FOW seeks Volunteer Coordinator

News // September 14, 2016

The deadline for application submissions has now passed. 

Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) is seeking a full time Volunteer Coordinator to facilitate and lead volunteers on field and outreach projects including trail building, invasive removal, tree planting, litter cleanup, and public events, as well as coordination of all volunteer education programming. This position reports to the Outreach Manager and performs field work under the direction of the Project Manager and in collaboration with the Field Coordinator to ensure quality project outcomes. The volunteer coordinator will be responsible for tracking and recording volunteer accomplishments and recruiting volunteers to complete tasks as requested by other FOW staff. This is a both an administrative (60%) and outdoor (40%) position and the volunteer coordinator must be able to work outdoors on difficult terrain in all types of weather. Regular night and weekend availability is required.


Specific Responsibilities:

Set-up, equip and staff FOW’s volunteer workdays, including delivery of tools/equipment, setting up info table, signing volunteers in, securing food/coffee donations, photographing work, volunteer recognition via social media
Manage the Trail Ambassador program
Coordinate adult volunteer educational programming, including management of training classes, certifications, and compliance as well as recruitment of new volunteers
Recruit and organize volunteer support for all FOW events
Track volunteer hours and accomplishments
Coordinate volunteer efforts with other groups working in the park (PPR, WRV, SCA, scouts, etc)
Produce regular volunteer accomplishment reports for the FOW Board, print and online publications
Give talks and presentations at our annual volunteer appreciation night and other events as needed.
Provide support for FOW events.

Skills and Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or three years of relevant work experience
Excellent administrative skills such as planning, organizing, recruiting, and scheduling
Proven ability to lead volunteers in the field. Experience working with diverse groups from a wide age range strongly preferred
Knowledge of issues in environmental protection, trail building and volunteer management. Specific coursework in ecology, environmental studies or related field strongly desired
Ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders through written and spoken communications.
Experience working with hand tools and machines used in trail construction. Willingness to learn to use machinery & complete certification classes
Ability to work independently and maintain a balance between outdoor and administrative duties
Familiarity recording data with GPS units
Current CPR / First Aid Training or willingness to acquire within two weeks of hire
Valid Driver’s License, clean driving record, Criminal Background Check and Child Abuse History Background Check
Familiarity with MS Office and Raiser’s Edge (or similar database software)
Familiarity with digital photography and basic photo editing skills
Bi-lingual (English and Spanish) is highly desirable