panel to properly assess your experience in the required elements, including your experience and achievements.  

We offer a generous benefits package including:
• Annual leave accrued at 13.33 hours per 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
• Additional optional life and disability plans
• Credit Union Membership
• RTD pass
• Training and professional development

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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 our office by phone (303) 866-2471 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.

Conditions of Employment: Applicants must pass a thorough background check prior to employment.

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