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Featured Resources

BIPOC Experiences on Colorado Public Lands

Next 100 Colorado is collecting information about the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and people of color on public lands in Colorado. They hope to capture the good, the bad, and everything in between, in service of better understanding the experiences of BIPOC in our publicly owned spaces. And, if needed, creating or modifying policies to make our outdoors more inclusive of all people. Please help us get the word out about this effort, and encourage your BIPOC friends, colleagues, and family to share their experiences, whether recent or from the past. More information and a link to the collection form are available here.

Salida Ranger District is accepting applications for 2022 Artist in Residence program

Selected artists will receive 14-day accommodations at developed cabins or dispersed camping locations on the district this summer. During this time, residency participants are asked to create art based on and inspired by experiences in the landscapes of the district, including the Saguache Mountain Range, Brown Canyon National Monument, the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Mountain Range, and the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. Read more and apply ahead of the May 31 deadline.

Black Lives Matter Actions & 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:

Resources to learn more:

Resources here in Colorado if you need some help right now

Food Resources:

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:

Mental Health Resources:

If you know of a resource that should be on this list but isn’t, please let me know.

Organizations working towards equity in the outdoors

  • 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 excurisions 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 capaigns, community leadership, and health advocacy.
  • Defiende Nuestra Tierra – increasing the baseline knowledge of public lands and hteir management, expanding Latinx participation in public lands management processes, and focusing on specific concerns of local Latinx communities.
  • Disabled Hikers – building disability community and an outdoors culture transformed by fair representation, accessibility, and justice for disabled and all other marginalized outdoors people.
  • 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.
  • Hispanic Access Foundation – helping Latinos build their financial literacy, explore new workforce opportunities, become environmental stewards or advocate for one’s health.
  • 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.

Events Happening In-Person

All locations are in Colorado, unless indicated otherwise.

  • 5/21 Multiple Locations in Colorado- Colorado Public Lands Day. You can find a range of activities and events to celebrate the meaningful connections we have with public lands and waters across Colorado. Join us at any of these events to celebrate these important places and advocate for a more inclusive and equitable public lands future.
  • 5/21 Multiple Locations in Colorado – Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Cleanup-Greenup. The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) and Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) invite you to the 31st Annual Cleanup-Greenup in conjunction with Colorado Public Lands Day! Work along the banks of the Arkansas River from Leadville to Cañon City and below to clean up trash and debris from our river corridor in preparation for run-off. 
  • 5/21 Boulder – Annual Plant Exchange. Free and organic plants. Rain, snow, or shine, we’ll be there (under tents). If you don’t have any plants to give, come take some anyway. Or bring a can of food—we’ll give it to a local food bank. 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Unitarian Universalist Church west parking lot, 5001 Pennsylvania Avenue, Boulder, 80303. Sponsored by the Sierra Club and People and Pollinators Action Network.
  • 5/21 Denver – Spring South Platte Stewardship Day. Volunteers will assist with numerous projects including trash removal, crusher-fine based trail repair, painting, tree protection and more!
  • 5/21 Penrose – Colorado Public Lands Day Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area Hike. Beaver Creek’s Powerline Trail loop, in the Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area, offers one of the premier lower elevation hikes in the Pikes Peak region. With scenic canyon and ridgetop views, the trail climbs 1,900 feet in 8 miles. Learn about the area’s natural and human history and why it is a prime candidate for wilderness designation under the Colorado Wilderness Act, currently before Congress. This hike is rated strenuous because of distance and elevation gain.
  • 5/21 Rifle – Colorado Public Lands Day. Join Wilderness Workshop and Defiende Nuestra Tierra to celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day with a hike to the famous Rifle Arch, managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)!
  • 5/21 Rifle – Dia de las Tierras Publicas en Colorado. Únase a Wilderness Workshop y Defiende Nuestra Tierra a celebrar el Día de las Tierras Publicas en Colorado y que mejor manera de celebrar que con una caminata guiada hacia el Arco de Rifle, este hermoso sendero con vistas espectaculares se encuentra en tierras publicas manejadas por oficina de administración de tierras (BLM por sus siglas en ingles). 
  • 6/1-3 Salt Lake City, UT – Healthy Public Lands Project Conference. The Healthy Public Lands Project is a network of local, regional and national conservation groups working to improve the way livestock grazing is managed on our public lands so that watersheds and wildlife habitat are healthy and thriving. Our collective vision is to ensure that public lands are managed to prioritize healthy ecosystems for wildlife and present and future generations.
  • 6/3 Carbondale – 2022 Community Party. It’s time for Wilderness Workshop’s Community Party! This annual event is a celebration of both our community and our beloved public lands. Our 2022 Community Party kicks off our Summer Events Season, which includes restoration projects, hikes in threatened landscapes, and more! We’ll have opportunities to take action and plenty of public lands swag, including bilingual “Unified for Thompson Divide” yard signs and stickers.
  • 6/3-5 Steamboat Springs – Facing the Fire: Innovative Uses of Biochar and Permaculture Design to Mitigate Wildfire Risk. We invite you to join Dr. Ken Carloni, Gloria Flora, and the PINA team for an overview of the science and technology of biochar and the innovative use of portable kiln field production and on-contour application to protect watersheds. Whether you attend the informational lecture or join for the weekend of hands-on instruction and a deeper dive into the evaluation and design aspects of forest care, we guarantee you will come home with new ideas around fire ecology, land management, and fire risk mitigation. 
  • 6/4 Boulder – Seedling Swap. Overwhelmed with extra tomato seedlings? Need a home for your bonus zinnias? Bring all your extra seedlings and small plants to swap and share with the community! All ages welcome. Feel free to stop by even if you don’t have any plants to share, there are sure to be extras.
  • 6/9 Denver – Wolves of Colorado Speaker Panel. Join Patagonia in-store Thursday, June 9th for an event hosted by Endangered Species Coalition, Rocky Mountain Wild, and Wild Earth Guardians celebrating one of our nation’s most misunderstood species.
  • 6/12 Denver – Denver Plant Swap at EarthLinks. If you plan on bringing native plants to swap, please be sure to label each plant that you bring with plant tags or masking tape. Provide as much information as possible. List the common name, botanical (Latin) name, sun requirements (Sun, Part Shade, Full Shade) and moisture requirements (High, Moderate, Low, Dry/Xeric) if you know them.
  • 6/17 Pueblo – Zoofari. A unique mix of food, music, and animals, like only the Pueblo Zoo can do!
  • 8/10 Aspen – Wild Feast. Wilderness Workshop invites you to our annual Wild Feast benefit, an evening celebrating conservation, climate action, and public lands protection on Wednesday, August 10 in the beautiful courtyard of the St. Regis Aspen Resort. Join us for cocktails, dinner, and a special guest speaker to raise critical funds that ensure Wilderness Workshop can protect western Colorado’s public lands and waters, build an equitable environmental movement, and help stop the climate crisis.
  • 8/15-8/18 Logan, UT – Western Agencies Sage & Columbian Sharp-Tailed Grouse Workshop. The Western Agencies Sage and Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse Workshop is a biennial meeting held in even numbered years sanctioned by WAFWA.  The workshop provides a forum where leading sage and sharp-tailed grouse managers and researchers share research results, management strategies, and emerging issues in the realms of grouse management throughout North America.
  • 9/23 Santa Fe, NM – 19th Annual Guardians Gala. The theme for this year’s event is Connectivity Across the Continent as we celebrate recent wins and look at the big picture of Guardians’ priority campaigns across the American West.

Events Happening Remotely

  • 5/21 – Colorado Public Lands Day. You can find a range of activities and events to celebrate the meaningful connections we have with public lands and waters across Colorado. Join us at any of these events to celebrate these important places and advocate for a more inclusive and equitable public lands future.
  • Through 5/21 – Colorado Endangered Species Week. On May 15-21, 2022, Rocky Mountain Wild and our partners will host the 6th annual Colorado Endangered Species Week! This week is dedicated to providing educational events and advocacy opportunities to protect the plant and animal species that are at-risk here in Colorado.
    • Through 5/21 – The Most Awesome Environmental Online Auction in the Front Range. All items in this auction have been donated by members of a green coalition (1% for the Planet, Certifiably Green Denver, Certified Green Lafayette, Climate Neutral Certified, The Conservation Alliance, Good Food 100, Green America, etc.) or the item itself may replace a less environmental one.
    • 5/20 – Endangered Species Day’s Wild Solution: Wildlife Crossing Structures. Join us on Endangered Species Day to discuss a wildlife solution: wildlife crossing structures! These structures, including overpasses, tunnels, viaducts, and culverts are increasingly being included in transportation planning as they can greatly reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions and provide connected landscapes to species who need access to important habitat and food sources. Plus, attend our live lunch-and-learn webinar to hear about different wildlife crossing structures that have already been implemented and have begun protecting beloved, imperiled, threatened, and endangered species! The webinar is scheduled for 11:30-12:30 pm MT. Register to save your spot!
    • 5/21 – Colorado Public Lands Day, Belonging in the Outdoors. In May 2016, the third Saturday of May became known as Colorado Public Lands Day. It’s a day to celebrate our public lands as vital resources providing clean water, protecting wildlife habitat, and offering many recreation opportunities. However, not every Coloradan feels invited, welcome, or safe in our public lands. Learn how you can help change that. Plus, attend the live roundtable as marginalized Coloradans discuss why they do or do not feel invited, welcome or safe recreating in Colorado’s public lands, how those that do began to, and what those who don’t need to. We will also be fielding audience questions, but will be prioritizing those that come from people who identify as a marginalized Coloradan (Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color, LGBTIQA2+, and/or disabled). Register to save your spot!
  • 5/24 – A Conversation about Environmental Justice. Dr. Calkins will talk about environmental justice, which is the broad interdisciplinary practice and movement that uses legal tools as part of an array of strategies to heal and restore people’s relationship to the other-than-human environment. She’ll focus in particular on environmental justice issues and actions she is working on in Washington State. This event will take place over Zoom: Tuesday, May 24 at 2:00pm Pacific Time. Join the call here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84716488070?pwd=SC9EdmozOHNCMkFhODBOWFozeUNXUT09. Meeting ID: 847 1648 8070, Password: 407791, To join by telephone dial (408) 638-0968.
  • 5/24 – Recovering America’s Wildlife Act: Birders’ Rally. Calling all bird lovers! We need everyone who cares about birds to rally together
  • for the passage of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. With historic levels of funding and support from both sides of the aisle, this once-in-a-generation legislation is a rare bird. Join us as we flock together in support of this critical bill, which will help protect birds long into the future and make the enjoyment of birds more accessible for all! Hosted by Tykee James and Corina Newsome, this rally will feature leaders in avian conservation and give you an opportunity to take action to encourage your Members of Congress to vote YES on this bill. Bring your passion and excitement, because we need YOU to push Recovering America’s Wildlife Act over the finish line! Special guests include Kenn Kaufman, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Dara Wilson with Black AF in STEM (the creators of Black Birders Week), and American Bird Conservancy!
  • 5/25 – United States Against Plastic. Every day, people throw away tons of plastic “stuff” — cups, plates, bags, straws, containers, forks, knives, spoons and more. All of this waste not only trashes our parks and beaches, but it also washes into our waterways, where it accumulates and harms wildlife. Join Environment America for a multi-state tour of our work to reduce plastic pollution, featuring advocates, organizers and elected leaders.
  • 5/25 – Wolf Tales: Animation Workshop Event Part 2. The second free workshop in the Endangered Species Coalition – Animated Ecologies workshop series, Wolf Tales. Your workshop will be led by Brazilian visual artist and researcher Rollinos (Gabriel Rolim), an artist seeking different perspectives from visual imagery, through sampling and filming. His processes involve digital and analog equipment to synthesize and transform videos and printed art on an experimental workflow. All of these styles are informed by his background, focused on the creation and presentation of visuals for music and live acts – he’s toured with bands as a VJ and light designer since 2016.
  • 5/25 – A Clean Energy Future for the United States and European Union. The war in Ukraine has brought energy independence to the forefront of international conversation. The recent US/EU Energy Security agreement calls for increasing US fossil fuel exports to Europe, but in order to avert the worst impacts of climate change, the US and the EU need to transition away from all fossil fuels, not double down on the transatlantic fossil fuel trade. This is a pivotal crossroads for the future of our climate. Learn from frontline activists, experts and elected officials about why the solution is not replacing Russian gas with US gas, but transitioning the world to clean, renewable energy.
  • 5/26 – Understanding the Science Episode 3. Biodiversity in the Burn: The Remarkable Ecology of Snag Forest Habitat.
  • 5/26 – How we can fight climate change and protect wildlife by letting trees grow. On Earth Day, President Joe Biden issued an executive order that directs federal agencies to conduct an inventory of mature and old-growth forests on America’s federal lands so that policies can be adopted to protect them. Join us to learn more about our critical forests, what the President’s executive order means and how you can get involved to make sure our climate forests are protected.
  • 6/2 – The Grassland and Sagebrush Conservation Portal: Aggregating Geospatial Resources for Practitioners. To aid practitioners in planning and implementing conservation actions, we recently developed the Grassland and Sagebrush Conservation Portal in the web platform, ArcGIS Online. This portal provides access to geospatial resources such maps, apps, and data developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners as well as other open-access resources. We intend to grow the resources in the portal in ways that are complementary to other online platforms. The Service’s development team will provide a tour of the portal, answer questions, and ask for suggestions for relevant resources that could be added.
  • 6/7 – Pesticides 101: How You Can Protect Birds and the Environment. An estimated 72 million birds are killed by pesticides and other toxic chemicals every year. Birds are not the only victims – overuse of harmful pesticides has led to insect population declines and adverse human health effects. Join ABC’s upcoming webinar for a discussion on the impacts of pesticides, how existing regulations are working – or failing – to protect the environment, and how individuals can reduce pesticide use at home.
  • 6/28 – Lobbying or Animals: State and Federal Legislative Update. Join Animal Legal Defense Fund Legislative Affairs Manager Jennifer Hauge for Lobbying for Animals: State & Legislative Update. This webinar will update viewers on our 2022 work thus far to advance animal protection through lawmaking, as well as explore ways you can directly impact the legislative process to make a difference for animals. A brief Q&A will follow. English closed caption subtitles will be available.

Community Science Projects

  • 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 info@sheepmountainalliance.org or fill out the Google Doc.
  • 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 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 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 angela.medinagarcia@colorado.edu. 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 and Internships

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 $12.56. The City of Denver’s minimum wage is currently $15.87. Colorado’s minimum salary for exempt workers is $45,000.

Job List Sites to Check

Other Job Postings (Jobs that are new this week are highlighted in green)

  • Western Colorado Alliance is seeking a Development Manager. The Development Manager will report to the Alliance’s Executive Director and will work with the Executive Director to plan, organize, and execute Western Colorado Alliance’s external and internal fundraising programs. The Development Manager works closely with The Executive Director and the Board of Directors in all development and fundraising endeavors. The salary range for this position is $58-61k. Applications are due May 20.
  • Montezuma Land Conservancy is seeking a Communications and Marketing Fellow. This position will help our organization better connect to our community and members, run our social media and outreach, and be involved in creative story telling projects. This is a full-time position, with benefits funded by a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) through August of 2023, and will include shared learning and networking opportunities organized by GOCO to connect the fellow to other fellows and organizations across the state. Compensation is $20/hr. Applications are due May 20.
  • Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance is seeking a Southwest Regional Organizer in Salt Lake City. The Southwest Regional Organizer recruits and supports volunteer activists and leaders in the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Arizona and provides occasional support in Utah. SW Organizer also engages with organizational partners and allies and supports volunteer engagement with government agencies and elected officials. This position is part of a team of organizers based in Utah and spread out across the United States. The salary for this position is $40k. Applications are due May 22.
  • The City of Boulder is seeking a Temporary Ecological Restoration Crew Member. This position is a dynamic role that is part of a team of professionals who manage the natural areas of the Parks and Recreation system.  Gain work experience across multiple disciplines including IPM/restoration, wildlife management, community engagement and natural lands maintenance. This is a great learning opportunity for someone who wants to gain experience towards a career in natural lands management. Compensation is $18.31-22.38/hour. Applications are due May 23.
  • Colorado Department of Natural Resources is seeking a Deputy Ground Water Commissioner – Well Measurement Technician. The purpose of this position is to enforce the rules and regulations governing the measurement of ground water diversions located in the Rio Grande Basin within water division 3. This position handles incoming questions on the Measurement Rules; helps process variance requests, Power Conversion Coefficient (PCC) reviews, system complexity reviews; and ensures that enforcement actions are verified and properly filed. The position works with well owners to ensure proper measurement techniques and equipment. The position will train and certify independent meter testers. The salary for this position is $1,944.92-2,745.69 biweekly. Applications are due May 25.
  • Colorado Department of Natural Resources is seeking a Lead Water Commissioner – Engineering/Physical Sciences Technician II. The purpose of this position is to ascertain the available surface water supply and distribute, control and regulate the surface and groundwater tributary to the South Platte River from the Town of Kersey downstream to the Town of Sterling area on a daily basis pursuant to water decrees, substitute water supply plans and state statutes.  Additionally, under the direction of the State Engineer and Division Engineer and in coordination with the River Operations and Compact Commissioner,  this position exists to record and compile assigned permanent records of water diversions and use; disseminate and explain information pertaining to water availability and use to the public; initiate measurement structure installation/repair orders; initiate orders related to illegal use of water; monitor dams for unsafe conditions, inspect wells to insure compliance with well permits, decrees, substitute water supply plans and statutory rules and regulations; field investigate new water rights and change of use applications for potential injury to existing water rights; and to guide and direct water users to gain their cooperation and resolve disputes informally. The salary for this position is $2,090.77-2,951.08 biweekly. Applications are due May 25.
  • Center for Western Priorities is seeking a Policy Director. The Policy Director oversees CWP’s conservation policy program. The Policy Director is a senior member of the CWP team. Responsibilities include strategic planning, leading campaigns, developing written content, and working with the policy and communications teams to think creatively about how to advance CWP’s policy goals and helping coordinate the organization’s media and communications efforts. The salary range for this position is $72-85k. Review of applications will begin on June 1.
  • People and Pollinators Action Network is seeking a part-time Community Engagement Coordinator. The coordinator must be aligned with PPAN’s mission and will focus on amplifying PPAN’s mission across the state by spearheading and organizing programs/events (both online and in-person) – including PPAN’s annual fundraising event – engaging with volunteers and local PPAN Chapters, collaborating with nonprofit and business partners, and developing educational and outreach materials. The individual will maximize the use of PPAN’s member database, website, and social media to increase statewide engagement to support outreach and fundraising efforts. In addition, the coordinator will identify opportunities for increasing PPAN’s audience and representation from BIPOC communities that are most likely to be impacted by pesticide exposure. Compensation is $1,875/mo for 20 hours per week. This position is open until filled.
  • Next 100 Coalition is seeking an Executive Director. This is a unique opportunity to bring creativity, innovation, and energy to the early stage of an organization. This dynamic leader will need to be comfortable with the work of coalition building and the ambiguity of multiple priorities. This multitalented generalist is adaptable and able to both inspire and motivate others. This experienced manager appreciates, creates, and routinizes systems, including annual planning, to support effective functions. This individual knows how to lead, share power, and follow, as needed, in an organization that values collaboration and seeks to raise all voices in service to inclusive conservation of lands and oceans. The salary range for this position is $130-150k. This position is open until filled.
  • Mile High Youth Corp is seeking a Chief Executive Officer. Diverse Talent, an executive search and placement firm, is working with Mile High Youth Corps, a nonprofit organization that transforms lives, communities, and the environment through meaningful youth development and service programs rooted in conservation and the community, in their search for their next CEO. The salary range for this position is $120-145k. This position is open until filled.
  • Wildlands Restoration Volunteers is seeking a Community Engagement Coordinator (Bilingual). This position will support WRV in engaging a diverse community of environmental stewards; this position will also support implementation of WRV’s Equity and Inclusion Initiative by engaging the Hispanic/Latinx community in Longmont and across the Denver Metro area. Compensation is $18-21/hr. This position is open until filled.
  • ERO Resources Corporation is seeking a Staff Biologist. This position will work in collaboration with our natural resources group to support new and existing natural resource projects based out of our Denver office.  The ideal candidate for this position will apply their ecological knowledge to evaluate a variety of project sites for natural resource concerns, provide guidance to clients on those resources, and prepare and review ecological reports and permit applications. the salary range for this position is $45-68k. This position is open until filled.
  • Colorado CarShare is seeking a part-time Operations & Fleet Assistant. You will be working with our Fleet Manager and Operations Director assisting with fleet duties as needed. This work includes biking, busing, and driving around town in order to perform basic vehicle maintenance, use spreadsheets to monitor vehicle cleanliness and maintenance schedules, shuttle vehicles, take cars to the local car wash, scheduling service appointments, etc. Most fleet operations take place outside in the field. It is a great job for staying in shape and enjoying the summer sunshine! Compensation is $17.31/hr. This position is open until filled.
  • Western Resource Advocates is seeking an Accounting Administrative Associate. With the support and guidance of the Controller, the Accounting & Administrative Associate will be responsible for supporting the smooth functioning of WRA’s financial and administrative processes. The Associate will be responsible for various financial duties including accounts payable, accounts receivable, fixed assets records maintenance, recording financial transactions, various monthly reconciliations, assisting with financial report preparation, assisting with the annual audit, and performing other financial duties as assigned. A part of WRA’s Central Administrative Team, the Associate is also responsible for a mix of administrative duties and projects including general administrative work and office support, meeting planning, coordination with property managers, and other administrative projects, tasks, errands, and assignments as needed. Reporting to the Controller, this position provides the opportunity to learn and grow with other finance, administrative and conservation professionals. The salary range for this position is $42-50k. This position is open until filled.
  • Western Resource Advocates is seeking a Director of Development to engage donors and prospects in protecting the natural environment and Western communities. The Director will lead WRA’s development efforts and a team of eight to secure significant financial resources from individuals, foundations, and corporations during an exciting period of growth. This senior-level position is a new one established to support the Vice President of Development and Communications in strategically increasing the long-term fundraising capacity of the organization. The Director will create the vision for relevant areas of responsibility, identify and address key challenges, develop and undertake a plan of action, and evaluate and adjust as needed to deliver targeted outcomes. Development functions will include annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, prospecting, and foundation relations and grants. Reporting to the Vice President of Development and Communications, the Director will also work closely with the Vice President and the President on principal gifts to secure increased philanthropic revenue to support a new three-year strategic plan. The salary range for this position is $100-128k. This position is open until filled.
  • Keystone Science School is seeking a Development and Events Manager. The Development and Events Manager works in partnership with the program team, volunteers, Development Director, and the Executive Director to plan for and execute annual fundraising events, build strong relationships with donors through professional and heartfelt communications and interactions, and confidently and effectively manages our donor database and regular giving reports. A key piece of this position requires supporting the foundation of our donor relationships by accurately tracking donor giving in Salesforce, ensuring donors are acknowledged appropriately, and are communicated with in a professional and timely manner. The salary range for this position is $56,571-65,948. This position is open until filled.
  • Keystone Science School is seeking a Talent Acquisition and Development Specialist. Keystone Science School is hiring a Talent Acquisition and Training Specialist to develop and implement the organization’s full-cycle recruiting strategy, which includes sourcing, interviewing, onboarding, and training talent. The Specialist will work in partnership with hiring managers to facilitate an efficient hiring workflow and create a positive experience for candidates and employees. They will work on a team of HR professionals to ensure that all aspects of HR, including hiring practices, are just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive. This position requires creativity to explore new ideas to attract talent, effective communication and coaching skills, and the ability to manage a high-volume of paperwork, onboarding, and training tasks with attention to detail. The salary range for this position is $59,265-71,591. This position is open until filled.
  • Great Old Broads for Wilderness is seeking an Executive Director. The Executive Director (ED) is the key visionary and leader of Great Old Broads for Wilderness. This person is responsible for inspiring, setting the direction, overseeing programs, development, fundraising, grassroots leadership, communications, and administration of the organization. Other key duties include setting the public lands and climate advocacy agenda of the organization and ensuring proactive community/member outreach. The ED reports directly to the Board of Directors and carries out these responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and strategic plan. The ED maintains a consultative and collegial relationship with the staff, members, colleagues, Board of Directors, and partner organizations in the wilderness community and beyond. The salary range for this position is $75-90k. This position is open until filled.
  • The Alliance Center is seeking a Facility Manager. The Facility Manager is responsible for daily facilities management and maintenance efforts at The Alliance Center. This position ensures The Alliance Center is living up to its mission as a model of a high-performance commercial building and also runs smoothly, efficiently, and cost-effectively to provide a healthy, secure, safe, and pleasant environment for tenants and visitors. The salary range for this position is $50-66k. This position is open until filled.
  • Groundwork Denver is seeking members for the Green Infrastructure Training Program. The Green Infrastructure Training Program is a new workforce development program targeting underemployed young adults, aged 18-24, primarily identifying as Black, Indigenous, People of Color. Each module will last 8 to 10 weeks and require a time commitment of 30-40 hours per week. During the module, GWD and its project partners will provide training in low-impact development, with skills including designing and installing small-scale green infrastructure projects, implementing small-scale stormwater reduction efforts such as conducting irrigation audits, planting trees and installing rain barrels, building bioswales and permeable surfaces on private property, remediating soil compaction, maintaining sustainable landscape projects, and educating and engaging with residents about pressing environmental concerns. The wage for these positions is $15.87/hour. This position is open until filled.
  • Cottonwood Institute is seeking Field Instructors. CI partners with local schools and youth organizations to connect students to the outdoors through low impact camping and service-learning projects. As a field instructor, you will be working with our CAP instructors to take their classes on field days and overnights as part of their courses’ culminating experience. The wage for these positions is $16-20/hour. These positions are open until filled.
  • Western Resource Advocates is seeking a Vice President of Equity and Culture. The VP of Equity and Culture will lead WRA’s efforts to use our unique niche as a regional conservation policy organization to proactively advance diversity and inclusion within the organization, and equity throughout the West. The salary range for this position is $135-170k. This position is open until filled.
  • HECHO is seeking a Colorado Field Coordinator/Senior Field Coordinator. Initially reporting to the HECHO Executive Director, the Field Coordinator will be responsible for deepening and cultivating authentic partnerships, and developing targeted outreach strategies, tactics, tools, and trainings that advance HECHO’s policy and strategic priorities in Colorado. This position will require a willingness to travel by vehicle throughout Colorado to meet with leaders individually, organize meetings and events, and to build relationships on behalf of HECHO. This is a full-time, position for candidates based in Denver or the surrounding suburbs. The salary range for this position is $50-65k. This position is open until filled.
  • Mountain Studies Institute is seeking a Development and Engagement Director to strategically develop and grow the organization’s base of support and unrestricted funding. As the Director, you will be the driver in expanding support of MSI leading a team focused on fundraising, communications, marketing, and events. You will be responsible for planning and directing all of MSI’s fundraising including major gifts, annual fundraisers, planned giving, special events, and capital campaigns. To support MSI’s fundraising goals, you will lead communication strategy and execution, stewarding marketing and branding materials, and oversee social media and website campaigns to promote MSI and our mission. The salary range for this position is $75-105k. This position is open until filled.
  • Mountain Studies Institute is seeking an Accountant Bookkeeper. As the Accountant Bookkeeper you will be responsible for assisting with general accounting duties, supporting grant management, and assisting with administrative and operational tasks as needed. You will help maintain MSI’s financial systems and operations through accounting, budget tracking, and systems management to help guide MSI’s organizational decision making and program delivery. The salary range for this position is $48-58k. This position is open until filled.
  • Nature & Wildlife Discovery Center is seeking part-time Environmental Educators who will primarily work with our school-age programs. This position will co-facilitate NWDC’s outdoor-based, nature education programs for elementary- middle school age students and have the option to facilitate various special events, programs and camps as needed. The ideal candidate will possess a solid education background, environmental science background and demonstrable experience working with children and being in the great outdoors. Position is ideal for a retired teacher or other qualified individual looking for a part time position working with children in the outdoors. Training in program curriculum and activities provided. The wage range for this position is $12.32-14/hr. This position is open until filled.
  • San Juan Mountains Association is seeking a seasonal Norwood Community Outreach Specialist. The Norwood Community Outreach Specialist will be baed out of the Norwood Ranger Station to develop and deliver interprestive and educational programming and organize volunteer events to contribute to public lands stewardship in the region. The compensation range for this position is $15-17/hr. This position is open until filled.
  • San Juan Mountain Association is seeking seasonal Forest Ambassadors to work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to educate visitors on forest health, “Leave No Trace” practices, conduct light trail work, track visitor numbers, and monitor forest conditions throughout the San Juan National Forest. This position pays $15/hr. This position is open until filled.
  • San Juan Mountain Association is seeking seasons Wilderness Stewardship Crew members to work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to monitor wilderness characteristics, conduct trail work, and educate wilderness visitors on “Leave No Trace” practices throughout the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests. This position pays $15/hr. This position is open until filled.
  • University of Colorado – Boulder is seeking a Teaching Assistant Professor/Teaching Associate Professor of Inclusive Leadership for The Masters of the Environment Professional Graduate Program (MENV). We seek a faculty member who will take the lead on teaching and integration of inclusive leadership within the residential MENV program and the online Outdoor Recreation Economy (ORE) program. The successful candidate will bring vision, leadership expertise, and an entrepreneurial spirit to contribute broadly to the growing MENV and ORE programs. The salary range is $65-79k for the Teaching Assistant Professor position or $80-90k for the Teaching Associate Professor position. This position is open until filled.
  • SkyTruth is seeking a Chief Technology Officer. SkyTruth received a major three-year grant in late 2021, positioning us to double our staff and turbocharge our impact. We are seeking a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) motivated by this opportunity to build and lead a diverse and thriving SkyTruth technology team that will successfully execute these projects and continually innovate to create new opportunities for SkyTruth to promote conservation and environmental justice worldwide. The salary range for this position is $150-175k. This position is open until filled.
  • EcoFlight is seeking a Conservation Program Manager. EcoFlight seeks someone with knowledge of public lands conservation, and experience in networking and organizing. The Program Manager will help manage our flight programs and liaise with partners to use EcoFlight’s unique perspective to its best advantage, to make a meaningful impact on land and wildlife conservation, and work with diverse communities to fight for environmental justice in the West. The ideal candidate is familiar with public land conservation in the West. An added bonus is an interest in aviation. The salary range for this position is $45-60k. This position is open until filled.
  • Women’s Wilderness is seeking Marketing and Communications Director. The Marketing and Communications Director is a results-oriented position with the goal of growing the Women’s Wilderness community and ensuring full enrollment of our girls’, women’s and LGBTQ+ courses. From a strategic and practical perspective, they oversee all marketing and outreach efforts, and lead  the organization’s external communications and branding. They supervise the Outreach and Admissions Coordinator and  interns as needed. This position requires big picture thinking/strategy and the ability to deliver and hustle at a very practical level as a member of a small team. The role is full-time, year-round  and reports to the Executive Director. The salary for this position is $50-60k. This position is open until filled.

Volunteer Positions

  • 5/21 Denver – Spring South Platte Stewardship Day. Volunteers will assist with numerous projects including trash removal, crusher-fine based trail repair, painting, tree protection and more!
  • 5/21 Multiple Locations in Colorado – Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Cleanup-Greenup. The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) and Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) invite you to the 31st Annual Cleanup-Greenup in conjunction with Colorado Public Lands Day! Work along the banks of the Arkansas River from Leadville to Cañon City and below to clean up trash and debris from our river corridor in preparation for run-off. 
  • 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

Direct Environmental Actions

  • Take action with Food & Water Watch. Submit a public comment to the Biden administration to demand it stops Nationwide Permitting 12. Comments are due May 27.
  • Take action with Natural Resources Defence Council. Tell the Biden administration to cancel Nationwide Permit 12 now. Comments are due May 27.
  • Take action with WildEarth Guardians. Speak up to defend public lands and Tribal communities from fighter jet trainings. Comments are due June 3.
  • Take action with Earthjustice. Tell the EPA to make major polluters clean up their act. Comments are due by June 5.
  • Please join us in calling on President Biden, Secretary Vilsack, and Secretary Haaland to incorporate permanent protections for mature and old-growth temperate rainforests as part of our nation’s strategy to address climate change.
  • Please join us in calling on your Senators to stay strong and reform the oil and gas program.
  • Please join us and sign the petition stating that you support wildlife crossing structures in Colorado. 
  • Please join us and help protect bighorn sheep.

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