Americorps - Friends of the Forest Volunteer Day Coordinator

Digest topic: Jobs & Internships


organization:National Forest Foundation
position summary:

Be an AmeriCorps member and coordinate the National Forest Foundation's Friends of the Forest Day program in Oregon and Washington in 2009. Responsibilities include a range of logistical project implementation and partner and sponsor relationship development. The work will involve project oversight in the field, as the AmeriCorps member will be directing crew leaders and volunteers on site for each event. The AmeriCorps member will also have responsibility for outreach to attract volunteers.

Friends of the Forest® Day is a volunteer opportunity that invites families to take care of Oregon’s outdoor treasures, our National Forests. The goal of Friends of the Forest Day is to create a positive experience for volunteers, improving heavily used National Forest sites while deepening citizen commitment to the value of forests for current and future generations. The National Forest Foundation (NFF) is bringing volunteers unforgettable hands-on forest stewardship experiences in special places with volunteer work that is fun, family-friendly and has tangible benefits.

1. Plan Friends of the Forest Day volunteer activities in coordination with Forest Service, sponsors and co-host organizations. 2. Prepare for and lead co-hosting partner organizations and Forest Service in key tasks to manage logistics, supplies and signage for each event; conduct site visits. 3. Develop outreach strategy in coordination with partners. Recruit volunteers. 4. Identify a speaker to provide the learning component of each event. 5. Work with media including print media on the local and regional level, blogs, radio and TV for public service announcements to announce volunteer opportunity and get day-of coverage of events. 6. Manage online registration and contact with volunteers. 7. Attend all Friends of the Forest Day events and manage crew leaders, operations, lunch and learning segment, greet volunteers, troubleshoot as needed. 8. Evaluate events through contacts with volunteers and partners, gather testimonials and recommendations, integrate input to improve program. 9. Write short articles about Friends of the Forest Day to post to blogs, submit to magazines and use within the NFF’s media venues, Your National Forest magazine and 10. Manage youth Friends of the Forest Day program in partnership with school and Boys and Girls Club program leaders.

Salary / Pay Rate:Americorps member rates - full year program
Required Skills and Abilities:1. A talent for working with people, solve and avoid problems by thinking as a partner as well as a leader 2. Interest and comfort in working in the outdoors 3. Excellent organization and prioritization skills; ability to handle a multitude of time-sensitive, detailed and partner-integrated tasks 4. Experience with or interest in working with the press, interpersonal marketing and telling the stories of the Friends of the Forest Day 5. Proven ability to innovate, be resourceful and get results when faced with a new task 6. Excellent written and verbal communication skills; comfort in speaking to people in small and large groups 7. Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Qualifications:Candidates must have a college degree and must be at least 25 years old at the time the position starts. Interest in volunteerism, the outdoors and comfort in directing people in their tasks also important.
Education Required:College degree
Other:Equal Opportunity Employer