Community Organizer 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 18, 2020

CESOSS is a community-based organization committed to support the protection and preservation of land and water in the Middle Rio Grande Region of Albuquerque. Our organization works closely with the South Valley Regional Association of Acequias to address issues related to promoting acequias as a community resource, acequia training and governance, and connecting South Valley neighbors to land and water.

Start Date:

October 2020

Job Summary:

CESOSS, along with multiple partners, is creating the Acequia Education and Outreach Office. The community organizer will be responsible for water rights & amp; advocacy trainings and action, organizing emergency well training, coordinate water rights workshops, organize virtual acequia walk and talks, and conduct water and acequia mapping in the middle Rio Grande Valley, as necessary. We are seeking a self-motivated, outgoing Community Organizer to work closely with the CESOSS Director to conduct outreach, base building, training, education, fundraising, and leadership development among water-right owners. The community organizer will be responsible for working and expanding acequia membership and involvement to promote the protection of individual water-right owners. The Community Organizer will co-facilitate acequia meetings and trainings and implement water-rights development trainings throughout the year. The Community Organizer will work with our Director and partners to advance the Acequia Education and Outreach Office to support local residents to understand, claim, and put their water to beneficial use.


Compensation & Benefits:

This position is half-time with a salary of $21,000 per year. CESOSS is a small not for profit and we provide no benefits.

Key Responsibilities: 

The responsibilities of the Community Organizer include but are not limited to:

  • Help advance the Agua es Sagrada Initiative

  • Facilitate acequia meetings to provide opportunities for local residents to learn and become members of their local acequia association.

  •  Facilitate and coordinate meetings involving the creation of the Acequia Education and Outreach Office.

  • Work under the supervision of the CESOSS Director to research, design, and pilot acequia water rights and governance workshops

  • Work with CESOSS Director and acequia leadership to create a strategic plan to protect and advance water rights in the Middle Rio Grande

  •  Implement acequia surveys to learn and advance water rights ownership and protection, host community listening sessions to seek direction from our community

  • Help organize the Acequia Walk and Talk to build awareness and increase member participation in acequia culture and use.

  • Network with other groups that are organizing to protect water rights in the Middle Rio Grande region.

  • Maintain and update an acequia database.

  • Support fundraising activities

  • Serve as a liaison with the South Valley Association of Acequias to provide holistic support to acequia members.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience as a Strategic / Community Organizer

  • Understanding of research and data analysis

  • Knowledge of planning operations and procedures

  • Demonstrable strategic thinking abilities

  • Analytical mind with problem-solving aptitude

  • Organizational and leadership skills

  • Excellent communication and writing skills

  • Knowledge and excellent use of social media

  • Bilingual (Especially Spanish and/or Native Languages)


Education and experience:

Minimum of a bachelor’s degree and at least 2 years of experience in non-profit organizing.



Application Instructions: 

Please email a resume, cover letter, writing example and two references to

COVID-19 considerations:

To keep ourselves safe, most of the work that CESOSS is doing is being done in a way that protects and prevents us and others from getting COVID. The applicant will need to have a computer and an internet connection for the position.