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San Diego County, California

Job Opening: Volunteer Coordinator

The Volcan Mountain Foundation is seeking a part-time Volunteer Coordinator.

VMF Volunteer Coordinator Position Description/Announcement

VMF Employment Application

To apply, interested candidates should:

  • Download VMF employment application from www.volcanmt.org and submit completed application with their resume and cover letter via e-mail to:  colleen@volcanmt.org no later than Friday, January 6th, 2017;  Subject line:  Volunteer Coordinator Position
  • Be available for interviews the week of January 9th, 2017, and available to start within 2 weeks of job offer
  • NOT phone the VMF office with questions; instead please submit questions about the position via email to Colleen Bradley, Executive Director


The Volcan Mountain Foundation (VMF) is a nonprofit conservation organization in Julian, California, in the mountains of northeast San Diego County.  Established in 1988, VMF is the leader in efforts to acquire and conserve wildlands within the 15-mile long Volcan Mountain range.  Its staff, volunteers and community are the ambassadors for connecting and engaging people of all walks and ages with the Volcan Mountain range.

The Volunteer Coordinator is a part-time position as part of the Volcan Mountain Foundation’s team. The Coordinator is responsible for development, implementation and administration of a comprehensive Volunteer/Docent Program in partnership with VMF staff and lead volunteers.  The program purpose is to engage a vital pool of local human resources, supporting the VMF’s mission with skilled and unskilled volunteer time as well as strengthen the relationships between volunteers and VMF.

Reporting: This position reports to the Executive Director as part of a larger team of staff and lead volunteers. The majority of the time of this position will be spent in the office, with some field activity, and will make heavy use of phone, email and office productivity software.


Volunteer Program Development:

  • In coordination with an advisory team of VMF staff and lead volunteers, develops and implements a Volunteer/Docent Program Strategy, including; need identification, volunteer position definition, recruitment, intake, training, scheduling, management, activity tracking, and retention

Volunteer Program Implementation and Coordination:

  • Oversees all aspects of Volunteer/Docent Program
  • Maintains record keeping and data collection/analysis to document events, and for program evaluation
  • Strengthens community connection to VMF by building a passionate and well-stewarded community of engaged volunteers

Volunteer Program Reporting:

  • Works with staff to prepare annual program budget and work plan
  • Provides updates to staff and board
  • Performs other related duties as assigned


  • Comfortable with volunteer recruitment and cold calls to engage new volunteer groups
  • Comfortable with public speaking, making presentations, and facilitating conversations
  • Prepares correspondence, tracking, reports, forms and schedules in a timely manner; proofreads typed and other materials for accuracy, completeness, and correct language usage
  • Uses computer to generate files and manipulate data, utilizing spreadsheet and develop presentations
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships and deals tactfully, cooperatively, and effectively with partners, volunteers/docents, agencies, community organizations, and potential donors
  • Communicates effectively and respectfully with people from different racial, ethnic and cultural groups, and from different backgrounds and lifestyles; demonstrates a knowledge of and sensitivity to their needs


  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Undergo a pre-employment background screening with positive results
  • Commitment to and passion for mission of organization
  • Ideally, candidate will reside within 25 miles of Julian
  • Volunteer coordination experience
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, and travel to and from sites on and around the Volcan Mountain Range
  • Must have a valid California driver’s license, good driving record (must pass DMV background check) and reliable transportation.
  • Must be CPR/First Aid certified, or be able to become certified within 3 months of hire date
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs.
  • Strong organizational, public speaking, and verbal and written communication skills
  • Professional demeanor, positive, outgoing and friendly personality
  • Ability to work in dynamic, small office and with volunteers
  • Proficiency in the following software or systems: MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience with social media a plus.

This job description is intended as a guide to the general job responsibilities and is not inclusive of every duty the employee may be expected to perform. The Volcan Mountain Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Hours: 10 hours per week, some weekends and evenings.    Compensation: Starting at $12/hour
Successful program development and grant seeking support may lead to increased hours and compensation.