Every Friday, we post ways that you can contribute to making our region a greener place, including events, community science projects, jobs, internships, scholarships, volunteer opportunities, and direct actions. If you have something you would like included in the next round-up, please email Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured Environmental Actions, Events, and Opportunities
Join the GAPS Mentorship Program
The Gender Advancement and Parity in STEM (GAPS) program supports our work to reduce gender bias in our field through mentorship and internships for people from marginalized genders.
And during Women’s History Month, we’re taking applications for our mentorship program! The mentorship program connects emerging and more seasoned environmentalists and scientists from marginalized genders together to network, support, and build capacity.
Scholarships available to further outdoor careers
Offered through Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), the Grossman Scholarship Program awards two $10,000 and four $5,000 scholarships to Colorado residents who have demonstrated a commitment to caring for our environment’s natural resources and intend to further this commitment through a post-secondary program related to the environment, natural resources, climate, or the outdoor industry. Applications are due March 26.
Latino Advocacy Week
LAW is designed to help build capacity and familiarity among Latinos to advocate for themselves, their families, and their communities. This year’s theme is “Nature & Nurture,” and we will be hosting discussions and workshops related to conservation and climate, workforce development, and immigration.
Our Heritage Our Planet grant request for proposals
In spring 2023, Hispanic Access Foundation will be awarding mini-grants to BIPOC filmmakers. The mini-grants are as follows:
- A $5,000 grant for a new short film that will be started and completed in spring and summer 2023 and screened during Our Heritage, Our Planet FilmWeek. This grant is intended to stimulate new ideas and stories, so it doesn’t support adaptations of existing material.
- A $2,500 grant to complete a project in progress that will be screened during Our Heritage, Our Planet FilmWeek.
Applications must be received by March 31.
Protect Mature and Old-Growth Forests
Join us in thanking President Biden for the executive order directing the conservation of mature and old-growth forests and ask him to call on his administration to realize the promise of the EO by creating a strong, lasting national rule that protects mature and old-growth trees and forests across federal public lands from logging.
Protect greater sage-grouse in Wyoming
Protect great sage-grouse, black-tailed and white-tailed prairie dog habitat by submitting your comments to Wyoming Bureau of Land Management’s 3rd Quarter Oil and Gas Lease Sale! Our screen shows conflicts with all three habitats and more. Use our resources to submit your comments ahead of the April 10 deadline.
Protect white-tailed prairie dogs in Wyoming
Protect the Salt Creek Drainage Area of Critical Environmental Concern, Kinney Rim Citizens’ Proposed Wilderness, important habitat for white-tailed and black-tailed prairie dogs, and more by submitting your comments to Wyoming Bureau of Land Management’s 4th Quarter Oil and Gas Lease Sale! Use our resources to submit your comments ahead of the April 17 deadline.
Protect greater sage-grouse in Utah
Protect habitat for greater sage-grouse, including priority habitat management areas, crucial winter habitat for mule deer, and more by submitting your comments to Utah Bureau of Land Management’s 3rd Quarter Oil and Gas Lease Sale! Use our resources to submit your comments ahead of the April 17 deadline.
Protect a pronghorn corridor in New Mexico
Protect important habitat for terrestrial species of economic and recreational importance and areas identified as a priority corridor region for pronghorn by submitting your protest to New Mexico Bureau of Land Management’s May 2023 Oil and Gas Lease Sale! Use our resources to submit your comments ahead of the April 17 deadline.
Join the Denver-Boulder Metro Area City Nature Challenge community science project
The City Nature Challenge (CNC) has grown into an international event, motivating people around the world to find and document wildlife in their own cities. The 2023 CNC takes place in two parts. From April 28-May 1, you can take pictures of wild plants and animals. and then May 2-7, identify what was found. Read more and join at the link below.
Black Lives Matter Actions & Resources
For those looking for ways in which to demand an immediate end to police brutality and to defend Black lives, here are some resources:
A list of resources collected from personal recommendations from Next 100 Colorado centered around Justice, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-racism.
Groups to listen to, donate to, and follow the lead of:
- 8 to Abolition
- Color of Change
- Communities United Against Police Brutality
- Communities United for Police Reform
- The Movement for Black Lives
- Showing Up for Racial Justice
Resources to learn more:
- Anti-racism resources
- Anti-racist parenting matrix by age
- Color of Change’s Bold Conversations
- National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Talking About Race
- Raising Race Conscious Children resources
- Scaffolded anti-racist resources
Coronavirus Support in Colorado
For those struggling with coronavirus-related issues, here are some resources:
- Hunger Free Colorado – information on community resources, food and nutrition programs, and other public benefits.
Shelters and Housing:
- COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project – a community legal project to provide information and support to Coloradans unable to pay their rent during the COVID-19 crisis. The eviction moratorium is in effect through June 30.
- Urban Peak – shelter for youth ages 15 through 20, LGBTIQA2+ safer space.
- Colorado Coalition for the Homeless – housing for families, couples, and individuals as well as affordable housing resources.
- Denver Rescue Mission – The Lawrence Street Shelter and 48th Avenue Center provide overnight shelter. Other locations provide other resources.
- Saint Francis Center – a refuge for adult men and women.
Unsafe Stay-At Home Situations:
- National Domestic Violence Hotline – number, online chat function, and resources.
- Violence Free Colorado – resources including those specific to undocumented individuals, immigrant communities, LGBTIQA2+ people, people with disabilities, and more.
Mental Health Resources:
- Medicare coverage now includes telehealth visits, virtual check-ins, and e-visits.
- Mental Health Colorado – mental health resources, including crisis hotlines, virtual sobriety support, and more
- Alcoholics Anonymous – online meetings
- Betterhelp – online counseling service
- Headspace – mental health app for meditation
Organizations Working Towards Equity in the Outdoors
- Adaptive Climbing Group – ACG creates accessible, affordable, and transformational climbing opportunities for people with disabilities.
- Adaptive Sports Center – enhancing the quality of life of people with disabilities through exceptional outdoor adventure.
- Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center – providing adaptive sports programs to individuals including adaptive winter ski and snowboard programs at Breckenridge, Keystone, and Copper Mountain Ski Resorts, and summer programs on local rivers, lakes, bike paths, and an adaptive ropes course.
- Colorado Blackpackers – providing gear, outdoor excursions, and outdoor education for free or at subsidized costs and connecting participants with volunteer opportunities, internships, jobs, and post-secondary education resources to create a pipeline from outdoor recreation to outdoor industry careers.
- GirlTrek: Healthy Black Women and Girls – pioneering a health movement for Black women and girls grounded in civil rights history and principles through walking campaigns, community leadership, and health advocacy.
- Defiende Nuestra Tierra – increasing the baseline knowledge of public lands and their management, expanding Latinx participation in public lands management processes, and focusing on specific concerns of local Latinx communities.
- Disabled & Outdoors – disabled people enjoying the outdoors on our terms! The online platform provides resources for accessible programs, amplifies disabled outdoor voices, and aims to create systemic change in the outdoor industry.
- Disabled Hikers – building disability community and an outdoors culture transformed by fair representation, accessibility, and justice for disabled and all other marginalized outdoors people.
- Diversability – a community of people with disabilities (and the people who support us) on a mission to elevate disability pride, together.
- Diversify Outdoors – promoting diversity in outdoor spaces where people of color, LGBTIQA2+, and other diverse identities have historically been underrepresented.
- Environment Americas – connects diverse people to birds and nature and inspires the next generation of conservationists by connecting diverse people to nature and to the protection of birds and their habitats.
- Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) – reaching out to students who have been traditionally overlooked and under-encouraged in science and science-related careers, most notably, youth of color, LGBTIQA2+, and girls.
- Green Latinos – convening a broad coalition of Latino leaders committed to addressing national, regional, and local environmental, natural resources, and conservation issues that significantly affect the health and welfare of the U.S. Latino community.
- Greening Youth Foundation – engaging underrepresented youth a nd young adults, while connecting them to the outdoors and careers in conservation.
- High Fives Foundation – creating a universal shift in adventure sports that expands what is possible for those who have faced life-changing injuries.
- Hispanic Access Foundation – helping Latinos build their financial literacy, explore new workforce opportunities, become environmental stewards or advocate for one’s health.
- I AM ADAPTIVE – revolves around three main goals: educate, socialize, mobilize. This is how they fuel the world to become more inclusive and diverse for all kinds of adaptive individuals on their unique life journeys.
- Inclusive Outdoors Project – hosting events that bridge the gap between affinity spaces and outdoor based organizations to grow culturally cohesive practices and spaces within the greater outdoor narrative.
- Latino Outdoors – inspiring, connecting, and engaging Latino communities in the outdoors and embracing cultura y familia as part of the outdoor narrative, ensuring our history, heritage, and leadership are valued and represented.
- Native Womens Wilderness – inspiring and raising the voices of Native women in the outdoor realm to encourage a healthy lifestyle within the wilderness and provide an education of the Ancestral Lands and its people.
- Next 100 Coalition – an inclusive vision for the next 100 years of conservation and stewardship in America.
- Next 100 Colorado – committed to the establishment of a just and inclusive parks and public lands system.
- Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project – ensuring that marginalized communities have access to the outdoors and that our history, values, and people are authentically reflected in public lands management.
- Outdoor Afro – celebrating and inspiring Black connections and leadership in nature.
- Outdoor F.U.T.U.R.E. – building momentum for the creation of a national equity fund that will ensure long-term investments in programs to serve all youth with opportunities to explore the great outdoors.
- Outdoor Asian – creating a diverse and inclusive community of Asian and Pacific Islands in the outdoors.
- Outdoorist Oath – an action-based commitment to planet, inclusion, and adventure. It offers tools/education for inquiry, a shareable education model, and the hub for a community that cares to build a better future.
- Rising Routes – elevating diverse communities and collaborating with partners to spark public action toward social and environmental resileince.
- Sierra Club Outdoors for All – expanding universal access to nature for children and youth, as well as empowering veterans to continue their service in protecting the land they defend.
- The Venture Out Project – leading backpacking and wilderness trips for the queer and transgender community.
- WildAbility – creating opportunities for disabled youth to create change and become leaders in the climate movement.
For those who feel safe, here are some events happening in person. All locations are in Colorado unless indicated otherwise.
- 3/24 Nederland – USDA FS Field Day: Forsythe II Broadcast Burn. The BWC is excited to offer a field opportunity to join the local USDA Forest Service’s leaders on a site visit of an upcoming prescribed burn to be started this spring by firefighters from the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, as well as local cooperators and partners. Numerous forest restoration projects have been completed in this area to prepare for prescribed fire, which is an important step in protecting communities, watersheds, and forests from high intensity and high severity wildfires. There will be no active fire on this tour. Come learn from local Forest Service fire managers about how they design a prescribed burn, what weather conditions are required for prescribed burning operations, what the objectives of project include, and what it means to live in a fire-adapted ecosystem.
- 3/25 Fort Collins – NoCo PPAN’s Native Seen Swap. Bring yourself, family, and friends to pick up some native seeds for your Colorado garden! You can also share some of your own seeds for our community seed table. Want to build your own native bee hotel? We’ll provide the supplies and show you how! 10:00 am-12:30 pm at Wolverine Publick House, Fort Collins. Native bee house building will take place from 11:00 am-12:00 pm.
- 3/26 Denver – Environmental Justice Community Leadership Training. We are excited to invite you to an upcoming Environmental Community Leadership Training that focuses on air toxins and childhood asthma. This training is designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary to address these critical environmental health issues and create community-led policies. During the training, you’ll learn about the social determinants of health that contribute to childhood asthma and air toxins. You’ll also have the opportunity to write community-led policies that address these issues and develop your leadership skills.
- 3/31 Ignacio – SWCD’s 39th Southwest Water Seminar: Seeking Common Ground in Crisis. Our water supply cannot continue to meet all the current and future demands. Through communication and collaboration, organizations working together can accomplish goals they couldn’t reach working in isolation. Come join us for a full day of in-depth discussions on seeking common ground in securing a better water future for Coloradans.
- 3/31 Aspen – Friday Morning Breakfast Uphill at Buttermilk. Join Wilderness Workshop for the Friday Morning Uphill Breakfast Club at the Cliffhouse Restaurant at the top of Buttermilk Mountain! Work up an appetite by doing a self-guided skin/snowshoe/hike up from the Tiehack base; breakfast will be available from 8:45-10:00 a.m. Along the route and at the top, you’ll have the chance to learn about Wilderness Workshop’s legacy and accomplishments in the Roaring Fork Valley and our current work to protect public lands and waters in Western Colorado.
- 4/3-6 Loveland – Colorado Rural Water Conference & Exhibit.
- 4/8 McIntyre Hills – McIntyre Hills Day Hike, a BLM Wildlands Outing. Join Wild Connections, and Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition for a moderate hike in the McIntyre Hills Wilderness Study Area, a low-elevation area along the Arkansas River west of Royal Gorge that is filled with rocky canyons and teeming with wildlife. Learn how areas such as this serve as connecting links for wildlife.
- 4/12 Denver – Society of Wetland Scientists Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting. The all-day meeting is attended by 100-120 researchers, students, government staff, private-sector consultants, and other wetland practitioners. The event cultivates scientific exchanges between diverse groups of professionals involved in wetland stewardship in the region.
- 4/12-13 Fort Collins – Colorado Wildland Fire Conference. Theme: Accelerating Adaptation and Managing Expectations.
- 4/13 Denver – Elk’s Bloom Soirée. Join us for ELK’s first spring fundraiser: In Bloom Soirée! Tickets include: Hors d’oeuvres, 2 drinks tickets, ability to bid on silent auction items, and exclusive after-hours access to exhibits during program.
- 4/14 Boulder – Front Range Open Space Research Symposium. OSMP is hosting the 2023 Front Range Open Space Research Symposium in partnership with Boulder County Parks and Open Space, City of Longmont, and Jefferson County Open Space. As with previous years, the intent of the symposium is to help inspire and increase coordination, collaboration, and partnership among scientists, staff, and the community. During this event, attendees will hear presentations by six scientists who have conducted research across the Jefferson County, Boulder County, and City of Boulder open space systems on important land management topics.
- 4/14 Albuquerque, NM – RiversEdge West’s Planting for the Future. RiversEdge West’s first workshop of its 2023 Workshop Series will take place at the Tamaya Wellness Center in Albuquerque, NM on April 14th with a focus on planting for the future along the Middle Rio Grande.
- 4/22 Fort Collins – Howling for Mother Earth. On April 22 at the Hilton Fort Collins, W.O.L.F. will be hosting our annual fundraiser to raise money for the wolf dogs in our care. This year’s theme, Howling for Mother Earth, is in honor of the day on which it will be held; Earth Day. We will be celebrating this one and only planet on which we live and the species that share it with us. The evening will feature music by Lucas Wolf, vegan and vegetarian dinner options, a visit by one of our ambassador animals, and live and silent auction items found nowhere else! This year, we will have one-of-a-kind experience packages designed just for this event!
- 4/27 Denver – National Geographic Live – Nature to Medicine: Deadliest Lifesavers with Zoltan Takacs. The Earth’s deadliest animal venoms are a source of a number of lifesaving medicines used to treat everything from heart attacks to diabetes. Yet there are millions of venom toxins in nature that remain unexplored. Biomedical scientist and inventor Zoltan Takacs collects snake, scorpion, jellyfish, and other venoms from around the world. Back in the lab, using cutting-edge genomics, he creates combinatorial venom libraries to identify leads for novel medicines.
- 4/29 Pueblo – Brew at the Zoo. Your ticket includes a commemorative tasting glass, samples from Colorado breweries and distilleries, food trucks, games and of course wild animals at the Pueblo Zoo.
- 5/2-4 Fort Collins – Cross-Boundrary Landscape Restoration Workshop: Adapting to a Climate-altered West. This multi-agency and stakeholder gathering will build on the first Cross-Boundary Landscape Restoration Workshop, which took place in March 2020 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 2020 workshop directed and empowered attendees to use future workshops to address the issue of climate change on cross-boundary restoration, and innovative mechanisms for accomplishing restoration, from implementation approaches to financing options. The 2020–2022 fire years have only increased the need to broaden post-fire restoration knowledge to better align with expected ecological and social climate future.
- 5/2-4 Fort Collins – Cross-Boundary Landscape Restoration Workshop. This multi-agency and stakeholder gathering will build on the first Cross-Boundary Landscape Restoration Workshop, which took place in March 2020 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 2020 workshop directed and empowered attendees to use future workshops to address the issue of climate change on cross-boundary restoration, and innovative mechanisms for accomplishing restoration, from implementation approaches to financing options. The 2020–2022 fire years have only increased the need to broaden post-fire restoration knowledge to better align with expected ecological and social climate futures.
- 5/6-7 Colorado Springs – 2023 Pikes Peak Regional Crew Leader Training. The 2023 Pikes Peak Regional Crew Leader Training will take place Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, May 7th, 2023. Attendance during both days is required, this years training will occur on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain in the North Slope Recreation Area. Scroll down for more information. The Pikes Peak Regional Crew Leader Training is an intensive weekend-long training for experienced volunteers who are interested in becoming certified Volunteer Crew Leaders. The training is hosted in partnership by Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Trails and Open Space Coalition, and the City of Colorado Springs, Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department.
- 5/15 Denver – National Geographic Live – Life on the Vertical with Mark Synnott. Mark Synnott is a man on the brink of new discovery. A big wall rock-climber of the highest order, he’s made legendary first ascents of some of the world’s tallest, most forbidding walls, from Baffin Island to Pakistan. Today, he uses his skills to break scientific ground, reaching incredibly inaccessible environments in search of rare species. It’s all in the spirit of adventure and exploration in order to educate about these sites of strange, remote beauty.
- 5/20 Montrose – Montrose County State of the River Meeting. On Monday, March 20th, at 6 p.m. at the Montrose Event Center, join us for presentations and discussions which will cover the hydrology and water supply forecasts for the Colorado River basin, local water management strategies, Big River issues and reservoir operations affecting your community, as well as a discussion of opportunities for funding local, multi-benefit and multi-use projects. Join us for a light dinner at 6 p.m. or stick around after the meeting to connect with River District staff, interested stakeholders and representatives of several local organizations before and after the event.
- 5/22 Craig – Lower Yampa State of the River Meeting. On Wednesday, March 22nd, at 6 p.m. at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, join us for presentations and discussions which will cover the hydrology and water supply forecasts for the Colorado River basin, local water management strategies, Big River issues and reservoir operations affecting your community, as well as a discussion of opportunities for funding local, multi-benefit and multi-use projects. Join us for a light dinner at 6 p.m. or stick around after the meeting to connect with River District staff, interested stakeholders and representatives of several local organizations before and after the event.
- 5/23 Steamboat Springs – Upper Yampa State of the River Meeting. On Thursday, March 23rd, at 6 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, join us for presentations and discussions which will cover the hydrology and water supply forecasts for the Colorado River basin, local water management strategies, Big River issues and reservoir operations affecting your community, as well as a discussion of opportunities for funding local, multi-benefit and multi-use projects. Join us for a light dinner at 6 p.m. or stick around after the meeting to connect with River District staff, interested stakeholders and representatives of several local organizations before and after the event.
- 5/26-28 Bluff, Utah – San Juan River Adventure with Ancient Wayves. The waters of the San Juan have provided life to this desert region for thousands of years. Float through an ancient landscape and see the unique beauty of Utah’s canyon country. Led by Indigenous guides, you will travel along some of the most unique landscapes in southeast Utah and explore a region that is the ancestral homelands to many clans and tribes who currently live amongst the red cliffs and local springs.
- 7/28-30 Boulder, Utah – Craig Childs Writing Workshop: A Sense of Place. Break out your journal and favorite pen and join us for a very special writing workshop with award-winning author and adventurer Craig Childs. Craig will discuss the cultural and natural history of the Colorado Plateau to inspire and guide your writing while immersed in the picturesque setting of Boulder, Utah.
- 9/21-22 Denver – Summit For Action. The Equity in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation (E.C.O.R.) Summit for Action is a two-day event for thought-provoking discussions around the intersection of equity and inclusion in environmental conservation and outdoor recreation movements.
- 3/24-30 – Latino Advocacy Week. LAW is designed to help build capacity and familiarity among Latinos to advocate for themselves, their families, and their communities. This year’s theme is “Nature & Nurture,” and we will be hosting discussions and workshops related to conservation and climate, workforce development, and immigration.
- 3/24 – Latino Leadership Kickoff – Environmental Health, Faith, and Climate Virtual Welcome & Networking Hour. Hispanic Access Foundation will be kicking off their Latino Advocacy Week with Maite Arce, CEO of Hispanic Access telling the story of the creation of Hispanic Access Foundation, her successes and challenges and the organization’s advocacy work. The event will include film screenings, virtual networking session and open dialogue between Por La Creación, Ocean Advisory Council, Latino Climate Council, MANO Alumni to explore health, climate and conservation and inspire each other by discussing what they’ve been working on in the ocean, faith and climate field. This event is open for all attendees to meet Hispanic Access leadership network members and partners!
- 3/27 – Host Local Events to Engage Members of Congress. CMF research shows that Members of Congress consider visits to local facilities to be one of the most valuable ways to understand constituent views and opinions – more than any other source of information. This webinar will show participants how to entice Members of Congress to attend local events or meet with key stakeholders. It will also walk participants through the steps to invite legislators to participate in a powerful in-person experience that promises to inform Members about the impact their organization has in Members’ districts or states while educating them about their issues.
- 3/27 – My Voice is Important/Mi Voz Cuenta. Clergy are identified as a trusted and respected resources in the communities they serve. They know their communities’ needs and go the extra mile to care for their wellbeing. For this reason, it is important for clergy to understand the importance of their voice because it has the potential to hold decision-makers accountable and make them aware of what is happening in their communities. In this webinar, “My Voice Is Important” you will hear stories from Faith Leaders who have used their voice to make a difference. Come be inspired by their personal experiences and learn the importance of making your voice heard!
- 3/27 – Periodismo del Barrio 101. Want to be a watchdog but don’t know how to get started? In this session public radio reporter Daniel Rivero will walk you through the process of reporting, tracking the lawmaking process, looking at money, getting access to public records, building sources and more.
- 3/27 – Climate Change and Mental Health / Cambio Climático y Salud Mental. Climate change and other environmental crises are increasingly affecting our mental health. Many of us experience a sense of dread or anxiety with each new frightening climate headline or extreme weather event. Communities of color and low-wealth communities are often affected first and worst by climate disasters and bear a disproportionate burden of climate distress. Research tells us that Latino communities are among the most worried about climate change. In this webinar, you will learn about how climate change impacts our mental and emotional well-being, with a focus on the unique impacts for Latino communities. You’ll also learn about strategies for navigating the mental and emotional terrain of living in a changing climate, how to support the young people in your lives with climate distress, and more.
- 3/28 – Communities of Colorado Lead: Latino Conservation & Climate Policy. Hispanic Access Foundation’s leadership network members will debut the 2023 Conservation Policy Toolkit, sharing how land, water, and ocean conservation, together with the climate crisis, impact Latino health, jobs, cultural heritage, disaster preparedness, and recreation, while sharing their personal stories on the impact in their communities. The findings of the toolkit show a clear need for action from decision-makers protecting the health of our climate, biodiversity, and sources of clean air and water, for the sake of Latino health, jobs, and homes. In this dynamic event, meet our leadership network members and hear on why the environment matters to them, and their solutions for a better future that protects nature and climate, while creating equity for Latino communities.
- 3/28 – Creating Effective Stories to Share with Lawmakers: How to Create Stories to Move the Hearts, Minds, and VOTES of Lawmakers. People have trouble remembering facts, but they never forget a good story. Effective advocacy appeals to the heart, the head, and political health of the legislator. This presentation teaches advocates how to organize and present their stories exercising the tactics actors use. It outlines the key elements of public policy advocacy storytelling, and walks participants through an exercise to develop their own personal stories to move the hearts, minds, and VOTES of lawmakers. This training is open to anyone interested in civic engagement that would like to learn about engaging with their Congressmember. You do not need to participate in a LAW fly-in meeting to join this training.
- 3/27 – How Historical Redlining Led Denver’s Cooper’s Hawks to Live Where They Do. Cornell’s Birds of the World calls Cooper’s Hawks “likely the most common backyard breeding raptor across North America.” Join Alyssa Davidge, graduate student at UC Denver, to learn about how Cooper’s Hawks use urban Denver and how the management of the city as a result of redlining policies may play a role in the birds’ decisions about nesting.
- 3/27 – Virtual Crane Tour. Enjoy the cranes from the comfort and warmth of your own home with the virtual crane tour. The program will be led by a Rowe Sanctuary staff member who will begin the program with Crane Behavior Basics. During this program, participants will learn about common behaviors cranes display along the river as well as the conservation efforts led by Rowe Sanctuary to help preserve the critical Platte River ecosystem.
- 3/28 – The Joy of Hummingbirds. Join Boulder County Audubon for a program featuring the captivating hummingbirds of our local area, the Rocky Mountains, and beyond. The talk will highlight the species that Steve and Deb Bouricius have documented during their 23 years of studying hummingbirds. It will share some things they have learned and what they still hope to accomplish through banding. Included will be ways to attract hummingbirds and the amazing array of plants they use. Steve will touch on the trials of hummingbird life including some remarkable observations of their behavior.
- 3/28 – Bird-Friendly Garden Design Workshop. Spring is on its way! Patterson Park Audubon Center is looking forward to longer days, flowers blooming, and migratory birds arriving in Maryland. They will be looking for something to eat in our gardens. So let’s feed the birds and butterflies! Join us for one of our popular Wildlife Gardening Workshops, now available via Zoom. We are making these available widely, so please share and join us to explore why and how to cultivate your space for birds and butterflies.
- 3/29 – Salute to the Parks. Join National Parks Conservation Association for our 2023 Salute to the Parks! Whether you choose to celebrate with us in person in Washington, DC or virtually from the comfort of your home, we invite you to be part of this special annual event alongside park advocates across the country. Together we will honor those who lift up our national parks, and celebrate all that makes our parks so special.
- 3/29 – Wildlife Activist Training for Federal Regulations and Policy. Have you ever wondered what impact you have when you take action for wildlife by sending a comment to the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, or President Biden? Or how about what influence your words really have when you show up in-person to a hearing or listening session to speak out on a proposal that will affect crucial habitat, clean water or climate? On March 29th, you’ll hear directly from our team of attorneys, organizers and experts with years of experience engaging with the federal regulatory and policy systems. Please RSVP now. This valuable context will help you when advocating for wildlife or any other issues that you may care about.
- 3/29-30 – National Environmental Justice Advisory Council Virtual Public Meeting. The meeting discussions will focus on several topics including, but not limited to, workgroup activity, final recommendations for council consideration, and charges created through collaborations with various EPA national program offices. The NEJAC is interested in receiving public comments on EPA’s water infrastructure technical assistance efforts to ensure communities with environmental justice concerns (particularly for community water systems, decentralized systems, and/or non-existent infrastructure) can obtain technical assistance to address their environmental, public health, affordability and climate resiliency needs, and reduce longstanding and cumulative negative health impacts.
- 3/30 – Lobbying 101: How to Advocate for Animals. Animals can’t vote, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have a voice in the political process — you can give animals that voice! Kathy Schatzmann, Senior Legislative Affairs Manager, will walk you through the basics of how to connect with your representatives and lobby for animal protection legislation.
- 4/4, 11, 19, 25 – Outdoors for All: Anti-Oppression and Inclusive Program Design. Outdoor Recreation has both the opportunity and a responsibility to be more inclusive of all communities and to question dominant and privileged cultural perspectives. During this 4 part cohort series workshop, attendees will be introduced to the concept of unconscious bias,including in the development of projects and programs. Through a series of interactive virtual sessions, participants will examine privilege and bias as it pertains to planning and programming. Participants will reflect on individual and organizational practices and develop strategies for creating engaging and meaningful programming for diverse audiences.
- 4/6 – Preserving National Park Cultural Resources in a Changing Climate. Our national parks offer the opportunity to see first hand where history unfolded. However, climate change is chipping away at many of the historic structures, artifacts, and landscapes that tell our national stories. Parks that speak to the history of Harriet Tubman, Jamestown, the ancient communities of Mesa Verde, and many others, are already being visibly threatened by climate impacts. How do we preserve these often fragile cultural resources and the powerful stories they tell as seas continue to rise and weather becomes more extreme? How can we also draw from the history captured in the parks to speak to the collective action and innovation needed to face the current climate crises?
- 5/5-6 – Virtual Animal Law Symposium: Criminal Justice. This two-day online event will feature panels on animal cruelty prevention and investigation, courtroom animal advocate programs, groundbreaking new animal cruelty cases, and more!
- 5/17, 6/21, 7/26-27 (in-person in Alamosa), 8/20 – 2023 Water Fluency Program. Now in its ninth year, the Water Fluency Program curriculum covers statewide water topics blended with local examples as we travel around the state each year to bring the most current examples of innovative water practices. This year we will be showcasing water management examples from the Rio Grande Basin. Participants from across Colorado will benefit from the content, not just participants from the class location area.
Community Science Projects
- 4/1 Littleton – Denver-Boulder City Nature Challenge Training Workshop. Anyone, anywhere with a smartphone and the iNaturalist.org app can participate in this community science project. Learn how to participate during this workshop.
- 4/28-5/7 Denver-Boulder Metro Area – Denver-Boulder City Nature Challenge. Get to know your neighbors – plants, animals and people. The 2023 City Nature Challenge (CNC) is a friendly global competition among cities to see who can document the most wildlife. Join the CNC and contribute to community science. Make your observations between Friday, April 28 and Monday, May 1. Between May 2-7 help us identify as many observations as possible within the project. Observations must be uploaded by May 7 to count towards our total observations for the CNC. Results announced on May 8.
- Join Colorado Pika Project as a Community Scientist! The Colorado Pika Project is a research project implemented by community scientists across Colorado. Through long-term monitoring of pika populations, we are not only providing useful data to researchers and land managers, but we are doing so in a way that educates and engages Coloradans in conservation and the local impacts of climate change. Can’t commit to the larger study? The Pika Patrol app allows you to record observations of American pikas wherever you find them!
- Join Colorado Bat Watch as a community scientist! Rocky Mountain Wild is partnering with the United States Forest Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council, and Conejos Clean Water, with funding from the US Forest Service Citizen Science Competitive Funding Program and Patagonia, to launch the Colorado Bat Watch Program. This program will use community scientists to collect data that will enable these agencies to monitor bat species over time and better understand the impacts of white-nose syndrome and other threats on local bat populations. Understanding this will help land managers and conservation organizations develop strategies and programs to protect bats and their habitat!
- Join Colorado Corridors Project as a community scientist! Colorado Corridors Project remote-triggered cameras collect tens of thousands of photos each year in an attempt to make a case for building an overpass for wildlife along the I-70 mountain corridor. Because of this overwhelming data, they need help identifying the wildlife you see in these photos. With your help, they can process and analyze the data much faster than if they did it on their own. You might also enjoy looking at the diversity of wildlife on Vail Pass.
- Join Go Big! Central Colorado Bighorn Sheep Survey. The Central Colorado Bighorn Sheep Survey engages the community in recording observations of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, domestic sheep, and domestic goats in Central Colorado. The data collected by volunteers participating in the project will inform conservation strategies for Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep in Central Colorado.
- Join Boulder County Open Space and Mountain Parks as a Bat Monitor. Bat monitors head out at dusk to ponds and bat roost sites, performing auditory and visual bat population counts May through September. Information gathered aids resource conservation decisions.
- Join Sheep Mountain Alliance to take part in monitoring local ecology and wildlife. Sheep Mountain Alliance is working with local conservation partners to broaden our offerings of citizen science programs. In many ways, citizen science is an ideal activity for physical distancing, so we are hoping to start a pilot program this summer. If you are interested please contact Sheep Mountain Alliance at email@example.com or fill out the Google Doc.
- Join Audubon as a Climate Watch community science program. Explore how North American birds are responding to climate change. This innovative community-science program enlists volunteer birders across North America to count certain bluebirds and nuthatches in the same place (or places) twice each year. By sticking to a scientific protocol and sharing their results, these community scientists help track whether birds are moving in accordance with projections from Audubon’s climate models.
- Join the CU Boulders researchers studying Barn Swallows by helping look for colonies or individual pairs to study. This study requires a one-time sound recording session of Barn Swallow alarm calls (approximately 15 minutes). If you have Barn Swallow nests on your property or have seen nests elsewhere, please contact Angela Medina Gardia at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also enter your nest observations in the Swallow Tracker.
- Join Grouse Grooves as a citizen scientist! Grouse Grooves uses trail cameras to monitor leks in the hopes of understanding when the birds use the lek, how that differs between leks or throughout the season, to help them determine when these sensitive areas need to be protected. Your science task: classify photos that have been marked as having grouse in them and determine how many male and how many female are present! Bonus: what are those males doing?
- Join the Bumble Bee Watch. We need volunteers to submit photos or videos of bumble bee nest sightings. The bumble bee nest sighting can come from anywhere within North America. An ideal sighting would include an image of the bumble bee (to determine the species), a GPS location (to be used in future habitat analyses), a description of the location and materials of the nest (i.e. in my garden, underground or in a woodpile), and, if possible, a video of the nest, surroundings, and activity.
- Join Journey North as a citizen scientist! Journey North provides an easy entry point to citizen science, with simple protocols, strong online support, and immediate results. Reported sightings are mapped in real-time as waves of migrations move across the continent. People report sightings from the field, view maps, take pictures, and leave comments.
- Join Polar Bears International as a Field Ambassador. Field Ambassadors share their knowledge about polar bears with tourists aboard Tundra Buggies® as part of a program designed to nurture leadership in women. They tell stories. They answer questions. And, once they’re back home, they continue to spread the word about sea-ice loss and its effect on polar bears everywhere they can.
- Participate in Neighborhood Nestwatch and monitor color-banded birds in your own backyard and report observations to the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Participants must agree to participate for a minimum of three years, committing approximately one hour of time per week for observation and reporting. Participants must live within 50 miles of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Sites are based on location, property type (urban vs rural) and other factors. There is no experience necessary and training is provided during the initial site visit.
- In the CrowdMag project, NOAA will explore whether digital magnetometers built in modern mobile smartphones can be used as scientific instruments. With CrowdMag mobile apps, phones all around the world send magnetometer data to them. At their server, they check the quality of the magnetic data and make data available to the public as aggregate maps and charts. The two long-term goals of this project are to create models of Earth’s time changing magnetic field by combining crowdsourced magnetic data with data collected by ships, aircrafts, and satellites and to map local magnetic noise sources (for e.g. power transformer and iron pipes) to improve accuracy of the magnetic navigation systems. Become a citizen scientist and join their research on the Earth’s geomagnetic field.
- Wildwatch Kenya seeks to count, identify, and track the giraffes in conservation field sites, along with the other animals that share the habitat, to better understand the behavior, movements, and population numbers of the wildlife found there. Citizens scientists are being called to help researchers look through the tens of thousands of photos taken by trail cameras placed in strategic spots throughout the sites. The information gathered from these photos will help them and the local communities develop plans to help save the animals.
Jobs, Internships, and Fellowships
Here are some job and internship openings in the environmental field: (For equity reasons, we only post job postings with transparent salary ranges). Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act went into effect on January 1, 2021 and requires that pay rates or ranges in job postings that will be or could be done in Colorado (including remote work) be posted. Colorado’s minimum wage is currently $13.65. The City of Denver’s minimum wage is $17.29. Colorado’s minimum salary for exempt workers is $50,000.
Positions are in Colorado or remote opportunities unless otherwise stated.
Job List Sites to Check
- Conservation Job Board
- Diversify Outdoors Job Board
- Impact Jobs Hub
- Green Jobs Network
- Work for Good
Other Job Postings (Jobs that are new this week are highlighted in green)
- Sierra Club is seeking a Colorado Chapter Director. The Chapter Director helps develop and carry out the policies, priorities, and objectives of the Executive Committee for the assigned areas of chapter programs and operations. These assigned areas include but are not limited to: conservation, political and legislative programs, assuring equity and inclusion, fundraising, volunteer development and member services, administration, budgeting and financial management, and media relations. The director manages other chapter staff. The director represents the Colorado Chapter and the Sierra Club to government officials, the media, business and community leaders, donors, allies, other organizations, and the public. Evening and weekend work is often required. The salary range for this position is $100-110k. Applications are due March 24.
- Grand Canyon Trust is seeking a Rising Leaders Manager to support and coordinate a variety of young-leader-centered programs at the Grand Canyon Trust, from internships, to environmental justice workshops, to Indigenous youth river trips, to service learning projects and more. Compensation is up to $55k. Applications are due March 27.
- The Upper San Juan Watershed Enhancement Partnership is seeking a Coordinator. WEP seeks a qualified individual to serve as its Coordinator. The Coordinator will provide WEP project management, organizational, administrative, community outreach, and other support. This is a one-year contract position, estimated to require an average of 30-40 hours per week. WEP is in the process of seeking additional funding and, contingent on obtaining the additional funding, the selected coordinator may be renewed for additional years. The compensation range for this contract is from $35 to $42 per hour, depending on experience. The selected individual will be expected to attend in-person meetings in the Pagosa Springs area. There is a $3,000 maximum stipend for travel if the selected individual resides outside of Archuleta County. There is no permanent office, workspace or equipment associated with this contract position and the compensation package does not include benefits or any other compensation. The selected Coordinator will enter into a Professional Services Agreement with TU, as the fiscal agent for WEP. Applications are due March 27.
- Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking a Bat Technician. Duties will include mist netting, non-technical caving, and acoustic work. The work schedule will vary (including long hours, weekends, and nights, as needed). Applicants should expect to hike long distances off-trail and alone in challenging conditions with occasionally steep and rugged terrain and heavy packs. The position will last from approximately May 16, 2023 through September 2023. Compensation is $19.40/hr. Applications are due March 31.
- The Nature Conservancy is seeking an Applied Climate Science Fellow (2-year Term) to work at the intersection of the renewable energy transition, climate change, and biodiversity conservation – reflecting TNC’s commitment to tackle both the climate and biodiversity crises as the greatest conservation challenges of our time. The salary range for this position is $81-84k. Applications are due March 31.
- The San Juan Mountains Association is seeking Forest Ambassadors. Do you love working outdoors and interacting with the public? The San Juan Mountains Association (SJMA) is recruiting a cadre of Forest Ambassadors to work at trailheads and on trails within the San Juan National Forest, Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest, and the Bureau of Land Management Silverton Field Office. The Forest Ambassador program is made possible through partnership between SJMA, area National Forests, BLM, the Rocky Mountain Restoration Initiative, and the Southwest Colorado Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. SJMA Forest Ambassadors rotate throughout recreation hotspots and are responsible for making public education contacts, conducting light trail maintenance, monitoring/collecting recreation and wilderness impact data, and working with volunteers. Forest Ambassadors conduct a variety of projects under the supervision of the Stewardship Program Manager. Forest Ambassadors often work independently or with volunteers, and may be split into teams of 2-4 as necessary to conduct a variety of stewardship activities. Compensation is $18-20/hr. Applications are due April 1.
- The San Juan Mountains Association is seeking Wilderness Stewardship Crew Members. Do you love wilderness, backpacking, and camping in the mountains? San Juan Mountains Association Wilderness Stewardship Crew Members operate under the supervision of a Crew Leader as a 4 person team in rugged, remote, and beautiful backcountry wilderness areas in Southwest Colorado. This position entails significant backpacking with tools and equipment to many high elevation wilderness areas in a variety of weather conditions. The crew performs wilderness monitoring, makes public contacts, conducts trail maintenance, clears trails of downed trees with crosscut saws. The Wilderness Stewardship Crew will conduct a variety of backcountry wilderness projects under the supervision/guidance of a SJMA crew leader and in partnership with Rio Grande National Forest staff. Crew Members will receive a broad spectrum of relevant training and will end the season with a range of hands-on wilderness stewardship experience. Compensation is $16-18/hr. Applications are due April 1.
- The Nature Conservancy is seeking a Colorado Conservation Fellow. The fellowship is designed to create a pathway for candidates who identify as Latino/a/x or Hispanic, Black, Indigenous, Asian, or multiracial or are from other marginalized communities to enter a career in the conservation community. The fellowship is a 2-year term beginning June 2023. Fellows will participate in a program designed to provide career growth and professional development opportunities for talented, emerging professionals who embody diversity in its many forms. Fellows will work with either our Colorado Urban Conservation Manager (me) to advance our Cities program in the Denver area or with the Director of Marketing and Communications to advance efforts to engage a younger, more diverse audience in our conservation work. The salary is $52k. Applications are due April 3.
- The Brendle Group is seeking (2) Community Engagement Specialists. This position’s main function is to support community energy planning and implementation as part of the Xcel Energy Partners in Energy program but also supports other equity-related work of the company. This is a unique opportunity to help launch equitable engagement strategies through planning, outreach, and effective communication while also gaining experience working with a high-performing team of engineers, planners, and analysts. The salary is currently listed as $42,800-60,900. We have reached out to advise them that the current Colorado minimum salary is $50k. Applications are due April 3.
- The Colorado Natural Heritage Program is seeking a Botanist. This position will support projects such as rare plant inventories, rare plant population monitoring, weed mapping, vegetation mapping, restoration, species distribution modeling and curating information on rare plants in a statewide database housing biodiversity information. The salary range for this position is $52,800-66,000. First consideration of applicants will begin on April 5. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled or until April 19, whichever comes first.
- Latinos in Heritage Conservation is seeking a Development Manager. Along with the Executive Director, the Development Manager will work as a primary contact with members, sponsors, and donors. The Development Manager is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to raise funds for the organization. This includes identifying potential donors and partners, cultivating relationships with them, and soliciting donations. Additionally, the role involves developing and executing initiatives to increase the organization’s visibility and engagement with its stakeholders. The Development Manager works closely with the Executive Director, staff, and other stakeholders to achieve the organization’s fundraising goals. The salary range for this position is $50-60k. Applications are due April 14.
- Rocky Mountain Conservancy is seeking a Scholar in Residence. Selected scholars participating in Rocky’s Scholar-in-Residence Program are asked to submit a published piece of research representative of their residency for public distribution. They are also required to provide at minimum: one 45-minute public presentation, and a one-day Field Institute course hosted through the RMC Field Institute focused on the topic of your research for an adult audience. Presentations can be a demonstration, talk, exploratory walk, or outreach event. Compensation is a $5k stipend, housing included. Proposals are due April 15.
- The Wilderness Society is seeking a Senior Manager, Renewable Energy. As a member of the Climate and Energy team, the Senior Manager for Renewable Energy will support efforts to make public lands part of the climate solution, primarily ensuring needed new renewable energy infrastructure on public lands is developed responsibly in a manner that supports efforts to conserve biodiversity and enhance community resilience while advancing climate protection. Reporting to the Director for Climate Policy Advocacy, the Senior Manager will specifically focus identifying and engaging in priority federal policy efforts (legislative and administrative) critical to achieving “Smart from the Start” renewable energy development on public lands. This includes Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) policies, administrative decision-making, and project-level opportunities to responsibly site renewable energy on federal lands while protecting conservation, wildlife and impacted communities. The Senior Manager will work closely with staff across TWS and with local and national partners to engage on land use planning opportunities and specific projects, and will work in coalition with partner organizations and impacted communities to support successful implementation of policies that guide development towards low-impact locations and secure meaningful conservation. The salary range for this position is $90-105k. Applications are due April 16.
- The Native American Fish and Wildlife Society is seeking an Administrative Assistant. The Administrative Assistant of the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society (NAFWS) will serve under the guidance and supervision of the Executive Director. The Administrative Assistant is responsible for ensuring the day-to-day administrative functions of the NAFWS and that they are handled efficiently, and in accordance with NAFWS business. The incumbent provides administrative responsibilities for the operation of a smooth, efficient, and effective service routinely by identifying problems and implementing solutions at the National Office. The position involves dealing with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Must be able to work with minimal instruction or supervision and be productive to meet the demands of an efficient administrative service operation for NAFWS. The salary range for this position is $19-22/hr. This position is open until filled.
- Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is seeking a Water Resource Director to manage Ute Mountain Tribal water resources in cooperation with Tribal Departments and Tribal Enterprises on the Reservation and on fee lands. Compensation is $47.20/hr. This position is open until filled.
- Rocky Mountain National Park is seeking an Alpine Community Science Intern. The goal of the Alpine Community Science Program is to develop an alpine plant phenology monitoring program that will engage visitors with park resources in a new way that helps foster park stewardship and science literacy. The program will provide a tangible way for visitors to connect climate change to their alpine tundra experience by engaging in programming that includes data collection. In addition to increasing science literacy, public engagement and support for preservation, data collected will help inform future park management decisions. The Alpine Community Science Intern will begin laying the foundation for the Alpine Community Science Program. They will work closely with the Alpine Visitor Center Interpretive Team, the park’s Vegetation Program, and the Continental Divide Research Learning Center (CDRLC). compensation is $450/wk, park housing included. This position is open until filled.
- Water Education Colorado is seeking a Membership and Development Manager. The Membership and Development Manager will play a lead role in shepherding Water Education Colorado’s overall membership program and resource development. This position’s primary responsibilities include supporting and building the organization’s membership base and developing financial support for programs via cultivating and maintaining a diverse revenue portfolio of sponsorships, donations, grants and special events. The position will have the opportunity to develop strategies that not only steward the existing commitments of thousands of members and donors, but also foster new support from Colorado’s business community, recreational industry, water innovation sector, and broader public. The salary range for this position is $55-63k. This position is open until filled.
- Denver Botanic Gardens is seeking a part-time Interpretation & Evaluation Assitant. Assists in the coordination, preparation, and execution of interpretation and evaluation projects as part of the Exhibitions, Art & Learning Engagement department at Denver Botanic Gardens. Under general supervision, provides support to the Associate Director of Learning Engagement & Interpretation by performing a variety of administrative tasks in a fast-paced environment. Duties include, but are not limited to helping to assess the department’s programs holistically with IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility) in mind. The intern will collaborate with department staff who over see volunteers, tours, classes, learning stations and online platforms and will assist with delivery of on-site and electronic surveys, record keeping, research, observations, as well as coordination of program materials. Outdoor and visitor-facing work required. Compensation is $17.85/hr. This position is open until filled.
- Denver Botanic Gardens is seeking an Interpretation & Evaluation Intern. Assists in the coordination, preparation, and execution of interpretation and evaluation projects as part of the Exhibitions, Art & Learning Engagement department at Denver Botanic Gardens. Under general supervision, provides support to the Associate Director of Learning Engagement & Interpretation by performing a variety of administrative tasks in a fast-paced environment. Duties include, but are not limited to helping to assess the department’s programs holistically with IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility) in mind. The intern will collaborate with department staff who over see volunteers, tours, classes, learning stations and online platforms and will assist with delivery of on-site and electronic surveys, record keeping, research, observations, and coordination of program materials. Outdoor and visitor-facing work required. This position is supported by an IMLS grant through the IDEA Center for Public Gardens. Compensation is $17.85/hr. This position is open until filled.
- Denver Botanic Gardens is seeking a Facility Technician, Private Events. This position provides support to the Private Events Department in the capacity of event support, and customer service. This position works closely with Venue Sales Associate Team to ensure smooth event implementation. Assists Custodial Facilities Technician with event set up, take down and maintenance and cleaning. Evening and weekend work is required. Compensation is $17.85/hr. This position is open until filled.
- Denver Botanic Gardens is seeking a Venue Sales Associate. The Venue Sales Associate is a brand ambassador for the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms representing our unique offerings to all guests and prospective clients. This position provides support to the Private Events Department in a fast paced and dynamic environment in the capacity of an on-site contact for all assigned events. This includes but is not limited to weddings, receptions, social, corporate and internal events. In addition to working all assigned events, this position will be responsible for leading sales tours of the facility, assisting with the implementation of departmental sales strategies and moving assigned sales leads through each stage of the sales process, from initial inquiry to close and successful completion of the event. Compensation is $21.19-23.10/hr. This position is open until filled.
- Denver Botanic Gardens is seeking a Landscape Irrigation Technician. This position is responsible for the repair and oversight of Denver Botanic Gardens irrigation systems, water features, lighting, and turf management. This position pursues improved standards for maintenance and establishes uniformly high standards of maintenance of water systems. Additionally, this position ensures a positive and pleasant experience and the safety, cleanliness and visual appeal of the water systems of Denver Botanic Gardens. This position and requires knowledge of both preventive and applied maintenance techniques in order to efficiently diagnose and resolve difficult water related problems. Compensation. is$22.85-28.52/hr. This position is open until filled.
- Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado is seeking a Marketing and Communications Manager. This full-time position is based out of VOC’s Denver office and is responsible for developing and implementing marketing and communications strategies that assist VOC in achieving its mission; raising awareness of the organization, its programs, and initiatives; and building the VOC brand across Colorado. This is both a strategic and tactical position responsible for managing VOC’s two main websites, electronic communications, social media platforms, collateral materials, and media relations; and assisting with all aspects of planning and budgeting to successfully carry out the marketing function. The salary range for this position is $50-55k. This position is open until filled.
- River Network is seeking a President & Chief Executive Officer. We seek a leader that demonstrates humility, values collaboration, and brings the passion, skills, and enthusiasm needed to lead our national 20-person team and grow our $4M annual operating budget. Our CEO is the primary liaison to River Network’s Board of Directors and the leader and partner of our internal leadership team. This person will also play a pivotal role in forging new and important partnerships, including within the funding community, representing our organization’s vision, values, and strategies effectively. Our CEO supervises senior staff and provides leadership that aligns with River Network’s values, purpose, and programs. We seek an experienced candidate who values water as essential to both people and planet, and who is committed to centering racial justice at the intersection of water protection, access, and equity. Our CEO will promote and sustain a culture of distributed leadership across the organization, encourage innovation and new ideas, and create clear pathways of communication for staff at all levels. The salary range for this position is $170-190k. This position is open until filled.
- Adams State University is seeking a Director of the Rio Grande del Norte Center. Reporting to the Vice President of Community Engagement and Communications, the Director of the Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center at Adams State University is expected to: plan, organize, develop and as needed, fundraiser (via individual donations, sponsorships, and grants) for both current and future. The salary range for this position is $60-75k. This position will stay open until filled.
- Summit County is seeking a Seasonal Trails Technician – Open Space & Trails. Specific duties include: monitor and inventory natural resources and public uses on open space properties; install/maintain signs, fences and boundary markers; supervise volunteers on restoration and trail improvement projects; inspect, maintain and construct natural surface trails and associated features; monitor special events; maintain tools and equipment; other work as assigned including occasional office work. Compensations is $26.48-29.13/hr. This positions is open until filled.
- City of Boulder is seeking an Ecology Technician 1 (Vegetation Management Focus). Under limited supervision, maintains the health, safety and aesthetics of natural areas throughout the Parks and Recreation system. Performs natural resource related maintenance and operations on City of Boulder Parks and Recreation natural lands including staff collaboration, project completion and program assistance. Performs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled tasks in the areas of natural lands maintenance, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), restoration, wildlife management, equipment operation, community engagement, and performs related duties as required. compensation is $22.92-28.91/hr. This position is open until filled.
- National Young Farmers Coalition is seeking a Membership Manager. The Membership Manager will help us build our base, turn our network of supporters into mobilized advocates, be the first point of contact for our members, and provide excellent constituent services. In collaboration with our Communications, Organizing, and Development teams, they will execute creative and far-reaching multi-platform campaigns to grow our membership by tens of thousands of new members each year. The ideal candidate is metrics-oriented, passionate about digital campaigning tools, a team player who appreciates the advocacy and equity impact of membership, and holds a strong connection to agriculture. The position is currently assessed for a Manager Level 2(A) position with proven and significant experience in designing and executing large-scale, base-building campaign strategies. The salary for this position is $68,500. This position is open until filled.
- National Young Farmers Coalition is seeking a West Organizing Manager. The West Organizing Manager will manage our West Team of state-based organizers (California, New Mexico, and Colorado organizers) and provide them guidance as they implement our organizing strategy. The West Organizing Manager is the lead of our on-the-ground work in the West that connects our network in the region to the National Young Farmers Coalition. The Manager will work to expand our reach and support farmers across the region to engage in federal campaigns, including land access, climate action, water, access to USDA programs, immigration, and student loans. The Manager will also work closely with the region’s chapters, members, and organizational partners to develop farmer leadership and advocacy expertise to win policy change for an equitable and sustainable farm future. The salary for this position is $68,500. This position is open until filled.
- Water Education Colorado is seeking a Membership and Development Manager. The Membership and Development Manager will play a lead role in fundraising and resource development. This position’s primary responsibilities include supporting and growing the individual and organizational members who are critical to our work, as well as recruiting and expanding participation and financial support for programs through grants, sponsorships, donation campaigns and special events. The salary range for this position is $55-63k. This position is open until filled.
- Water Education Colorado is seeking an Operations Manager. The Operations Manager plays a critical role in achieving WEco’s mission by establishing and supporting effective procedures and systems to ensure the organization runs smoothly and efficiently and has a sound financial footing. Primary responsibilities include financial management and reporting, office management and administration, database administration, and employee benefits administration. The salary range for this position is $58-68k. This position is open until filled.
- The Alliance Center is seeking an Events Manager. Do you have a proven track record of success in event planning and implementation? Do you believe in the importance of sustainability and regenerative principles? Apply to be The Alliance Center’s Events Manager! We’re looking for a mission-driven individual to plan, develop and implement events that advance the mission of the organization. The salary range for this position is $50-70k. This position is open until filled.
- Walking Mountains Science Center is seeking a Conservation Intern. This is a full-time, seasonal professional growth position offered through Walking Mountains Science Center (WMSC) in partnership with the United States Forest Service’s (USFS) White River National Forest (WRNF). The WRNF encompasses approximately 2.3 million acres of public land and has the most visitation of any national forest with 11 ski resorts, eight wilderness areas, and a diversity of wildlife and ecosystems. Throughout the duration of the WMSC Conservation Internship, Conservation Interns will develop skills in field biology survey techniques, natural resource conservation, trails and land management, and interpretation/education while exploring a variety of careers and opportunities with the USFS. This internship demands a strong work ethic to be successful in this fast paced and dynamic work environment. Conservation Interns will work alongside biologists and career professionals from the WRNF and WMSC on a daily basis. Compensation is a $325/week stipend and shared housing. This position is open until filled.
- University of Colorado Boulder is seeking a Teaching Assistant Professor or Teaching Associate Professor of Inclusivity in the Outdoor Recreation Economy. As a faculty member, this person brings their cultural competency, experience, and background, and strong desire to engage diverse perspectives. They will lead graduate level curriculum related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), engage with DEI initiatives on campus, cultivate relationships with external stakeholders, and serve as the faculty lead for the ORE Inclusivity Graduate Certificate. Anticipated start date of May or June 2023. The position will remain open until filled.
- National Parks Conservation Association is seeking a Senior Program Manager, Landscape Conservation and Energy Policy. The Senior Program Manager will work with the Director of Energy and Landscape Conservation to implement the goals of both the Energy Program and the Landscape Conservation Program. The position will also work closely with Regional Programs, Government Affairs, Legal, Communications and Government Affairs staff to coordinate and execute energy development and land protection strategies with a focus on justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. The salary range for this position is $70-82k. This position is open until filled.
- Eagle Valley Land Trust is seeking a Community Engagement Manager. Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Community Engagement Manager is an organized, creative, hard-working, and enthusiastic professional managing a diverse workload ranging from community relations and program development to grant administration and clerical record keeping. The Manager is responsible for developing and implementing the Community Conservation Plan. A strong writer, the Coordinator conveys EVLT’s message effectively. The salary range for this position is $50-60k. This position is open until filled.
- Western Slope Conservation Center is seeking an Executive Director. Key responsibilities include land and water programmatic leadership, fundraising (both donor and grants), financial management, staff management and development, board development, communications, and marketing. The Executive Director works under the guidance and supervision of the Board of Directors and collaborates with WSCC staff, board, and volunteers. The salary range for this position is $60-70k. This position is open until filled.
- Conservation Legacy is seeking an Adult Program Manager. The Adult Programs Manager (APM) is responsible for the programmatic execution and overall quality of all crew-based adult programs run out of SCC’s Los Valles office, including affinity-based models such as the Leaders of Color Corps, Women’s+ Saw Crew and the Veteran’s Fire Corps. The APM oversees operational support of adult operations and supervises the Adult Program Coordinator and seasonal crew leaders, provides support to adult crews in the field, and maintains timely and effective communication with project partners. The position is approximately 70% office-based and 30% field based, with field visits that may include emergency trips and overnight stays. Compensation for this position is $21.33-24.72/hour. This position is open until filled.
- Groundwork Denver is seeking an HR/Office Manager. The HR/Office Manager will be responsible for day-to-day human resources (HR) related activities and organizational operations at our main office. This is a new, full-time position at Groundwork Denver to support the growth of the organization and the capacity of its staff. The salary range for this position is $50-55k. This position is open until filled.
- Groundwork Denver is seeking a Youth Program Director. The Youth Program Director is an integral part of the Program Director team at Groundwork Denver, providing strategic direction for the organization regarding partnerships with local youth and communities. Reporting to the Associate Director, the Director of Youth Programs (“Youth Program Director”) oversees Groundwork Denver’s youth development programs with a focus on leadership, environmental stewardship, community engagement and environmental career development. The Youth Program Director serves as a bridge between the outdoor, hands-on work of the Youth Green Teams and the indoor, behind-the-scenes administrative office work to support the Green Teams. The Youth Program Director is responsible for recruiting, hiring, welcoming, training, listening to, partnering with, and equipping youth and young adults with knowledge and skills to further green their environments and succeed in their careers. The salary range for this position is $60-65k. This position is open until filled.
- Middle Colorado Watershed Council is seeking a Project Manager/Water Specialist to work in coordination with the Executive Director on an Integrated Water Management Plan (IWMP) for the Middle Colorado river basin, River Watch activities, and River Stop management. The salary range for this position is $50-60k. This position is open until filled.
- Palmer Land Conservancy is seeking an Operations and Administration Director who is responsible for the strategic management and direct oversight of the organization’s internal functions. The position’s responsibilities fall into four functional areas: internal organizational leadership, human resources, operations and risk management, and strategic planning/special projects. The OAD directs and manages the internal structure of Palmer based on its policies, goals, and objectives to ensure an efficient, outcomes-based working environment. Reporting to the President and CEO, this position plays a key leadership and management role by developing long-term operational strategies, efficient workflows, and optimizing productivity and performance to ensure high impact, mission-focused outcomes. The OAD is a strong, detail-oriented administrator who will manage the internal operations of the organization. The salary range for this position is $70-85k. This position is open until filled.
- Denver Museum of Nature and Science is seeking Indigenous Student Archaeology Collections Interns. The Indigenous Student Archaeology Collections Interns will gain hands-on museum experience working with a variety of materials from archaeological sites including animal bone, ceramic, lithic, ground stone, plant material, and soil samples. Interns will work directly on two different current grant-funded projects, Jones-Miller, a collection of bison bone from a butchering site in Eastern Colorado, and WS Ranch, a collection of field school excavated items from multiple sites in New Mexico. The interns will learn museum, conservation, and archival standards for handling different materials, creating custom museum-quality mounts and boxes, ways to approach storage and organization of large collections, and museum collection protocols. There are six internships available. The stipend range is between $4,761 (for 300 hours) and $5,555 (for 350 hours). Applications are to be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled.
- 5/6-7 Colorado Springs – 2023 Pikes Peak Regional Crew Leader Training. The 2023 Pikes Peak Regional Crew Leader Training will take place Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, May 7th, 2023. Attendance during both days is required, this years training will occur on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain in the North Slope Recreation Area. Scroll down for more information. The Pikes Peak Regional Crew Leader Training is an intensive weekend-long training for experienced volunteers who are interested in becoming certified Volunteer Crew Leaders. The training is hosted in partnership by Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Trails and Open Space Coalition, and the City of Colorado Springs, Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department.
- Ongoing – Volunteer with Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges. Volunteers staff their gift shop, Nature’s Nest Books and Gifts located in the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. The gift shop uses its profits to benefit the refuges. Volunteering at Nature’s Nest gives you an opportunity to share your love and knowledge of nature while supporting a cause that matters.
- Ongoing – Volunteer with Food & Water Action to ask elected officials to support a fracking ban. After you sign up, you’ll receive an email with everything you need to get started — including talking points on the campaign, resources to contact your elected officials, and more. Food & Water Action
- Ongoing – Volunteer with Rocky Mountain Wild. Whether your experience is in marketing, graphic design, writing, research, fundraising, data entry, biology/ecology, law/case help, special events, or something else, we could use your help! Rocky Mountain Wild
- Ongoing – Volunteer with Defenders of Wildlife as a Biodiversity Ambassador. Speak out against habitat destruction, the threat of extinction, and power corporations that are exploiting our planet. Defenders of Wildlife
- Ongoing – Volunteer with Wildlife Protection Solutions. With more eyes on more of our cameras, we’ll have a better chance of protecting the many thousands of wild animals by catching any potential poaching activity. Get the wpsWatch app. Wildlife Protection Solutions
- Ongoing – Volunteer with The Humane Society of the United States Animal Rescue Team. Animal rescue volunteers work with the Animal Rescue Team to help save animals who are the victims of illegal animal cruelty and natural disasters. Whether an out of control hoarder or dogfighting operation, or hurricane or puppy mill, animal rescue volunteers travel from all corners of the country to assist in the on-going care of dogs, cats and other animals who have been rescued from harm. The Humane Society
- Ongoing – Volunteer with Boulder County Parks and Open Space as a Seamstress or Tailor. Boulder County Parks and Open Space is looking for experienced seamstresses and tailors to help create period clothing for our cultural history programs. Volunteer demonstrators wear these period-appropriate clothes during events at Walker Ranch Homestead where they demonstrate the chores and activities of a working ranch in the late 1800s. Boulder County Parks and Open Space
- Ongoing – Volunteer with Jefferson County and become a Certified Native Plant Master Volunteer! Take your knowledge to the next level and become a certified Native Plant Master volunteer. As a NPM volunteer, your role is to educate others at your current job or volunteer position. Jefferson County
Urgent Direct Actions (those with approaching deadlines)
- Take action with Environmental Action. Tell the National Park Service to protect Alaskan wildlife from cruel hunting. Comments are due March 27.
- Take action with Wilderness Watch. The National Park Service (NPS) has a new rule out for public comment governing hunting on the 19 million acres of National Preserves in Alaska, including over eight million acres of designated Wilderness. This new rule would overturn a similar rule promulgated during the Trump administration, which Wilderness Watch and several allies have challenged in court. While the new rule is generally good, we believe it can be improved. Comments are due March 27.
- Take action with Western Resource Advocates. Tell the EPA to clean up our air, save lives, and advance climate solutions. Comments are due March 28.
- Take action with Wilderness Watch. Help protect Red Rock Lakes Wilderness. Comments are due March 28.
- Take action with Environmental Action. Submit your public comment to ban toxic cyantraniliprole. Comments are due April 2.
- Take action with Rocky Mountain Wild. Protect great sage-grouse, black-tailed and white-tailed prairie dog habitat by submitting your comments to Wyoming Bureau of Land Management’s 3rd Quarter Oil and Gas Lease Sale! Our screen shows conflicts with all three habitats and more. Use our resources to submit your comments. Comments are due April 10.
- Take action with Rocky Mountain Wild. Protect the Salt Creek Drainage Area of Critical Environmental Concern, Kinney Rim Citizens’ Proposed Wilderness, important habitat for white-tailed and black-tailed prairie dogs, and more by submitting your comments to Wyoming Bureau of Land Management’s 4th Quarter Oil and Gas Lease Sale! Comments are due April 17.
- Take action with Rocky Mountain Wild. Protect habitat for greater sage-grouse, including priority habitat management areas, crucial winter habitat for mule deer, and more by submitting your comments to Utah Bureau of Land Management’s 3rd Quarter Oil and Gas Lease Sale! Comments are due April 17.
- Take action with Rocky Mountain Wild. Protect important habitat for terrestrial species of economic and recreational importance and areas identified as a priority corridor region for pronghorn by submitting your protest to New Mexico Bureau of Land Management’s May 2023 Oil and Gas Lease Sale! Protests are due April 17.
Evergreen Actions (until we succeed)
- SunCor Energy, a Canadian-run company, runs an oil refinery north of Denver, Colorado. Suncor is Colorado’s only oil refinery and one of our largest emitters of greenhouse gasses and toxic air pollutants, and has been operating without any changes to its procedures or pollution controls for years. In spite of numerous enforcement actions and settlements, Suncor continues to flout air quality laws, putting neighboring communities — who are primarily BIPOC and low income — at extreme risk. Suncor has no regard for human or non-human life and will continue to harm our communities if action is not taken. Please take a moment to watch Spirit of the Sun’s short film on Suncor’s impact on Colorado’s Indigenous communities or scroll to the bottom of the page to send a form-letter to Governor Polis, Colorado Dept. of Health and Environment, and the EPA asking them to shut down Suncor for good: https://www.suncorsundown.org
- Donate to Spirit of the Sun’s efforts to combat Suncor’s harmful impacts through their Mycelium Program which trains their community members to inoculate the soil in their communities and throughout Native land with networks of mycelium to restore the health of our soil systems. When we cannot depend on the systems in power to create change, we educate ourselves and our community to protect the systems we hold dear: https://www.spiritofthesun.org/mycelium
New Direct Actions Since Last Week
- Take action with Animal Legal Defense Fund. Tell your State Attorney General to prosecute cruel animal fighting like the violent crime it is.
- Take action with the Center for Biological Diversity. Tell the Fish and Wildlife Service to give gopher tortoises the protection they need to survive.
- Take action with the Center for Biological Diversity. Tell the EPA to immediately ban Seresto collars.
- Take action with Earthjustice. Tell the Department of Energy to strengthen regulations for gas stoves.
- Take action with Earthjustice. Help us push the Postal Service to finish the environmental review and buy electric trucks.
- Take action with Earthjustice. Protect our climate forests.
- Take action with Environment America. Tell your U.S. House representative not to erase gray wolf protections.
- Take action with Environment America. Tell the EPA to clean up soot pollution.
- Take action with Food & Water Watch. Tell the EPA to regulate all PFAS.
- Take action with Food & Water Watch. Send a message demanding the EPA ban vinyl chloride to keep our communities safe!
- Take action with Food & Water Watch. Tell Congress it’s Time to Support the WATER Act!
- Take action with Honor Avi Kwa Ame. Thank President Biden for establishing the National Monument.
- Take action with The League of Conservation Voters. Thank President Biden for new National Monuments.
- Take action with Monuments for All. Thank President Biden for designating Avi Kwa Ame and Castner Range National Monuments.
- Take action with National Parks Conservation Association. Urge your representatives to vote NO on the Lower Energy Costs Act to protect our parks and lands.
- Take action with National Wildlife Federation. Say thank you to President Biden for designating the Avi Kwa Ame and Castner Range National Monuments, which will safeguard bighorn sheep.
- Take action with National Wildlife Federation. Please tell your Congressional leaders that they must support the Save Oak Flat From Foreign Mining Act.
- Take action with National Wildlife Federation. Tell Congress to protect and help recover the threatened western monarch butterfly and its crucial habitats.
- Take action with The Nature Conservancy. Stand up for real climate action.
- Take action with The Pew Charitable Trusts. Thank President Biden for establishing two new national monuments in Nevada and Texas.
- Take action with Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Ask your Legislators to cosponsor America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act!
- Take action with the Union of Concerned Scientists. Tell Congress to follow the science and support International Climate Finance.
- Take action with The Wilderness Society. Tell House members to reject the anti-climate, anti-public lands bill.
- Take action with The Wilderness Society. Thank President Biden for protecting Avi Kwa Ame and Castner Range National Monuments.
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