The staff of the Middle Colorado Watershed Council consists of multi-faceted individuals who are dedicated to conserving, restoring, and sharing the Middle Colorado with anyone and everyone. We are currently hiring a new Executive Director to take the helm and build on our last few years of gathering momentum. For more information on duties, qualifications, and on how to apply, please view our hiring announcement.
As we’ve moved from a planning organization to one of project and program implementation, the next step in our strategic plan calls for an increase in staffing to manage the growing demands, specifically, the addition of a Project Manager to implement technical work laid out in the Watershed Plan. Laurie Rink, our current Executive Director will be moving into this role, as it fits well with her skill set and interests.
In anticipation of this shift in staffing, the Board is looking for a new Executive Director who can take the organization to a new level. This individual will continue to work with the Board in implementing the organization’s mission while moving forward with the strategic plan. With increased organization capacity in place, the new ED will be also be charged with implementing a Development/Fundraising program. The Board recognizes, with an increase in staffing capacity, there is a concurrent need to diversify our funding base beyond the traditional federal, state and local grant support that we’ve enjoyed for several years. To this end, the Board is ready to ramp up engagement with our stakeholder base and local businesses to explore opportunities for financial support from this sector. The new ED will be assisting the Board in this venture.
We are also very pleased to announce the award of a Watershed Restoration Grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board, with matching grant money from the Colorado Basin Roundtable and local governments, to the MCWC to help develop an Integrated Water Management Plan for the middle Colorado River. This project, completed in collaboration with the Bookcliff, South Side, and Mt. Sopris Conservation Districts, will engage all water users in the watershed in an assessment of water needs to fill environmental, recreational, and consumptive use gaps. Laurie is thrilled to be working on this project for the next two years and looking forward to interacting with agriculture, municipal interests, oil and gas, the recreation industry, and environmental interests in a coordinated, local planning effort.
In addition, we are interested in strategic partnerships and in like-minded individuals to join our Board and Committees. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in supporting the health of your watershed and the numerous aspects of life it sustains. Please contact us at email@example.com or visit Get Involved to get in touch or to sign up for our e-newsletter.
Updated March 12, 2018