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Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

Catskill Center
Mount Tremper, NY, USA
$39,500 - $44,000 yearly
Position Description

We are searching for an engaging, motivated and reliable full-time Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator to recruit, train, and retain volunteers to support the Catskill Center’s mission.

The individual in this position would spend at least 50% of their time supporting invasive species management efforts, and the remaining time supporting the Catskills Visitor Center, the Catskill Fire Tower Project, the Catskill Center’s land trust program, and other Catskill Center initiatives. This is a full-time position requiring frequent weekend and outdoor work, especially in the summer and fall. This position is based out of the Catskills Visitor Center, located at 5096 State Rte. 28, Mount Tremper, NY, with remote work opportunities.

Regular travel throughout the Catskills region during the field season is required.

This position requires time both indoors and outside, computer-based work, and frequent work with volunteers both remotely and on-site. Work with some volunteer programs, such as the Catskill Fire Tower Project, requires the ability to hike several miles up steep, uneven terrain on backcountry trails without cell service to reach the Fire Tower locations for events and trainings.

Job Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the CVC Director, the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

● Apply their social savvy and organizational skills to create and maintain a
vibrant, collaborative, and well-managed volunteer program;
● Within the volunteer program, develop a structured community science
program that engages and retains participants and offers progressive learning
opportunities (e.g. identifying, reporting and managing invasive species);
● Recruit, train, and manage volunteers;
● Organize orientations, trainings and appreciation events;
● Develop and implement strategies to expand volunteer growth and retention
while increasing participation, engagement and satisfaction;
● Collaborate with the Communications Manager on activities related to
volunteer communications and outreach;
● Promote volunteer opportunities on social media and Catskill Center websites;
● Develop and update the Catskill Center’s Volunteer Policy, Volunteer Handbook,
volunteer job descriptions, and all associated resources and outreach
● Represent the Catskill Center and all of its programs by attending in-person
events across the Catskills region;
● Distribution promotional materials across the region;
● Participate in internal and stakeholder meetings with partners;
● Build on their existing knowledge of the natural environment through
additional training and experience;
● Enter data into and maintain a volunteer database;
● Develop metrics to measure progress on initiatives and collaborate on reports
to comply with contract and grant requirements;
● Other duties as assigned;
Required Qualifications
Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle, and be
willing and able to pass a background check. Additional requirements include:
● Excellent communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills
● Strong organizational skills
● Basic knowledge of the natural environment
● Proficiency with computers, including Microsoft Word and Excel
● Commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion principles
● Patience and a positive attitude
● Demonstrated ability to manage successful projects
● Ability to work with minimal supervision
● Ability to hike several miles uphill on an unimproved path
● Ability to lift up to 40 lbs.
● Ability to remain in and comfort with being outdoors with little to no access to
cell service or facilities for up to 8 working hours
Strong candidates will also have the following qualifications:
● Experience managing volunteers, especially outdoors
● Ability to identify common invasive species in the Catskills
● Knowledge of natural history, ecology, recreational opportunities, Leave No
Trace, and/or communities of the Catskill Park
● Passion for the environment and/or the Catskills

Starting salary $39,500-$44,000, based on experience, and comprehensive benefits package including generous paid leave, retirement, and health plan benefits.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please send an application package, including cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to [email protected] .