Grand Junction Field Organizer
Location: Grand Junction, CO
Deadline for submission: August 28, 2018
Work Schedule: Non-exempt, Full-time
Conservation Colorado is seeking a Field Organizer based in Grand Junction who will work primarily on public lands, climate, and water issues, building a cohort of activists who engage key decision makers, influence policy and advocate for conservation practices.
The position will leverage legislative and administrative conservation issues to engage the public and build an activist base, in addition to coordinating with other conservation organizations, diverse allies, and community leaders to win victories for Colorado’s land, water, air, and people.
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 working to ensure our state has enough water for future generations, increasing the state’s use of renewable energy, defend our public lands from federal attacks, and electing pro-conservation champions to the state Legislature and governorship.
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.
The Field Organizer, who reports to the Field Manager, is responsible for the following:
● Recruiting and mobilizing a base of volunteers and activists to engage with their local decision makers;
● Identifying opportunities to engage stakeholders in our campaigns by organizing, hosting, and attending community meetings and events;
● Seeking out new voices from communities who are disproportionately impacted by anti-conservation policies, such as low-income communities and communities of color;
● Acting as a spokesperson and generating earned media demonstrating public support for our issues through proactive press strategies and acting as a local spokesperson on conservation issues;
● Tracking relationships and engagement through Conservation Colorado databases; and
● Actively participating in fundraising efforts as appropriate for communities you work with and other organizational priorities.
We’re seeking a strategic thinker & problem solver who is results-focused, highly-driven, possesses outstanding interpersonal communication skills, and is organized and meticulous. The person who will best succeed in this role:
● Has a passion for protecting Colorado’s land, air, water, and people through citizen action;
● Demonstrates strong written, verbal communication, and public speaking skills;
● Is self-directed and proactive about owning organizational responsibilities;
● Is 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;
● Demonstrates creativity and critical thinking when brainstorming and problem-solving;
● Shares our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and 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. Experience organizing events, managing volunteers, and implementing advocacy projects is a plus. The position requires some evening and weekend hours as needed.
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.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
If this job truly speaks to you, please send a cover letter that explains why (not the same cover letter you use everywhere!) and resume by August 28th, 2018 to Sarah McCarthy, West Slope Field Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Grand Junction Field Organizer” in the subject line. Please include where you saw the ad in your letter. No phone calls please.