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Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager

Oct 6, 2021
The Nature Conservatory
The Nature Conservatory of Washington
Seattle

OFFICE LOCATION

Seattle, Washington, USA

Flexible to locations in Washington State, USA.

NW047

A LITTLE ABOUT US

Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. 

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.

Although you’ll see requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Passion, innovation, and diversity are all key components to advancing our Mission and we encourage you to apply.

YOUR POSITION WITH TNC

The Volunteer and Community Engagement manager will help grow the next generation of conservation leaders by building reciprocal and inclusive relationships with partners and communities. They will lead and run a community engagement program primarily serving Black, Indigenous, People of Color and those who have been historically excluded from the outdoors and Nature Conservancy preserves. They will also manage our active volunteer pool through execution of meaningful experiences that may also provide stewardship to Nature Conservancy preserves. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The purpose of this role is to create, execute and leverage meaningful outdoor experiences that connect people to nature and our work as a way of building support for our mission and goals. Key functions: 

  • Community Engagement 50% 
  • Lead and manage volunteer program to build engagement and steward TNC lands 50%. 

The Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager will coordinate closely with a wide variety of colleagues and teams to use volunteers in ways that are helpful and engaging. They will build relationships with communities and community groups and develop programs that serve those groups by creating access to TNC preserves.  As a member of the marketing team, they will also be a storyteller, sharing content from trips and other topics on our digital channels as a way of building engagement and support. They must have a commitment to racial, social, and environmental equity, including living into the Washington equity statement. 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

Level of Position: The Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager is a mid-level position with autonomy to shape work as part of team. 

  • May supervise volunteers, interns or temporary staff. 
  • Coordinates the work of peers on department project teams. 

 Within the scope of the position, the Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager will: 

  • Work closely with the stewardship team to foster stewardship of TNC lands by volunteers. 
  • Develop, implement, and measure strategic community outreach plans and programs.  
  • Ensure events are executed professionally including managing supplies, food and safety equipment. 
  • Share events on our digital media, when appropriate. 
  • Document each event including learnings for future events. This may include managing a budget, grants, and incorporating previous year successes (and challenges) to optimize the program. 

 Work Environment and Schedule 

  • Work location is flexible within Washington State, but ability to be on-site at TNC locations in Washington is required. 
  • This position involves regular desk/office work plus frequent travel around Washington State especially in the summer, driving, working flexible hours including weekends and evenings, and leading physical outdoor activity on a regular basis. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years related experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Experience building and managing relationships with communities, volunteers, or external partners. 
  • Experience with communication skills including writing and speaking in front of a group.
  • Project management skills experience.
  • Experience with time management, organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience working a team-based environment with internal and external partners.
  • Ability to meet all Conservancy Youth Qualification requirements and background checks.
  • Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one prior to starting.  

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Ability to act in accordance with the Washington equity statement. ; be respectful of differences of identity and/or beliefs, and successfully work across those differences to meet work objectives. 
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated  
  • Experience developing, implementing, and measuring strategic outreach plans and programs.  
  • Experience building equitable relationships with BIPOC communities 
  • Digital media experience such as Facebook, blogging, etc. 
  • Volunteer outreach and/or recruiting experience 
  • Basic knowledge of database management programs 
  • Experience taking groups of people into outdoor environments 

ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION

YOUTH SAFETY 

The Nature Conservancy requires everyone who may come in contact with youth to taking a youth safety training and pass a background check. This position will require a successful background check before hiring and completion of the training in the first 30 days of employment. 

 

BENEIFTS

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including; health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, accrued paid time off (including annual, personal, and sick leave), life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellness benefits. Benefits may be subject to generally applicable eligibility, waiting period, contribution, and other requirements and conditions.  Learn more about our benefits at nature.org/careers. We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellness, and flexibility needs of the people we employ.

AUTO SAFETY POLICY

This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/careers/recruitment/ under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.

SALARY INFORMATION

The estimated starting salary for this position is dependent on qualifications, experience, and location. 

  • Salary range in Seattle, WA: $71,300 - $82,000 annually 
  • Salary range in other Washington State locations: $60,000 - $72,000 annually 

APPLY NOW

To apply for job ID#  50414, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on October 29, 2021. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

Do you have military experience? Visit our U.S. Military Skills Translator to match your military experience with our current job openings!

TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to applyhelp@tnc.org with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.



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