Water Advocate via Idealist

Conservation Colorado

Denver, CO, US

Conservation Colorado is seeking a Water Advocate based in Denver who will bring passion, energy and vision to our work protecting Colorado’s environment. The Water Advocate will serve as the lead on the development and implementation of commonsense water policy and legislative solutions that address our state’s supply challenges and protect and restore our rivers and streams. By working closely with our internal teams and external coalition partners, we build and leverage power to ensure we are making conservation policy priorities a reality from the state Capitol to Congress.This person will serve as a key member of the Advocacy Team.

Compensation and Benefits:

Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive. Includes health/dental benefits, retirement with match, paid time off program and sabbatical program.

We are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive organization and conservation movement to fully represent and engage all Coloradans and to build as powerful a movement as we can. Recruiting staff that better reflects Colorado is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, race, ethnicity, geographies, political affiliation, and all other identities represented in Colorado or protected by law.

About Conservation Colorado

Conservation Colorado works to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation‐minded policy makers. We work closely with policy leaders, citizen activists, businesses and other conservation nonprofits, and have built a reputation as one of the leading conservation advocacy organizations in the region. This coming year we will be tackling everything from working to ensure our state has enough water for future generations and implementing the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, to moving key public lands and wilderness bills that will protect iconic places in Colorado.

Job Responsibilities

The Water Advocate, who reports to the Advocacy Director, is responsible for the following:

  • Developing comprehensive campaigns for our water program work;
  • Coordinating with the conservation community, coalition partners, and diverse allies to build alliances on key campaigns;
  • Advocating policy and legislative solutions with water suppliers and state and local leaders;
  • In coordination with the Advocacy Director, cultivating relationships with decision-makers at the administrative, state, and congressional levels as well as others in the water community;
  • Participating in the organization’s direct election work with candidates and campaigns (including phone banking and canvassing) helping to ensure pro-conservation majorities in the state legislature;
  • Providing or developing issue area expertise and staying informed about policy developments in water and their impacts on diverse populations;
  • Work closely with membership, organizing, and communications teams to ensure strong coordination, power building, and environmental wins;
  • Seeking out voices from communities who are disproportionately impacted by anti-conservation policies;
  • Actively participating in achieving other organizational priorities as needed, including grantwriting, fundraising events, and organizational planning efforts.


We’re seeking an energetic and independent problem solver who is results-focused, highly-driven, possesses excellent interpersonal communication skills, and is organized. You should possess:

  • A passion for protecting Colorado’s land, air, water, and people through citizen action;
  • The ability to maintain grace under pressure and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, ever changing environment;
  • Interest in state politics, water policy, and developing sophisticated political strategy;
  • Ability to navigate difficult conversations with people who don’t agree with us or who have competing priorities;
  • Ability to interact and engage easily and naturally with anyone, regardless of their background, knowledge of our issues, or involvement with our organization;
  • Professionalism to act as a representative of Conservation Colorado in a myriad of situations and circumstances.

Spanish/English bilingual is beneficial, but not a requirement. The position requires a willingness to work evening and weekend hours as needed.