Water Advocate

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



United States


Water Advocate

Location: Denver

Deadline for submission: November 23, 2018

Work Schedule: Exempt, Full-time


Conservation Colorado is seeking a Denver-based Water Advocate to develop and implement water policy campaigns and legislative solutions that protect and restore our rivers and streams. This person will work closely with other staff to build and leverage power to ensure we are making pro-conservation water policy priorities a reality at the local and state level.


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. This coming year we will be tackling everything from nationally leading policy to address climate change, ensuring our state has enough water for future generations, increasing the state’s use of renewable energy, and defending our public lands from attacks by the Trump administration. The Water Advocate will be a key part of managing our water policy work and legislative engagement, so we can 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

Through effective campaign development and coalition support, you will be responsible for advocating for commonsense solutions to water supply and planning challenges to ensure we have healthy rivers, maintain our agricultural economy, and plan for future growth. This position reports to the Advocacy Director and while the role can evolve over time, the primary responsibilities are:


1.       Campaign and Policy Expertise

·        Act as the organization’s water policy expert;

·        Develop and implement water policy campaigns;

·        Seek out insight and perspectives from partners and communities who are disproportionately impacted by anti-conservation policies.

2.      Legislative and Government Relations Work

·        Convene coalition partners in the development of community-wide legislative priorities around water;

·        Lobbying and advocating for policy solutions in the legislature and administrative agencies;

·        Cultivate relationships with decision-makers at the administrative, state, and congressional levels.

3.      Elections

·        Participate in the organization’s work to elect pro-conservation champions to state and local office (including phone banking and canvassing).

4.      Fundraising

·        Participate in organizational fundraising efforts including grant writing, donor meetings, fundraising events, and other efforts.


In addition to your regular responsibilities, all staff are expected to participate at some level in organizational priorities and commit to our organizational efforts around diversity, equity & inclusivity.



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 is interested in state politics and wants to dig in and become an expert on water policy and who has the skills to do that in our context. More specifically, you will have or be most or all of the following:


·        Interpersonal intelligence: ability to build relationships that lead to respect and trust, motivate people to get the work done, and allow you to navigate difficult conversations in a meaningful & respectful manner.

·        The ability to maintain grace under pressure and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, ever changing environment.

·        Strategic thinking: ability to create sophisticated political strategy and develop long term plans while balancing short term goals.

·        Strong written and verbal communication skills: can represent of Conservation Colorado in myriad situations and circumstances, and can synthesize complex information and turn it into high quality compelling written documents; and

·        Shares our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization: Possess 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. This is a full-time position.


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.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


If this job truly speaks to you please fill out this short questionnaire and send a cover letter and resume by November 23, 2018 to Theresa Conley with the subject line “Water Advocate” to jobs@conservationco.org.  

No phone calls please.