Becca Strelitz Internship Program

“I absolutely adore the organization and everyone who works for it. Thanks again for giving a crazy kid a chance. You opened so many doors for me and helped me accomplish so many things that I’ll never forget.” – Becca Strelitz

becca strelitzThe conservation community lost one of its most dynamic members when Becca Strelitz passed away in June 2015.  Becca was an intern with Conservation Colorado in 2011 and over time became one of our best and brightest community organizers. Her unmitigated passion for the cause gave her a powerful ability to connect with others and motivate them to act. We are honored to continue her legacy through our internship program.

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Protecting our environment means preserving what we love about Colorado. For over 50 years, we’ve worked to protect our environment and quality of life across the state, with an increasing focus on communities of color and low-income communities who have borne the brunt of environmental injustice for too long. We strive to elect pro-conservation leaders and hold them accountable to protect our environment and people.

Our work to advocate for the environment reflects the organization’s commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice. As a paid intern, you’ll join a team committed to preserving Colorado. In your role, you may be asked to bring community members to speak with decision-makers, use data to engage our members, share updates on social media, lobby, organize events, fundraise, and more to help us win on our campaigns. We welcome diversity and can adjust position requirements to match the needs of applicants when necessary.

Current Openings

Events & Auction Intern (Spring/Summer 2019)

Conservation Colorado is seeking a part-time Events & Auction Intern to play a major role in our key fundraising events. With an event portfolio that includes a large gala, beer festival, and multiple smaller donor events, this is an ideal opportunity to gain event and fundraising experience in the nonprofit field.

Position: Events & Auction Intern

Location: Denver

Deadline for submission: January 15, 2019

Term of Position: January through August

Work Schedule: January – March: 15 hours/week; April – May: 20+ hours/week;  June – August: 15 hours/week

Compensation: $11.10 per hour

 

About Conservation Colorado

Conservation Colorado works to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policy makers. We work closely with policy leaders, citizen activists, businesses and other allies, and have built a reputation as one of the leading conservation advocacy organizations in the region.

Conservation Colorado’s work to protect and advocate for the environment reflects the organization’s commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice. Engaging communities of color, among other key constituencies, for the environment is an organizational priority. Within the organization, we aim to create a workplace culture and policies and practices that demonstrate how we value equity and inclusion.

 

Overview of Rebel with a Cause Gala

With 750+ attendees, the Rebel with a Cause Gala is one of the largest annual events for Colorado’s conservation community. Past ‘Rebel’ honorees have included community activists LaDonna Brave Bull Allard and Reverend Lennox Yearwood, author-activists Bill McKibben and Terry Tempest Williams, and climate visionary Tom Steyer. Also recognized are our donors, members, corporate partners, citizens, political advocates and friends for their ongoing involvement and generous support. This event attracts high-profile lawmakers, renewable energy industry leaders and community supporters from across the state.

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Rebel with a Cause Gala auction management and event support
    • Solicitation of items from local businesses and individuals
    • Coordination of auction item pick-ups and/or delivery
    • Cataloging of incoming items’ values, descriptions, and other details
    • Crafting of item descriptions for bid sheets and social media advertising
    • Creation of silent auction catalogue before the event
    • Set up, tear down, organization, and disbursement of items at gala
    • Post-event donor management, including item pickup and obtaining delinquent payments
    • Assistance with data entry, phone calls, thank you letters, and other event-related projects as needed
  • Save the Ales volunteer and event coordination
    • Solicitation of items from local businesses and individuals for the raffle/silent auction
    • Management of volunteers, including task assignments and training
    • Supporting the Fundraising & Events Manager with sponsor outreach
    • Set up, tear down, organization, and disbursement of items from raffle/silent auction
    • Post-event donor follow-up and data entry
  • Other
    • Day-of event support including set-up, check-in management, and tear-down for additional major donor and fundraising events
    • Opportunity to plan and execute an event with help and management as required from the Fundraising & Events Manager
    • General development team support

 

Compensation and Benefits

The Events & Auction Intern will earn $11.10 per hour.

Additionally, letters of recommendation may also be provided upon request (and course credit when applicable). Intern will also gain direct experience working with seasoned and knowledgeable political and environmental professionals at one of Colorado’s leading conservation organizations. In addition, Conservation Colorado is located in one of Denver’s premier multi-tenant nonprofit centers, The Alliance Center, so opportunities for shared learning and dialogue between nonprofits abound. Intern will have the opportunity to network at political and environmental events throughout the course of the internship. Opportunities for full-time employment at Conservation Colorado do occasionally occur and interns are eligible to apply.

 Minimum Qualifications

The ideal candidate for this position has a strong interest in protecting Colorado’s environment and quality of life, is outgoing and enthusiastic about working with people, and has a true desire to learn more about development, fundraising, and event planning. Students with majors in the areas of event and hospitality management as well as development, fundraising, or communications are encouraged to apply. Specific background requirements include:

  • Strong analytical skills for data management
  • Demonstrable skills in persuasive writing
  • Attention to detail and highly organized
  • Superior communication skills, both on the phone and in person
  • Ability to multi-task and manage short- and long-term deadlines
  • Familiarity with auctions and/or event planning is a plus
  • Working knowledge of Google Apps, Microsoft Office, and design programs and are a plus

 

Special Job Requirements and Physical Demands

Some travel around Denver and possibly Boulder to pick up auction items; flexible work hours; some evening and weekend hours may occur. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this assignment. Intern regularly walks, bends, stoops, climbs stairs, and lifts up to 35 pounds. We welcome diversity and can adjust position requirements to match the needs of applicants when necessary.

We are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive organization and conservation movement to fully represent and engage all Coloradans and to build as powerful a movement as we can. Recruiting staff and volunteers that better reflect Colorado is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, ethnicities, geographies, political affiliations, and all other identities represented in Colorado or protected by law.

 To Apply

Please fill out this short questionnaire and send the following things by January 15 to Grace Randazzo, Fundraising & Events Manager with the subject line “Events & Auction Intern” to jobs@conservationco.org:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Writing sample (preferably persuasive writing)
Membership Intern (Spring 2019)

Conservation Colorado is seeking a part-time Membership Data Intern to assist the membership strategy department. This intern will be integral to the organization’s efforts to improve the management, tracking, and accuracy of member data.

Position: Membership Intern

Location: Denver, Colorado

Deadline for submission: January 13, 2018

Work Schedule: Flexible 15-20 hours per week, from January 2019 through May 2019.

Compensation: Paid – $11.10 per hour

 

About Conservation Colorado

Conservation Colorado works to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policy makers. We work closely with policy leaders, citizen activists, businesses and other allies, and have built a reputation as one of the leading conservation advocacy organizations in the region.

Conservation Colorado’s work to protect and advocate for the environment reflects the organization’s commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice. Engaging communities of color, among other key constituencies, for the environment is an organizational priority. Within the organization, we aim to create a workplace culture and policies and practices that demonstrate how we value equity and inclusion.

 

About The Becca Strelitz Internship Program

This position is part of the Becca Strelitz Internship Program. Becca lived a life full of love and passion; she was grounded in knowing who she was and what she wanted to do. She became involved with our former organization, Colorado Environmental Coalition, as an intern in 2011, and over time, became one of our best and brightest community organizers. In June, 2015 Becca passed away as the result of a motorcycle accident outside of Denver.

Becca was one of the kindest, most passionate people we have had the privilege to work with and she will be dearly missed by not just the board and staff of Conservation Colorado, but by the many lives she touched in the conservation community across the state. We are saddened by her passing, but are pleased that her memory can be honored by introducing new people to the causes she was so proud to fight for.

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist Membership team with data migration to new database, including data mapping and cleanup and coordination with staff and consultants throughout the process.
  • Conduct research and data analysis on Conservation Colorado’s members and work with membership department to share reports with the rest of the organization
  • Carry out regular data entry and cleanup
  • Participate in assembly of Spring mail fundraising campaign

 

Qualifications

The ideal candidate for this position has a strong interest in protecting Colorado’s environment and quality of life, and has a true desire to learn more about, nonprofit membership development, engagement, data management and data analysis. Those with an interest in Nonprofit Management and Development, Statistics, Economics & Business, or Political Science, are encouraged to apply. Specific requirements and skills include:

  • Attention to detail and superb organizational skills
  • Superior communication skills
  • Self-starting and proactive working style
  • Interest in data and nonprofit data management
  • Ability to multi-task and manage short- and long-term deadlines
  • Working knowledge of Google Apps, Microsoft Office and Excel are a plus

Compensation and Benefits

The Membership Intern will earn $11.10 per hour.

Additionally, letters of recommendation may also be provided upon request (and course credit when applicable). Intern will also gain direct experience working with seasoned and knowledgeable political and environmental professionals at one of Colorado’s leading conservation organizations. In addition, Conservation Colorado is located in one of Denver’s premier multi-tenant nonprofit centers, The Alliance Center, so opportunities for shared learning and dialogue between nonprofits abound. Intern will have the opportunity to network at political and environmental events throughout the course of the internship. Opportunities for full-time employment at Conservation Colorado do occasionally occur and interns are eligible to apply.

Special Job Requirements

Flexible work hours; some evening and weekend hours may occur.

We are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive organization and conservation movement to fully represent and engage all Coloradans and to build as powerful a movement as we can. Recruiting staff and volunteers that better reflect Colorado is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, ethnicities, geographies, political affiliations, and all other identities represented in Colorado or protected by law.

 How to Apply

Please fill out this short questionnaire and email a cover letter, resume, and availability to Katie Kirdahy Membership and Online Engagement Coordinator, by January 13, 2019 with the subject line “Membership Data Intern” to jobs@conservationco.org.

Durango Organizing Intern (Spring 2019)

Conservation Colorado is seeking a part-time Organizing Intern to assist with outreach efforts at Conservation Colorado and take the lead on special projects. Intern will gain direct experience working with seasoned and knowledgeable organizing professionals at one of Colorado’s leading conservation organizations.

Position: Durango Organizing Intern
Location: Durango, Colorado

Deadline for submission: Thursday, January 10, 2019

Term of Position: January through May 31, 2019

Work Schedule: Part time (10-20 hrs a week), flexible based upon work/school schedule

Compensation: $11.10 per hour


About Conservation Colorado

Conservation Colorado works to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policy makers. We work closely with policy leaders, citizen activists, businesses and other allies, and have built a reputation as one of the leading conservation advocacy organizations in the region.

Conservation Colorado’s work to protect and advocate for the environment reflects the organization’s commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice. Engaging communities of color, among other key constituencies, for the environment is an organizational priority. Within the organization, we aim to create a workplace culture and policies and practices that demonstrate how we value equity and inclusion.

About The Becca Strelitz Internship Program

This position is part of the Becca Strelitz Internship Program. Becca lived a life full of love and passion; she was grounded in knowing who she was and what she wanted to do. She became involved with our former organization, Colorado Environmental Coalition, as an intern in 2011, and over time, became one of our best and brightest community organizers. In June, 2015 Becca passed away as the result of a motorcycle accident outside of Denver.

Becca was one of the kindest, most passionate people we have had the privilege to work with and she will be dearly missed by not just the board and staff of Conservation Colorado, but by the many lives she touched in the conservation community across the state. We are saddened by her passing, but are pleased that her memory can be honored by introducing new people to the causes she was so proud to fight for.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist with planning and organizing events and activities in Southwest Colorado, including Colorado Public Lands Day, which is Saturday, May 18, 2019.
  • Assist with efforts associated with the state legislature such as attending hearings, phone banking, placing letters to the editor, and other similar activities.
  • Assist Organizers with raising awareness and other outreach efforts such as, securing public comments supporting conservation priorities, social media posts, business outreach, crafting materials for public events, and other similar activities.
  • Assist Organizing Team with data entry.

Qualifications
The ideal candidate for this position has a strong interest in protecting Colorado’s environment and quality of life, tackling environmental justice issues, is outgoing and enthusiastic about working with people, and has a true desire to learn more about organizing/advocacy and event planning. Those with an interest in environmental issues, social change, mobilizing communities toward action, and/or politics are encouraged to apply. Specific background requirements include:

  • Attention to detail
  • Superior communication skills, both on the phone and in person
  • Interest in working with diverse communities
  • Skills in persuasive writing
  • Ability to multi-task and manage short-term and long-term deadlines
  • Familiarity with event planning is a plus
  • Working knowledge of Google Apps, Microsoft Office and/or design programs are a plus
  • Ability to speak Spanish is a plus but not requirement

 

Compensation and Benefits

The Durango Organizing Intern will earn $11.10 per hour.

Additionally, letters of recommendation may also be provided upon request (and course credit when applicable). Intern will also gain direct experience working with seasoned and knowledgeable political and environmental professionals at one of Colorado’s leading conservation organizations. In addition, Conservation Colorado is located in one of Denver’s premier multi-tenant nonprofit centers, The Alliance Center, so opportunities for shared learning and dialogue between nonprofits abound. Intern will have the opportunity to network at political and environmental events throughout the course of the internship. Opportunities for full-time employment at Conservation Colorado do occasionally occur and interns are eligible to apply.

Special Job Requirements

Flexible work hours; some evening and weekend hours may occur.

We are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive organization and conservation movement to fully represent and engage all Coloradans and to build as powerful a movement as we can. Recruiting staff and volunteers that better reflect Colorado is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, ethnicities, geographies, political affiliations, and all other identities represented in Colorado or protected by law.

How to Apply
Please fill out this short questionnaire and send a cover letter, resume, and availability to Lisa Pool, Southwest Field Organizer, by January 10th with the subject line “Durango Organizing Intern” at jobs@conservationco.org.

Front Range Organizing Internship (Spring 2019)

Conservation Colorado

Spring 2019 Front Range Organizing Internship

Conservation Colorado is seeking a part-time Organizing Intern to assist with outreach efforts at Conservation Colorado and take the lead on special projects. Intern will gain direct experience working with seasoned and knowledgeable organizing professionals at one of Colorado’s leading conservation organizations.

Position: Front Range Organizing Intern
Location: Denver, Colorado

Deadline for submission: Thursday, January 10, 2019

Term of Position: February through May 24, 2019

Work Schedule: Part time (10-20 hrs a week), flexible based upon work/school schedule

Compensation: $11.10 per hour


About Conservation Colorado

Conservation Colorado works to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policy makers. We work closely with policy leaders, citizen activists, businesses and other allies, and have built a reputation as one of the leading conservation advocacy organizations in the region.

Conservation Colorado’s work to protect and advocate for the environment reflects the organization’s commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice. Engaging communities of color, among other key constituencies, for the environment is an organizational priority. Within the organization, we aim to create a workplace culture and policies and practices that demonstrate how we value equity and inclusion.

About The Becca Strelitz Internship Program

This position is part of the Becca Strelitz Internship Program. Becca lived a life full of love and passion; she was grounded in knowing who she was and what she wanted to do. She became involved with our former organization, Colorado Environmental Coalition, as an intern in 2011, and over time, became one of our best and brightest community organizers. In June, 2015 Becca passed away as the result of a motorcycle accident outside of Denver.

Becca was one of the kindest, most passionate people we have had the privilege to work with and she will be dearly missed by not just the board and staff of Conservation Colorado, but by the many lives she touched in the conservation community across the state. We are saddened by her passing, but are pleased that her memory can be honored by introducing new people to the causes she was so proud to fight for.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist with planning and organizing events and activities, including Colorado Public Lands Day, which is Saturday, May 18, 2019.
  • Assist with efforts associated with the state legislature such as attending hearings, phone banking, placing letters to the editor, and other similar activities.   
  • Assist Organizers with raising awareness and other outreach efforts such as, securing public comments supporting conservation priorities, social media posts, business outreach, crafting materials for public events, and other similar activities.
  • Assist Organizing Team with data entry.

 

Qualifications
The ideal candidate for this position has a strong interest in protecting Colorado’s environment and quality of life, tackling environmental justice issues, is outgoing and enthusiastic about working with people, and has a true desire to learn more about organizing/advocacy and event planning. Those with an interest in environmental issues, social change, mobilizing communities toward action, and/or politics are encouraged to apply. Specific background requirements include:

  • Attention to detail
  • Superior communication skills, both on the phone and in person
  • Interest in working with diverse communities
  • Skills in persuasive writing
  • Ability to multi-task and manage short-term and long-term deadlines
  • Familiarity with event planning is a plus
  • Working knowledge of Google Apps, Microsoft Office and/or design programs are a plus
  • Ability to speak Spanish is a plus but not requirement

 

Compensation and Benefits

The Front Range Organizing Intern will earn $11.10 per hour.

Additionally, letters of recommendation may also be provided upon request (and course credit when applicable). Intern will also gain direct experience working with seasoned and knowledgeable political and environmental professionals at one of Colorado’s leading conservation organizations. In addition, Conservation Colorado is located in one of Denver’s premier multi-tenant nonprofit centers, The Alliance Center, so opportunities for shared learning and dialogue between nonprofits abound. Intern will have the opportunity to network at political and environmental events throughout the course of the internship. Opportunities for full-time employment at Conservation Colorado do occasionally occur and interns are eligible to apply.

Special Job Requirements

Flexible work hours; some evening and weekend hours may occur.

We are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive organization and conservation movement to fully represent and engage all Coloradans and to build as powerful a movement as we can. Recruiting staff and volunteers that better reflect Colorado is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, ethnicities, geographies, political affiliations, and all other identities represented in Colorado or protected by law.

How to Apply
Please fill out this short questionnaire and send a cover letter, resume, and availability to Josh Kuhn, Front Range Field Organizer, by January 10th with the subject line “Front Range Organizing Intern” at jobs@conservationco.org.