Volunteer Program Coordinator I

County of San Mateo
Redwood City, California
Nov 14, 2018
Dec 14, 2018
Focus Areas
Recreation / Sports
Position Type
Full Time


Parks Department

County of San Mateo


San Mateo County Parks works to engage community members through community programs with a focus on volunteerism, stewardship and education. The Parks Department seeks a Volunteer Program Coordinator I who is a well-organized, energetic and outgoing person to recruit, schedule and coordinate volunteer activities that support park operation and natural resource goals. In this role, you will use your strong communication skills to promote volunteer opportunities in order to maintain and grow engagement in overall park stewardship efforts and to support San Mateo County Parks. The Volunteer Program Coordinator will collaborate with Park Rangers and Natural Resource Management staff in the office and in a variety of outdoor settings. You will use new data management systems, analyze data, organize and implement volunteer events, and explore creative ways to connect community members with the resources and service opportunities in San Mateo County Parks.

The ideal candidate will have experience in recruiting volunteers, public speaking, program or project coordination, leading groups in an outdoor setting and creating digital content. Must have a Bachelor's degree in public or business administration, management or a related field and two years of professional-level analytical and administrative experience in a community-related setting. Requires good customer relations, management, computer, records management, training, interpersonal, verbal/written communication, report generation, organization, prioritizing and presentation skills, along with knowledge of principles, practices and techniques of administrative and programmatic research and analysis and funding sources, grants and fund-raising techniques. The ability to compile, analyze and interpret data using research techniques, draw sound conclusions and prepare/present effective reports regarding findings and recommendations is necessary. Must be able to exercise sound independent judgment within general policy and regulatory guidelines; listen sensitively and accurately; exercise tact, patience and diplomacy; develop, coordinate and implement plans, programs and events; utilize the appropriate interpersonal style and methods of communication to gain acceptance, cooperation or agreement of a plan, activity and/or program idea; make public presentations and prepare articles for publication such as press releases and articles related to events of assigned program; and prepare narrative and statistical reports.

This is a limited term, at-will position for an initial term of 2 years, not to exceed 3 years. Limited term employees receive full medical and dental benefits, similar to regular employees, and a portable 401(a) plan. However, the eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified and regular classified vacancies.

Final Filing Date: Continuous

NOTE: Due to the volume of applications for these positions, qualified candidates are encouraged to apply immediately as these positions may be filled anytime within the process. The Parks Department will screen materials as they are received and will directly contact qualified applicants for further consideration.

To learn more about the position and to apply online, visit our website at http://jobs.smcgov.org. Applications are only accepted online. If you have any questions, please contact Laurel Finnegan, Park Ranger IV, at (650) 599-1367 or lfinnegan@smcgov.org. EOE