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December 11, 2014
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Colorado Water Quality Monitoring Council/Colorado Data Sharing Network Survey
The CWQMC/CDSN is reaching out to everyone who has been involved in their success in developing and making possible the CDSN to all Coloradoans. They are currently at a stage where they need to brainstorm how to keep CWQMC/CDSN available for Coloradoans. To participate in the short survey, click here. The survey will close on , so be sure to complete the survey today!
2015 Nonprofit Communication Trends Report from Kivi Marketing
Over 1,500 nonprofit professionals completed our 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Survey, and we are working on compiling the data to bring you the 2015 edition of the Nonprofit Communications Trends Report. If you're interested in receiving a copy, fill out the form here and they will send a link out when the report is released on .
Toolkit Released by the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators
This Toolkit, from ASDWA, is designed to enable state and EPA water quality practitioners to better protect drinking water supplies using regulatory and non-regulatory provisions of the Clean Water Act and achieve mutual goals – better protected sources of drinking water and improved water quality. ASDWA plans to hold webinars, in the near future, to delve into the Toolkit in detail and provide some examples of how it can be used. But, please don’t wait for those webinars. The Toolkit is “good to go” and can be used now to support coordination and collaboration between safe drinking water and clean water managers. The toolkit can be found here.
Colorado Water Leaders Program - Now Accepting Applications
The Water Leaders program, by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, offers mid-level water professionals the opportunity to develop their leadership potential with a focus on water resources issues. Since 2006, the program has provided training in conflict resolution, communication and management to participants across Colorado. Water Leaders benefit from extensive self-assessment, executive coaching, networking opportunities and the chance to learn about water resources across the state. Applications for the 2015 class of water leaders will be accepted December . For more information, visit their website. Interested? An orientation webinar for interested applicants is set for 1/5 from . Register here.
Community Resource Center Nonprofit Leadership & Management Program
CRC is accepting applications for their Nonprofit Leadership & Management Program. This is a valued program in the nonprofit community and provides a unique opportunity for emerging leaders to gain knowledge around their personal leadership potential as well as practical, hands-on nonprofit management tools. Please review application process and guidelines on their website..
Water Quality Control Commission Hearing Notices
This action-packed annual convention is loaded with great topical content presented by the foremost leaders and technical experts in water, government, law, education and science fields, and more. It's a don't-miss event for those who wish to stay informed about water issues in Colorado while engaging in numerous networking and professional development activities. For more information, click here.
Dec 12: 2014 Water for Brewing Tour
This tour, hosted by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, will reveal how select Colorado brewing companies use and treat water in their production process while shining a light on initiatives to promote efficiency and community engagement. A diverse group of 50 attendees will learn from the experts, enjoy VIP beer tastings and network with friends and colleagues. Registration
: Society of Wetland Scientists Denver Speaker Series
Come join the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SWS for the 11th Denver Speaker Series meeting. The goal of the series is to provide thought-provoking presentations and a discussion forum for wetland issues and projects that are relevant to those working, studying, or otherwise interested in wetlands. Each meeting consists of two or three presentations, and time for socializing. Each presentation will focus on one of three general themes: regulatory, research, and special interest. The event will take place at at the Irish Snug in Denver. It's free for members and $5 for non-members. More information on the event can be found here.
ProGreen EXPO at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. This annual gathering of the green industry continues to be a great place to network with peers and learn about new trees to try in Colorado.This will be critically important as emerald ash borer continues to spread beyond Boulder. More informaiton can be found here.
Jan 31: Poudre River Forum
One River, Many Voices is the theme for this year’s Forum, to take place at the Ranch Events Complex. The Poudre River is a special tie that binds those of us whose communities it runs through. Sometimes we take it for granted, but once a year we have an opportunity to join together all its diverse voices to learn more about it and celebrate it. Details can be found here.
Citizen Science 2015 is the inaugural conference of the Citizen Science Association (CSA). It will be held at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California, USA, . Join us for two days of building connections and exchanging ideas across a wide spectrum of disciplines and experiences. Participate and help to shape the future of citizen science! For more information, visit theirwebsite.
Mar 12-13: 2015 Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Conference
The 2015 RMLUI Conference will focus on the innovative ways Western people are building more resilient, equitable, and vital communities. This year’s theme addresses how we can meet the many challenges of the future—including threats posed by climate change, a modern economy, and demographic shifts—while better addressing issues of social and environmental justice. For more information and register, click here.
Funding Opportunities List:
The Colorado Watershed Assembly has compiled a list of governmental and non-governmental funding sources for restoration projects and organizational capacity building. The list can be found on our website.
EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants
EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants program provides funding for projects that address local environmental and public health issues in vulnerable communities that may be disproportionately impacted by environmental harms or risks. This grant supports activities designed to empower and educate communities to understand environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. Applications are due December 15, 2014. Read the request for applications.
Nonpoint Source Funding Cycle Application
The Nonpoint Source Management Area (NPS Program) of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment funds nonpoint source projects as a result of receiving a federal grant under section 319(h) of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). The funding is distributed to project sponsors through cost reimbursement contracts with the State for projects chosen through an annual, competitive process that begins with a Funding Announcement. The NPS Program is looking for projects that will help achieve its two overarching objectives: restore waterbodies not meeting water quality standards by addressing nonpoint source water quality impacts; and protect existing water quality from future nonpoint source pollution. For more information, click here.
Proposals must seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy, improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, carry out activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict. The funding opportunity announcement is available at www.grants.gov using funding opportunity number R15AS00002.
EPA Environmental Education Model Grants
Application Deadline: February 2, 2014
Under the Environmental Education Model Grants Program, EPA seeks grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides funding to support projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques, and that will serve as models that can be replicated in a variety of settings. For more information, click here.
Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Corporation for National and Community Service, FedEx, Southern Company, Bank of America and PG&E are pleased to solicit applications for the 2015 Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program which is managed by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). The grant program is offered in conjunction with the Urban Waters Federal Partnership which gives priority to projects located in underserved, environmentally overburdened communities. More information can be found here.
Surdna Foundation Sustainable Environment Urban Water Management Grant
Application Deadline: Send in letter of inquiry
The Sustainable Environments Program supports innovative stormwater run-off practices that capture and slowly release water into existing drains, pipes and sewers, or reuse rain water where it falls (sometimes called “green infrastructure”) instead of building expensive pipes and sewer tunnels. For more information, click here.
Join the Community Resource Center for an overview of the critical components of financial management for nonprofit organizations. This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of basic financial management terminology, policies and best practices for success. Topics include understanding a nonprofit board of director’s financial oversight responsibilities, best practices around internal controls, year-end reporting requirements, an overview of financial statements including cash flow, and statement of activities. Cost: $100 Early Bird, $ 0 Regular. For more information about this workshop taking place in Denver, click here.
Recent water issues, increasing populations worldwide, and variations in climate have impacted our water supply, creating questions and issues we’ve never been challenged with before. This free online course, popularly known as a MOOC (massive open online course), offers an in-depth look at these issues guided by Colorado State University, a leader in water science and studies. Registration opened on November 17. Register for this free course here!
Join CRC for a comprehensive, 1-day Introduction to Government Grants workshop and learn more about the differences and distinctions of grants in the government sector. Participants will understand the essential elements included in finding and writing government grant applications, and determining your eligibility and capacity to administer this type of grant. For more information about this workshop, taking place in Denver, click here.
Starting a capital campaign or building a planned giving program can be a daunting task for even the most experienced fundraiser. This session will provide tools and strategies for planning a successful capital campaign and building a planned giving program for your organization.This training will take place in Denver from and costs $120. Register here.
Learn to give powerful and effective presentations to any audience. The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department is offering the National Association for Interpretation Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) course. This training is perfect for people who work with the public in settings such as museums, cemeteries, natural areas, and parks. The training is ideal for both paid staff and volunteers. The minimum age is 16 years. Cost is $360. For more information, click here.
Jan 16: Conquer Your Database, Take Over the World
In this fun and interactive session, hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, two fundraising database pros will share different viewpoints on how to leverage your data system for greater fundraising success in 2015. Attendees will have to the chance to spin the "Wheel of Misfortune" to explore different database downers - and hear tips from the experts and the crowd on how to create sounder strategies and identify the right tactics for deploying savvier technology to reach new fundraising heights.Read More.
Executive Director, Center for ReSource Conservation
The Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC) is a 3 million dollar 501(c) 3 social enterprise that puts conservation into action. Each year, the CRC empowers more than 65,000 individuals to live a more sustainable life through impactful programs and services. They are looking for a mission driven, collaborative Executive Director to lead the organization. For more information, click here.
Education-Outreach Coordinator, Middle Colorado Watershed Council (MCWC)
The Middle Colorado Watershed Council (MCWC) is seeking to fill a newly created, part-time position for an Education-Outreach Coordinator. This is an exciting new opportunity for a motivated individual to help develop and implement a Public Outreach and Communication Plan that furthers the goals of the MCWC. More information can be found at www.midcowatershed.org.
Communications Internship, Colorado Water Trust
The Water Trust is seeking a part-time (6-10 hours/week), unpaid Communications Intern for the spring 2015 semester. The Communications Intern will assist the Communications Coordinator with the production, maintenance, and distribution of the Water Trust's online, print and in-person communications materials. The successful candidate will be able to work collaboratively as well as independently, be passionate about Western water and healthy rivers, and have a sense of humor. Due to the sensitive nature of some of our projects, the Communications Intern must also be trustworthy to handle confidential information. For more information on the internship click here. Apply by January 8, 2014.
Summer Naturalists, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
Every year, the Aspen Center of Environmental Studies (ACES) conducts an intensive Summer Naturalist Internship program that trains and employs 14 naturalists at our main Hallam Lake visitor center in Aspen, Colorado. Summer Naturalists receive valuable training and experience while they conduct naturalist-guided hikes and environmental education programs, including our bird of prey program with ACES’ resident injured birds of prey. Programs take place at Hallam Lake Nature Preserve, Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, and at the Maroon Bells. Naturalist will be hired to work from - . For more information, click here.
Apprentice Naturalist River Guide, Canyonlands Field Institute
For those new to CFI, this Apprentice training program is for outdoor educators who do not yet have river rafting/guiding skills and may be new to the area. These instructor/guides will initially be hired as “Apprentices” for twelve weeks and will benefit from intense mentoring in rafting skill development (row and paddle) and expeditions on the Colorado, Green and San Juan Rivers (Class I-III). Training includes river rescue, vehicle and trailer handling (van and 4 wheel drive manual transmission), trip logistics, Field Camp operations and programs, river and land based school program curriculum, Introduction to Colorado Plateau ecology, geology, history, native cultures, regional issues, and outdoor education teaching techniques. Completing the Apprentice-Entry Naturalist Guide first year qualifies you to return to work for CFI at higher pay rates, more river guiding, and more flexible seasons for years to come. For the full posting, click here.
Environmental Non-profit Volunteer and Graduate Internships, Institute for Environmental Solutions
The Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES) is seeking individuals for the following Denver-based volunteer and graduate intern positions: Environmental Project, Social Media, and Development and Fundraising. IES is an independent non-profit organization that engages stakeholders to deliver technically sound solutions to complex environmental and health problems -- without unwanted side effects. Successful candidates will be self-motivated, detail-oriented graduate students or college graduates who are passionate about protecting the environment. Positions are part-time, unpaid, and very flexible. Details about these positions is at www.i4es.org/interns.htm
Volunteer, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers
Check out all of the new volunteer opportunities that Wildlands Restoration Volunteers have up on theirwebsite!
Volunteer, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC)
There are several ways to volunteer with VOC, so check out their website for upcoming opportunities. Click here to get to their website.
Volunteer, Coalition for the Upper South Platte
The Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) works to protect the 2,600 sq mile watershed that reaches from the Continental Divide to Strontia Springs Reservoir, southwest of Denver. CUSP works with their partners to provide essential services such as project planning, implementation and monitoring within the watershed. CUSP hosts a number of volunteer opportunities in the watershed. To volunteer with CUSP, visit their volunteer portal.
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