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 Rocky Mountain Chapter (RMC) 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

Together as an organized movement we will win!

Outings leaders

Colorado is a hiker's mecca. We're looking to build a core leadership team to work with our outings leaders, and also looking for several outings leaders throughout Colorado. Have you ever wanted to lead your own fun or conservation-minded hikes? Or just get out and enjoy the outdoors hikes? Winter or summer, Sierra Club is known for great outings with trained volunteer leaders. Let us train you to be one of them. We're really excited to get our outings program working directly on conservation issues, too! Contact Outings Chair Chris Applegate at:

RMC Roaring Fork Group leaders (see map)

The Roaring Fork Group is looking for new and energetic leaders to volunteer to help out with fighting oil and gas drilling proposals on the Thompson Divide, west of Carbondale, and south of Glenwood Springs.  The Group is also pursuing Wild and Scenic status for the Crystal River. You should live within the Roaring Fork Group boundary: Pitkin County, Eagle County in the Roaring Fork Valley or Fryingpan Valley, or eastern Garfield County. They're also looking for volunteer leaders interested in helping lead the Group itself. Get in touch with Mark Stevens, RFG Executive Committee member, at

RMC Weminuche Group leaders (see map)

The Weminuche Group is currently not a running group, due to a lack of volunteer Executive Committee leaders, and the RMC knows there are many Sierra Club members and supporters in the region who care deeply about exploring, enjoying, and protecting Southwest Colorado. We're looking for new and energetic leaders to volunteer to become outings leaders, fight the oil and gas industry, advocate for healthy public lands, and more. You should live within the Weminuche Group boundary: San Miguel, Dolores, Montezuma, San Juan, La Plata, Hinsdale, Mineral, or Archuleta Counties. Get in touch with Joshua Ruschhaupt, at

RMC Uncompahgre Group leaders (see map)

The Uncompahgre Group is currently working on revitalizing their group's leadership. Their current Executive Committee (our local equivalent of a Board of Directors), which has decades of experience to share, is interested in transitioning to new, energetic, and passionate volunteers who are excited about pursuing the Club's mission. The major issues in the area are oil and gas drilling and fracking, water conservation and planning, recycling/zero waste, wilderness and wildlands, outdoor recreation, and more. If you're interested in pursuing the Sierra Club mission to “Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the Planet” on the west slope within the Uncompahgre Group, contact UG Co-Chair Carole Chowen, at

Priority Conservation Campaign: Oil and Gas Campaign

The Sierra Club RMC'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 Cathy Collentine at

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. You can check out our current legislative tracker at Let the Legislative Committee know that you're interested in volunteering with them at:

Communications Team leaders

The Communications Team is currently very strong; however, they are looking for webmasters, reporters, media specialists, and Listserv administrators. (Not familiar with Convio or Listserv e-mail systems, but learn fast? Don't worry, we have professional trainers.)  Contact the Communications Team at

Conservation Issue Team leaders, either local group or chapter level

If you want 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

Fundraising Team leaders

The Fundraising Team is in need of more fundraising volunteer leaders 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, 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 the Fundraising Team chair, Dave Read, at

Denver Metro Network leaders and activists (see map)

The Denver metro area has the highest density of Sierra Club members in the state, and we're very excited to be working on getting it organized. The new Leadership Team has recently been appointed, and could use your input. If you're interested in helping out with that effort, just send a quick note to the Leadership Team Chair, Mathew Elsner, at


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