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Coldwater Conservation Fund Manager, Colorado

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Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Town/City Front Range
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Company Name Trout Unlimited
Contact Name Stacy Springer
Website Further Details / Applications
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Directory Entry : Conservation Jobs with Trout Unlimited. TU is a national organization with more than 150,000 members organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of more than 30 offices nationwide. These conservation professionals ensure that TU is at the forefront of fisheries restoration work at the local, state and national levels.
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Trout Unlimited is a national organization with more than 150,000 volunteers and approximately 400 chapters nationwide. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by an expert conservation staff working out of more than 30 offices wherever trout live, who ensure that TU is at the forefront of coldwater fisheries restoration and protection work at the local, state, and national levels. Our mission is to conserve, protect, and restore North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters.

The Coldwater Conservation Fund (CCF) was founded in 1992 by a group of TU's most generous donors, who wished to establish a means of raising funds to support TU's science and program work. The CCF is composed of those TU members who give $1,000 or greater annually. CCF member support of specific scientific and programmatic work, as well as general support of the organization, is vital to TU’s ability to fulfill its mission.

Position Summary

TU has a long history of conservation success in Colorado, and has a significant staff and grassroots presence in the state. Two national programs are particularly well-established in Colorado: the Western Water Project, concerned with the management of water resources across the West, and the Sportsmen's Conservation Project, working for the protection of coldwater resources on Western public lands. The Colorado Council of TU members (CTU), is one of the largest, best-organized, and most active state TU grassroots organizations.

The Colorado CCF Manager will be responsible for expanding TU's CCF presence in the state of Colorado, with particular emphasis on supporting the work and the projects of TU's Western programs and of CTU.

The position reports to the Managing Director, CCF, and will be located in Colorado, preferably, but not necessarily, at an existing TU office (Denver, Grand Junction, Durango).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify, cultivate, and secure support from CCF donors for program work in Colorado, and in support of the national organization.
  • Identify, cultivate, and secure support from CCF donors for grassroots activities in Colorado, and in support of the national organization.
  • Recruit new CCF donors to TU, in Colorado and farther afield as appropriate.
  • Work with both staff and grassroots to develop fundraising activities (dinners, auctions, project visits, fishing trips, etc.) in support of both in-state work and the national organization.
  • Work with both staff and grassroots to spread the message about TU's work for coldwater fisheries in Colorado.
  • Coordinate all Colorado activities with TU conservation and fundraising efforts nationwide.


  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Interest in and passion for fly-fishing strongly preferred.
  • Individual donor fundraising experience preferred, ideally in the conservation world.
  • On-the-ground conservation experience preferred.
  • Experience with foundation fundraising, grant-writing, and/or planned giving preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Able to work independently as well as in a team environment.

How to Apply

Please send a letter of interest, questionnaire, resume and 3 professional references to Steve Trafton by February 29, 2013. Please identify your message as "Colorado CCF Position." No phone calls, please.

TU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates in this search. TU hires staff without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.

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