Position Title: Volunteer Coordinator
Supervisor/Reports To: Stewardship Program Director
Classification: Full Time, Exempt
Location: Main office negotiable
Date Opened: July 2022
Interview Dates: Continuous until filled
Date position begins: Immediately
Wild Arizona Mission Statement & Background
Wild Arizona’s mission is to protect, unite, and restore wild lands and waters across Arizona and beyond, for the enrichment and health of all generations, and to ensure Arizona’s native plants and animals a lasting home in wild nature.
We organize and amplify multi-community voices of support for legislation and special designations; advocate for conservation science-based environmental policy and planning; and cultivate stewardship, social/environmental awareness, and well-being through outdoor volunteerism, science, and education.
We seek employees who demonstrate high standards in work quality, diligence, reliability, compassion, excellent judgment, and a desire to care for the environment.
The Volunteer Coordinator (VC) organizes and implements the Wilderness Stewardship Program (“Wild Stew”) of Wild Arizona. The VC is responsible for recruiting, organizing and implementing single and multi-day volunteer work events on public lands in cooperation with federal land management agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service. The VC oversees the expansion and growth of Wild Arizona’s base of volunteers.
This position requires the ability to work successfully in team settings and maintain partnerships with agencies, colleagues and other key partners. The VC represents a public face for Wild Arizona and needs to convey an engaging approach to developing a conservation constituency. The VC will report to the Stewardship Program Director and may supervise other crew leaders, interns, volunteers, and students.
Key Responsibilities of the Position:
Coordinate Wild Arizona’s statewide Wilderness Stewardship Program:
- Plan and implement 24 or more stewardship trips annually
- Work with Stewardship Program Director to identify work needs and priorities
- Plan for all necessary project and trip logistics, such as tools and supplies needed, skills needed, people needed, access needed, and project scheduling and coordination
- Revitalize current and established volunteer interest. Maintain electronic communications to promote, recruit, and stay connected with volunteers
- Train additional Volunteer Crew Leaders and supervise volunteer crews and volunteer crew leaders
- Develop and maintain positive working relationships with key partners, including government agencies, veterans, students, and diverse communities
- Build partnerships to engage veterans and students
- Create and implement ongoing strategies for outreach, recruitment, and retention of volunteers that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within Wild Arizona’s volunteer base
- Plan events to acquaint new volunteers with established volunteers
- Conduct, coordinate, or support other field survey projects relating to wilderness, public lands stewardship, restoration, and research
- Serve as an outreach representative for Wild Arizona and for wilderness advocacy through activities such as leading hikes, making presentations, attending and organizing events, etc.
- Create a public outreach campaign that reaches diverse and disadvantaged communities who are currently not engaged with Wild Arizona
- Perform administrative tasks, including recordkeeping, report writing, assistance with grant writing, maintenance of volunteer agreements and participant waivers, etc.
- Manage volunteer database and produce quarterly reports
- Perform other duties as assigned by Stewardship Program Director or Executive Director
Required Education, Experience and Ability:
- At least two years’ experience leading groups in challenging outdoor settings
- Excellent communication, written, and oral skills including public speaking
- Knowledge of tools and techniques for public lands restoration including trail work, invasive species control, and ecological monitoring
- Physical ability to lead groups in wilderness situations, including hiking extended distances in potentially difficult terrain and inclement weather, carrying a heavy pack and equipment, etc.
- Ability to organize group projects in wilderness, abide by agency requirements, and maintain safety for all participants and resources
- Ability to work successfully in team settings with staff, volunteers, agencies, colleges, rural and urban communities, and culturally diverse communities
- Ability and willingness to travel across the state and work weekends
- Current Wilderness First Responder or higher certification
- Valid Arizona Driver’s License or ability to obtain within 30 days
Desirable Education, Experience and other Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources, Outdoor Education, Environmental Studies or related field
- Pesticide applicator’s license desirable (for use of weed control chemicals)
- Knowledge or experience regarding specific natural resource disciplines, such as botany, forestry, wildlife biology, etc.
- Knowledge or experience with specific outdoor recreation activities and user groups
- USFS Crosscut certification
- Leave No Trace certification
Pertinent Position Considerations:
- This position is largely funded by grants. The structure, priorities, and duties of the position are subject to change in response to changing funding sources.
- This position requires extensive weekend and holiday work to lead weekend stewardship trips.
- This position requires extensive work outside of Tucson. An office may be provided in Tucson for administrative duties. Elsewhere, the position would be structured to work from home.
- You must own or have access to a suitable vehicle. Mileage will be reimbursed at the current federal rate. There may at times be a Wild Arizona vehicle available.
- Salary: $35,000 to $47,000, depending on experience and qualifications
- Benefits: Ample holiday schedule. Health insurance available after 90 days. Mileage and food reimbursements are available for approved travel.
Employment at Wild Arizona is exclusively based upon qualifications and competency. We are seeking candidates who have a commitment to engage with us to create a just and inclusive work environment and world. Wild Arizona provides all people with equal employment and volunteer opportunities and does not discriminate against anyone in treatment, hiring, training, assignment, compensation, promotional opportunities, employee benefits, recall from layoff, discharge and discipline, or any other term and condition of employment on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, parental status, veteran status, union activity, political affiliation, physical or mental disability unrelated to an individual’s ability to perform the job with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other basis prohibited by law. We encourage all people with the essential skills/qualifications and commitment, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, to apply.
To learn more about Wild Arizona’s work, see our website at www.wildarizona.org
To apply, applicants must submit (PDF) cover letter, resume, and 3 references to: email@example.com.
Incomplete packages will not be considered.
We will be accepting applications until the position is filled.