Climate Action Manager
Job Description

Organization Overview
The High Country Conservation Center (HC3) is a community non-profit organization that promotes resource conservation in Summit County, Colorado. Our vision is to create a healthy planet through local action. Programs include recycling and composting, climate action, energy and water conservation, and sustainable food production. HC3 engages residents, visitors, and businesses in protecting our local environment.

General Description of Duties
The Climate Action Manager position assists with HC3’s Climate, Energy and Business programs. The Manager will work closely with the Climate Action Director and Energy Operations Manager to execute the Energy Smart residential and Resource Wise business programs. In addition to teaching responsibilities, the Manager will also lead scheduling and curriculum development for the K-12 school education programs. The Manager will also support Climate Action initiatives, such as planning events, supporting programs, and attending meetings. This position reports to the Climate Action Director.

Application Process
Send cover letter and résumé to Jess Hoover at jess@highcountryconservation.org by Sunday, September 5th. No phone calls.


Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably with major/minor in environmental field.

Skills and Attributes

  • At least four years of professional, management-level experience required. Candidates with less experience may be considered for hire at a Coordinator level.
  • Experience in sustainability or interrelated field preferred.
  • Strong interest in environmental stewardship, conservation and sustainability a must.
  • Experience working in office and customer service relations.
  • Strong basic math skills and aptitude for learning and understanding energy efficiency and green building technical concepts.
  • Ability to multi-task and complete projects in a timely manner.
  • Strong computer skills required, especially Word and Excel. Database experience a plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written skills.
  • Reliable transportation and clean driving record are required.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Energy Smart Colorado Residential Program (25%)

  • Co-lead Energy Smart program, which provides energy audits, energy advising, contractor referrals and rebates to Summit County homeowners.
  • Track and create reports for energy audits and energy improvements as well as rebate budgets and supplies.
  • Follow up with and field questions from homeowners.
  • Develop Energy Smart workshops and coordinate workshop logistics – invitations, speakers, locations, etc.

Resource Wise Sustainable Business Program (40%)

  • Oversee Resource Wise Sustainable Business Program. This program works with local businesses on ways to become more sustainable through a certification process.
  • Guide businesses through all steps of the certification process, including recruitment, assessments, follow-up and coaching. Coordinate energy assessments with partners at Xcel Energy.
  • Plan and execute business workshops and recognition events, including room reservations, snacks, event outreach, etc.
  • Create marketing materials to recognize certified businesses with support from Climate Action Director and Marketing Manager.
  • Complete special projects as assigned (e.g., recycling outreach tasks developed in partnership between Climate Action Director and Community Programs Director).

Climate Action Programs (15%)

  • Support implementation of the Climate Action Plan through assisting Climate Action Director with committee meetings, events and projects.

K-12 Education Programs (10%)

  • Coordinate with Summit School District teachers to schedule all K-12 programs. Lead teaching for Energy Explorers classes.
  • Conduct program evaluation and review of curricula and lesson plans annually.
  • Ensure grant deliverables are met by inviting funders to lessons and fulfilling marketing/outreach plans.

Fundraising and Events (10%)

  • Support HC3 fundraisers and events, including Party for the Planet, Frisco BBQ, and Keystone Bluegrass and Beer.

Position Information and Benefits
The position is full-time, year-round with the following benefits: health insurance, long-term disability insurance, IRA match and paid time off. Typical schedule is Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm with some weekends and evening events required. Staff work in Frisco office four days/week and from home one day/week. Starting salary for this position is $43,000 – $50,000 annually depending on experience.

Thank you for your interest in the High Country Conservation Center.

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Sustainable Food Intern: This part-time seasonal internships supports day-to-day operations of the CSA and Grow to Share programs. Previous gardening, greenhouse, or culinary experience is desired but not required. Apply by May 1.

Summer 2021 Opportunities

HC3 is now accepting applications for Waste Diversion and Sustainable Food Internships.
Click on the position titles below for details and application instructions.

Assistant Farmer: This part-time seasonal position assists in the day-to-day operations of the CSA farm, including the production, harvest and preparation of CSA shares, daily opening and closing duties, and any additional tasks as needed. One to two years of experience in farm or production garden role is required. Apply by April 1.

Grow to Share Assistant: This part-time seasonal position assists in the day-to-day operations of Grow to Share, a food donation and education program. One to two years of experience in farm or production garden role is required. Apply by April 1.

Waste Diversion

Multiple Waste Diversion internships are available including (1) Lead Intern role and (3) Support Interns.

Interns are responsible for assisting the Community Programs Team in the preparation and execution of Waste Diversion Projects and Events. This includes but is not limited to: supporting weekly Recycling Center educational sessions; supporting other events and projects that improve local recycling; assisting with volunteer recruitment, scheduling, and training; assisting with the promotion of waste diversion events and educational activities. Apply by April 18th.

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