- Employment Opportunities
- $3,182 – $3,826 depending on qualifications and experience.
- June 26, 2017 8:00 AM
- July 28, 2017 4:00 PM
Volunteer Coordinator & Outreach Specialist
Nature & Purpose of the Position
Pierce Conservation District is seeking a full-time Volunteer Coordinator & Outreach Specialist to manage and grow one of the most diverse and rapidly growing networks of volunteers in the Puget Sound region. Since 2014, the District’s volunteer support has grown by more than 50% with more than 2,100 volunteers dedicating their hard work and passion to our efforts last year. The primary duties of this new team member will be to continue this growth through volunteer recruitment, organizing appreciation events to help retain volunteers, better organizing our communication with volunteers, and engaging historically underserved populations for our programs and volunteer opportunities.
The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of volunteer coordination and appreciation. He or she will be a strategic thinker committed to getting results in a complex environment and able to handle a heavy workload without dropping the ball and willing to work non-traditional hours. The ability to speak, translate, and interpret Spanish is a highly preferred skill set for the targeted outreach aspects of this position.
About Pierce Conservation District
Pierce Conservation District is government that works. We work strategically and passionately to conserve and restore the natural resources of Pierce County. Our work improves both rural and urban communities to benefit the health and well-being of our citizens. We work in five core program areas: Farm Assistance, Water Quality Improvement, Habitat Restoration, Urban Agriculture, and Environmental Education. The District works for clean water, healthy soil, salmon recovery and local food access for all. When you join the Pierce Conservation District staff, you join a team of talented and committed people who are mission-driven and care deeply about improving our environment and our community.
Primary Job Responsibilities
The Volunteer Coordinator & Outreach Specialist reports to the Communications & Development Manager, and is responsible for the following:
- Recruit volunteers for events across all five core program areas
- Grow our total number of annual volunteers
- Volunteer appreciation event planning and execution
- Management of online registration systems (PierceCD.org registration forms and Gleanweb)
- Development and management of a formalized Internship Program
- Develop and execute targeted outreach campaigns to historically underserved populations
- Daily email and phone correspondence with volunteers
- Administration of customer relationship management database to track volunteer data
- Represent the District at general outreach events
- Strategize with program teams to develop new approaches to improve our volunteer program
- Contribute to general District outreach materials such as the Tahoma View quarterly newsletter, website blog, and social media postings
Secondary Job Responsibilities
While the District provides volunteer opportunities throughout the year, there is typically a slowdown in volunteer events and activities during the winter months. During this time the Volunteer Coordinator & Outreach Specialist will:
- Develop job descriptions for skilled volunteer positions
- Work with Communications & Development Manager on a Strategic Communications Plan
Through a 2016 grant, the District launched an outreach program to provide translation and interpretation services to Low English Proficiency communities with a team of translation specialists and community liaisons for Korean, Khmer, Russian, and Vietnamese community members. The ideal candidate will expand these efforts by providing similar services in Spanish and outreach to the Latino community.
- As time allows, translate current web and print resources into Spanish
- Work with program teams to strategize events and workshops to reach the Latino community with our services
- Provide interpretation services as needed through our non-English phone line
We’re seeking candidates who excel in relationship-building and collaboration, and are detail-oriented and strategic thinkers. You should have:
- A minimum of 3 years working as a volunteer coordinator, customer relationship manager, community organizer, or in a similar position (In lieu of the required work experience, a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field will be considered)
- A track record of developing and maintaining strong working relationships with and among a diverse group of volunteers
- Commitment to and passion for locally led conservation and community improvement
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office/Office 365 suite of software programs
- Experience with database management
- Experience with event planning and coordination
- Flexible schedule and ability to work some evenings and weekends
- Excellent time management and task prioritization abilities
- Ability to speak, translate, and interpret Spanish
- Experience conducting outreach to Low English Proficiency communities
- Familiarity with Adobe Suite of software programs, i.e. Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator
- Ability to manage Twitter and Instagram social media platforms
- Experience with Customer Relationship Management software such as Microsoft Dynamics or SalesForce
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
Office and outdoor environment, occasional travel to a variety of locations to conduct work and may be exposed to typical hazards encountered at such work sites. This is a full-time position consisting of 40 hours/week. Position will require some work on Saturdays or after regularly scheduled work hours.
Licenses, Certificates & Other Requirements
Valid Washington State driver’s license at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter, or evidence of equivalent mobility.
Compensation & Benefits
You will have a monthly salary between $3,182 – $3,826 depending on qualifications and experience. This is a fulltime, non-exempt position. Benefits include retirement, 100% of premiums paid for medical/dental/vision for you and your dependents as well as accrued paid sick leave, annual leave, 10 paid holidays per year, an ORCA card and a training budget.
Pierce Conservation District is an equal opportunity employer and we make an effort to recruit people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply for open positions.
Applications open until: July 28, 2017
Projected Start Date: September 18, 2017
Allan Warren, Communications & Development Manager