Rocky Mountain Chapter

Updated: Volunteer Leadership Openings! 

The RMC Runs on People-Power! 

Would you believe that the Sierra Club runs more from volunteer leadership than staff leadership? It's true -- there are literally thousands of volunteer leaders in different leadership capacities in 63 chapters and over 400 groups nationwide! Believe it or not, there's only one RMC chapter staff person right now, the Director, working with over 150 great volunteer leaders in the chapter and groups. So it's critical that you contact us right away, even if you're only remotely thinking about spending a few hours or more per week helping out the environmental movement in Colorado.

Colorado's environment needs your activism and advocacy -- the writing's on the wall! You show up, and we'll train you. There's even a lot of stuff you can do right from home. Doesn't matter where you are in Colorado -- we're recruiting for the Chapter, and that covers the entire state! If you're interested, we've got a volunteer role to fit your interests, skills, experience, and knowledge.

If, after reading through the roles below, you're still unsure of where you might fit in, that's no problem. Just fill out the volunteer interest form on our website at http://rmc.sierraclub.org/volunteer.shtml.

Together as an organized movement we will win!

Outings Leaders

Colorado is a hiker's mecca. We're currently building an outings leadership team. Right now, we have a task force that getting ready to train potential outings core-team leaders and outings leaders! Are these you? Sierra Club is known for great outings with trained volunteer leaders. Let us train you to be one of them! We're looking for four to seven core-team leaders. Contact Michael Ledesma at outings@rmc.sierraclub.org for additional information.

Conservation Support Team Leaders

We're looking for specialists to serve on this new support team. If you answer yes to any ONE of the following questions, then you're probably a great fit to join the Conservation Support Team: Are you a people-person? Are you good with technology? Are you a practiced media-wrangler? Can you shape up any group of passionate people into an organized, goal-driven team? Is "coordination" practically your middle name? Are you familiar with the basic principles and practices of fundraising? Can you teach time management and workload management practices that help volunteers manage their commitments? Are you willing to be trained on any of the above?  We're looking people who can do any of these things! We're looking for three to six leaders. If you're a "Jack or Jill of all trades," or a quick learner, we want you for this team! Sign up with Joshua Ruschhaupt at joshua.ruschhaupt@sierraclub.org.

Communications Team Leaders 

The Communications Team is currently very strong, however, they are looking for a media training instructor.  Contact Mary Edwards at mcodayedwards@yahoo.com.

Legislative Committee Leaders

We have a great set of current Legislative Committee members. We're already beginning work for the 2012 legislative session!  The legislature moves fast and works on everything under the sun in Colorado, so we're recruiting a few more leaders for this committee to learn the ropes. You can check out our current legislative tracker at http://rmc.sierraclub.org/tracker.shtml. Contact chapter Director Joshua Ruschhaupt at joshua.ruschhaupt@sierraclub.org.

Conservation Issue Team Leaders

If you want to go straight to work on a conservation issue in a leadership role, then sign up using the volunteer sign up form on our website. It lists several issues that might suit your fancy. You will be contacted by one of our volunteer coordinators. Sign-up at http://rmc.sierraclub.org/volunteer.shtml.

Fundraising Team Leaders

We're in need of more fundraising volunteers to help us reach our fundraising goals. Volunteers play a major role in creating the fundraising goals, developing the strategies, and carrying out the Chapter's fundraising plans. If you are experienced with fundraising, from small contributions to working with large donors, we need your help! Even if you just want to be an assistant to learn and help out, sign up! We're looking for at least three new leaders. Contact Chapter Director Joshua Ruschhaupt at joshua.ruschhaupt@sierraclub.org.

Capacity-Building Team Leaders

The chapter recently went through an organizational design process that revealed we need a team of people who focus specifically on building chapter capacity. For lack of a better word, "capacity" in this context means leadership development and citizen engagement. This is a team that is new, but is critical to the success of the chapter. First activity: start talking with potential volunteers! We're looking for up to six more volunteers for this team, preferably with some knowledge of team-building and/or organizing experience. Your actions on this team could last for decades because of the length of time many of our volunteers stay active!  If you're excited to try this, contact Chapter Director Joshua Ruschhaupt with "Capacity-Building Team" in the subject line at joshua.ruschhaupt@sierraclub.org. 

Legal Committee Leaders

The chapter is currently engaged in some legal battles, and we've just re-established a Legal Committee that coordinates with our national Sierra Club lawyers, as well as our volunteer leaders who need advice in mission-related legal matters. We're looking for one to three more leaders. If you are interested in serving on the chapter's Legal Committee, contact the Legal Committee Chair Erin Eastvedt at erin.eastvedt@gmail.com.

Political Committee Leaders -- ALMOST FILLED

Let us know if you're interested in political races. You can help the chapter's Political Committee gather the required information in our vetting processes (working directly with politicians or their staff) for the upcoming endorsement season this fall! For state and Denver-metro area races, contact Committee Chair Jane Ard-Smith at janeardsmith@comcast.net. For local races, contact your local Sierra Club group.  We're also looking for great candidates for the role of Compliance Officer.  This volunteer knows, learns, and educates the rest of the chapter as needed on political compliance issues.  Even if you don't currently know the compliance laws, if you have a desire to learn, you should apply now.  



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