Fields: sustainability, environment, latinos, youth, outreach
Location: Denver, Colorado
About the Organization: Conservation Colorado– Protecting our environment means preserving what we love about Colorado. Our stunning mountains, open vistas, and rushing rivers inspire us and connect us to the majesty of nature. Unfortunately, our amazing state faces grave threats. Powerful interests are constantly pushing to put pollution and profit over public health. We are at the front lines of every fight working to protect the air, land, water, and people across our state. For over 50 years, we’ve worked with communities statewide to ensure that our quality of life and our environment are protected. We work to elect pro-conservation leaders to public office and then hold our decision makers accountable to move Colorado forward in protecting our environment.
Protégete is a program that builds a more powerful and influential voice for local Latino communities and leaders in the fight against climate change by promoting a healthy future for all Coloradans. Protégete means “protect yourself!” Many Coloradans are underrepresented in protecting themselves from the impacts of climate change. Protégete empowers and organizes the Latino community to take action on the dangers that climate change presents to our communities. The program also highlights actions that our community can support at the local, state, and national level to ensure that we are sitting at the table of the decision making process on issues like clean energy and energy efficiency, increased access to public lands, and water conservation and water quality.
About the Position: Protégete Conservation Colorado’s Latino Program is seeking a part-time Protégete Intern to assist and support the organizing team with youth outreach and local campaign work at Protegete/Conservation Colorado. Activities will include reaching out to students (both high school and college level), helping develop our youth promotores program at a high school, helping to create activities for our students to engage in advocacy opportunities, promoting our local campaign around clean buses, list/data management, and calling and verifying attendance at events.
- Recruit and engage students in our youth program
- Assist and support the organizing team in educating high school and college students on climate issues, environmental racism, and civic engagement
- Assist with event planning and logistics for our Clean Buses for Healthy Niños campaign; Assist Protégete team with data entry related to this program
Intern will also gain direct experience working with seasoned and knowledgeable community organizing professionals at one of Colorado’s leading conservation organizations. In addition, Conservation Colorado is located in one of Denver’s premier multi-tenant nonprofit centers, The Alliance Center, so opportunities for shared learning and dialogue between nonprofits abound. The intern will have the opportunity to network at various political and environmental events throughout the course of the internship. Letters of recommendation will be available upon request.
Special Requirements/Qualifications: The ideal candidate for this position has a strong interest in empowering youth and the Latino community, and protecting Colorado’s environment and quality of life, is outgoing and enthusiastic about working with people, and has a true desire to learn more. Those with an interest in Chicano Studies, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Sociology, English, Economics & Business or Environmental Science are encouraged to apply. Specific background requirements include:
- Bilingual in Spanish and English (written and verbal)
- Ability to work around diverse and culturally different people
- Attention to detail; Demonstrates proper grammar in writing
- Good communication skills, both on the phone and in person
- Ability to multi-task and manage short- and long-term deadlines
- Familiarity with event planning is a plus
- Knowledge of VAN program a plus
- Willingness to learn
- High school and college students highly encouraged
Estimated Salary: $10.20/hour, 15-20 hours per week, for about 12 weeks (flexible) – not exceeding a total of 250 hours for the fall.
Deadline: September 7, 2018
Please email a cover letter, resume, and availability by September 7 to Patricia Ferrero, Protegete Community Organizer, with the subject line “Protégete Fall Intern” to firstname.lastname@example.org.