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An announcement from Lake County Government today announced that it is now accepting applications for the new position of Parks, Recreation and Open Space Director (PROS Director).

“We are so fortunate in Lake County to have amazing access to public land. Our residents and visitors understand how special our open spaces are, and we are very excited to find the right person to help protect these assets,” said Commissioner Sarah Mudge. “This position will work to ensure that everyone has spaces to exercise, play, and explore here in Lake County, while also balancing and keeping a pulse on natural resource management and protection.”

This position will be responsible for overseeing the budget, programming, planning, coordination, supervision, and administrative work necessary to provide comprehensive community recreation programs, facilities and open spaces to the Lake County community.

With the expected increase in outdoor usage coming from the recent Camp Hale dedication, Lake County is looking to proactively manage its outdoor assets with this new hire.

Camp Hale was set up to train the 10th Mountain Division soldiers for fighting in the rough terrain of the Alps to win World War II. Image courtesy of Colorado Encyclopedia.

“When I started my role in the beginning of 2022, it was clear that Lake County wanted to focus on Outdoor Recreation Management,” explained Visit Leadville-Twin Lakes Tourism Director Adam Ducharme.

“We have some wonderful opportunities ahead of us with the designation of Camp Hale. I am excited to work hand in hand with the PROS Director as we help to protect the natural and historic assets that make our community so special.”


The position requires a Bachelor’s degree in a field related to recreation (or equivalent experience), a minimum of three years of supervisory experience, knowledge of recreation principles/practices, and strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Desired qualifications include Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Certification, knowledge of equipment, materials, policies, practices, and regulations relative to parks, trails, natural water bodies and other appropriate activities, knowledge of contract documents and specifications, and grant writing experience.

Applicants should email their resume, cover letter, and three professional references to The hiring range for the position is $60,000-$75,000 with full Lake County benefits.

Lake County Government looks forward to receiving applications from qualified candidates and helping to provide the Lake County community with comprehensive recreation and leisure programs..

The Lake County Government was founded in 1861. It employs more than 173 full and part-time employees and has offices located throughout the county including the County Courthouse, the Annex Building, and the Lake County Public Works Office.

Featured image: Lake County winter activities get visitors out in scenic beauty. Lake County Visitor’s Bureau Courtesy photo.