Careers at Colorado Open Lands

Colorado Open Lands is seeking candidates for the following position:

Communications Intern (Part-Time)

Colorado Open Lands is hiring a 3-month, part-time Communications Intern to support our external communications department.  This internship will be an opportunity to learn the communications strategies and tools of a 25-person nonprofit, and the intern will leave with a high-quality project for their portfolio. Strong candidates will have excellent writing, research, and design skills and be conversant with Adobe Creative Suite.  This position is primarily in-office with some remote work possible on specific projects.

Organizational History Project (30%) – With the support of the Communications Director, research and write a comprehensive narrative history of an organization with which Colorado Open Lands permanently partnered in 2021.  The project involves reviewing primary sources (interviews, contemporaneous news clippings, and publications).  The desired candidate will outline and write an annotated history of the 25-year organization, including photos, maps, and graphics.

Electronic Communications Support (20%) – Assist in strategizing, writing, producing, and scheduling social media content across a variety of channels.

Graphic Design Support (10%) – Support other departments of Colorado Open Lands (Philanthropy, Conservation, Stewardship, Administration) by creating or editing collateral materials in Adobe InDesign.

Administrative (10%) – Attend staff meetings and team meetings.

Digital Asset Organization (10%) – research and implement new tools and systems to help Colorado Open Lands manage its digital assets.

Minimum requirements:
Strong research, writing, and editing skills
Creativity and adaptability
Deep understanding of social media platforms
Ability to work independently with supervisory assistance

Preferred Qualifications:
Fluency in Adobe InDesign and other Creative Suite tools
Experience in WordPress
Experience in graphic design
Coursework or degree in communications, journalism, advertising, or related fields

The intern will complete a project that may be eligible for class credit or be a basis for a thesis.  If needed, Colorado Open Lands can work with you and your institution to meet the necessary requirements.

$15/hour, approximately 20-24 hours per week.
Not eligible for health insurances, but employer will pay all required federal and state taxes and worker’s comp insurance.

Start Date:
Start date is flexible; the internship is available during the Spring 2022 semester.

Application Instructions:
Please send a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to Leslie Volkar, Communications Director, at by January 2, 2023. Please note where you saw the job posting.

EEO Statement:

Colorado Open Lands provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. For information about Colorado Open Lands, please visit our website at

Colorado Open Lands Staff

For a list of job opportunities in the conservation field, please visit the Land Trust Alliance Careers Page or the Keep it Colorado Jobs Board.

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