Location: Denver, CO
Deadline for submission: March 1, 2018. Interested parties encouraged to apply ASAP.
Work Schedule: Full-time non-exempt, overtime eligible position.
Conservation Colorado is seeking a full-time Field Organizer to assist with our organizing on the Front Range focused primarily in Jefferson County. This person will actively seek out and cultivate relationships with members of the public and partner groups to achieve conservation wins in Colorado on primarily climate and energy issues, as well as public lands protections and water issues.
The ideal candidate will have a commitment to engage and inspire the public to advocate for themselves and their communities on conservation issues. She or he will work to build relationships with a diverse array of people and will demonstrate an ability to excel in a fast-paced, multi-issue environment. This position offers an excellent opportunity to work on environmental issues in Colorado, gain community organizing and campaign experience, work on priority election campaigns across the Front Range, and build relationships with elected officials, policy makers, business leaders, and the public to create positive change.
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 work that involves educating the public and advocating for the protection of Colorado’s rivers, maintaining and enhancing the protection of our public lands, and increasing support for more renewable energy development and climate action at the local, state and federal level. We will also be focused on civic engagement and electoral work aimed at increasing voter participation in elections and electing pro-conservation candidates to office across all levels of government in Colorado.
Our 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.
The Field Organizer, who is based in Denver and reports to the Front Range Field Manager, is responsible for the following:
● Recruiting and mobilizing a strong base of volunteers and activists to engage with their local, state, and federal decision makers on conservation issues via phone calls, townhall participation, electoral engagement, email activism, letters to the editor, lobby days, and more;
● Working with activists and volunteers through events - one on ones, small group meetings, or large community trainings - to develop activists’ skill sets and knowledge on conservation issues;
● Developing strong working relationships with conservation partners and other allies;
● Seeking out new voices from communities who are disproportionately impacted by anti-conservation policies, particularly low-income communities and communities of color;
● Talking to diverse audiences on challenging subjects;
● Generating earned media demonstrating public support for our issues through proactive press strategies;
● Engaging in Conservation Colorado’s electoral activities including phonebanking, canvassing, and recruiting and training volunteers;
● Acting as a spokesperson on local, statewide and federal conservation issues;
● Developing and implementing fundraising strategies tailored to local communities.
We’re seeking a candidate who is results-focused, highly-driven, possesses outstanding interpersonal communication skills, and is organized and meticulous. You should:
● Be proactive and excited about mobilizing the public to engage in political and issue-area campaigns;
● Demonstrate strong written, verbal communication, and public speaking skills;
● Have experience organizing events and recruiting and managing volunteers;
● Be comfortable discussing local, state, and federal conservation issues with the media, business owners, local elected officials, partner organizations, and a diverse array of community members;
● Demonstrate creativity and critical thinking when brainstorming and problem-solving;
● Share our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our organization, integrating justice and equity into the work we do and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture.
Spanish/English bilingual is a skill we value, but it is not a requirement. The position requires a willingness to work some evening and weekend hours.
Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive. Includes health/dental benefits, retirement with match, paid time off program, and 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.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
If this job truly speaks to you, please send a cover letter explaining why (not your standard cover letter!), plus a resume, to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Front Range Field Organizer” in the subject line. We are also hiring for a very similar position, posted on our website, titled “Colorado Outdoor Business Alliance Organizer.” If you are interested in applying to both jobs, please state “BOTH COBA and Field Organizer” in your subject line. Please indicate in your email where you heard about this position. Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2018. No phone calls please.