Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager, The Nature Conservancy

Seattle, WA

Position Title: Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager

Organization: The Nature Conservancy

Location: Seattle, WA

Organization Overview: Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, they create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that there can be a world in which people and nature thrive.

Position Overview: The Volunteer and Community Engagement manager will help grow the next generation of conservation leaders by building reciprocal and inclusive relationships with partners and communities. They will lead and run a community engagement program primarily serving Black, Indigenous, People of Color and those who have been historically excluded from the outdoors and Nature Conservancy preserves. They will also manage the active volunteer pool through execution of meaningful experiences that may also provide stewardship to Nature Conservancy preserves.

Duties: The purpose of this role is to create, execute and leverage meaningful outdoor experiences that connect people to nature and our work as a way of building support for our mission and goals. Key functions:

  • Community Engagement 50%

  • Lead and manage volunteer program to build engagement and steward TNC lands 50%.
    The Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager will coordinate closely with a wide variety of colleagues and teams to use volunteers in ways that are helpful and engaging. They will build relationships with communities and community groups and develop programs that serve those groups by creating access to TNC preserves. As a member of the marketing team, they will also be a storyteller, sharing content from trips and other topics on our digital channels as a way of building engagement and support. They must have a commitment to racial, social, and environmental equity, including living into the Washington equity statement.


Level of Position: The Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager is a mid-level position with autonomy to shape work as part of team.

  • May supervise volunteers, interns or temporary staff.
  • Coordinates the work of peers on department project teams.

Within the scope of the position, the Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager will:

  • Work closely with the stewardship team to foster stewardship of TNC lands by volunteers.
  • Develop, implement, and measure strategic community outreach plans and programs.
  • Ensure events are executed professionally including managing supplies, food and safety equipment.
  • Share events on digital media, when appropriate.
  • Document each event including learnings for future events. This may include managing a budget, grants, and incorporating previous year successes (and challenges) to optimize the program.

Work Environment and Schedule

  • Work location is flexible within Washington State, but ability to be on-site at TNC locations in Washington is required.
  • This position involves regular desk/office work plus frequent travel around Washington State especially in the summer, driving, working flexible hours including weekends and evenings, and leading physical outdoor activity on a regular basis.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years related experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience building and managing relationships with communities, volunteers, or external partners
  • Strong communication skills including writing and speaking in front of a group
  • Project management skills
  • Strong time management and organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience working a team-based environment with internal and external partners
  • Ability to meet all Conservancy Youth Qualification requirements and background checks;
  • Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one prior to starting.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to act in accordance with the Washington equity statement; be respectful of differences of identity and/or beliefs, and successfully work across those differences to meet work objectives.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated
  • Experience developing, implementing, and measuring strategic outreach plans and programs.
  • Experience building equitable relationships with BIPOC communities
  • Digital media experience such as Facebook, blogging, etc.
  • Volunteer outreach and/or recruiting experience
  • Basic knowledge of database management programs
  • Experience taking groups of people into outdoor environments

Salary/pay: $71,300 – $82,000 annually

Application Deadline: October 29

How to Apply:  Please click here to apply online with cover letter and resume to job #50414. All resumes
and required cover letters must be submitted through The Nature Conservancy’s online application system.