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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 nonprofits, and have built a reputation as one of the leading conservation advocacy organizations in the region.

Our work focuses on keeping Colorado’s rivers healthy and flowing, mobilizing action to protect our climate, and moving key public lands and wilderness bills to preserve iconic places in Colorado. Conservation Colorado seeks employees and interns who will bring vision, smarts, energy, and passion to their work. We welcome diversity and can adjust position requirements to match the needs of applicants when necessary.

For information on the Becca Strelitz Internship Program, click here.

Current Openings

Financial & Human Resources Administrator

Financial & Human Resources Administrator

Conservation Colorado is seeking a Financial & Human Resources Administrator based in Denver who will be responsible for the organization’s bookkeeping, administration of personnel benefits, and legal compliance. You will work closely with the Operations and Finance Director to ensure the financial health of the organization.

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 coming year we will be tackling everything from working to ensure our state has enough water for future generations, looking for ways to increase the state’s use of renewable energy, defend our public lands from attacks by the Trump administration, and electing pro-conservation champions to the state Legislature and governorship. The Financial & Human Resources Administrator will be a key part of managing the financial & compliance systems that allow us to manage our resources, so we can fulfill our mission and continue to grow and win on our campaigns.

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.

What You’ll Do

As Conservation Colorado’s staff and budget have grown, managing the financial work of Conservation Colorado and its sister organization, Conservation Colorado Education Fund, have become more complex. This position reports to the Operations & Finance Director and is for the first time being elevated to a full-time role. You will be primarily responsible for taking our financial systems to the next level of efficiency.

This role can evolve over time, but you will have these areas of responsibility.

  1. Finance
  • Responsible for the day-to-day bookkeeping work of the organizations, including processing payments, handling income, and doing payroll.
  • Act as head problem solver to propose ways to modernize our systems to make them more efficient as needed.
  • Work with the operations & finance director to handle the year end closing and preparing the necessary documentation for the annual audit and tax returns.
  1. Human Resources
  • Manage our personnel benefits to make sure staff are enrolled in benefits as eligible and handling annual open enrollments.
  • Assist in the onboarding of new staff.
  1. Compliance
  • Responsible for the accurate and timely filings of our election reports.
  • Maintain appropriate levels of insurance.
  • Complete annual IRS and Secretary of State filings.

In addition to your regular responsibilities, all staff are expected to participate at some level in organizational priorities including helping in certain fundraising efforts, taking part in our election-related activities, and committing to our organizational efforts around diversity, equity & inclusivity.

Qualifications
To be successful in this job, you will demonstrate the judgment, results-focused work, and efficiency to work well with our team. Fundamentally, we want someone who loves making things work and who has the skills to do that in our context.

More specifically, you will have or be most or all of the following:

  • Fast paced and detail oriented: Have a passion for making things work well and ability to handle different types of projects at the same time with a no drop balls mentality.
  • Solutions oriented: Have the ability to look at our systems and propose solutions to adapt to the evolving needs of the organization and to think three (or 30) steps ahead to ensure things run smoothly.
  • Spirit of helping: We’re pretty busy here and most of our folks are not financially inclined, so your job is to make life easier for our staff to get you the information you need.
  • Shares our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization: Possessing a willingness to do the personal and organizational work around diversity, equity, and inclusivity is vital.
  • Enjoy working with numbers & spreadsheets: Having experience in bookkeeping (we use QuickBooks) is a strong bonus, but not necessary. If you have a fluency with numbers, ability to create systems, and a desire to learn financial management, we want to talk to you & are willing to train the right person how to use our software.

Spanish/English bilingual is a skill we value, but it is not a requirement.  This is a full-time job but there can be some flexibility in the exact schedule.

Compensation and Benefits:

Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive.   We provide high-quality, zero-deductible health insurance and a strong benefits package that includes a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with match, at least 28 days of paid time off in your first year, and parental leave and a sabbatical program.  This job offers an opportunity to engage people to find solutions to some of the most important environmental issues in Colorado and work with a great team that is committed to a better, more equitable future. It will be challenging, inspiring, and sometimes frustrating, but you’ll be making a big difference.

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 that better reflects 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.

To Apply:

If this job truly speaks to you, please fill out this short questionnaire and send a cover letter and resume by October 31st, 2018 to Nikki Riedt, operations & finance director, at jobs@conservationco.org. No phone calls, please.

Communications Director

Communications Director

Location: Denver

Deadline for submission: October 31st, 2018

Work Schedule: Full-time, Exempt Position

Conservation Colorado seeks a Communications Director based in Denver who will bring vision, smarts, energy, and passion to their work. The Communications Director will lead press, messaging, content creation, and research for the organization, ensuring that Conservation Colorado is a prominent voice on conservation and progressive issues in the state. This is a senior-level position responsible for leading a team of talented, highly motivated staff in the Communications Department. The position is based in Denver but will require some travel throughout Colorado.

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 conservation/progressive nonprofits, and have built a reputation as one of the leading conservation advocacy organizations in the state. This coming year we will be engaging in critical work to elect pro-conservation candidates as well as educate the public and mobilizing the public to advocate for the protection of Colorado’s rivers, maintaining and enhancing protection of our public lands, and increase support for more renewable energy development across the state.

Our work to protect and advocate for the environment reflects the organization’s commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice. Engaging communities of color and 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.

Job Responsibilities

As Conservation Colorado has grown in size and stature, developing strong press relations; creating compelling written, visual, and digital content; and the ability to quickly respond to and engage a changing political landscape has become vital to fulfilling our mission. This position will be primarily responsible for creating and implementing the communications strategy for the organization and managing the communications team.

This role can evolve over time, but the primary areas of responsibility are:

1. Earned Media

● Create and implement the organization’s earned media strategy.

● Develop and maintain strong working relationships with the press.

● Manage rapid response operations.

● Develop and build a research program.

2. Message Development & Content Creation

● Develop communications strategies that mobilize and educate Coloradans to help drive policy wins.

● Develop and refine organizational and campaign messaging.

● Lead on polling and public opinion research.

● Edit, oversee, and create high-quality written, visual, and video content.

● Work with staff across the organization to build our digital capacity and expand the reach of our channels.

● Ensure that we are highlighting voices of communities who are disproportionately impacted by anti-environmental policies.

3. Team Management and Leadership

● Manage a staff of 2-4 on the Communications Team.

● Liaise and partner with members of the executive team and senior staff on campaign strategy and development.

● Represent Conservation Colorado in high-level meetings with decision-makers.

In addition to your regular responsibilities, all staff are expected to participate at some level in organizational priorities including helping in certain fundraising efforts, taking part in our election-related activities, and committing to our organizational efforts around diversity, equity & inclusivity.

Qualifications

To be successful in this job, you will demonstrate the strategic thinking and problem solving ability it takes to work well with our team. Fundamentally, the Communications Director should be results-focused and a highly driven individual who understands how a communications strategy can build our power to win on our issues.

More specifically, you will have or be most or all of the following:

● Strong written & spoken communication skills: Have the ability to present information in creative ways; the professionalism to act as a spokesperson for the organization in myriad situations; and the interpersonal skills necessary to build relationships with staff and board members, political leaders, press, partner groups, and others is critical, particularly the ability to navigate difficult conversations with people who don’t agree with us.

● Fast-paced & detail oriented: Be able to maintain grace under pressure and meet deadlines in an ever changing environment while maintaining 100% accuracy and a no- balls-dropped mentality.

● Enjoy working in politics: Possess a desire to participate in politics and believe in the power of people to influence decision makers; having experience with Colorado politics, power building, and environmental issues are a bonus.

● Experience creating messaging: Be able to develop narratives that help us build power and build campaigns, particular having experience in working with communities of color is something we are very interested in.

● At least 2-4 years experience working with press: Pitching stories, developing relationships with reporters and the media, and speaking on the record.

● Share our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization: Possessing a willingness to do the personal and organizational work around diversity, equity, and inclusivity is vital.

Spanish/English bilingual is a skill we value, but it is not a requirement. Prior management experience is a bonus.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive. We provide high-quality, zero- deductible health insurance and a strong benefits package that includes a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with match, at least 28 days of paid time off in your first year, parental leave, and a sabbatical program. This job offers an opportunity to engage people to find solutions to some of the most important environmental issues in Colorado and work with a great team that is committed to a better, more equitable future. It will be challenging, inspiring, and sometimes frustrating, but you’ll be making a big difference.

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 that better reflects 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.

To Apply

If this job truly speaks to you, please do the following two things to submit your application:

1. Please fill out this short questionnaire

2. Send a cover letter and resume by October 31st, 2018 to Jessica Goad, Deputy Director with the subject line “Communications Director” to jobs@conservationco.org.

No phone calls please.

Protégete Program Director

Protégete Program Director

Location: Denver

Deadline for submission: November 12, 2018

Work Schedule: Full-time, Exempt Position

Conservation Colorado seeks a Protégete Program Director based in Denver who will bring vision, smarts, energy, and passion to their work. The Protégete Program Director will lead the Protégete team and build high-level, transformational relationships with funders, coalition partners, elected officials, and other grasstops to ensure that Conservation Colorado’s work lifts up the voices of the Latino community throughout the state and ensure that we are organizing effectively within these communities.

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 conservation/progressive nonprofits, and have built a reputation as one of the leading conservation advocacy organizations in the state.   Our Protégete program aims to build a more powerful and influential voice for local Latino communities and leaders in the fight against climate change by promoting a healthy future for all Coloradans.

Our work to protect and advocate for the environment reflects the organization’s commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice. Engaging communities of color and 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.

Job Responsibilities

The Protégete program is a vital & growing part of Conservation Colorado.  This senior-level position is critical in setting the vision for not only the Protégete program, but for continuing the organization’s evolution around environmental justice. This position will be primarily responsible for setting the long-term vision for the program; setting the standards & tone for the team; identifying the ways that organizing can intersect with our policy work; and developing relationships with leaders in our community to inform and advance our organizational goals.  The primary areas of responsibility are:

  1.  Campaign Strategy and Management
  • Develop, plan, and execute priority campaigns.
  • Play a significant role in our electoral work leading into and during election years.
  • Lead in creating and implementing the long-term plan for what Protegete is to become next.
  • Ensure that we are highlighting voices of communities or color.

 

  1. Grasstops Relationship Development
  • Work with coalition partners, elected officials, and other stakeholders to build power and advance our goals effectively.
  • Develop funder relationships so we can increase & diversify our funding.
  • Cultivate relationships with the media.
  • Represent Conservation Colorado in high-level meetings with decision-makers

 

  1. Team Management and Leadership
  • Manage a direct report of one and a team of six total staff.
  • As a member of senior staff, liaise and partner with other senior staff on campaign strategy and development.
  • Play a key role in leading the organization in our continued evolution towards being more equitable both internally and within the conservation movement.

Qualifications

To be successful in this job, you will demonstrate the strategic thinking and problem-solving ability it takes to work well with our team. Fundamentally, you should be results-focused and a highly driven individual who understands how organizing and transformational relationships can build our power to win on our issues.  More specifically, you will have or be most or all of the following:

  • Authentic relationship builder:  Ability to build the trust & respect necessary to develop high-level relationships with businesses, political leaders, and/or progressive community partners.
  • Ability to build & motivate a team:  Ability to foster a strong, positive team culture through transparency, respect, and accountability.
  • Long term strategic planner:  Ability to use creative thinking & long-term planning in decision making while also balancing timely or short-term goals and limited resources.
  • Strong written & verbal communication skills:  Ability to act as a spokesperson for the organization in myriad circumstances and write effectively.  While it is not required, the ability to communicate in Spanish is highly valued in this position.
  • A strong interest in lifting up the voices of communities of color and other marginalized identities to inform and advance policy goals and elect pro-conservation candidates.
  • A least 2-4 years’ experience working on progressive policy and/or political campaigns.
  • Share our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization: Possessing a willingness to do the personal and organizational work around diversity, equity, and inclusivity is vital.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive.  We provide high-quality, zero-deductible health insurance and a strong benefits package that includes a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with match, at least 28 days of paid time off in your first year, parental leave, and a sabbatical program.

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 that better reflects 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.

To Apply

If this job truly speaks to you, please fill out this short questionnaire first and then send a cover letter that explains why and a resume by November 12 to Patrick Massaro, Organizing & Political Director, via jobs@conservationco.org.  

No phone calls please.