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King County Parks

Actively Recruiting:
No

Position title :
Volunteer Program Coordinator

Deadline to apply :
September 14, 2020

Town, City, Park, etc :
Duthie Hill Park

State / Territory :
Washington

Organization/Program Description :

Be a part of King County Parks! King County Parks’ mission is to steward, enhance and acquire parks to inspire healthy communities, and with 28,000 acres of open space, 200 parks, 215 miles of backcountry trails, and 175 miles of regional trails, King County Parks offers close-to-home recreational experiences for everyone.  We work to support the King County Strategic Plan by building connection between the public and our lands through on the ground community engagement and direct environmental service.  

We are seeking a Volunteer Coordinator (Project/Program Manager II) to design and lead 100+ transformative and productive environmental service projects every year throughout the King County Parks system.  This position is a key member of a small team that collaborates closely with workgroups throughout the agency.  In addition to project management, this role supports all functions of the Volunteer Program, community engagement and partnership development.

Position Description :
  • Being Resilient – Is energized when faced with ambiguity and uncertainty and adapts quickly to changing conditions.  Maintains a positive attitude and forward-thinking approach despite troubling circumstances or setbacks.  Takes constructive action to navigate difficulties or obstacles.  Is viewed as a source of confidence in high-stress situations. 
  • Action-Oriented – Quickly and decisively acts in fast-changing, unpredictable situations. Shows a tremendous amount of initiative in tough situations; is exceptional at spotting and seizing opportunities.
  • Managing Complexity – Readily distinguishes between what’s relevant and what’s unimportant to make sense of complex situations.  Looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at the first answers with a high skill in critical thinking.  Analyzes multiple and diverse sources of information to define problems accurately before moving to solutions.  Ability to confidently make decisions and act independently.
  • Nimble Learner – Tries multiple times using multiple methods to find the right solution.  Views mistakes as opportunities to learn.  Enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks.  Seeks new approaches to solve problems.
  • Communicates Effectively – Delivers messages in a clear, compelling, and concise manner.  Actively listens and checks for understanding.  Adjusts communication content and style to meet the needs of diverse stakeholders.  Models and encourages the expression of diverse ideas and opinions.
  • Collaborates -Models collaboration across the organization.  Facilitates an open dialogue with a wide variety of contributors and stakeholders.  Balances own interests with others.  Promotes high visibility of shared contributions to goals.
Job Duties :
  • Work collaboratively with Parks staff and external partners to design, organize and lead 100+ volunteer service projects from start to finish annually.  This includes managing pre-event communications, developing workplan and agendas, training  staff and volunteers on restoration tasks, designing planting plans and set-up, ordering supplies, compiling and leading education topics related to the site including weaving in environmental justice and climate resilience concepts into the project.
  • Center equity and intersectional environmentalism throughout all aspects of work.
  • Engage neighborhoods, community organizations, corporations, small businesses and schools, to recruit volunteers.  Develop enduring and equitable partnerships with volunteer groups and organizations.
  • Utilize outreach events, conferences, community meetings, external events and other publicity efforts to promote the program and build partnerships.
  • Support field-based youth programming and youth engagement by leading service projects and contributing to creation of environmental science, climate change and restoration curriculum.
  • Proactively reach out to King County colleagues, collaborating across other workgroups to strategize ways to increase volunteer participation and cross-pollinate efforts.
  • Work to expand existing restoration sites, utilizing program systems to track progress and plan future work.
  • Perform comprehensive tasks related to volunteer projects such as: loading tools, basic tool care/repair, washing work gloves, tool set up, on-site supervision, post-event follow-up.
  • Provide training, technical guidance and mentorship to Parks staff in volunteer leadership and environmental restoration.  Develop and deliver workshops for staff in topics related to role.
  • Prepare data and creative input as necessary for publicity materials, reports and other written documents relating to program.
  • Manage timely entry of events into program online Registration Portal and track post-event data in existing Excel document.  Participate in continuous improvement of logistics systems.
  • Provide excellent customer service as an internal and external representative and liaison for the Parks and Recreation Division.
Requirements :
  • A minimum of three years’ professional experience in designing and leading high-quality environmental service projects in the field. 
  • A minimum of two years’ professional experience working for a park system or organization focused in on-the-ground environmental restoration and community engagement.  
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in developing relationship-focused community and organizational partnerships with the goal of connecting the public more deeply to the outdoor spaces.
  • A minimum of one year of working directly with youth and young adults outdoors doing environmental education, and hands-on restoration service learning.
  • Experience, comfort and skill in public speaking to groups and audiences of all types and sizes.
  • Formal training related to race, equity and social justice.  Operational understanding of intersectional environmentalism.
  • Demonstrated skill in integrating these concepts into all aspects of daily and big picture work.  Experience in community engagement, project planning and implementation, volunteer leadership, internal team communication should reflect a commitment to equity.
  • Experience in restoration project development; multi-year restoration planning for volunteer restoration sites; experience identifying, working with and teaching others about plant species indigenous to the Northwest and noxious weeds   
  • Highly desired: knowledge of Pacific Northwest ecosystems, demographics, local tribes and environmental and climate justice issues.
  • Demonstrated competence with Microsoft Office suite products, data entry, online registration systems and with various social media platforms.
  • Ability to communicate in a language in addition to English is preferred but not required.

Necessary Special Requirements:

  • A valid driver’s license at the time of appointment is required.
  • Current CPR and First Aid training, or ability to obtain with 60 days of hire.
  • Work includes indoor and outdoor settings.  May be exposed to drafts, pollens, inclement weather, and uneven surfaces.
  • Requires occasional lifting and carrying supplies and equipment up to 50 lbs.
  • Requires stooping, standing, sitting or walking depending on nature of program or event.
  • Experience in pulling a trailer or be willing and able to learn within 30 days of employment.
  • An offer of employment will be contingent on successfully passing a pre-employment physical and criminal and driving history background and reference checks.
Contact Information :

Patty Jurgens at [email protected] or 206-477-4572.

Additional Information :

Selection Process: Applications will be screened for qualifications and completeness. The most competitive candidates may be invited to the interview process. Please note, we primarily use e-mail to communicate with candidates. Please be sure to check your email for updates in the process.