Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator

  • Mojave Desert Land Trust
  • Joshua Tree, CA 92252, USA
Full time Admin-Clerical Customer Service Environmental Nonprofit Social Services

Job Description

Do you have a passion for conservation of the desert? Do you enjoy working in a fast-paced, energized environment?  Do you like to work with people from all walks of life?  Are you detail oriented, and do you enjoy organizing events?  Do you want to make a difference and have fun doing it? If so, you may be the perfect person for the position of Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator with the Mojave Desert Land Trust.
About Mojave Desert Land Trust
The Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) is a nonprofit 501(3)(c) organization, founded in 2006. Our mission is to protect the ecosystems of the California Desert and their natural, cultural, and scenic resource values. MDLT’s service area spans 26 million acres – the entire California portion of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. Our work ensures preservation and stewardship of ecologically sensitive desert lands and habitats in tandem with creating ways for people to learn about and experience these extraordinary landscapes. We focus on acquiring and protecting properties within national parks and preserves, wilderness areas, areas of critical environmental concern, and wildlife linkage corridors. We have successfully conserved over 100,000 acres of land, including in Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve, Death Valley National Park, the Mojave Trails and Sand to Snow National Monuments, and designated wilderness areas. The California desert is full of amazing opportunities for creative conservation strategies, and the need is great, as pressures on these landscapes are increasing, too.
The Opportunity
We seek an Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator who has a deep appreciation for California’s natural and cultural diversity including its vast and unique desert landscapes, and one who wants to share their passion for conservation with the community.
Position Summary
The Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator is part of the Outreach and Public Engagement Department which, in addition to providing public outreach and education programming, provides volunteer service support internally and externally. The Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of coordination relating to MDLT’s Volunteer Program including recruiting, onboarding, and training. You will organize, schedule and work side by side with volunteers in conservation activities.  The coordinator also works with our Development and Communications departments to produce community cultivation events as well as events produced in support of outreach programs.
Key Areas of Responsibility Include:
  • Volunteer Coordination –Managing our corps of over 200 volunteers who generously donate their time and expertise working in all areas of our organization including land stewardship and conservation projects, the native plant nursery and seed bank, and much more.
  • Community Outreach –Developing connections and fostering relationships with existing and potential supporters, partners, and volunteers.  You will be tasked with identifying and engaging new and targeted populations to expand our reach in the California desert especially those from our underrepresented communities.  In addition, you will deliver presentations to educate the public about the desert and conservation principals.
  • Event Orchestration – Coordinating all significant outreach and volunteer events and activities ensuring that all aspects of planning and execution of events run smoothly.
  • Office Administration –Maintaining our database of volunteers including their profiles and tracking hours.  In addition, you will be responsible for maintaining and updating volunteer and community outreach informational materials.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Traits
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft 365 Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Preference will be given to bi-lingual candidates who are fluent in Spanish and English
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong public speaking skills
Educational and Experience Requirements
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the knowledge and abilities to perform the position is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required skills and knowledge would include the following:
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, social studies, environmental science, STEM subjects, education or a related field and/or commensurate work experience as a volunteer and/or outreach coordinator
  • Work experience with a non-profit organization
  • Experience with event planning and organization
  • Must possess a valid Class C California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record free from multiple or serious traffic violations or accidents for a period of at least two (2) years
About our Team
We are a team of highly motivated and passionate people who care deeply about our mission and one another.At MDLT, we believe in, and support workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is our belief that a diverse and inclusive workforce leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.
Perks and Benefits
  • Telework two or three days per week
  • Group Insurance:  We offer medical, dental, vision insurance to all of our team members
  • Time to recharge:  We offer generous vacation and sick time benefits, 12 paid holidays plus paid time off for the week between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day
  • 401(k): With a 3% match
Full-time, Non-Exempt (40 hours per week)
Pay Rate
$18.91 to $21.85 per hour, depending on skills and experience
How to Apply
Please email Lani Brown, Director of Human Resources (lani@MDLT.org).  Include a thoughtful cover letter addressing your reasons for interest and how your experience prepares you for this position as well as a current resume.  Please include at least three professional references with contact information.  All applications are held in confidence; references will not be contacted until later in the search process with the candidate’s prior knowledge. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the successful candidate is selected. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.