CDPS Culture

Our employees are proud of their work and believe their work is important and valued by the public.

Our members feel they are personally held accountable for achieving results.

Our supervisors do a great job managing employees, providing clear expectations, treating employees with respect and providing timely feedback.

We value a high work-life balance.


CDPS is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity of backgrounds and ideas.

  • Military and Veterans. We are honored have more than 12% of our employees who have served or continue to serve in the military at CDPS. If you are a veteran, you may be eligible for veteran's preference points. 

  • Applicants and Employees with Disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to enable their participation in the hiring and promotional processes.  


Employee Resource Groups 

Employees focus on professional development, peer support, employee engagement, interpersonal communication community of practice, leadership development & implementation, community service, environmental sustainability.


Volunteering and fundraising efforts 

In 2017 CDPS employees pledged over $33,000 to hundeds of Colorado charities through Colorado Combined Campaign. 
CDPS members also engage in various annual charitable initiatives. 


Featured Employee -Vaughn Jones CDPS Excellence in Leadership Award Recipient 

This award recognizes leaders who pave the way for others to shine. Recipients help others strive to meet their goals and achieve success. These individuals establish a vision for others follow; they seek challenging opportunities, and inspire others to share those challenges. 

“When I think about my time working with Chief Jones over the last 3.5 years, two words come to mind: honor and integrity. Jones is a regular person like you and me with wants and worries. Yet he stands taller than most of us. He is a protector, a brother, a sounding board, he is a firefighter through and through. He is a man who values life because he has seen too much death.

I have seen him make some very difficult decisions -- decisions that only a good leader can make. I have seen him spend time away from the people he loves most in this world with the mission of serving his State. He sacrifices his personal time for the good of others. Chief Jones doesn't preach the brotherhood of man. He lives it.

Chief Jones is highly skilled in communicating with his employees, colleagues and superiors in a way that others cannot. He demonstrates decency, self-respect and moral soundness. Chief Jones has a great deal of integrity and that is seen in the decisions he makes and the way he protects his employees. He wants the best for his employees at every level, and genuinely cares about them.

Vaughn has dramatically impacted this entire organization. Specifically, he build this section of DFPC from the ground up, growing it from a handful of people to over 100 members serving the state. From aviation to ground resources to mitigation programs, Chief Jones has built and will continue to create one of the leading wildland agencies in the country.”