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Current Openings:

Community Programs Director

General Description of Duties:

The Community Programs Director oversees High Country Conservation Center’s (HC3) zero waste, local food and water conservation programs. The Director is responsible for program development and execution, as well as grant writing and fundraising for these programs. The Director manages the Community Programs Coordinator and reports to the Executive Director.

Application Process

Send cover letter and résumé to Jennifer Schenk at by Thursday, June 21 at 5pm. Please include salary expectations in cover letter or email when submitting résumé. No phone calls. Anticipated start date is mid-July.



  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in an environmentally-related field.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in environmental education or nonprofit work.
  • Passion for environmental stewardship.
  • Reliable transportation and clean driving record are required.

Skills and Attributes

  • Excellent verbal and writing skills. Grant research and grant writing experience are preferred.
  • Outstanding computer skills (including strong proficiency in Word & Excel) and the aptitude to learn new computer programs quickly.
  • Experience in the development, execution, and management of successful programs and projects.
  • Established community relationships or ability to develop relationships and partnerships.
  • Ability to create, implement and manage budgets.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Zero Waste Programs (35%)
Develop and implement HC3’s zero waste programs.

  • Partner with Summit County government to identify community strategies to increase recycling and composting. Implementing all zero waste initiatives created by the County and HC3.
  • Create and implement zero waste education programs for schools, businesses and residents.
  • Oversee zero waste events and services, town events (i.e. Frisco BBQ) and volunteers with assistance from Community Programs Coordinator.
  • Develop and manage program budget.

Local Food Programs (20%)
Develop and implement HC3’s local food programs.

  • Manage Summit CSA farm-share program, including overseeing contract farmer and interns.
  • Oversee community garden program, which includes six community gardens.
  • Create and manage program budget.

Water Conservation (10%)
Develop and implement HC3’s water conservation programs.

  • Continue leadership of regional water efficiency plan through partnering with local water providers to ensure providers are working together to achieve common goals.
  • Implement local water conservation initiatives in conjunction with local water providers to achieve water efficiency plan targets.
  • Create sustainable funding and three-year plan for HC3’s work on water conservation programs.

Grant Writing and Fundraising (20%)

  • Identify funding needs for annual programs and establish fundraising and grant goals to fund programs.
  • Research and write grants to fund HC3’s programs.
  • Manage grants for programs, including reporting, budgeting and key deliverables.
  • Assist Marketing Director with Sales Force database management for donors and program participants.

Leadership and Management (15%)

  • Manage Community Programs Coordinator.
  • Assist Executive Director in providing leadership to the organization through assisting with organizational strategy and serving as a community advocate for HC3. Examples include presenting to key local organizations on HC3 and attending other community events.
  • Develop key relationships and community partners to advance HC3’s mission and programs.

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. Schedule is Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm with some weekends and evening events required.

About High Country Conservation Center
HC3 is a community-based nonprofit serving Summit County, Colorado with a mission to promote practical solutions for waste reduction and resource conservation. HC3 helps residents and visitors reduce carbon emissions, strive for zero waste, conserve energy and water, grow local food, and assist businesses in becoming more sustainable.

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