Half-time Volunteer Coordinator (temporary)

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organization:Johnson Creek Watershed Council
position summary:

The Johnson Creek Watershed Council is seeking a dynamic Volunteer Coordinator to coordinate its volunteer program. This is a temporary half-time position. It may become permanent and / or full-time dependent on funding and continued relevance to the Council's strategic goals.

The Johnson Creek Watershed Council is one of the strongest watershed councils in the state, consistently receiving an “excellent” rating from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. The Volunteer Coordinator will have the opportunity to work in a team environment with a talented staff, an active board, and a diverse group of volunteers to protect and restore one of the most densely populated watersheds in the state of Oregon.

The Johnson Creek Watershed is located on the east side of the greater Portland metropolitan region. Johnson Creek originates in Clackamas County and flows westward 26 miles to its confluence with the Willamette River in the City of Milwaukie. It provides habitat for endangered coho and chinook salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout. The watershed encompasses approximately 34,000 acres or about 54 square miles. The drainage basin includes several jurisdictions including Portland, Milwaukie, Happy Valley, Damascus, Gresham, Multnomah and Clackamas Counties, the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District and the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.

The council’s offices are located in Milwaukie, near the southern edge of Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood. The staff currently consists of an Executive Director, a Community Outreach Coordinator, a Restoration Coordinator, a part-time Education and Research Associate and a part-time Outreach Associate. The Volunteer Coordinator will work with all staff, most closely with the Community Outreach and Restoration Coordinators.

Salary / Pay Rate:$15,000 - 17,000 per year depending on experience
Required Skills and Abilities:Summary: The Volunteer Coordinator’s primary goals will be 1) To strengthen JCWC’s capacity to utilize volunteers effectively by developing formal volunteer program processes, and 2) To develop and facilitate varied year-round volunteer opportunities to enable more people to become involved in the Johnson Creek Watershed and the Johnson Creek Watershed Council. The Coordinator will work to develop and support meaningful volunteer opportunities at all levels of the organization with strategic focus on turning casual participants into committed long-term volunteers. His / her work will be both proactive and responsive. (S)he will actively recruit volunteers from target constituencies (i.e. watershed businesses, minority groups, neighborhood associations) with whom the JCWC wishes to build closer relationships. (S)he will work to increase JCWC’s capacity to accommodate volunteers who approach JCWC with unique needs and / or skill sets. The JCWC views its ability to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities as a way to magnify its positive impact on watershed health and also as the centerpiece to a “friends-building” strategy that will expand its circle of supporters and hence, contribute to the long-term organizational health of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council.
Qualifications:General Responsibilities (to include, but not limited to): Research and implement best volunteer management practices (15%) 1) The Volunteer Coordinator will research best volunteer management practices, as well as survey other local non-profits to identify elements of successful volunteer management programs that could be replicated at JCWC. 2) Based on his / her best practices research, the Volunteer Coordinator will review and revise current volunteer program procedures, developing and implementing formal processes for recruitment, intake, orientation, management, and recognition of volunteers. Respond to volunteer inquiries (15%) 3) The Volunteer Coordinator will serve as the primary point of contact for volunteer inquiries. 4) (S)he will work to increase JCWC’s capacity to respond to volunteer inquiries by expanding the number and types of volunteer activities that JCWC can provide, consistent with the JCWC’s needs, and with volunteer skills and interests. This will involve frequent communication with JCWC staff and board members regarding current organizational needs. 5) (S)he will maintain close communication with other non-profits and volunteer groups working in Johnson Creek Watershed (i.e. Friends of Tideman-Johnson) in order to maintain an updated list of all environmentally-related volunteer events in the Johnson Creek Watershed. Recruit and train Volunteer Captains (15%) 6) The Volunteer Coordinator will work with the JCWC’s Executive Director, staff and board to identify, recruit and train a group of committed JCWC volunteers to serve as Volunteer Captains. 7) (S)he will work with the Volunteer Captains to identify volunteer activities appropriate to their skills, interests, and geographic focus (e.g. salmon spawning surveys, native tree plantings, invasive species removal) Produce volunteer events (40%) 8) The Volunteer Coordinator will work with staff and Volunteer Captains to create an annual JCWC volunteer events calendar. The goal will be to produce eight – twelve new volunteer activities annually, in addition to existing JCWC events such as the Annual Watershed Wide Event. 9) (S)he will coordinate with the Volunteer Captains to produce the volunteer events. The Volunteer Coordinator will take the lead role on tasks such as publicizing the event, registering and coordinating volunteers, developing the scope of work, coordinating any additional JCWC staff or jurisdictional partner support (i.e. technical assistance on a restoration work party), and procuring materials and supplies. He / she will support the Volunteer Captains in recruiting participants. 10) The Volunteer Coordinator will also take the lead role in recruiting, registering and coordinating volunteers for the JCWC’s annual Watershed Wide Event, which occurs in March, as well as for volunteer events not sponsored by JCWC but in which JCWC is invited to participate. 11) (S)he will coordinate one volunteer recognition event during the year, focusing on the Volunteer Captains. Data management (10%) 12) (S)he will track all volunteers and their activities in the JCWC’s volunteer database. Other (5%) 13) Other tasks and responsibilities as assigned. Desired Qualifications / Attributes 1. Bachelor’s degree in a field related to natural resources, communications, or community or environmental planning. 2. At least two years related experience. 3. Demonstrated knowledge of or experience with volunteer programs & volunteer management fundamentals. 4. Demonstrated knowledge of or experience with outreach, communication tools and techniques. Cross-cultural outreach experience is highly desirable. 5. Knowledge of or experience with watershed restoration. Demonstrated ability to develop work plans for restoration stewardship activities (i.e. invasive weed removal, native tree planting) is highly desirable. 6. Computer skills, including proficiency using Microsoft Office suite. Skills in database management are highly desirable. 7. Excellent professional skills, including work planning, team building, and time management. Organization and attention to detail are critical. 8. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Proficiency in other languages is desirable, particularly Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese. 9. Ability to work closely and effectively with staff and board within a team environment. 10. Self-motivated, resourceful, results-oriented. 11. A high level of integrity and a sense of humor. 12. Must enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds, including large groups. 13. Willing and able to work some weekends and evenings. 14. Have a valid’s driver’s license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation. Ability and willingness to use own vehicle to travel to work activities is desirable (mileage reimbursement is provided by JCWC). To Apply Send a resume, detailed cover letter and three references to Matt Clark ([email protected]). Position is open until filled. Johnson Creek Watershed Council Attn: Matt Clark 1900 SE Milport Road, Suite B Milwaukie, OR 97222 Email is preferred. If you include attachments, please only use PDF or Microsoft Word format. .
Education Required:College degree
Other:Equal Opportunity Employer
website link:www.jcwc.org