Conservation Colorado is looking for a Front Range Field Organizer based on Colorado’s Front Range who will be responsible for engaging communities in Jefferson County to take action to help pass strong statewide environmental policies and building leaders through education to empower communities to engage in legislative spaces, regulatory processes, and elections.
You will work closely with the Front Range team to ensure conservation and environmental justice are elevated across Jefferson County in political, regulatory, and decision-making spaces.
Location: Denver, CO
Deadline for submission: Sept 27, 2021
Work Schedule: Non-exempt, full-time
About Conservation Colorado
Conservation Colorado is committed to protecting our climate, air, lands, water, and communities. Conservation Colorado’s work to protect and advocate for the environment reflects our commitment to racial and social justice. Particularly by ensuring that policy victories are shared by all Coloradans, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, other communities of color, and other frontline communities. We achieve these goals by organizing people and electing conservation-minded policymakers. We work closely with policy leaders, activists, businesses, and other organizations, and have built a reputation as one of the leading conservation advocacy organizations in the region. Within the organization, we aim to create a workplace culture of policies and practices that demonstrate how we value equity and inclusion.
What You’ll Do
As Conservation Colorado’s Front Range Field Organizer, you’ll recruit and develop activists that represent the community to mobilize them to take action to enact strong conservation policy and elect conservation-minded lawmakers. This position reports to the Front Range Field Manager and is based in the Denver metro area. This role can evolve over time, but you will have these areas of responsibility.
Recruit & Develop Activists
- Build our activist base in Jefferson County by engaging communities, including activists, business owners and community leaders and people who have been traditionally excluded from the environmental movement, building authentic relationships, and mobilizing them to take action to pass strong conservation policy.
- Work to develop activists by holding one-on-one meetings, community meetings, educational events, and trainings on our issues to develop transformational relationships with individuals and community leaders from the geographies where you organize.
Engage People to Take Action
- Work closely with the government affairs team to design and implement strategic and effective campaigns that intersect with our power-building, fundraising, political, and issue-specific goals so we can win strong pro-conservation policies and elect pro-conservation champions.
- Mobilize activists to take action through letter writing, testifying at hearings, and directly connecting them to their decision makers.
- In addition to your regular responsibilities, all staff are expected to participate in certain fundraising efforts, take part in our election-related activities, and commit to our efforts around equity & inclusivity.
To be successful in this job, you will be a dedicated organizer who is committed to building a movement for a better future, with the skills to build community and a willingness to learn. More specifically, you will have:
- Experience, whether through school, work in the community, or previous jobs, paid or volunteer, where you helped people understand the system and motivate them to take action is important to success in this role. Our work marries the people to the policy and politics and a commitment to our theory of organizing is critical.
- This job is all about working with people from all different racial and socio-economic backgrounds and being able to motivate and inspire people to engage with us in our work. That means you have to enjoy meeting new people and building & sustaining authentic relationships.
- As we are working to build a more racially diverse environmental movement, you need to be able to articulate an understanding of racial equity and the importance of environmental groups being involved in racial issues.
- We work in a collaborative space and so you need to be a reliable and dependable teammate who can accomplish all facets of the job, including the more day-to-day administrative tasks that might not seem as urgent, but are important for the work.
- Organizing is often about solving problems so you need the orientation to want to figure out what the problem is, propose a solution and then work towards the solution.
This position does not have an undergraduate education requirement. 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:
The full-time salary range for this role is between $43,000 to $47,000, based on a wage analysis across the organization and new staff rarely starting at the top of the range. We provide high-quality, zero-deductible health insurance and a strong benefits package that includes a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with a match, at least 28 days of vacation & holidays as well as 6 physical & mental wellness days 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. Please note that as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, Conservation Colorado employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness 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, sexual orientations, gender identities, and all other identities represented in Colorado or protected by law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
If this job truly speaks to you, please submit a cover letter, resume, and answer a few short questions in the form below. If you have a disability and need accommodation or assistance with our online application process, please tell us how we can help by calling us at 303.333.7846.