Upper Rio Grande Engagement Manager

Trout Unlimited (TU) is a national organization with 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils nationwide. These dedicated grassroots volunteers are matched by a respected staff of organizers, lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of more than 45 offices across the country. Our mission is to conserve, protect, and restore North America’s cold-water fisheries and their watersheds.

Position Summary

The Upper Rio Grande Engagement Manager (Engagement Manager) partners with TU volunteers, supporters, and communities to advance TU’s strategic objectives in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico with a focus on the Upper Rio Grande basin and other priority waters identified in TU’s strategic plan. Much of the engagement work will focus on policy advocacy and will be conducted in the context of multi-organization campaigns designed to influence decisionmakers, including managing TU’s campaign around Colorado Gold Medal waters. Other types of engagement activities include organizing volunteers to participate in field restoration projects, community and decision-maker outreach, assisting TU members with events such as veterans’ outings and youth education, and assisting with the development and delivery of compelling stories to advance TU’s mission. This position will utilize traditional organizing tactics such as in-person meetings and events, as well as making use of digital media platforms to achieve campaign objectives. The Engagement Manager will report to the Southwest Director of TU’s Angler Conservation Program, who will prioritize responsibilities and tasks and oversee the work in close coordination with TU’s Western Water and Habitat Program and Southwest Communications Director. Specific duties and responsibilities are set forth below. Preferred location for the position will be in Colorado and New Mexico’s, Upper Rio Grande basin from a remote office. However, other locations in Colorado and New Mexico, within close proximity to a major airport, will be considered.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with Colorado and New Mexico TU staff and volunteer leaders to identify where public support for conservation and organization/program goals is needed
  • Develop engagement strategies and tactics to advance identified goals, with a strong emphasis on digital organization and communication tools
  • Conduct grassroots outreach to develop community advocates for policy goals
  • Establish and maintain virtual communities organized around particular campaigns and topics
  • Build rapport with Colorado and New Mexico TU staff and an understanding of their work and objectives
  • Organize and lead engagement activities in collaboration with Colorado and New Mexico TU staff and volunteer leaders
  • Help develop and sustain strategic relationships with business owners, rural communities, elected officials, and state and federal agencies
  • Attend Colorado and New Mexico TU volunteer leadership meetings and communicate regularly with them to understand and serve member engagement needs 
  • Participate in Colorado and New Mexico staff team meetings 
  • Assist with fundraising efforts
  • Non-supervisory position

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or commensurate experience
  • Expertise and extensive experience using a wide variety of social media platforms and digital tools to engage audiences, including bulk email systems, take-action web and SMS platforms, TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills 
  • Demonstrated team building skills; strong team ethic
  • Passion for organizing and motivating people
  • Passion for river and trout conservation
  • Ability and desire to work respectfully with diverse interests and communities, including rural agricultural communities, anglers and hunters, and Native American tribes
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to engage in various physical activities such as hiking and wading rivers
  • Ability to travel frequently throughout Colorado and New Mexico, and occasionally outside these states
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office 365
  • Valid driver’s license and a personal automobile


  • Fundraising experience
  • Candidate and/or issue-based campaign experience
  • Passionate about hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation
  • ·Spanish language proficiency


$50,000 to $65,000/year plus benefits

How to Apply

Please send a letter of interest and resume using TU’s application portal by submitting below.

Letters may be addressed to:

Jay Chancellor, Southwest Regional Director, Angler Conservation Program