May 2015
In This Issue

Last week's Digest highlighting the EC's Assistant Coordinator position drew a number of emails alerting us to other incredible environmental and social justice opportunities in our area. Please read on to learn about some exciting ways to join our team and get involved with our amazing community!

Environmental Center Happenings 


We are hiring an Assistant Coordinator 

The Environmental Center (EC) is seeking an organized and energetic individual to assist with the EC's programmatic, operational and administrative functions. The Assistant Coordinator position will play an integral role in training and supporting our student leaders, overseeing office operations, spearheading projects/programs in our focus areas, and coordinating various operations. The latter includes work with both our in-vessel compost system and our campus garden. This is a 9-month, full time, permanent position.


For a complete job description and details on applying, visit our Get Involved page on the EC website ( 


This could be you! Sewing seeds in the orchard


Hiring Student Project Staff for Fall 2015

The EC is looking for a few passionate students interested in learning how to create institutional sustainability and social change. Student staff work with their peers in a fun, team-oriented environment to build out projects, programs, and events that help to progress the EC's Local Food Security, Zero Waste, Real Food Challenge, and Campus Sustainability objectives. Along the way, staff gain invaluable professional skills, build an amazing community, and have a huge impact on our school and home. 

For a complete job description and details on applying, visit our Get Involved page on the EC website ( 


Visit Durango Natural Foods Coop  

Shop at Durango Natural Foods and let the cashier know that you want to Round Up. Cumulatively, the pennies and cents you contribute over the next months will help the Environmental Center purchase a solar-powered fan for our on-campus greenhouse. Thank you for your support! And a HUGE thank you to DNF for supporting the EC!

When: April 1-June 30  
Where: Durango Natural Foods Coop registers (575 E 8th Ave, Durango, CO 81301, (970) 247-8129)  
Why: Because your contributions are helping to support the next generation of Environmental Leaders that will make their communities and ours healthier, more vibrant, resilient places to live!
For More Information: Contact Kamaljit at


Community Jobs


Executive Director, Growing Partners of SW Colorado

Growing Partners of SW Colorado is looking for a self-starting, hard-working, passionate individual to take the reins of a local partnership with a 10-year history of providing local food programs to increase community food security for underserved populations in La Plata County. The ideal applicant for the Executive Director position will have the desire to dig in their heels and grow the organization

To Apply:  please send a cover letter and resume to: director@growingpartners.orgPlease address relevant employment experience and interest in your cover letter. Applications are being accepted until ???Friday June 12. The position is open until filled.

For More Information: visit


SW Colorado Coordinator,  Cooking Matters

The Southwest Colorado Program Coordinator works closely with the Southern Colorado Program Manager to implement and support all aspects of the program in accordance with national program guidelines and strategies and supports achieving state goals. The Program Coordinator's main role is to coordinate Cooking Matters programming (6-week food skill education courses and one-time grocery store tours).  

To Apply and for more information: Go to and apply with your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements.


Driver, SW Farm Fresh Food Coop


The Southwest Farm Fresh Delivery Driver will be picking up produce from farms or drop off locations, delivering to customers in Cortez, Mancos, Telluride and Durango, coordinating paperwork, communicating thoroughly with farms and customers, and generally acting as the public face of the Cooperative

To Apply: Contact


Global Warming Solutions Internship, Environment Colorado


Interns will help educate and engage more students and citizens on the issue of global warming. You'll help us get the issue into the media, build coalitions with business leaders and health professionals, organize press conferences and town hall events, and participate in Congressional advocacy efforts.


For more info: Visit


To apply: Please send your resume to



Summer Stream Fish Ecology Internship 

This is a part-time, summer intersnhip conducting fish, habitat and water quality sampling throughout the San Juan River Basin. Applicants must have an interest in a career in biology, natural resources or tribal land. No prior experience necessary. 



Community Events  & Opportunities

 Growing Partners of SW Colorado Meet & Greet  

Join the Growing Partners of SW Colorado tomorrow to participate in a conversation about what we are, what we have done, and where you would like to see us head in these next few years!

When: June 4, 5:30-7:00p.m.

Where: Carver Brewing Company, back patio


National Trails Day: Get to Know Mud Springs

San Juan Mountains Association in partnership with Tres Rios field office is hosting a National Trails Day Event at Mud Springs special recreation area, south of Cortez.National Trails Day is celebrated all over the US with a series of outdoor activities designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails  SJMA and Tres Rios will be hosting a morning of hiking, biking and horseback riding. Horses will ride the 7 mile non-motorized loop. Hikers, and bikers will have several options of shorter distances into the area. BLM specialists and naturalists will be on hand to lead hikes and answer questions. 


When: June 6, 9-12

Contact: Kathe Hayes, 385-1310,



2015 Bear Wake Up Social

Join Bear Smart for a fun and educational community event to raise awareness as black bear season begins anew--with an emphasis on preventing human-bear conflict and keeping bears wild! 


When: June 7, 11-4

Where: Rotary Park

More Info at: