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Job Opening: Assistant Airport Manager



P. 0. Box 773598

Steamboat Springs,  CO 80477

Phone  (970) 870-5361     Fax (970) 870-5362


 Yampa  Valley Regional Airport  Assistant Airport  Manager:  Salary Range $74,506 to

$79,789, plus an excellent benefit package.  Successful candidate manages the day to day operations of airside, terminal and landside activities for Yampa Valley Regional Airport (YVRA); including:  maintenance, staff activities, security, airport rescue and firefighting, ground transportation, terminal services and safety, and ensures open communication and coordination of airside, terminal and landside activities among airport and community stakeholders.  This position reports directly to the Airport Manager and coordinates the activities essential for ensuring the safe, efficient and continuous operation of the airport.  The Yampa Valley Regional Airport (YVRA) is located in Hayden, CO.  YVRA is a destination airport for the Steamboat Ski Resort area.

Education  and experience required: Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management, Business Administration, Public Administration or other related field, plus three years related management experience at a commercial airport, or any combination of business acumen, education, training, and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities for the job.  Certificate from the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) as a Certified Member (CM) desired.A complete job description can be emailed to prospective applicants cover letter, resume, and signed Yampa Valley Regional Airport Application must be received before 3 pm, August 22,2014.  The Yampa Valley Regional Airport Application is available in the Routt County Human Resources Office, 136 6'h Street, Steamboat Springs, or can be emailed to a prospective applicant, or you can click on the Hyper-link within the body of the text on our website to bring up the application.

Failure to submit all of the above papenvork will disqualify you from the application process.

Deliver to: Human Resources, Attn: Assistant Airport Manager, 136 6th Street, Steamboat Springs, CO; or e-mail, or fax to 970-870-5362. Applications can be mailed toP 0 Box 773598, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477-3598. The application packet must be received on or before the deadline listed.

Please note: you may use any ofthe  methods listed to apply for this position.

Routt County is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Wildlife Hazard Management Program for Colorado Airports

TO: Members of CAOA

RE: USDA Efforts to Manage Wildlife Hazards at Colorado Airports

In an effort to provide important information to Colorado CAOA members, please feel free to forward this email highlighting the cooperative efforts between USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services and CDOT-Division of Aeronautics (CDOT) within the state of Colorado to address wildlife hazard management for aviation safety.

One of the many roles of USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services (WS) is to alleviate wildlife hazards at airports nationwide. Since 2006, the cooperative agreement between WS and CDOT has received national recognition and has become a pro-active model for other states in need of maintaining FAA compliance in regard to wildlife concerns. Since this cooperative program began, Colorado WS program has experienced an increase in interest and support for airport wildlife management. Over the last 7 years, WS assistance to airports has expanded from 10 airports to over 25 of the 76 public-use airports in Colorado.

Responsibilities of Colorado WS’ airport program are numerous and include, conducting Wildlife Hazard Assessments, Wildlife Hazard Management Plans, Wildlife Hazard Site Visits, federal and state permitting, habitat management recommendations, surveying, wildlife control, land-use planning, and establishing and maintaining working relationships with property owners adjacent to airports. All the while, complying with Federal, state, and local laws to provide our best service to each airport.

Below is a description of services that the WS program provides to Colorado airports each year:

Wildlife Hazard Assessments (WHA)

A WHA is a detailed evaluation of wildlife conditions at an airport, documented in a formal written report to the airport manager. This is a comprehensive 12 month study where data is collected through on-site observations, surveys, and data analysis. This study is necessary for a complete evaluation of all factors contributing to wildlife hazards specific to an airport, including seasonal wildlife occurrence and abundance.

Wildlife Hazard Management Plans (WHMP)

A WHMP is a document that describes the responsibilities, policies, and procedures to reduce wildlife hazards at airports. It provides guidelines and action plans to accomplish prioritized wildlife management objectives within defined time frames. Content requirements for the plan have been established by the FAA in 14 CFR Part 139.337 (f). The WHMP is a working document that must be reviewed annually. Most certificated airports in Colorado have an FAA-approved WHMP that is reviewed and updated annually by WS and incorporated in the airports’ Airport Certification Manual (ACM). This includes reviewing each section within the WHMP such as habitat management efforts and priorities, evaluating the responsibilities of the wildlife hazard committee members, ensuring that proper federal and state permits are current and included in the plan, and confirming that wildlife control procedures were utilized on the airfield to avoid a hazardous condition. Assessing each aspect of the plan helps airport management gain an understanding of where the problems are and what methods are most effective in alleviating the concerns.

Wildlife Hazard Management Annual Training

For certificated airports, the FAA requires airport employees involved in implementing an airport's WHMP to receive annual training (14 CFR part 139.303). Non-certificated airports have requested this training as well, but it is not required. WS develops training courses each year in wildlife hazard management according to FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5200-36.  Upon completion of the training, the list of a list of airport personnel is provided to the FAA for verification during certification inspections.

Wildlife Strike Identification and Reporting

It is extremely important to the aviation industry to report "wildlife strikes". Statistics are compiled by the FAA using data collected on the FAA Form 5200-7. The data collected helps develop management programs specific to their airports. WS helps in the identification of wildlife species that are struck, submits wildlife strike information to the FAA and provides recommendations to the airport.

Obtaining Federal and State Permits for Wildlife Control
Wildlife management on airports requires lethal and non-lethal techniques to reduce or eliminate threats to human safety or damage to aircraft and operations. State and federal permits are required in Colorado before certain species can be lethally removed or harassed from safety areas. WS assists airports with all permitting processes by completing permit applications and submitting required documentation.

Wildlife Control

Wildlife population management is often necessary to address immediate hazards to human health and safety caused by wildlife. WS possesses all the necessary permits and licenses to conduct direct control activities to reduce hazardous wildlife populations on/near airfields. This includes the use of toxicants and pesticides with a Qualified Supervisor Pesticide License and Firearms Certifications.   Wildlife control is a necessary tool that airports can and do rely on WS to conduct on their airfields. Airport managers contact WS for non-lethal, as well as lethal measures on their airfield. For example, prairie dog control continues to be a priority for many airports in Colorado and management of populations on an airfield is difficult and time-consuming, yet imperative due to safety concerns.  Prairie dogs pose an immediate threat by burrowing within safety areas as well as attracting numerous predators to the airfield including hawks, owls and eagles and coyotes which can cause significant damage to aircraft.

In conclusion, ALL Colorado airports are able to accomplish wildlife management objectives more efficiently and effectively when CDOT collaborates with WS. WS will continue to provide exceptional service to the Colorado airport system because of the increasing requirements, awareness and support of the program by airport managers.  

Attached are some interesting highlights of the accomplishments of our wildlife hazard management program for Colorado airports during 2013. As always, thank you for your continued cooperation and support to ensure we are maintaining high standards to protect Colorado’s aviation community.


Kendra Cross

USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services

12345 W. Alameda Pkwy Ste 204

Lakewood, CO

303.236.5815 office

303.859.0399 cell

USDA Accomplishments 2013

Gary Coulter


This past weekend Colorado lost an Aviation legend on Sunday 12/15/13.  Gary was Airport Manager at Meeker (Coulter Field) Airport for over 54 years.  Gary had passion for Aviation and was truly generous with his knowledge and expertise.  CAOA would like to send our condolences to the Coulter Family and celebrate his remarkable life and contribution to the Colorado Aviation Community.  Gary's daughter Samantha Coulter Lopez has been assisting her Dad in managing projects at Coulter Field for over 10 years and will continue to operate the Airport along with her brother Lanny Coulter who has worked with Dad for over 30 years in the family business, Coulter Aviation.  During Gary's 54 years of operating the Airport he has built his business in Agricultural Spraying, Maintenance, FBO and Charter services.    Thank you Coulter Family for your support of Colorado Airports.

Annual Environmental Regulations for Airports Workshop @ DIA

DIA is hosting the annual Environmental Regulations for Airports Workshop on SEPTEMBER 27, 2013 in the City Conference Room which is located in the Terminal Level 6 on the west side.  This conference is Sponsored by DIA and CAOA and the Workshop is FREE, Lunch and snacks will be provided.


Please see below for the presentations from the 2013 Environmental Regulations for Airports Workshop at DIA:

Air Permitting in Colorado (Wind River Env'l Group)

CDOT Sustainability Plan for GA Airports (Mead & Hunt)

Energy Management and Renewable Energy (DIA)

NEPA and the FAA (FAA)

Leaking USTs and Future Development (Colorado Springs Airpo

Recycling, Composting, and Plastic Film Baling (DIA)

Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Program (CDPHE)





NWAAE and DIA Winter Operations & Deicing Conference & Exhibition

AAAE/Northeast Chapter AAAE Large Hub Winter Operations & Deicing Conference and Exhibition

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), the Northeast Chapter AAAE, and the Denver International Airport (DIA) are pleased to present the 13th Annual Large Hub Winter Operations and Deicing Conference and Exhibition, July 21-23, 2013, in Denver, CO.  This is an excellent training Opportunity for ALL Colorado Airports of any size that conduct Snow Removal and Ice Control during Winter Operations.

Register Here

Register Here