The Rio Grande Campaigner is a principled diplomat and policy organizer who will push federal and state water managers to rethink the Rio Grande in the 21st century. The Advocate’s work is part of our ‘Rio Grande: America’s Great River Campaign’, which is aimed at protecting and restoring dynamic flows in the Rio Grande from source to sea and ensuring the river has a right to its own water. The Campaigner will be responsible for implementing and promoting strategies set forth in Guardians’ 2017 report Rio Grande: Rethinking Rivers in the 21st Century to achieve the goals and vision of the report. The ultimate objective of the Rethinking the Rio campaign is to build widespread consensus to obtain necessary legal and operational flexibilities for Rio Grande reservoirs in Colorado and New Mexico which will help to offset the effects of climate change on flows and restore environmental flows to America’s Great River. The Campaigner will work with the Wild Rivers Program Director to develop and refine campaign strategies and to build political, stakeholder, and grassroots support throughout the Rio Grande Basin to achieve this end. This work will compliment the legal and policy work of the Wild Rivers Program Director. The Campaigner will work primarily in the Rio Grande Basin in Colorado and New Mexico.
• Promote Guardians’ 2017 Report, Rio Grande: Rethinking Rivers in the 21st Century and advocate for implementation of its recommendations.
• Advocate for reform of existing water law, management, and policies in the Rio Grande Basin with a focus on reservoir authorizations and operations. Participate in regional, state, and federal water meetings and forums including the annual Rio Grande Compact Commission meeting.
• Educate and outreach with Rio Grande stakeholders (e.g. federal and state agencies, compact commissioners, water utilities, non-profits, the agricultural community, pueblos, local communities, citizen activists, and the general public).
• Lobby and educate the New Mexico Congressional delegation members and their staff, as well as other elected officials in the region (e.g. Governors, key state legislators, etc.).
• Build power and local grassroots support for protecting and restoring flows in the Rio Grande and educate the public regarding reservoir reoperation strategies.
• Write and review reports, petitions, fact sheets, articles, opinion pieces, comment letters, e-communications, and website content related to campaign issues.
• Inspire, amplify, and elevate our vision by communicating our work to the public, our members, and the media, as well as managing social media outreach for the campaign.
• Support fundraising efforts of the Wild Rivers Program and the organization.
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