Volunteer Coordinator

Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation

PPFF Seeks a Volunteer Coordinator: If you love to build relationships, share your enthusiasm for the outdoors, and train and lead volunteers, the position of volunteer coordinator at the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation may be right for you. Reporting to the President, the volunteer coordinator will be an integral part of a dynamic team and is responsible for coordinating volunteer workdays and training, working with friends groups, coordinating corporate volunteer days, building an Adopt-A-Trail program, and promoting Leave No Trace principles.

The right candidate will have flexibility to travel, will have experience working with volunteers, and have some knowledge of trail maintenance techniques. This is a full-time position.

POSITION ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Source, recruit, and coordinate individual and corporate volunteers through various means—events, social media, direct engagement, etc.
  • Work directly with friends groups—attending meetings, responding to needs, and serving as a liaison with other staff.
  • Assist friends groups in developing work plans and in completing their annual reports.
  • Communicate frequently with volunteers/friends to ensure they have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.
  • Develop metrics for measuring success.
  • Coordinate training programs by experts or provide training that meets the needs of volunteers.
  • Assist PPFF in developing a trail assessment app for volunteers to monitor and report trail maintenance needs.
  • Work with state parks and forests to organize short- and long-term trail maintenance volunteer days/weekends/weeks.
  • Write a monthly volunteer blog for the PPFF website and scenarios on volunteer successes for print and electronic communication.
  • Understand the work of the Foundation and coordinate with the Public Engagement Coordinator to use social media platforms to tell the story of volunteerism.
  • Work with PPFF staff to host a pilot alternative spring break.
  • Plan and coordinate special volunteer days and corporate engagement days.
  • Train volunteers and do programs on Leave No Trace principles.
  • Ensure that the mission of the Foundation is clearly communicated.
  • Assist in planning the annual volunteer recognition banquet.
  • Other duties as assigned.

POSITION ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to work with volunteers.
  • Experience volunteering locally or internationally.
  • Proven experience managing multiple projects and working with diverse personalities.
  • Experience in recruiting volunteers and managing training.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Excel.  Willingness to learn other systems.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and balance multiple projects within budget. Proven effectiveness working independently and in small teams, across organization and inter-organizationally.
  • Strong written & verbal skills. Strong organizational, administrative, time management and interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to the mission of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation and passion for the outdoors.
  • Trail maintenance background and training preferred. Leave No Trace trained a plus but will train.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed. Willingness to travel within Pennsylvania.
  • Ability to work in the field and ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Associate or bachelor’s degree in park and recreation, conservation, or social work, business management, human resources, other related backgrounds or equivalent experience.

Location: Based in Camp Hill but hybrid position could be possible.

Financial: Hourly rate based upon experience.

Benefits: Simple IRA after one year and 1000 hours. Flex time. Vacation. QSERA Health Plan.


Mission: PPFF’s mission is to inspire stewardship of Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests.

Vision: To be the trusted voice and advocate to sustain and enhance Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests.

Operating Values: * Integrity * Conservation *Excellence *Diversity *Innovation *Inclusion

How to Apply

To apply: Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: Marci Mowery, 704 Lisburn Road, Suite 102, Camp Hill, PA 17011 or email [email protected]