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.

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Communications Internship

Conservation Colorado is seeking a part-time Communications Intern to assist the Communications Department and take the lead on special projects. Activities will include research and writing, media list management, and photo organization.

Position: Communications Intern
Location: Denver, Colorado
Deadlines for submission: April 30, 2018
Work Schedule: Roughly 15 hours per week. Summer 2018. Flexible.
Compensation: Paid –  $10.20/hr

About Conservation Colorado
Conservation Colorado works to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policymakers. We work closely with policy leaders, citizen activists, businesses, and other allies, and we have built a reputation as one of the leading conservation advocacy organizations in the region. This coming year we will be tackling everything from directing funding to support our state water plan to supporting the transition to a clean energy economy, from ensuring protections are in place for oil and gas development to moving key public lands and wilderness bills that will protect iconic places across Colorado.

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, she 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 we are pleased that her memory can be honored by introducing new people to the causes she was so proud to fight for.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Conduct research on key conservation topics and candidate positions/statements on our issues.
  • Write blog posts driving readers to action.
  • Maintain media list to ensure effective communications with reporters.
  • Establish a system for managing, tracking, and accessing the organization’s body of photos.
  • Shoot photos and capture video footage at organizational events.
  • Update the Conservation Colorado website.
  • Assist the communications team with the management of social media.

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 communications as a strategy for advancing policy and electing policymakers. Specific background requirements include:

  • Superior communication skills, including demonstrable expertise in writing
  • Ability to manage short-term and long-term deadlines and work independently
  • Strong organizational mindset
  • Willingness to say “yes” to a variety of projects
  • Graphic design and/or social media experience is desirable

Compensation and Benefits
The Communications Intern will earn $10.20 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 send a cover letter, resume, and availability by Monday, April 30, to Hannah Fuhlendorf, Office Manager, with the subject line “Communications Intern” to jobs@conservationco.org.

Resource Development Intern

Conservation Colorado is seeking a part-time Resource Development Intern to assist the development and membership departments. This intern will be integral to the organization’s efforts to research, manage, and cultivate our donors and members.

Position: Resource Development Intern
Location: Denver, Colorado
Deadline for submission: Friday, April 27, 2018
Work Schedule: 15-20 hours per week, From June 2018 through August 2018. Flexible.
Compensation: Paid – $10.20/hr

About Conservation Colorado
Conservation Colorado works to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policymakers. With the support of our donors and 36,000 members, we have built a powerful conservation movement in Colorado. 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 Rocky Mountain region. In 2018, we plan to work to prevent spills from mines across Colorado, clean up our transportation sector to cut back on carbon emissions, and protect more of our public lands.

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 organization 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 is 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 Development Team with major donor, foundation, and corporate prospect research
● Prepare materials and research for meetings with current and prospective funders
● Manage donation tracking and acknowledgments
● Regular data entry and cleanup
● Generate and share reports from research and data analysis with the team and organization
● Assist with fundraising event prep and logistics
● Participate in the assembly of mail fundraising campaigns and acknowledgments
● Represent the organization at workplace giving events
● Assist the membership team with database maintenance, and data analysis projects

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 funder research, non-profit membership development, engagement, and data analysis. Those with an interest in non-profit management and development, statistics, economics & business, political science, or environmental science are encouraged to apply. Specific requirements include:
● Attention to detail and superb organizational skills
● Superior communication skills
● Self-starting and proactive work ethic
● Interest in data analysis
● Ability to multi-task and manage short- and long-term deadlines
● Working knowledge of Google Apps, customer relations management tools, Microsoft Office and design programs are a plus

Compensation and Benefits
Intern will receive a $10.20 per hour stipend not exceeding a total of 225 hours for the internship. Intern will also gain direct experience working with seasoned and knowledgeable community organizing 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 various political and environmental events throughout the course of the internship. Letters of recommendation will be available upon request. Opportunities for full-time employment at Conservation Colorado do occasionally occur and interns are eligible to apply.

Special Job Requirements and Physical Demands
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, race, ethnicity, geographies, political affiliation, and all other identities represented in Colorado or protected by law.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and availability to Hannah Fuhlendorf, Office Manager, by Friday April 27th, 2018 with the subject line “Resource Development Intern” to jobs@conservationco.org.

Grand Junction Organizing Intern

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

Position: Organizing Intern
Location: Grand Junction, Colorado
Deadline for submission: Friday, April 27th
Term of Position: Early May through Early September (flexible starting and end dates)
Work Schedule: Part-time (12-15 hrs a week), flexible based on work/school schedule
Compensation: Paid – $10.20/hr

Overview of Conservation Colorado
Conservation Colorado works to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policymakers. 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. This year we are tackling everything from working to ensure our state has enough water for future generations and passing policies that will make Colorado a renewable energy leader, to moving key public lands and wilderness bills that will protect iconic places in Colorado.

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 Mesa County and surrounding regions, including Colorado Public Lands Day, which is Saturday, May 19, 2018
● Lead election volunteer recruitment and coordination activities.
● Assist with business recruitment efforts for the Colorado Outdoor Business Alliance
● 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:
● Superior communication skills, including written, in-person, and public speaking on the phone and in person
● Attention to detail
● Positive and professional attitude
● Interest in working with diverse communities
● Ability to multi-task and manage short-term and long-term deadlines simultaneously
● 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 a requirement

Compensation and Benefits
Intern will gain direct experience working with seasoned and knowledgeable organizing professionals at one of Colorado’s leading conservation organizations. Intern will have the opportunity to network at political and environmental events throughout the course of the internship. Compensation is 10.20/hour with 15 hour limit per week. No benefits are available; however, letters of recommendation will be available upon request and course credit when applicable. 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, race, ethnicity, geographies, political affiliation, and all other identities represented in Colorado or protected by law.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and availability by Friday, April 27th to Brien Webster with the subject line “Grand Junction Organizing Intern” at jobs@conservationco.org.

Denver Organizing Intern

Conservation Colorado is seeking a part-time Organizing Intern to assist with outreach efforts and take the lead on special projects this summer. The Intern will gain direct experience working with seasoned and knowledgeable organizing professionals at one of Colorado’s leading conservation organizations. This internship is designed for an individual who is passionate about the conservation movement, committed to civic engagement, and seeking an opportunity to mobilize volunteers to hold policymakers accountable for their votes and positions. The internship is also designed to provide training and expertise in our issue-area campaigns concerning public lands and wilderness, water, and climate and energy.

Position: Organizing Intern
Location: Denver, Colorado
Deadline for submission: April 27, 2018
Term of Position: May-August, 2018 (flexible)
Work Schedule: Part-time (10-15 hrs a week) and flexible based upon work/school schedule
Compensation: Paid – $10.20/hr

About Conservation Colorado
Conservation Colorado works to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policymakers. 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. This spring we will be prioritizing the state’s legislative session, working to pass key pro-conservation policy into law.

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, attendee turnout, and logistics for events;
● Assist organizers with community education and outreach efforts including drafting and placing letters to the editor, writing social media posts, tabling at events, crafting public education communications materials, etc.;
● Support Organizing Team with grasstops and grassroots engagement and data tracking;
● Coordinate volunteers around major issue-area campaigns.

Qualifications
We’re seeking someone who has a strong interest in conservation issues, community organizing, and/or policy issues, and is enthusiastic about working with people. Those with an interest in environmental justice, social change, community organizing and mobilization, and elections work are encouraged to apply. Specific requirements include:
● Meticulous and well organized
● Strong written and verbal communication skills, both on the phone and in person
● Interest in working with diverse communities
● Ability to multi-task and manage short-term and long-term deadlines
● Willingness to talk to strangers about environmental and policy issues
● Working knowledge of Google Apps, Microsoft Office and design programs are a plus
● Spanish-language skills are a plus

Compensation and Benefits
This position is compensated $10.20 per hour, and letters of recommendation will be available upon request. Intern will gain direct experience working with seasoned and knowledgeable organizing, advocacy, and political 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, race, ethnicities, geographies, political affiliations, and all other identities represented in Colorado or protected by law.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and availability to Hannah Fuhlendorf, Office Manager, by April 27th with the subject line “Denver Organizing Intern” at jobs@conservationco.org. Please indicate where you saw this ad.