Funding Opportunities Late March

 Tarryall Reservoir in winter, SE Colorado, Park County. Division of Wildlife. David Hannigan. Photo Taken: 4/20/2009.

Tarryall Reservoir in winter, SE Colorado, Park County. Division of Wildlife. David Hannigan. Photo Taken: 4/20/2009.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sponsored President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth. Your project - or one you are sponsoring - could be an award winner. Apply or encourage a student you know to apply for PEYA and see what a difference they can make for the environment with an award-winning project. The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people for protecting our nation's air, water, land, and ecology. Each year the PEYA program honors a wide variety of projects developed by young individuals, school classes (kindergarten through high school), summer camps, public interest groups, and youth organizations to promote environmental awareness. Deadline Extended: Applications are due by March 30, 2018. Find out more HERE!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering an opportunity to access an Environmental Education (EE) Grant. The EPA is seeking grant proposals from eligible applicants to support locally focused environmental education projects that promote environmental and conservation stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques, that will serve to increase environmental literacy and encourage behavior that will benefit the environment in the local community(ies) in which they are located. Selections and awards will be made in Region 8. (Colorado lies within region 8). Priority topics include but are not limited to: Ensuring clean and safe water by supporting clean drinking water, aquatic ecosystems, and recreational, economic and subsistence activities. Deadline to apply is April 11th, 2018. Click HERE for more details. 

Colorado Watershed Assembly announced a Request for Proposals for the Colorado Healthy Rivers (HRF) Fund Grant Program. This fund grants money to on-the-ground projects that contribute to cleaner water, healthier wildlife habitat, improved recreation and vibrant local economies throughout our state. The HRF program targets two categories of grants, project grants and planning grants. Project grants support projects that promote the improvement and/or protection of the condition of the watershed. The planning category supports development of a successful watershed restoration or protection project. The goal of the program is the implementation of on-the-ground projects to restore and protect the natural resources within Colorado watersheds. Average grant awards range from $5,000 to $20,000. Interested parties can find grant guideline information, the grant submission format and learn more about the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund Grant Program by visiting the Colorado Watershed Assembly website at deadline to submit applications is April 30th, 2018.

Grant Funding Available to Help Colorado’s Front Range Address Water Shortage. To help address water supply issues while protecting the environment and water-based recreation, the Colorado Water Conservation Board makes funds available through the Water Supply Reserve Fund (WSRF). These funds are available through competitive grants and the application process begins by applying through Basin Roundtables. The deadline to apply for a WSRF grant through the South Platte Roundtable is May 1, 2018. Roundtable experts have scheduled a public meeting to provide information about grant priorities and answer any questions prior to application submittal. Please join the South Platte Roundtable in Meeting Rooms A and B in the Longmont Library, 409 4th Ave, Longmont, CO 80501 at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, April 3 to learn more about the application process. If you cannot attend this meeting, please go to to review the WSRF guidelines and submit your application by May 1, 2018.  You may also email the South Platte Roundtable with your questions at:

The Nature Conservancy is working to promote environmental education through the creation of Nature Works Everywhere gardens. The core principle behind the Gardens program is that gardens model conservation science on a relatable scale. The program empowers students and teachers to work together to create and implement their own solutions to environmental challenges in their communities. Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. These include access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, and storm water collection. Through the program, young people will work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation. Link to Complete RFP.

Colorado's Water Plan Grant Opportunities: The purpose of the Water Plan Grant funding is to make progress on the critical actions identified in the Colorado’s Water Plan (CWP) and its Measurable Objectives. All applications will be assessed based on funds available for a particular CWP Measurable Objective category. The Board will select projects, programs and activities to fund from applications that have the best opportunity to make progress on the CWP’s Measurable Objectives or critical actions. The CWCB staff reserves the right to negotiate with successful applicants to modify the scope and budget of their project to better meet the CWP objectives in light of fund availability. CWCB staff will evaluate applications and recommend projects to the CWCB Board for final approval at its regularly scheduled Board meetings. Learn more HERE.

The National Water Quality Initiative will work in priority watersheds to help farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners improve water quality and aquatic habitats in impaired streams. Natural Resource Conservation Service will help producers implement conservation and management practices through a systems approach to control and trap nutrient and manure runoff. Qualified producers will receive assistance for installing conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips and terraces. More Details HERE.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), provided through the Natural Resource Conservation Service, is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers in a manner that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, agricultural producers receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land. EQIP applications are accepted on a continuous basis, however, NRCS establishes application "cut-off" or submission deadline dates for evaluation, ranking and approval of eligible applications. EQIP is open to all eligible agricultural producers and submitted applications may be considered or evaluated in multiple funding pool opportunities. To learn more CLICK HERE.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board Water Supply Reserve Account (WSRA) Program provides grants and loans to assist Colorado water users in addressing their critical water supply issues and interests. The funds help eligible entities complete water activities, which may include competitive grants for: Technical assistance regarding permitting, feasibility studies and environmental compliance; Studies or analysis of structural, nonstructural consumptive and nonconsumptive water needs, projects or activities; and structural and nonstructural water projects or activities. For more information click HERE.

Colorado Water Conservation Board Water Efficiency Grant Program. The Water Efficiency Grant Program provides financial assistance to communities, water providers, and eligible agencies for water conservation-related activities and projects. Eligible entities, as well as state and local governments and agencies, can receive funding to develop water conservation and drought plans, implement water conservation goals outlined in a water conservation plan and educate the public about water conservation.
Types of Water Efficiency Grants available - Click on programs below for more information about each and how to apply:

Tamarisk Coalition has a list of riparian restoration funding opportunities maintained by the Tamarisk Coalition.  For list click  restoration funding opportunities.

Trainings and Workshops Late March

 Rock ramp designed to facilitate fish passage over a water diversion structure on South Boulder Creek, Boulder, CO. Division of Wildlife. Matt Kondratieff, Colorado Parks and Wildlife: Photo taken: 10/6/2010.

Rock ramp designed to facilitate fish passage over a water diversion structure on South Boulder Creek, Boulder, CO. Division of Wildlife. Matt Kondratieff, Colorado Parks and Wildlife: Photo taken: 10/6/2010.

The Center for Watershed Protection presents Watershed and Stormwater Webcast Series:

  • Stream and BMP Monitoring- March 21, 2018, 1-2:30 PM EST
  • Bioretention Design Modifications- May 16, 2018, 1-2:30 PM EST
  • Retrofitting the Urban Environment: What’s New?- June 20, 2018, 1-2:30 PM EST
  • Stormwater and Green Infrastructure for Combined Sewer Systems- September 12, 2018, 1-2:30 PM EST
  • Innovations in Stream Restoration Design and Construction- October 10, 2018, 1-2:30 PM ES
  • It Ain’t Easy Getting Green: Incentivizing Watershed Programs- November 14, 2018, 1-2:30 PM EST

Find pricing information and registration HERE.

MARCH 29th, 2018: Water Education Colorado invites you to the 2018 Climate and Colorado's Water Future Workshop in Lakewood, Colorado. Curious about how Colorado's climate impacts the management our water? In Colorado we always hear about snowpack, river levels, and weather changing on a daily basis, but how does it all connect and what does the future of our water resources look like with a variable climate? This workshop will explore the potential impacts of climate change on Colorado's water future and explore how we can meet our demands for water—agricultural, household and business use, plus environmental and recreational benefits—and still deliver water downstream to satisfy interstate agreements. Participants will walk away with a comprehensive look at the relationship between our water resources and the climate and get a unique opportunity to tour the National Ice Core Laboratory! Find more information HERE.

MARCH 29th, 2018: Urban Watersheds Research Institute presents: Regional Statistical Hydrology and Flood Prediction training. BIG DATA and its use is the new wave sweeping much of current technology and appears to be the direction in which much of hydrologic analysis is being done and will increase in application over time. This class will bring to you the cutting-edge information in how to use the data available from public agencies (mostly USGS) to conduct hydrologic analysis, if for no other reason than to calibrate distributed rainfall-runoff models such as SWMM, HEC-MHS, etc. You will be eligible to receive 1.5 CEU's or 15 PDH's. You will receive 12 ASFPM Core CEC’s for CFM certification. Find everything you need to know HERE.

SPRING 2018: For the first time One World One Water Center will offer a Water Studies Online Certificate through Metropolitan State University of Denver! Participants are required to complete four courses: Water Law, U.S. Water Concerns, Colorado Water and the American West and a final capstone project. For more information and to register: click here.

APRIL 19th, 2018: Colorado Energy Office Webinar: Energy Recovery Hydropower. Learn about Colorado resources and incentives available to help support hydropower project development utilizing existing, pressurized pipelines to produce electricity. Join this FREE introductory webinar to learn more! Find all you need to know HERE

APRIL 24th-26th, 2018: Join FLOW 2018, Managing Rivers, Reservoirs, and Lakes in the Face of Drought in Fort Collins, CO.There is a limit to the number of attendees that can be accommodated, so don’t miss your chance to join this international gathering of instream flow specialists, practioners, water managers, and scientists to learn practical tools and strategies for sustaining and protecting ecological values of water during droughts and periods of water shortage. There are still openings to present a poster describing strategies and tools that conjunctively maintain the viability of rivers, reservoirs, and lakes associated with mitigating drought. Day 1: A daylong training session where you can select 2 of the 4 available training sessions (1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon) on: FERC hydropower licensing, water law concepts for dealing with drought, reducing uncertainty in riverine ecosystems during environmental change, or handling information in water management issues. Days 2 and 3: Presentations by internationally recognized experts providing examples on the use and need of effective laws, policies, science, and public participation to meet water management objectives for rivers, reservoirs, and lakes under drought conditions. Access the program HERE; register HERE; book hotel rooms HERE.

APRIL 27th-28th, 2018: Western Regional Rendezvous! Join Trout Unlimited (TU) volunteer leaders from across the West in Keystone, Colorado for enlightening presentations, inspiring dialogue and engaging camaraderie with those who share your dedication to TU and our mission. The TU Western Rendezvous is an occasion to be inspired – by lessons from volunteer leaders, the work of TU staff, and conversations with newfound friends. The event will also be an excellent opportunity to discuss the unique issues facing the region as well as a chance to network and build relationships with fellow TU volunteer leaders. Find more information and register HERE.

MAY 4th-6th, 2018:  Colorado Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (COPARC) Annual Meeting. Friday - educational workshops on herpetofauna inventory and monitoring; target audience is agencies and consultants, but all welcome. Saturday - general meeting with Keynote speaker Dr. Sean Graham, Social, and Auction. Sunday half-day. DEADLINE for submission of abstracts to be considered for oral presentations and poster abstract: Tuesday March 27, 2018. Click HERE for more details. 

MAY 14th-18th, 2018: Larimer County is holding the annual Ranger Excellence School. Early registration is now available.  Please go to their website listed below to find out more information and register your staff early.  It will be held at the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, Colorado. This year They are offering courses in Ranger Leadership, Wildlife Encounters, Scene size up, low angel rescue training,  OC/Pepper Spray Certification, Baton Certification, Medical, Driving, and Self Defense , just to name a few.  They will also have demonstrations on e bikes, Wildlife K9s, Drones, and a Helicopter Evacuation demonstration. This is a dynamic and hands on training in all the areas a park ranger needs to be an effective asset to their agencies.  This is open to not only rangers but all other staff in Natural Resources that are interested.  More information can be found HERE.


A professional development course for non-water professionals. Learn the language of water and develop tools for navigating water management and policy issues so you can lead with confidence. Water is critical for every aspect of community vibrancy, from industry to commerce to agriculture, tourism, health, and the environment—but it isn't always clear how policy and management decisions around water trickle down to affect other sectors or vice versa. This comprehensive program will help you make those connections. Four in-person classroom days; water-focused site visits; and online discussions and homework between classroom days. The scheduled program dates are: 

  • May 22 and 23 in Pueblo
  • June 22 in Colorado Springs
  • July 20 in Fountain

The topics will include:

  • Colorado's water resources (the role of water in society, the economic value of water, ties to public policy, emerging issues)
  • Legal and institutional frameworks (water law and administration, project planning and approval, interbasin projects and agreements)
  • Water resource management (watershed health, environmental protection, water quality, natural disasters)
  • Colorado water for the future (assessing supply and meeting demand, ecosystem values, conservation and land use, alignment of resources and policies)

Registration is open from February 14, 2018-April 14, 2018 or until the class is full. The class will be capped at 35 people to ensure a quality experience. Find out more HERE, and register HERE.

JULY 9th-12th and 16th-19th, 2018: Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) accepts high school students rising to 11 or 12th grades, or recent high school graduates (with occasional exceptions for younger students). Students from San Miguel, Ouray, Dolores, San Juan, La Plata, Archuleta, and Montezuma counties are invited to apply. Join the San Juans' most immersive and engaging mountain science program!  During the two week, rigorous field course program, students explore topics and careers in the sciences and natural resources by day, and camp and explore in the evenings. During the program, interns gain hands-on experience contributing to real-world environmental science projects. Students work side-by-side with a small group of other interns from across the San Juan Mountains. The program is led by mentors from MSI and more than 20 local science professionals.  Students interact with natural resource managers and researchers in the field to learn about ecology, geology, hydrology, wildlife, and forestry. They will dive into topics such as air and water quality, climate change, mine reclamation, fen restoration, and forest health. Find more information HERE!


Job Announcements Late March

 Angler on Arkansas River at Smyth Fishing Easement in Chafee County. Division of Wildlife. Patty Seraphin. Photo taken: 7/7/2001.

Angler on Arkansas River at Smyth Fishing Easement in Chafee County. Division of Wildlife. Patty Seraphin. Photo taken: 7/7/2001.

Rocky Mountain Conservancy has a number of job openings: 

  • Conservation Corps Crew Member (Ages 18-25) (28 openings): This AmeriCorps-based position serves a total of 450 hours over the course of eleven-weeks. Members will serve on crews completing conservation projects in Rocky Mountain National Park and the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests. Throughout the term of service, members will also participate in leadership training, educational programming, and career development activities. Upon successful completion, members will receive an AmeriCorps Education Award. This position receives a living stipend ($300/week), accommodations, and all necessary gear and work clothing for the program. Information about the Crew Member positions can be found HEREApplication close date: March 18, 2018.
  • High School Leadership Corps Member (Ages 14-17) (20 openings): The High School Leadership Corps members serve two-week terms in Rocky Mountain National Park completing conservation projects with the National Park Service, participating in outdoor recreation activities, and developing leadership skills. During the two-weeks, members will camp in Rocky Mountain National Park (all gear is provided). As part of the opportunity, youth will receive work clothing and a completion stipend of $400 for their service. More information click HEREApplication close date: April 8, 2018.

The City of Boulder has positions open for the  Junior Ranger Program

  • Junior Ranger Teen Positions. You must be 14-17 years old and apply by April 1, 2018.
  • Junior Ranger Program Staff: Great youth leaders are at the heart of the Junior Ranger Program. Now accepting applications for crew leaders and other staff positions.

Learn more HERE and apply!

The Conservation Center is excited to start looking for their next Healthy Forests Initiative AmeriCorps VISTA. In late March, the new VISTA will join their team! The Healthy Forests Initiative VISTA can expect to:

  • Team up with The Nature Connection and GOCO Inspire in strengthening and building the Youth Outdoor Network, which is a group that creates pathways to natural resource careers for local high schoolers;
  • Get their hands dirty on trail stewardship days with the Paonia Ranger District of the US Forest Service;
  • Get kids outside with Conservation Days and Every Kid in a Park; 
  • Lead community outreach event planning, like the Mountainfilm World Tour and the Float Fest;
  • Build partnerships with public lands agencies; 
  • And work in a dog-friendly office with Juniper, Jude, and sometimes Luna!

If this sounds like your cup of tea, you can apply here and find application instructions here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until filled.  Applications will be accepted through March 26th, 2018.

The City of Westminster is hiring for three positions: 

  • The Intern II - Open Space and Great Outdoors Colorado Inspire Grant is intended to serve in diverse capacities supporting the Great Outdoors Colorado Inspire Grant and the Open Space Division. This internship will specifically emphasize projects with the south Westminster community that provide nature education experiences to youth and families. Work is performed under the general direction of the Open Space Stewardship Specialist. This is a part-time non-benefited position with the duration of employment being a maximum of three years. Application deadlines on March 26th, 2018 at 8:30 am. Click HERE here for more details.
  • The Water Quality Administrator is a professional position responsible for providing supervision and oversight of the City's Water Quality Group. This position is responsible for implementing over-arching water quality-related activities in line with Westminster and Departmental values. Primary responsibilities include ensuring high-quality lab services and regulatory support, representing the City on a variety of related State and regional committees, and ensuring water quality programs are maintained at a high level. Application deadlines on April 2nd, 2018 at 8:30 am. Find more HERE.
  • The Project Specialist is a responsible, technical and professional position that supports the business operations in the City's department of Public Works and Utilities. This position performs work for internal and external customers including: preparation, calculation, and communication of tap fee information; research and analysis of data; water conservation and utility bill assistance program management; and serve as a member of the water and wastewater utilities financial planning team. The position is a liaison representing the Public Works and Utilities Department to other departments and stakeholders on a wide variety of issues and tasks including but not limited to budget, fund accounting, revenue projections, and financial planning. Application deadlines on April 2nd, 2018 at 8:30 am.Click HERE for more.

Rocky Mountain Field Institute is hiring for two positions: 

  • High Alpine Project Supervisor: Do you love working in the backcountry? Do you love Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks? RMFI is looking for a highly-qualified individual to provide oversight on an exciting and unique trail project. This individual will work closely with the High Alpine Field Instructor and will supervise field work on the Kit Carson Peak-Challenger Point Trail Improvement Project in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range, leading youth corps crews and college students in completing a very technical backcountry, high-alpine trail project. Click HERE for all the details.
  • Environmental Leadership Intern: The Environmental Leadership Intern (ELI) works under the direction of the Program Manager and Field Coordinator as part of the RMFI field staff and will help coordinate RMFI’s community volunteer projects. Community volunteer projects take place primarily on weekends and select weekdays, from early April to mid-November. Project sites may include Garden of the Gods and other City of Colorado Springs parks, Barr Trail, Bear Creek Canyon, and the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest burn areas. Intern responsibilities will include engaging volunteers in project tasks, assisting with the maintenance and care of tools and gear, and overseeing safety and project goals. Click HERE for all the details. 

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is seeking qualified candidates for their Projects and Operations Manager position. The Projects and Operations Manager is a full time, non-exempt position that works within the VOC program team to oversee the operational needs for VOC’s boots on the ground stewardship projects. The position also provides professional project management, logistical support and volunteer leadership coordination on VOC volunteer projects administratively and in the field (including extensive travel around the state), and administrative and development support in the off season. Click HERE for full details.

Eagle Valley Land Trust (EVLT) is hiring an Administrative Coordinator who assists with the day-to-day operations of the office and to support staff and the Board of Directors as directed by the Executive Director.. Read all pertinent details HERE.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife seeks an Policy and Planning Associate. The Policy and Planning Section at Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking a temporary Policy and Planning Associate to help with a variety of high priority planning, policy, and public involvement projects, including completion of the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). Primary duties include information and data collection and analysis; supporting public involvement, policy, and planning activities; preparing meeting materials, memos, or sections of documents related to a wide variety of state park, wildlife, outdoor recreation, and natural resource issues; and assisting with administrative tasks and other general office duties as assigned. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:  March 23, 2018. Find full details HERE

Arapahoe County's Open Spaces Department is seeking several Seasonal Maintenance Technicians to perform a wide variety of duties providing maintenance and stewardship for Arapahoe County's Open Spaces including landscaped areas, trails, fences, trail heads, parking areas, and ensuring that safety concerns are immediately addressed. These positions pay more than most similar positions in the local industry PLUS offer the additional benefit of working outside, building an invigorating new program. These are perfect jobs for people who have the summer off from school or teaching, or are thinking about going into forestry, parks maintenance, landscape management or natural resources conservation. If you are a hard worker with some background in park, open space, trail or landscape maintenance and your dream is to work outside enhancing the environment for the citizens of Arapahoe County, we are looking for you! Find the job listings HERE.

Currently Cherry Creek has a number of seasonal positions open, including a Temporary Park Officer and Environmental Interpreter Assistant. Find the job listing and details HERE

The City of Aurora is hiring for two positions:

  • Parks Crew leader - Forestry: serves as lead worker over an assigned crew of maintenance workers engaged in skilled tree maintenance programs.Click HERE for details.
  • Forestry Maintenance Technician: performs skilled tree work primarily with rope and saddle on city-owned trees under the guidance of the Forestry Crew Leader. Click HERE for details.

The City of Colorado Springs is hiring a City Forester to direct, manage, supervise, and coordinate the day-to-day activities and long-term goals and objectives of the Forestry Division of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department. Click HERE for more.

The Middle Colorado Watershed Council (MCWC) seeks an enthusiastic, creative, go-getter to take the helm as a part-time Executive Director and help us grow our organization! This is an exciting opportunity for somebody looking to take charge and build on our last few years of gathering momentum. The Executive Director develops and implements short and long-term strategic plans to grow and strengthen the organization’s ability to have a positive impact among the communities it serves. This
position reports to the Board of Directors (currently 9 directors) and is supported by a staff
consisting of a full-time watershed specialist, half-time community outreach coordinator, and half-time project manager. Deadline for applications is April 9, 2018. Read more HERE

Mountain Park Environmental Center is seeking a Physical Plant Manager. The manager would maintain the interior and exterior of all buildings/structures in all seasons; direct the overall operation of the physical plant services in accordance with policies and procedures, current federal, state and local standards, guidelines and regulations to assure that the facility is maintained in a safe and comfortable manner; maintain physical plant tools and vehicles. This position has irregular hours, including some evenings and weekends, and regularly requires travel between campuses. Click HERE for more information and to apply. 

The Ken-Caryl Ranch Parks Department is accepting applications for the following positions:

Recreation Director

Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District is seeking an energetic leader to direct our Recreation Department. The Recreation Director is responsible for effectively developing and directing the Department, including but not limited to, effectively leading staff and supervising the development and implementation of recreational programs such as aquatics, youth programs, environmental education, special events, contract classes, adult and senior activities, and tennis, fitness and recreational facilities operations.

Environmental Education Coordinator

Create an amazing place for children and families to learn, play and grow as they connect with the environment. The Environmental Education Co ordinator manages all aspects of the Environmental Education programs including Before & After School, Environmental Education classes, Nature Camp, Mini-Camps, adult and family programs, and special events.The ideal candidate has a minimum of two to five years of experience in environmental education and program development at a management level. See the Full Job Description for details and qualifications.

Summer Camp Counselor

Enjoy all of the laughter and thrills of summer camp while working in a fun, organized and supportive environment. Our goal is simple: hire the best camp staff and create a place where we all love to work and play. Experience the difference by joining our dedicated, fun-loving team and having a significant influence in the lives of children. Our recreation and nature-themed summer camps provide fun and exciting summer experiences for school aged children.

Click HERE for more information on Ken-Caryl Ranch Parks Department positions.

The Town of Erie Parks Department is currently accepting applications for a Lead Seasonal Park Maintenance position which will lead seasonal staff in a variety of parks maintenance activities in support of open space, parks, trails, sports fields, special events and other support activities. This is a seasonal/temporary position/assignment. Find more HERE.

Coalitions & Collaboratives, Inc. (COCO) is hiring a Development & Outreach Director. Coco is an umbrella organization that works with other collaborative conservation organizations, watershed groups, and similar nonprofits. It is closely affiliated with, and shares space and resources with, the Coalition for the Upper South Platte. Additional affiliates range from the Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative to the Colorado Fire Adapted Communities Network, the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed and the Greenway Fund. COCO is growing, and we anticipate more affiliates joining in the future. The Development & Outreach Director is responsible for directly supporting COCO and CUSP, and providing technical assistance to other affiliates, through: organizing and managing media; grant writing; fundraising and other public engagement activities and events; public relations, organizational branding, marketing and promotional services. Find more information and apply HERE.

The City and County of Denver is hiring for a The Water Conservation Administrator who will serve as a technical expert and advocate for the mission and initiatives of Denver Parks & Recreation's Water Conservation division.  This position will lead and supervise a team of water conservation specialist and will be responsible for strategic planning and implementation while ensuring appropriate use of resources. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible because this posting may close without advanced notice. Click HERE to access all pertinent information and links. 

City & County of Denver’s Department of Parks & Recreation has openings now for seasonal positions working in parks, open spaces, natural areas, urban forestry, facilities and other related areas.  Apply now!

For new or inexperienced parks workers:

For experienced parks workers:

Larimer County Department of Natural Resources is seeking skilled and motivated individuals to join their team. The Land Stewardship Worker position provides a unique and rewarding seasonal employment opportunity for the spring and summer of 2018. Individuals will conduct invasive plant management and other restoration duties as needed on federal, state, county public lands, rights-of-way and private property within Larimer County. The ideal candidate will possess knowledge pertaining to native and non-native plants, desire to work outside in the back-country, initiative to work unsupervised, and is physically fit. All those hired will receive on-the-job training. Click HERE for details and to apply. Application is open until filled.

The City of Louisville is excited to announce two seasonal opportunities as well as an Open Space Technician III position which is full time, permanent, and includes benefits! Find details to all available positions HERE.

The County of Larimer seeks a Program Manager Land Acquisition, Education and Volunteer Program. Specifically this position will: Performs professional and technical fund development and ensures completion of activities related to the acquisitions and leases of land, water, and other real property for County parks, open space, and trail projects; Participates in identifying acquisition priorities and evaluating lands to be acquired. Works with land agents to acquire real property interests including water rights, leases, conservation easements, trail rights-of-way, land trades, development rights and fee title to natural resource-specific lands for the County, in cooperation with partners including incorporated cities, park and recreation districts, land trusts, and others; Oversees education, volunteer and fund development/grant writing functions. Designs, develops and initiates education programs; Researches, identifies and cultivates opportunities for fund development from organizations, agencies, and private donors and/or corporations and foundations; Directly supervises a volunteer coordinator, an education specialist and a department specialist within the department. Find more information and the application HERE.

Steamboat Lake State Park is currently accepting applications for their seasonal positions. Current positions include: Aquatic Nuisance Species Inspectors, Maintenance Technicians, Vegetation Management Technician, Visitor Center Attendant and Limited Commission Park Rangers. Hourly pay varies and housing is available. Find the varied options HERE.

Little Thompson Water District is seeking a Water Resources/Engineering Technician. Under supervision of the District Engineer, the Water Resources/Engineering Technician performs a variety of support functions in water resources, engineering, and geographic information systems. Read more and apply HERE.

Conferences and Events Late March

 River improvement project. Improvements made to river as part of Fishing is Fun program project. Division of Wildlife. Ben Swigle. Photo taken: 9/1/2011.

River improvement project. Improvements made to river as part of Fishing is Fun program project. Division of Wildlife. Ben Swigle. Photo taken: 9/1/2011.

MARCH 17th, 2018: Come attend the Boulder County Nature Association Annual Ecosymposium; TURNING THE LENS ON OURSELVES: The Science of Visitors on Open Spaces. The symposium features presentations by local experts on visitor experiences, perceptions and impacts on open space. The program seeks to offer concepts, tools and frameworks for thinking about visitors to open space and to provide opportunities to reflect on our own roles and behaviors as visitors and as land managers, activists, or citizens. It is free and open to the public; find out more details HERE.

The Center for Watershed Protection Presents a 2018 Webcast series:

If you have to miss a 2018 live webcast, you can purchase and view it within 60 days of the original airing. Click HERE for for pricing and to register.

Mountain Park Environmental Center is offering a slew of youth environmental camps throughout the spring and summer. Read into the options and details HERE!

MARCH 21st, 2018: The Alliance for Water Efficiency and Environmental Law Institute have updated the 2012 State Scorecard. The 2017 version is based on a very similar, but much expanded, survey as was used for the 2012 State Scorecard. This not-to-be-missed webinar will address changes in state-level laws pertaining to efficiency and conservation. It will also cover national trends and observations from the research, state specific highlights, and perspectives from a state-level official. This is FREE! Click HERE to register.

The Center for Protected Area Management at CSU, the Salazar Center for North American Conservation, and other university partners are co-hosting a special guest lecture. President Obama appointee as the head of the US National Park Service, Jon Jarvis, will talk about his new book titled, The Future of Conservation in America: a chart for rough waters. The lecture will take place on Thursday, March 22nd from 4-5pm in the North Ballroom of the Lory Student Center on CSU campus in Fort Collins.  A reception with lights snacks and a cash bar will follow from 5-6pm. Click HERE for the full details.

MARCH 23rd, 2018: The St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District invites you to its Annual Water Symposium to be held at the Shupe Homestead, just west of Hygiene, CO. This years focus will be on Stream Management - Past, Present, and Future.  It's an opportunity to meet and interact with other individuals who are passionate about water resources and to hear from experts in the field.  This is a FREE event and includes a light breakfast and lunch! Click HERE to register.

ELEVENTH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM; Forging Sovereignty, Self Determination, and Solidarity through Water Law. Water has long served as a source of both great conflict and critical collaboration in the history of the United States. Especially for historically marginalized communities of American Indians, Latin@s, and Blacks, ownership, control, access and distribution of water rights has often been fleeting and limited in both scope and duration. Though these same communities have contested their marginalization in the realm of water law and policy sometimes through courts and other times through political and social mobilization, they have encountered apathy, resistance and sometimes hostility to their claims. The consequence is a contemporary United States where insecurity and uncertainty over water rights and quality are represented in the on-going struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux to assert their sovereignty over the Missouri River, the political and legal fight of the majority Black residents of Flint, Michigan to expect clean water to be distributed by its municipal government, and the vocal efforts of Latin@ farmers to maintain centuries old communal and cultural practices to their ditches. Learn more and register HERE.

APRIL 6th, 2018: Southwest Water Conservation District presents the Annual Water Seminar. Experts will discuss just that: how wildfire impacts to water supplies, the state’s response to emergencies such as the 2013 front range flooding, the western slope’s risk in the context of Colorado River obligations and drought, as well as avoiding devastating infrastructure failure, among other related topics. The full program will be posted here shortly. Click HERE for more information and to register.

APRIL 10th, 2018: Join the Center for Watershed Protection's 2018 National Conference to learn fresh ideas about watershed and stormwater funding and management. Today’s water quality experts not only have to overcome pollution, but also a world of uncertain federal funding and regulatory oversight. To restore our waterways, identifying innovative financing strategies and management solutions is more important than ever before. This conference will help practitioners, regulators, water and sewer authorities and stormwater managers overcome common hurdles — from staff shortages and a lack of financial support to addressing multiple pollutant sources in mixed land use watersheds. Register online or attend at one of their in-person hub locations. Spots are limited. Find more information and register HERE.

APRIL 11th-12th, 2018: 24th Annual Arkansas River Basin Water Forum Program CONNECTIONS, CHALLENGES, CHOICES and CHANGES in a Junta, CO. Each year the Forum Board of Directors recruits a new host community within the Basin to help plan the Forum. This tradition ensures that the Forum broadens relationships throughout the Arkansas Basin, which is spatially the largest river basin in Colorado covering 27% of the State’s area (28,268 sq. mi.). This year this dynamic forum covers topics that include: Tackling Water Quality Problems while Keeping Agriculture Productive in the Lower Arkansas River Valley and Fire and Flooding - Not If, But When. Click HERE for links to the agenda, sponsors, and registration. 

APRIL 18th, 2018: The Center for Watershed Protection is hosting the 2018 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference, which is designed for water management from all sectors, practitioners, regulators, and water and sewer authorities, and will present case studies and best practices as well as address cross cutting issues and emerging trends. This will take place online and at remote hub locations. Registration begins soon. Questions can be answered by emailing:, or calling 410-461-8323. For more on the Center for Watershed Protection, click HERE.

APRIL 29th-May 1st, 2018: The 2nd Annual Next Generation Water Summit at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W Marcy St, Santa Fe, NM. The Summit focuses on water conservation and water reuse in the arid Southwest. It brings together builders, designers, architects and water professionals to share best practices and brainstorm new ones through charrettes. In 2018, their featured keynote speaker will be Jonathan Overpeck. Overpeck’s visionary work has been at the forefront of the heated climate change public debates and identifying the risks to managing water resources, providing valuable insights into past climate variability and change in the Southwest. He will present on the Climate Change forecasted impact to the Colorado River flows. There are over 40 unique sessions planned with speakers from AZ, CA, CO, NM, TX. On the morning of May 1, they will hold two charrettes, where they will have multiple stakeholders dive into a challenging topic. These charrettes will have very limited seating, so sign up today! Learn more and register HERE.

MAY 2nd-4th, 2018: San Juan Mining and Reclamation Conference - Planning for Resiliency will be held in Creede, Colorado. The format of this conference encourages discussions of how the mining and reclamation community can plan for potential disasters and invites bold and frank conversations about topics that have challenged you, may be considered taboo, or can be uncomfortable to share. Topic examples include, but are not limited to: Longevity of mines; Lifetime of watershed groups; Risk assessment, tolerance, and mitigation; Effectively communicating risk; Fiduciary responsibility and abandoned mines (Good Samaritan Law); Scenario planning; Adaptive management; Environmental justice; New regulations and their impact; Planning for natural disasters and severe weather events; Changes in relationships, partners and stakeholders. Contact or call 970-325-3010 for more information.

MAY 9th-11th, 2018: Advancing Colorado by Investing in the Outdoors Workshop. The Partners in the Outdoors Conference brings together organizations, agencies, schools, businesses and communities engaged in the future of Colorado's conservation and outdoor recreational opportunities. Together, we can improve the quality of life for all Coloradans by promoting awareness and respect for natural resources, sustainable growth of businesses, and responsible hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. Learn more HERE.

MAY 29th-June 1st, 2018: The Society of Wetland Scientists’ 2018 Annual Meeting will be held at the Hilton Denver City Center in Denver, Colorado. This unique meeting is themed “Wetland Science: Integrating Research, Practice, and Policy – An Exchange of Expertise.” Reserve your spot to network and build professional connections with the highest level of wetland professionals at the 2018 Annual Meeting. Simply complete and return the Exhibitor Agreement to reserve your booth today! Agreements must be received by April 30, 2018. Click HERE for more information.

JUNE 7th-8th, 2018: Join GWC Summer Water Conference, "What Lies Beneath? Reasons to Care About Groundwater in the Southwest." at the University of Colorado School of Law. Read specific details HERE, and access registration links HERE.

September 10th-12th, 2018:  2018 Colorado Open Space Alliance (COSA) conference. Do you have open space, natural resource management, or conservation expertise that you’d like to share?  We are seeking presentations for the, which is themed “Ripple by Ripple, Water is the Driving Force in Nature.”   The deadline to submit your proposal is Friday, April 20th 2018. Preference will be given to proposals that focus on the following open space topics:

  • Watershed Management – Land and water conservation projects; adaptive management; integrated watershed management through environmental and socio-economic interactions
  • Human impacts on water – Agriculture (use and diversion), Energy (dams, levees, oil & gas), Population Growth (consumption), Recreation
  • Restoration Projects – Fish and wildlife management; habitat enhancement through floodplain restoration; streambank and outfall/diversion restoration projects
  • Natural threats – drought, flooding, climate, habitat loss

Think creatively! What are you and your partners doing that will inspire others? Workshops are 75 minutes, and this year we have some 60 minutes slots available in length. Expect roughly 20-40 people in attendance per session (overall conference attendance is expected to top 300 people).  Preference will be given to interactive presentations that invite dialogue, discussion, and constructive debate. Please submit your session proposal in the format described in the attached document by email with the subject line “2018 COSA Session Proposal” All proposals are due by close of business on Friday, April 20th 2018. 

OCTOBER 9th - 11th, 2018: SAVE THE DATE - 13th Annual Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference. The Color of Water: Exploring the Spectrum, Westin Riverfront Resort, Avon, CO. Don't miss the premier watershed conference in Colorado. Expanding cooperation and collaboration throughout Colorado in natural resource conservation, protection and enhancement by informing participants about new issues and innovative projects and through invaluable networking. Stay tuned at SCW Conference 2018.

OCTOBER 24th-25th, 2018: 29th Annual South Platte Forum at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO. The conference will feature an exciting lineup of speakers and topics, and a great opportunity to network. This year the South Platte Forum is accepting speaker applications! If you have a topic that you would like to present at the conference, please submit an application for the Committee to review by May 1st, 2018. Find the list of speakers and their bios HERE, and all general and pertinent information and links HERE. This year the South Platte Forum is accepting speaker applications! If you have a topic that you would like to present at the conference, please submit an application for the Committee to review by May 1st, 2018. Apply HERE!

NOVEMBER 7th-8th, 2018: 8th Annual Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum will be held at CMU University Center in Grand Junction, CO. For more, click HERE.

Announcements Late March

 Trappers Lake in Garfield County taken June 2003. Division of Wildlife. Loyse Hinkle, Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Trappers Lake in Garfield County taken June 2003. Division of Wildlife. Loyse Hinkle, Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Colorado Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (COPARC) is calling for abstracts! COPARC seeks oral and poster presenters at the annual meeting of Colorado Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation to be held May 4th - 6th, 2018 at Lake Pueblo State Park. Presentations by students (undergraduate, graduate) are strongly encouraged. Oral presentations will be 15-20 minutes.  A poster session and social will be held to facilitate the sharing of ideas and interactions among attendees and presenters. DEADLINE for submission of abstracts to be considered for oral presentations and poster abstract: Tuesday March 27, 2018. For details visit HERE.

Call for Abstracts! The Watershed Summit is looking for a select number of individuals who are engaged in innovative projects throughout the water field and would be interested in sharing their work. These creative, compelling presentations will be interspersed throughout the agenda.

Topic areas include:

  • Responsible Growth (Agriculture and Urban Water)
  • Resilience (Fire, Flood, and Drought Recovery and Preparedness)
  • Navigating Public Perception/Behavior Change
  • Technology Innovation into Action

Presentations will range from 5-20 minutes depending on capacity. Abstracts are due by April 1st and notifications will go out by the end of April. Actual event is June 28th, 2018 at the Denver Botanical Gardens. Save the date! Click HERE for pertinent details.

The Boulder Reservoir Birds of Special Concern/Raptor Monitoring Program is RECRUITING volunteers.Training is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14th, 2018. Responsibilities for this volunteer position include monitoring and reporting animal presence, bird behavior, nest locations, fledgling success and wildlife closure violations, and assisting with educating the public. The minimum volunteer commitment for this program is to monitor your chosen site at least once monthly April – July for a total of at least 4 times. The days are flexible. Each session will be about 1.5 hours. Monitoring is most effective at dawn or dusk. The all-day training for this program includes slideshow presentation will be held in the morning followed by an easy walk of the monitor locations. Monitors should be able to work independently and have their own binoculars. Skilled birders with the ability to identify osprey, American bittern, northern harrier and burrowing owl are preferred, but some identification training will be provided for beginners. The training will cover targeted birds and field protocols, visits to monitoring locations, signups for locations and field trainings, and meeting your fellow program participants. For more information and to sign up, please fill out the form HERE  or contact Mary Malley, volunteer services coordinator, at 303-413-7245 or

Volunteer to help Clean up the Eleven Mile Canyon! Join us on Saturday April 21st at the pull out just before the toll booth so we might become organized and car pool into the canyon. Bring your fishing gear as we must wet a line at the end of our task. Please plan on bringing a lunch!!! Click HERE to register!

The Society of Wetland Scientists’ 2018 Annual Meeting will be held at the Hilton Denver City Center in Denver, Colorado, May 29th-June 1st. This unique meeting is themed “Wetland Science: Integrating Research, Practice, and Policy – An Exchange of Expertise.” Reserve your spot to network and build professional connections with the highest level of wetland professionals at the 2018 Annual Meeting. Simply complete and return the Exhibitor Agreement to reserve your booth today! Agreements must be received by April 30, 2018. Click HERE for more information.

Are you interested in speaking at the South Platte Forum this year? The South Platte Forum is accepting speaker applications! If you have a topic that you would like to present at the conference, please submit an application for the Committee to review by May 1st, 2018. The 29th Annual South Platte Forum on October 24th and 25th at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO.  Submit your application HERE, and learn more about the conference HERE.