Compensation Type: Annual salary
Job Type:
Full Time
Hybrid (remote and in-person)

Pay Range: $16-26/hr equivalency
Organization's Mission: The Utah Rivers Council is a grassroots organization dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of Utah’s rivers and sustainable clean water sources for Utah’s people and wildlife.
Organization's Race, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Statement and Work: The URC believes that the right to affordable water is an essential human right for every person, regardless of ethnicity, income, sexual orientation or preference, or ideology. Our mission enables future generations to access sustainable clean water sources as a right to life. Our work ensures that all residents, especially low-income and working families, have access to clean and affordable water, despite climate change’s impacts to our water supplies and aquatic landscapes.
The URC has been committed to serving diverse communities to ensure that access to clean water supplies are equitable for everyone. We work to represent all people in our campaigns and are particularly sensitive to communities that have not been well-represented in water governance and environmental policies. Whether it was when we protected a 3,000-year-old Native American village on the Jordan River or educated policy makers on the chronic problems of raising water rates 520% on working families to pay for the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline. Our work focuses on how we can keep water affordable for all people.
Since water is essential to human life, and all life on Earth, we work to ensure our programs meet the diverse needs of our communities. We understand that the success of our work is not limited to just one group, but is actually bolstered when diverse groups of people come together.
Creating a coalition of diverse groups is the underlying foundation for success when organizing a grassroots campaign and it is the underpinning of our victories as an organization. Many of the URC past successes can be hung on this belief, including stopping two proposed dams on the Bear River by building a diverse coalition of farmers, hunters, fishermen, environmentalists and Shoshone Nation tribemembers. Water is the common ground between different groups of people, which the URC is proud to represent, at our core, inside and out.
Water has and will always be a priceless resource. So essential to all, but not always accessible to everyone. Water economics has been critical to our work and has laid the groundwork for many of our successes. It is where we have found the biggest disparity in water equity. Property taxes for water subsidize low water rates, usually helping the largest water users abuse this precious resource. Working families suffer from these regressive property taxes and studies demonstrate that lower income residents pay a higher proportion of these taxes than do wealthier residents. For years the URC has worked to phase out these burdensome taxes, running five separate pieces of legislation in attempt to create a fairer water policy for all Utahns. Despite these bills failing to pass, we have led the discussion on phasing out these property taxes to seek equitable solutions for water access for all Utahns.
Taking care of our rivers and streams is synonymous with taking care of each and one another. We understand the importance of creating a system in which every person in the organization is on the same page. We must ensure we practice DEI externally as well as internally, so that all may feel they have an equal opportunity to contribute, helping the organization reach its full potential.
Position Summary: The Utah Rivers Council is looking for a diligent, hard-working, and independent individual with strong community organizing skills and the experience to help support our conservation advocacy work in the American West. The Utah Rivers Council is leading the fight to protect Utah’s rivers and lakes through our robust advocacy work, and we are looking to expand on our success by adding a staff leader to engage more Americans in our fight to save Utah’s aquatic treasures through on-the-ground grassroots organizing efforts.
Primary Responsibilities: The Community Water Organizer works to help lead local grassroots engagement throughout our community to protect some of the American West’s most precious aquatic landscapes. The Community Water Organizer will mobilize residents for events, actions, and meetings across Utah through direct outreach via telephone, in-person and digital platforms.
Desired Qualifications: We are looking for an excellent writer with strong communication skills who has the stamina to help recruit and manage community members in our campaign activities. This advocacy position requires someone who is comfortable working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, political ideologies, and world perspectives. The ideal candidate is highly organized, knows what hard work looks like and can actively engage with community members in a one-on-one setting, via community meetings or through virtual dialogues.
Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree and at least two years paid experience in a professional office setting, preferably for a nonprofit organization. Preference will be given to applicants with a professional background in environmental work or community engagement. Applicants with a willingness to continue their advocacy work in the water sphere and who can wear many hats in one work week are urged to apply.
Candidates should demonstrate in their application materials that they have a basic working knowledge of the conservation challenges facing Utah and a willingness to learn more. We encourage you to visit our website,, before applying.
Benefits / Why Work With Us: The Utah Rivers Council is a grassroots water advocacy organization that represents the entire economic and political spectrum in our work to implement a sustainable water future in Utah. We strive to maintain a fun, informal work environment where progress and accomplishments are measured by real success and balance and time off are a regular part of work.
How to Apply: To apply, send a resume and address your full cover letter to - Please, no phone calls.
Closing Date: Open until filled
Location: Salt Lake Valley


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Contact: Zachary Frankel
Phone: 801-486-4776