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!
Priority Conservation Campaign: Oil & Gas Campaign
The Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter's most organized campaign is launching, and you can help! We're working on recruiting the few final candidates for the core leadership team, and we're also looking for volunteers throughout the state who can organize, or help an organizer in your home, city, town, or rural area. The goal is to build a network of volunteers throughout the state who learn about the industry, its practices, and what you can do about it locally. Sign up with Joshua Ruschhaupt at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communications Team Leaders
The Communications Team is currently very strong, however, they are looking for reporters, a webmaster, and a social media specialist. Depending on your level of experience, skillsets, interests, and available time, some of the above can be combined into one volunteer role. We have a temporary job description for reporters and webmasters on Craigslist. Contact the Communications Team at email@example.com.
Legislative Committee Leaders
We have a great set of current Legislative Committee members. 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 this committee at firstname.lastname@example.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
The Chapter Executive Committee just appointed a new Chair for this team, Dave Read, but we're in need of more fundraising volunteer leaders to help us reach our fundraising goals, especially with the upcoming Hike-A-Thon fundraising event, which needs about 30 volunteers! 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, or just want to get started, 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 volunteers. Contact Dave Read at email@example.com.
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! Kathleen Butler has been doing this work for nearly a year, but we're looking for up to six more volunteers for this team, preferably with some knowledge of team-building and/or organizing experience, but we can train you, too. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legal Committee Leaders
The chapter is currently engaged in some legal battles, and we've 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 email@example.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 political candidate 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 volunteer leaders 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.
Colorado is a hiker's mecca. We're looking for a few more core-team leaders, and several 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! Contact Mike Whiteley at email@example.com for additional information.