Job Announcements Late September

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is seeking a Nonpoint Source Management Work Group Leader. The position's primary responsibility is managing team resources to develop and implement the Nonpoint Source Management Plan (plan) over five year planning horizons. The position ensures the plan identifies nonpoint source priorities and reflects nonpoint source partners', public and Water Quality Control Commission input. The position also manages all aspects of the Clean Water Act Section 319 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as other federal and state funding sources, to effectively implement the plan in order to restore and protect water quality impacted by nonpoint source pollution. Deadline to apply is Sept. 27th, 2018. For full job description, and how to apply, click HERE.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Resource Stewardship Program is seeking a Resource Stewardship Biological/GIS Technician. Responsibilities will primarily include GIS technician work, citizen science program management, and biological research.  Work will include field work using  ArcCollector tablet computer mapping, as well as assistance with the preparation of resource management plans, GIS map production, data management, biological research, threatened & endangered species analysis, production of biological training & education materials, program planning, site visits, volunteer management, and administrative duties. Deadline to apply is Sept. 21st, 2018. For more information about applying, email jeff.thompson@state.co.us.

Southern Rockies Seed Network is hiring a Program Director, who would be a full-time director to guide the future of this program and to manage current programs. Established in 2014, the seed network provides an exciting opportunity for professional growth and to work among a diverse range of federal, state, and local partners and industry representatives working to create a sustainable solution to native plant materials development for the restoration industry in the Southern Rockies Ecoregion. This position will oversee the plant materials collection program, manage all fundraising activities, assist with our ecological restoration training program, develop and expand our growers’ network, manage diverse mapping and data management needs, enhance and manage our marketing and outreach program, and manage the plant materials program coordinator in order to address goals and strategies outlined in the SRSN Operations Plan. Deadline to apply is October 1st, 2018. For more information, including how to apply, click HERE.

Larimer County is hiring a Natural Resources Director, who leads and directs the programs and activities in the Natural Resources Department including Parks, Open Lands, and Lands Stewardship (Weeds and Forestry). Oversight areas include management, recreation, and development of US Bureau of Reclamation Reservoirs, management and use of allocated Colorado Lottery Funds, acquisition, development, and management of County open spaces and trails, County Weed Control District and Enterprise Fund, and County Forestry. Significant interaction with municipalities, the County Parks Advisory Board, the County Opens Lands Advisory Board, Land Stewardship Advisory Board, and other agencies to further the Board of County Commissioners' (BOCC) Natural Resources agenda and projects. Receives general direction from the Director of Community Planning Infrastructure and Resources. Deadline to apply is October 14th, 2018. For more information, click HERE.

Northern Water is currently looking for a Water Quality Department Manager. Duties include planning and directing personnel and all aspects of Northern Water’s activities concerning water quality. Identifying water quality issues that may affect the organization and its allottees and developing and implementing plans to maintain compliance with pertinent local, state and federal regulations and to protect system water quality and water supply. For full job description, click HERE. Position is open until filled. 

Department of Parks and Recreation for the City of Denver is hiring a Fishing Program Coordinator. The Fishing Program Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring that the Denver's Fishing is Fun program is properly organized and successfully implemented. This is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience working for one of the largest park programs in the region and truly making a positive impact in the community. They are looking for an individual to work part-time through the remainder of the season (through approximately November of 2018). For more information, visit their website HERE.

Eagle River Watershed Council is seeking a Community Outreach VISTA to become a part of their team. The VISTA will help to expand their community outreach efforts particularly in the Latino and underserved communities, build organizational capacity, and help develop a new water quality education program county-wide. All applications must be submitted through the AmeriCorps website. To create a login visit https://my.americorps.gov/mp/recruit/registration.do. More information about the AmeriCorps VISTA application process is HERE

Continental Divide Trail Coalition is looking for a Project Leader (to be filled immediately). This full-time, seasonal position (July - October) requires leadership experience in constructing and managing non-motorized trails through collaborative partnerships, proven success in program coordination and a background in volunteer management. Requires a minimum of two years of experience in sustainable trail construction techniques and crew leadership/volunteer management. For more information, click HERETo apply: Please email a Cover Letter and Resume to Morgan Anderson at manderson@continentaldividetrail.org with Subject: CDT Project Leader Application. 

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Environmental Programs Department is hiring a Water Quality Specialist to conduct field, lab. and office work to restore, maintain and protect the chemical, biological and physical integrity of the Tribes surface and groundwater resources. Contact Colin Larrick, Water Quality Program Manager, clarrick@utemountain.org for additional information and how to apply.

Friends of the Lower Blue River is hiring an Executive Director who will oversee the logistics, serve as point person, represent the FOLBR in the community, and manage membership functions so that the FOLBR maintains a high and positive profile in the community, the FOLBR BOD functions efficiently and effectively, and the FOLBR Mission is consistently honored and met. For more information, visit the description page HERE

The City of Boulder is seeking a Natural Lands Technician. Under limited supervision, maintains the health, safety and aesthetics of natural areas throughout the Parks and Recreation system.  Performs natural resource related maintenance and operations on City of Boulder Parks and Recreation natural lands including staff collaboration, project completion and program assistance.  Performs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled tasks in the areas of natural lands maintenance, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), wildlife management and equipment operation, and performs related duties as required. To see the entire job description, click HERE and look for the Maintenance Person III Natural Lands job title.

PublicHealth.org, is a site dedicated to meeting the growing need for public health professionals by connecting students with opportunities to begin and advance their careers. With a predicted growth rate well above the national average and an established workforce, public health is an excellent industry for a new student to begin a career. To meet this demand, they have expanded their site’s career and state resources. For students seeking information about public health in their state, they have created state-specific guides that answer important questions. The page for Colorado can be found at: https://www.publichealth.org/online-degrees/Colorado/.

Conferences & Events Late September

SEPTEMBER 18th, 2018: Recovery to Resilience Flood Tour. Join Water Education Colorado for a 5th anniversary, full-day tour of the 2013 flood-affected zone along the Front Range (to begin and end in Loveland). Participants will learn about the initial actions that were taken to protect lives and property as well as the subsequent projects that were undertaken to recover and build resilience. Read the draft agenda and register HERE

SEPTEMBER 18th-20th, 2018: Colorado Wildland Fire Conference- Mt Crested Butte. This year's conference will provide an in-depth exploration of how human dimensions affect community adaptation to wildfire. We will examine why people adopt or reject best practices, how we understand risk, and how we collectively perceive notions about wildfire. Find out more HERE.

SEPTEMBER 27th-OCTOBER 7th, 2018: 5th Annual Creek Week Cleanup - Seeking Creek Crews. Be a part of the largest cleanup in the state of Colorado! Creek Week volunteers clean up litter along the creeks, trails, parks and open spaces from Palmer Lake to Pueblo during this 9-day event happening 9/27-10/7 this year. Individuals and groups (families, clubs, schools, churches, neighborhoods, etc.) are invited to form a Creek Crew. Get outdoors, get active, and create some good for your community and those living downstream! Last year, over the course of nine days, 2,592 citizens formed 81 groups and collected nearly three THOUSAND bags of litter and debris, weighing in at over 30 TONS.

OCTOBER 6TH, 2018: The CWC POND Committee has organized a South Platte River Clean Up. They will meet at 9am to pick up trash along the river banks and trail system in Littleton. The group will walk to Breckenridge Brewery where volunteers can grab a beer, have lunch, and network around the noon hour. The event is open to all, so please feel free to bring your friends. For more information and to register, please see the Colorado Water Congress website HERE.

OCTOBER 9th - 11th, 2018: 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. For information and registration go to SCW Conference 2018.

OCTOBER 11th, 2018: Bits & Brews for Biodiversity, presented by Rocky Mountain Wild. Help our wildlife biologists identify animals from our camera traps. Use technology to “fly” over Wolf Creek pass to see how development will destroy the wildlife movement corridor. Visit Gunnison sage-grouse habitat threatened by oil and gas development. Gear up to become a citizen scientist and get your photo taken by a wildlife camera. And more! Join our staff for a fun-filled evening of activities, all while watching the sunset over Denver and the Rocky Mountains from the 32nd floor of a downtown skyscraper. Dine on wildlife-friendly vegetarian and vegan tapas. Enjoy a complimentary drink in your commemorative Keep the Eeep! pint glass. And don’t forget to bid on items in “The Most Awesome Environmental Silent Auction in the Front Range.” All proceeds go toward our work to protect biodiversity in the Rockies. For full event details, click HERE.

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. Find the list of speakers and their bios HERE, and all general and pertinent information and links HERE

OCTOBER 30th, 2018: 10th Annual Water Conservation Symposium at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Join them for the 10th Annual Colorado WaterWise Water Conservation Symposium in Denver, Colorado! They have a great program that will appeal to many audiences. Register now as space is limited. To register, visit their website HERE.

NOVEMBER 7th, 2018: Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund Hoorah! Join the Colorado Watershed Assembly for this end of year celebration and fundraiser for the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund (CHRF) from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Skylark Lounge, 140 S. Broadway, Denver, CO. The CHRF grants money to on-the-ground projects that contribute to cleaner water, healthier wildlife habitat, improved recreation and vibrant local economies throughout our state. Tickets are on sale at Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund.

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 HERECALL FOR ABSTRACTS will expire June 30th. Click HERE for details for abstracts.

FEBRUARY 4th - 6th, 2019: ESRI Water Conference: Discover How GIS Helps Us Better Manage Our Most Precious Resource. Some of the topics that you can look forward to learning more about include; Big Data and Analytics, Watershed and Floodplain Delineation, Asset Management, Field Workflows and Mobile Applications. Post-Conference training will cover using ArcGIS for water utility workflows. Learn new best practices and solutions to strengthen your operations with the power of the ArcGIS platform. REGISTER HERE.

FEBRUARY 11th – 14th, 2019: Colorado Rural Water Association Annual Conference and Exhibition. SAVE THE DATE! This event will be held at the Crowne Plaza DIA Convention Center, 1550 East 40th Avenue, Denver, CO. For more information click HERE.

Trainings & Workshops Late September

Water Information Program is putting on their annual Water 101 & 201 Seminars; September 18th-19th, 2018. Please join them for this very informative and educational annual Water 101 and 201 Seminar, taking place this year at the First Park Community Center in Nucla, CO. Topics include Colorado water law, drought contingency planning, stream management planning, state and local water agency perspectives, water rights, administration, and development. The Water 201 will review more advanced water concepts, issues, and topics. This event is open to everyone. For full event information, click HERE.

Join Water Education Colorado on September 18 for a 5th anniversary, full-day tour of the 2013 flood-affected zone along the Front Range (to begin and end in Loveland). Jump on the bus with lawmakers, water managers, attorneys, engineers and members of the public to get an up-close look at various recovery projects. Participants will learn about the initial actions that were taken to protect lives and property as well as the subsequent projects that were undertaken to recover and build resilience. Seats are limited, so reserve your spot today!

RiversEdge West is putting on a River Management Workshop - September 20th, 2018. This is a workshop for White River riparian landowners and managers to learn about resources for river and riparian restoration: from invasive vegetation control to grazing management to NRCS and state funding opportunities. For more information, including pricing and registration, click HERE

Shadowcliff and the International Society for Sustainability Professionals is putting on Beyond Sustainability: A Workshop for Professionals - September 23rd - 27th, 2018. If your day to day work involves a focus on sustainability then this workshop is right for you. Come and experience new tools to elevate your work, the power of sharing a common experience with colleagues, an experienced and engaging faculty, and the reinvigorating connection to the very heart of why you do the work you do. For more information, including schedules and registration, click HERE

Water Education Colorado presents Rethinking the Big Picture: Building Relationships into Program Design and Evaluation - October 9th, 2018.  This workshop will benefit anyone who delivers projects or programs. The lessons learned can be applied at various scales - from short-term projects to organizational program management. Additionally, these skills are useful for various sectors, including municipalities, nonprofits, watershed coalitions, consultants and businesses. For all the details, including registration, click HERE

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

  • 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. 

American Stormwater Institute is putting on the Denver Qualified Stormwater Inspector Training - October 29th-30th, 2018. In this two-day course they will cover all the topics to ensure that you meet the regulatory requirement to conduct Stormwater Inspections. They will review the requirements of your state MS4, Construction, and Industrial General Permits; they will discuss what it takes for you to be in compliance with the permits; they will discuss inspection techniques that will help you better evaluate whether or not other permittees are in compliance with their permits – and how that influences your permit compliance. All the details and registration can be found HERE. 

Funding Opportunities Late September

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) are pleased to announce a $500,000 grant opportunity for open space, local government, and land trusts to hire conservation corps!  In addition to public parks and open spaces, corps projects can occur on private lands protected by a conservation easement. The RFP can be found at www.cyca.org.  The application deadline is Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 at 4:00 PM.  Successful projects will be announced in December 2018 and crews will complete the proposed work in 2019.

Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program. This program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. Full details, including requirements and registration, can be found HERE. 

Conservation Alliance Public Lands Defense Fund - Grants will be awarded in support of projects that seek to secure quantifiable and permanent protection of a specific wildland or waterway. Priority will be given to landscape-scale projects that have a clear benefit for habitat. In addition, campaigns should engage grassroots citizen action in support of the effort and must have a clear recreational benefit. Before applying for funding, an organization must first be nominated by one of the alliance's member companies. Nominations must be received no later than November 1, 2018Information can be found HERE.

Great Outdoors Colorado has posted the application for Local Parks and Outdoor Recreation grant, along with other mini grants. For all the information regarding applications and submissions, click HERE. Deadline to apply is November 2nd.

EPA Wetland Program Development Grants—Application Close Date Varies by Region –Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) provide eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct projects that promote the protection, management, and restoration of wetlands. States, tribes, local governments, inter-state associations, and inter-tribal consortia are eligible to apply for the Regional WPDG Request for Proposals. More information available HERE.

WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program - Watershed Group Development and Watershed Restoration Planning. In 2012, Reclamation began providing funding for watershed group development, watershed restoration planning, and watershed management project design (Phase I). A watershed group is a self-sustaining, non-regulatory, consensus-based group that is composed of a diverse array of stakeholders, which may include, but is not limited to, private property owners, non-profit organizations, Federal, state, or local agencies, and tribes. As part of Phase I activities, applicants may use funding to develop bylaws, a mission statement, complete stakeholder outreach, develop a watershed restoration plan, and watershed management project design. For more information, click HERE

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Water Quality Planning Design and Engineering Grants. These grants provide money to small communities to help cover costs associated with the State Revolving Fund pre-application requirements. Grants require a 20 percent match from the applicant. Planning grant applicants must complete the prequalification form and attend a pre-application meeting. Design and engineering grant applicants will be considered by project needs assessment submissions by approved disadvantaged communities. For more information CLICK HERE.

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:

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

Announcements Late September

Colorado Watershed Flood Recovery 2013-2018. Colorado took a holistic approach to stream system recovery following the 2013 floods by focusing on watershed scale recovery and incorporating long-term resiliency into every project. Download the program description handout to learn more about the State’s approach and the successful outcomes. Handouts and Project Success Stories can be found HERE.

PublicHealth.org is a site dedicated to meeting the growing need for public health professionals by connecting students with opportunities to begin and advance their careers. With a predicted growth rate well above the national average and an established workforce, public health is an excellent industry for a new student to begin a career. To meet this demand, they have expanded their site’s career and state resources. For students seeking information about public health in their state, they have created state-specific guides that answer important questions. The page for Colorado can be found at: https://www.publichealth.org/online-degrees/Colorado/.

MEETING NOTICE: Colorado Water Quality Forum 10-year water quality roadmap Workgroup involvement opportunity. The mission of the workgroup is to achieve solutions to Colorado water quality issues through communication and understanding, balancing use, and protection of the resource. Water Quality Members and Participants: The 10-year water quality roadmap is their plan to develop or revise water quality standards from 2017 to 2027. They'll hold quarterly workgroup meetings to discuss progress and encourage participation. Learn more about all the topics involved on the roadmap webpage, ROAD WEBPAGE.

  • Meeting 1: Completed

  • Meeting two: Completed

  • Meeting three: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 (1-4 p.m.)

  • Meeting four: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 (1-4 p.m.)

Anyone can participate! If you would like to receive future emails about the workgroup, use this online sign-up form to join the mailing list so they can stay in touch.