Make the world a little greener with the Environmental Actions Weekly Round-Up

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 chris@rockymountainwild.org.

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Give the gift of biodiversity between National Philanthropy Day (Nov 15) and Giving Tuesday (Nov 29) and be entered in a drawing for two gift bags

To show our gratitude to donors joining our Super Species Squad of monthly donors, any new general fund monthly donations and increased monthly donations made between National Philanthropy Day (November 15) and Giving Tuesday (November 29) will enter you in a drawing for two gift bags. One contains: a plush little brown bat, bat tee, and Bat Ambassador magnet. The other: a plush American pika, The American Pika: Notes from the Field book, Colorado Pika Project sticker, an American pika sticker from Deirdre Denali Photography.

Monthly donations are a nonprofit’s most stable source of funding. We won’t get all the grants we write proposals for, we don’t know if our end-of-year or mid-season ask will result in the donations we need, but we can guarantee that the monthly donors we have will (generally) give every month. We can calculate that and count on it.

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Take action with Spirit of the Sun to help shutdown Suncor for good and combat Suncor’s harmful impacts to BIPOC and low-income communities

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

Help Summit County Safe Passages fund wildlife crossings on East Vail Pass

Summit County Safe Passages has officially launched a campaign for the new I-70 wildlife crossings on East Vail Pass! For those of you who have participated in the Colorado Corridors Project checking and moving cameras or identifying species caught on camera on our Zooniverse platform, you know that these crossings are necessary for moose, mountain lions, elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and at least a couple of Canada lynx — just to name a few species. Stay tuned for actions regarding this campaign. In the meantime, you can donate to Summit County Safe Passages to help fund this work: https://rockymountainwild.givingfuel.com/summitcountysafepassages

Colorado Ski Areas Partner with Snowstang to help reduce congestion and emissions on I-70

Four Colorado ski areas are partnering with the Colorado Department of Transportation on their ski bus service, Snowstang. This service allows riders to avoid winter driving and provides the ability to relax instead of dealing with traffic. Through this partnership, Snowstang limited greenhouse gas emissions, took vehicles off I-70 and took stress off overwhelmed resort parking lots allowing more customers to hit the slopes. 

Snowstang coaches carry 51 passengers, are climate controlled, have Wi-Fi access, ski/equipment storage, a restroom, USB and power outlets, and will be taking folks to Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Copper Mountain Resort, Loveland Ski Resort, and Steamboat Ski Resort. Visit the booking site for more information and bookmark it to buy your bus tickets when they become available.

Colorado EnviroScreen Mapping Tool

Colorado EnviroScreen is an interactive environmental justice mapping tool. Version 1.0 of Colorado EnviroScreen. It was developed for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) by a team from Colorado State University.

How to advocate for wolves in Colorado right now

Last month, Rocky Mountain Wild partnered with Endangered Species Coalition, WildEarth Guardians, and Patagonia Denver to host a Wolves of Colorado Speaker Panel with John Murtaugh (Defenders of Wildlife) and Karin Vardaman (Working Circle). Here are the resources from that event that can help you advocate for wolves right now.

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.

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

  • 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. 

Events Happening In-Person

All locations are in Colorado unless indicated otherwise.

  • Through 1/8/2023 Boulder – Pikas, Prairies, and the Climate Crisis: A photography exhibit about saving our wildlife. Using stunning field photography and video this exhibit explores the surprising connections between Colorado’s shortgrass prairies and the American pika. Pikas, a cold-loving species that live in the high-altitude mountains, are threatened by warming temperatures and diminishing snowpack. Their survival may depend on our ability to protect a place hundreds of miles from their alpine home — the Great Plains. Visitors will learn about conservation efforts to connect the dots between these two diverse areas, as well as ways that they can become involved in protecting pika, prairies, pronghorn, and more.
  • 11/25 Denver – Nerd Nite Denver. Pokémon, Botany, and 2022. This month, Earl Anema is back to explain design theory using Pokémon, Dr. Katherine Hayes returns to expose the dirty secrets of the plant world, and Dr. Nolan Wilson makes his annual appearance to review the year in science at our last show for 2022! If you are a fan of TED talks, the Discovery Channel, Wikipedia binges, and drinking, Nerd Nite Denver is the show for you!
  • 11/30 Near Longmont – Hikes for Seniors – Autumn in Boulder County. Join volunteer naturalists for a moderate hike to explore and learn about the unique geology, history, plants, and wildlife of these beautiful properties. Join us for an easy walk with Naturalists while you observe the changes on the landscape as wildlife and plant life prepare for the harsh conditions of winter on the prairie.
  • 12/1 Denver – The Great Space Escape. Strap on your space boots for a crash course in cheeky constellations and galactic hijinks with Museum Educators (and all-around hilarious hosts) Jose Zuniga and Mitch Slevc. These cosmically comical astronomers will use our state-of-the-art Planetarium screen to take you on a journey through the unexpected history, science and humor of the night sky!
  • 12/1 Longmont – Restoring Knowledge Ways: Ecological Indigenous Principles and Practices. The Society for Ecological Restoration – Rocky Mountain Chapter invites you to join in an evening of learning with CSU Professor Dr. Doreen E. Martinez. Dr. Doreen’s expertise is in Indigenous knowledge systems and sociopolitical land and environment issues. Her work focuses on how cultural knowledge, the theoretical grounding of our lives, is engaged and practiced. She will be sharing Indigenous principles and ways of being. Her offering will focus on Indigenous connections to lands, the landscape – in all its complexities and mysteries. As an Indigenous epistemologist, someone who spends a lot of time exploring how we create knowledge, she will be describing, discussing, and illustrating Indigenous ways of knowing, and the processes by which we come to understand, know, the natural world.
  • 12/3 Near Glenwood Springs – Posada y corte de Arboles de navidad. Únase a Defiende Nuestra Tierra, Wilderness Workshop y el Servicio Forestal de EE. UU. para comenzar o continuar una tradición familiar de encontrar y cortar su propio árbol de Navidad. No dejes de crear nuevos recuerdos y contagiarte del espíritu navideño con la celebración de nuestra Posada. El personal del Servicio Forestal y Smokey Bear estarán en el lugar para enseñar sobre las mejores maneras de elegir un árbol y cuidarlo durante las fiestas. Tendremos permisos GRATIS para árboles de Navidad, herramientas extras, bebidas calientes y tamales tradicionales para disfrutar y celebrar la Posada.
  • 12/3 Near Glenwood Springs – Posada & Christmas Tree Cutting in the Thompson Divide. Join Defiende Nuestra Tierra, Wilderness Workshop, and the US Forest Service to begin or build on a family tradition of finding and cutting your own Christmas tree. Don’t miss making new memories and getting in the Christmas spirit with the Posada celebration. Forest Service staff and Smokey Bear will be on-site to teach about the best ways to pick out a tree and care for it through the holidays. We will have FREE Christmas tree permits, extra tools, hot drinks, and traditional tamales to enjoy and celebrate the Posada.
  • 12/3 Colorado Springs – Blackpackers Hiker Trash Prom. At this year’s “Hiker Trash” prom you can expect live local music, dancing, food and beverage, drinks from local breweries and wineries, speakers, and a silent auction. Together, raise a glass in celebration of our progress toward making outdoor recreation more accessible to all members of our community.
  • 12/14 Denver – Indigenous Film “A Morning with Aroha.” See a virtual screening of the short film “A Morning with Aroha” by director Nicholas Riini (Tūhoe). This morning, young Aroha, is on an early morning mission. She finds her creative outlet and with a little bit of magic brings her imaginary world to life, spreading joy to her friends, family, neighbors, classmates, and all who pass by. A story about the power of family, of art, and of aroha (love). (Illumi Ngati Media Ltd, 2022, 11 min.). This film contains a small amount of adult language. Following the film, join us for discussion with filmmaker Nicholas Riini, moderated by Mervyn Tano, President of the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management. The program is presented partnership with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management as part of the 19th Annual Indigenous Film & Arts Festival.
  • 12/14 Carbondale – Unified for Thompson Divide. Join fellow Thompson Divide supporters to show the federal agencies that our community remains “Unified for Thompson Divide!” We’ll be gathering at the Third Street Center to write comments and make signs before walking over to the Carbondale Fire Department where we’ll tell the Forest Service and BLM that we support an Administrative Mineral Withdrawal!

Events Happening Remotely

  • 11/29 – NRDC Virtual Conversation: Our Next Flights. With the midterm elections behind us and the climate crisis intensifying, we must now turn our attention to the next phase of transformative action for our environment and communities. In honor of Giving Tuesday, please join NRDC Chief Counsel & Chief Capacities Officer Mitch Bernard and senior government affairs experts John Bowman and Alex Adams for a special NRDC supporter webinar Tuesday, November 29 at 3:00 p.m. ET. This event will cover our upcoming battles in the courts and in Congress to keep up the momentum for climate action, with a special focus on how the election outcome will affect our work.
  • 12/6 – Lobbying for Animals: State and Federal Legislative Update. Join Animal Legal Defense Fund Strategic Legislative Affairs Manager Alicia Prygoski on Tuesday, December 6, for our latest webinar Lobbying for Animals: State & Federal Legislative Update. Learn about the bills we’ve worked to pass in 2022 to protect farmed animals, wildlife, companion animals, and more — and what we anticipate working on in state capitols and at the federal level as we approach the new year. We’ll also explore how you can directly impact the legislative process to make a difference for animals.
  • 12/8 – Colorado Tourism Office: Inclusivity in Travel Coalition. In an effort to develop and promote travel experiences centering on the interests and preferences of diverse and inclusive travel audiences and to identify strategies for creating and supporting a welcoming and safe environment for travelers, the CTO is creating a permanent Inclusivity in Travel Coalition. Ongoing input from thought leaders and industry stakeholders is needed for surfacing high-level and on-the-ground perspectives from Colorado’s many regions, industry groups, local tourism stakeholders and communities. Listening to stakeholders and learning from you about opportunities and challenges will help the CTO move its diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility efforts in the direction that is most helpful to the Colorado tourism industry. We hope you will consider being a part of this coalition.
  • 12/14 – Exposing Wildlife Services: Using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Join Campaigns Manager Matt Rossell and Campaigner Abbey Benesh to learn how you can research any relationship your local government may have with Wildlife Services, a federal program that is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Many cities and counties contract with the agency to kill native wildlife for a multitude of reasons, from reducing the amount of goose waste in public parks to killing wildlife on behalf of ranchers who use public land to raise farmed animals.

Community Science Projects

  • December 14-January 5 – 123rd Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Between December 14 and January 5, bird lovers will participate in bird counts across the Rockies region and contribute to one of the longest-running wildlife censuses in the world. Data collected during this community science effort helps identify trends and informs strategies to protect birds and the places they need in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and far beyond. The count is open to birders of all skill levels, and Audubon’s free Bird Guide app can help you learn more about the birds in our area!
  • 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 info@sheepmountainalliance.org 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 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, Internships, and Fellowships

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.

Positions are in Colorado or remote opportunities unless otherwise stated.

Job List Sites to Check

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

  • The Wilderness Society is seeking a Staff Attorney and Senior Staff Attorney. The Sr. Staff Attorney/Staff Attorney will be a member of The Wilderness Society’s (TWS) Legal Team and play an integral role in developing and implementing the organization’s programmatic legal work. The Legal Team serves as in-house counsel for TWS’s conservation work and integrates legal strategy throughout our multi-disciplinary approach to achieving enduring and equitable conservation gains. The Sr. Staff Attorney/Staff Attorney will engage in agency decision-making processes to build a strong record for eventual administrative challenges or litigation and bring legal and policy expertise to priority place-based and national campaigns and related litigation. The Sr Staff Attorney/ Staff Attorney will work in close coordination across TWS departments such as strategy and policy, field and landscapes, conservation campaigns, and external affairs, and collaborate with partners, Native American tribes, and outside legal counsel.  The salary range for a staff attorney is $80-88k. The salary range for a senior staff attorney is $90-104k. Applications are due November 27.
  • Conservation Colorado is seeking a Legislative Intern for January – May 2023. The conservation community lost one of its most dynamic members when Becca Strelitz passed away in June 2015. Becca was an intern with Conservation Colorado in 2011 and over time became one of our best and brightest community organizers. Her unmitigated passion for the cause gave her a powerful ability to connect with others and motivate them to act. We are honored to continue her legacy through our internship program. You will report to the Senior Program Associate, working closely with our government affairs team. Compensation for this position is $17.30/hr. Applications are due November 27.
  • The National Park Service is seeking Animal Packers. An Animal Packer assembles and packages all types of cargo in neat, correct and compact arrangements and manties in a tight package that can be handled, carefully balanced, and packed aboard horses and mules. Packs a wide variety of cargo such as tandem packing lumber (up to 16′ lengths), doors, bridge decking, culverts, cook stoves, refrigerators, furniture, boat motors, wheel barrows, bed springs and frames, electronic equipment, prefabricated pit toilets, roofing, explosives, hay and any other type of supplies and materials. Loads and hitches packed supplies and equipment onto pack animals, balances and adjusts side packs and insures that pack saddles and varied or modified packs are not rubbing or otherwise in a position to cause injury to the pack stock or the cargo. Provides professional grade care and handling of stock which includes grooming, shoeing, feeding, watering and caring for the medical needs such as administering shots and medication. and more. The compensation for this position is $24.43-29.34/hr. Applications are due November 29.
  • Conservation Colorado is seeking a Foundations Relations Manager. As the Foundation Relations Manager, you will be responsible for the development of all grant materials by coordinating team members across the organization (including the CEO, advocacy and policy staff, organizing, and finance). In this role, you’ll manage our institutional fundraising program and oversee our portfolio of institutional donors. The salary range for this position is $68-82k. Applications are due November 30.
  • DNR, Division of Water Resources is seeking an Assistant Division Engineer Division 3. This position exists to supervise the Water Measurement Group in Division 3, which is comprised of the Hydrographic Branch and the Groundwater Operations Branch, and to assist the Division Engineer in the discharge of duties. This position will ensure the collection of accurate surface water data and ground water use data for the Rio Grande Basin, and coordinates the groundwater administration in Division 3. The salary for this position is $92,916-140,844. Applications are due November 30.
  • Conservation Colorado is seeking a Public Lands Campaign Manager. As Public Lands Campaign Manager, you’ll work to deliver policy wins on public lands issues at the federal, state, and local levels. You’ll serve as our organization’s policy expert on lands, reporting to the West Slope Director on our Government Affairs team. This includes running issue-specific coalitions and tables and owning issue-specific policy campaigns for the organization. The salary range for this position is $70-79k. Applications are due December 1.
  • Continental Divide Trail Coalition is seeking Crew Leaders for May 1-September 8, 2023. The Crew Leader will directly implement and lead all on-the-ground volunteer trail work projects and trail maintenance trainings for Field Programs. These efforts ensure the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) is completed, maintained, and protected by grassroots efforts and strong community connections. Compensation is $20/hr plus a taxed $35/month phone reimbursement, $200/month health stipend. Applications are due December 2.
  • Continental Divide Trail Coalition is seeking Field Coordinators for March 6-November 3, 2023. The Field Coordinator will directly implement and lead all on-the-ground volunteer trail work projects and trail maintenance trainings for Field Programs. The Field Coordinator will supervise and provide training to CDTC’s seasonal Crew Leader on project leadership, trail work concepts and techniques, and risk management. These efforts ensure the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) is completed, maintained, and protected by grassroots efforts and strong community connections. Compensation is $20/hr plus a taxed $35/month phone reimbursement, $200/month health stipend. Applications are due December 2.
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking an Accessibility and Workforce Development Intern. This position will support Workforce Development and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility through administrative tasks, event coordination, staff training, data analysis, and communications. We are striving to make the outdoors and Natural Resources careers accessible to all. This is primarily an office job, but you will have ample opportunities to get out in the field and explore different Natural Resources career paths. Applications are due December 4.
  • Intermountain West Joint Venture is seeking a Sagebrush Communications Specialist to provide content development and other communications support to the IWJV’s sagebrush program and Partnering to Conserve Sagebrush Rangelands effort. This position is responsible for conveying the relevance of conservation to people. This means telling stories about conservation action benefiting ecological services, positively impacting the economy, and strengthening communities. The salary range for this position is $50-60k. Applications are due December 5.
  • Sierra Club is seeking a Narrative Power Building Strategist. The Digital Strategies department plays a key role in building and engaging our supporter base online — building power through cultivating shared analysis, practice and narrative with our base about Sierra Club’s role in climate, political and movement spaces. The Narrative Power Building Strategist works to build and execute the Sierra Club narrative organizing, base building, digital volunteer leadership development, and political education work, in partnership with Sierra Club colleagues across departments. The salary range for this position is $70-80k. Applications are due December 5.
  • Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) is seeking an Administrative and Executive Coordinator. ELK’s Administrative and Executive Coordinator (AEC) assists in facilitating the work of the executive director by helping to prioritize high-level tasks to better meet the strategic goals of the organization. This role will also ensure effective and smooth communication between the Executive Director and the Board of Directors. Additionally, the AEC will provide the staff with essential administrative and office support. This position requires a dependable individual who enjoys the complexities of working with different personalities and has excellent administrative, organizational, and communication skills. The AEC must be confident and be proactive and persistent in efforts to move individual and team goals forward. This role will report to the executive director with frequent interaction with ELK’s board of directors. Some evening and weekend work is required in meeting position responsibilities. The compensation for this position is $20-21.75/hr. Applications are encouraged before December 9, but the job will remain open until filled.
  • Colorado Mountain Club is seeking a Policy Director. The Colorado Mountain Club Policy Director will lead the legislative and administrative advocacy work of the club on projects that impact human-powered recreation, protect public land and enhance sustainable recreation access. The position will focus on expanding the advocacy work of the club on both legislative and administrative campaigns, as well as supervising conservation staff and support existing stewardship programs. Projects will include leading public lands and Wilderness designation campaigns, engaging in Forest Planning and Winter Travel Management Planning, supporting implementation of the CMC RIMS Mobile App data collection program and more. The Policy Director will also engage in senior leadership of the club, department budget management and grant writing and fundraising to support the long-term success of the conservation program. The starting salary for this position is $60k. They are hoping to hire this position in December.
  • Water Education Colorado is seeking a Programs Director. Water Education Colorado is seeking a passionate and creative leader to bring strategic vision and oversight to WEco’s program areas. This is a key leadership role within the organization. The Programs Director will maintain WEco’s strong reputation as a trusted resource in offering a core suite of engaging information, education and leadership programs, while also developing new opportunities to carry out the organization’s mission. The salary range for this position is $68-78k. This position is open until filled.
  • Environmental Learning for Kids is seeking a Manager, Administration and Operations. The Manager, Administration and Operations maximizes the effectiveness and smooth functioning of the organization through comprehensive administrative support and overall financial oversight of a complex non-profit organization, interfacing with others both internally and externally. This position is directly related to the general business operations and is critical to running all aspects of the organization, working closely with ELK’s leadership, staff, and Board of Directors to increase the effectiveness of organizational policies and processes, and to ensure the financial sustainability of the organization through budgeting, fiscal responsibility, and fundraising. Areas of functional expertise include: financial management, budgeting, data management and database administration, human resources support, process management, operations support, and other duties as assigned. The salary range for this position is $55-62k. This position is open until filled.
  • Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project is seeking a Program Manager. The Program Manager will report to the Executive Director of the RGHRP. Founded in 2004, the RGHRP is a small watershed group working to restore and conserve the historical functions and vitality of streams and rivers in the Rio Grande Basin in Colorado for improved water quality, agricultural water use, riparian health, wildlife and aquatic species habitat, recreation, and community safety. The RGHRP’s focus areas and priority projects are informed by watershed and stream management plans, which cover the Rio Grande in Colorado and many of its tributaries. The salary range for this position is $55-60k. This position is open until filled.
  • Trust for Public Land is seeking a Senior Project Manager for Colorado and the Southwest. The Colorado & Southwest Senior Project Manager is part of an experienced, dedicated and fast-paced team of conservation real estate professionals producing tangible, lasting conservation and outdoor recreation results across Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. The person in this position will develop relationships with key local, county, state and federal agency partners, private landowners and other parties to protect or acquire and convey priority park, scenic, wilderness and other open space lands. While the person in the position will focus primarily on work in Colorado, there may be opportunities to work on projects in the other Four Corner states. The salary range for this position is $85-95k. This position is open until filled.
  • Wild Montana is seeking a Field Organizer in Missoula or the Flathead Valley. The Field Organizer is responsible for working to build support for programs, campaigns, and activities that unite and mobilize communities to keep Montana wild. The salary range for this position is $40,944-48,170. This position is open until filled.
  • National Young Farmers Coalition is seeking an Executive Director or two Co-Executive Directors. This new leadership will uphold and amplify the mission and vision of Young Farmers, guide us through implementing the ambitious goals set forth in our Strategic Plan, and lift up the voices of young and BIPOC farmers across the country as a true force for positive change. The minimum salary for this role is $130k. This position is open until filled.
  • The University of Colorado Boulder is seeking a Teaching Assistant Professor or Teaching Associate Professor of Environment and Natural Resources Policy. The Masters of the Environment Professional Graduate Program (MENV) at the University of Colorado Boulder (UCB) invites applications for a Teaching Assistant Professor or Teaching Associate Professor of Environment and Natural Resources Policy (ENRP). Part of UCB’s Department of Environmental Studies, MENV seeks a full-time, nine-month, non-tenure-track Teaching Assistant Professor or Teaching Associate Professor for the ENRP specialization, for which this individual will also serve as ENRP faculty lead. The successful candidate will possess significant academic as well as professional experience in environmental policy, planning, and/or law, including public lands and natural resources, water, climate change/resilience, and other areas, with an emphasis on equity and inclusion. The candidate will have a deep understanding of the critical environmental and natural resources issues we face as well as the role of governance and policy in addressing them. MENV is also interested in candidates with expertise in climate change and climate resilience, and associated societal, regulatory, and governmental responses. The salary range for this position is $65-79k for the Teaching Assistant professor position or $80-90k for the Teaching Associate Professor position. This position is open until filled.
  • Wildland Trekking is seeking a Colorado Program Manager to start in May of 2023. This job is based in Peaceful Valley, CO (outside of Estes Park, CO) and is full-time during the months of June – September at an average of 38 hours per week. Part-time work outside of season, October – May, is needed to maintain a Rocky Mountain National Park winter hiking program. A willingness to maintain a flexible schedule and work weekends and/or holidays is necessary. In support of the company mission, the goal of the Colorado Program Manager (PM) is to achieve safe, legal, and profitable field operations within their branch. The Program Manager is responsible for basic business administrative duties related to the branch and for ensuring field staff support. They act as the program advocate by setting improvement goals and developing expansion opportunities. The base pay is $22/hr. This position is open until filled.
  • Palmer Land Conservancy is seeking a Communications Manager. This position reports to the Vice President of External Affairs and is responsible for growing and managing Palmer’s communications programs through compelling and inspiring storytelling to mobilize the next generation of land lovers. The Communications Manager will also work closely with the Membership and Events Manager, and other Palmer staff. The salary range for this position is $55-62k. This position is open until filled.
  • Groundwork Denver is seeking a Green Infrastructure Training (GRIT) Program Coordinator. Reporting to the Youth Program Director, the Green Infrastructure Training (GRIT) Program Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of Groundwork Denver’s new GRIT program. GRIT is a new, three-year initiative funded by the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to train, certify, and place young adults in green infrastructure-related jobs, including tree planting, tree care, low impact development, and stormwater retention and management. The Program Coordinator’s primary responsibilities will be to coordinate with project partners to provide trainings, and to recruit, hire, and graduate young adults in the program. Pay rate is $21-23/hr, 30-40 hours per week. 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.
  • High Country Conservation Advocates (HCCA) is seeking an Executive Director. Responsibilities include developing strategic fundraising goals and plans, identifying and developing grant opportunities, networking to promote HCCA’s mission, serving as a primary point of contact for the community, collaborating and problem-solving with HCCA staff and Board of Directors, and assisting in planning and managing events. The ideal applicant will be expected to represent our organizational values and mission in the community. Public speaking and effectively engaging with people from many walks of life are a must. The salary range is $58-70k. The position is open until filled.
  • 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.

Volunteer Positions

  • 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 Rocky Mountain Wild. Submit your comments to protect greater sage-grouse and wild spaces by asking the Bureau of Land Management to remove affected areas from the upcoming Utah oil and gas lease sales parcel list. Comments are due December 21.
  • Help the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes and The Wilderness Society Rename Mount Evans as Mount Blue Sky. Mount Evans is a stunningly beautiful Colorado landmark that deserves a name that honors its natural and cultural history. The mountain is named in honor of John Evans, the former territorial governor of Colorado who authorized the indiscriminate murder of American Indians and was responsible for one of the worst massacres in American history, the Sand Creek Massacre. The Sand Creek Massacre resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Cheyenne and Arapaho men, women, and children. Evans was roundly condemned, forced to resign in disgrace, and is not deserving of recognition. Please support the proposal by the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes and The Wilderness Society to rename Mt. Evans as Mt. Blue Sky. https://act.wilderness.org/a/rename-mt-evans-co_organizing 
  • 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
  • Take action with our sponsor Colorado Wildlands Project! Raise your voice for the protection and conservation of Bureau of Land Management Wildlands in Colorado. Sign Colorado Wildlands Project’s petition calling on the Biden Administration to designate new Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs): https://wilderness-workshop.salsalabs.org/wsa-petition/index.html
  • Take action with our sponsor Defenders of Wildlife! We must stand up for people – and not polluters – by opposing Senator Manchin’s dirty deal. The fight is far from over, and Defenders of Wildlife urges you to contact your senators to oppose any attempts to undermine the National Environmental Policy Act and fast-track dangerous fossil fuel projects. https://p2a.co/s8wieeJ
  • Take action with the Center for Biological Diversity. Tell Governor Polis and the state wildlife commission to reject the plan to allow government killings of wolves on the livestock industry’s behalf.
  • Take action with Conservation Colorado. Tell Colorado air quality regulators that Coloradans deserve clean and healthy air.
  • Take action with Earthjustice. tell Congress and the administration to protect salmon and orcas by breaching the dams and restoring the Snake River.
  • Take action with Earthjustice. Support green energy in Puerto Rico.
  • Take action with Earthjustice. Defend Cook Inlet from oil drilling.
  • Take action with Environment America. Tell Chubb no insurance for Arctic Refuge drilling.
  • Take action with Environmental Action. Tell REI to end the use of PFAS in outdoor gear and clothing.
  • Take action with Environmental Action. Tell ConocoPhillips: protect Arctic wildlife from oil drilling.
  • Take action with the League of Conservation Voters. Tell President Biden that now is the time to go big on climate action.
  • Take action with National Parks Conservation Association. Urge NPS to recover North Cascade grizzlies.
  • Take action with the Union of Concerned Scientists. Call on the Lame Duck Congress to pass a climate resilience strategy now.
  • Take action with The Wilderness Society. Tell the Biden administration to reform the broken oil and gas program.
  • Take action with The Wilderness Society. Tell senators the dirty permitting deal must be stopped.
  • Take action with Wolf Conservation Center. Call on the Biden administration to enact an emergency listing of wolves in the Northern Rockies.
  • Take action with Rocky Mountain Wild and Trout Unlimited. In late June, the Bureau of Land Management held its first onshore oil and gas lease sale since early 2021. Prior to the lease sales, the Department of the Interior implemented several commonsense reforms which were critical in protecting our public lands, waters, and wildlife from the irresponsible leasing that had previously gone on for far too long. Now is the time to make these improvements permanent! Read more and take action to reform oil and gas leasing.
  • 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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