A position at Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado in partnership with the City of Greeley Natural Areas & Trails (NAT) and other Weld County-vicinity land managers and community organizations.
Office Location: City of Greeley NAT Office, Island Grove Park, Greeley, CO
About Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado:
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is a leading statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to motivating and enabling people to become active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources. Colorado’s outdoor resources contribute greatly to our health, happiness and state economy, but they also face ongoing stresses and require care and stewardship to ensure long-term sustainability. Leveraging our 34 years of experience in outdoor stewardship volunteerism, we engage 5,000 volunteers in hands-on stewardship work each year. We also help other groups develop and grow effective volunteer programs to meet Colorado’s growing stewardship needs. Finally, we foster statewide, cross-industry collaboration to encourage a unified approach to caring for Colorado.
This position will be an employee of VOC based in Weld County and working closely with locally based land managers and related organizations. This new role supports VOC’s efforts to continue building public land stewardship capacity by enhancing partnerships and local volunteerism to benefit public lands within the Weld County vicinity.
This position’s primary responsibilities will include:
1. Management, coordination and administration of volunteer programs in the Weld County vicinity.
2. Coordination and support of land managers and community organizations in the Weld County vicinity to manage their volunteer stewardship needs, projects and trainings.
3. Fostering and development of greater partnerships and regional stewardship collaboration between local agencies, municipalities and community organizations.
4. Pursuit of alternative funding opportunities to support ongoing development of the volunteer and partnership program.
5. Capacity building for volunteer management for City of Greeley NAT and other Weld County-vicinity partners.
The following competencies are expected from all team members at VOC:
- Communication: effective and timely communication, both orally and written
- Teamwork: works well with others, contributes to a positive team environment
- Service: provides exceptional service to customers, partners, volunteers, and donors
- Leadership: demonstrates leadership and decision-making abilities in the organization
- Initiative: assesses and initiates things independently and to help improve the organization
- Accountability: reliable and inspires trust in others
- Develop and implement a systematic approach for outreach and volunteer recruitment for specific projects and ongoing volunteer opportunities.
o Manage volunteer recruitment outreach and communications for outdoor stewardship projects and for ongoing volunteer opportunities.
o Manage and coordinate volunteer projects with agency/organization representatives and partners.
o Work with locally based partners and VOC to identify volunteer needs and match volunteers to those needs for direct project and ongoing volunteer opportunities.
o Manage volunteer registration and communications processes using VOC’s database and registration systems and volunteer recruitment tools.
o Develop a system for identifying and developing projects and volunteer opportunities internally within the local land management agencies and organizations.
o Serve as primary contact for volunteer program inquiries (staff and public).
o Foster and develop partnerships with agencies, municipalities and organizations in the community – serve as local VOC liaison, attend partner meetings.
o Develop programs to train volunteer leaders using VOC’s Outdoor Stewardship Institute and Stepping Up Stewardship resources.
o Conduct effective marketing and communications about volunteer opportunities/projects through meetings, newsletters and other means.
o Solicit in-kind donations from local businesses for volunteer projects.
- Oversee administration of volunteer recordkeeping - volunteer agreements, agreement log, volunteer files, event sign-up sheets.
o Serve as primary administrator of volunteer data in online database (post and manage opportunities).
o Compile fiscal year volunteer data and submit volunteer and partnership report for all VOC projects and programs.
- Pursue alternative funding opportunities to support ongoing development of the partnership and volunteer program (grants, etc.).
- Serve as Project Lead for all VOC specific projects and staff all other volunteer projects on-site as necessary.
- Assist agencies and other partnering organizations with project development, management, and scheduling.
- Manage Weld County-based tool and gear cache
o Pursue funds to purchase tools as needed
o Maintain tools and other equipment as needed
o Manage and coordinate tool check-out procedures with local stewardship and stakeholder groups
Attendance at evening meetings and assigned project weekends and site visits (primarily in the Weld County area) are required as part of this job. This is an exempt position with flexible job hours according to the requirements of the schedule.
- Requires Bachelor’s degree in a related field or at least 2 years of professional experience in programmatic management.
- Requires valid wilderness first aid, including CPR certification, or ability to complete certifications before the employee’s first managed project.
- Requires previous experience coordinating and recruiting volunteers, planning volunteer projects and working with the public in a nonprofit and/or government environment.
- Requires demonstrated experience in planning, organizing, and implementing a project from conception.
- Requires excellent people skills, customer service orientation and public speaking ability.
- Requires ability to self-initiate and self-direct workflow, as well as a person comfortable working with a team to achieve goals.
- Requires outstanding time management and organizational skills.
- Requires computer literacy, including word processing, data base management, and internet use; knowledge of web-based data systems.
- Looking for a team player with initiative, determination, flexibility and a sense of humor that is looking for an opportunity to have impact in the growing citizen environmental stewardship movement while continuing to learn, grow and develop as a professional.
- Looking for someone with a commitment to civic engagement in preserving our natural and cultural resources and to building a diverse pool of volunteers.
- Prefer knowledge of and experience with Conservation Corps and other similar stewardship organizations.
- Prefer basic knowledge of trail construction and maintenance and/or ecological restoration.
- Must be willing and able to work weekends and evenings based on project and meeting requirements.
- Must be willing and able to travel in Colorado and work in a variety of outdoor environments and weather conditions.
- A valid driver’s license and excellent motor vehicle record is required.
- A background check must be passed prior to confirmed employment.
VOC Volunteer & Partnership Coordinators typically need the following equipment for use on projects
- Sturdy hiking boots or work boots
- Rain gear and warm outdoor layers
- Sleeping bag/sleeping pad
- Comfort camping and working in variety of settings and in inclement weather.
- Comfort working with basic hand and power tools in support of trail or restoration work
- Ability to lift 50 lbs.
Job duties also include a general office environment, spent sitting and operating a computer and other office machinery. Must be able to read, write, and communicate fluently in English. Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to drive vehicles, including trips to the VOC office in Denver.
Email a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to email@example.com
and include “Weld County Volunteer and Partnership Coordinator” in the subject line.
No Phone Calls.
Applications must be received by midnight August 25, 2019
VOC offers a competitive total rewards package of compensation and benefits, including 100% employer-paid health insurance, up to a 4% match on 403(b) retirement plan contributions, paid vacation and sick time, and more. This is an exempt position.
NOTE: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.