Volunteer and Youth Project Lead @ Appalachian Conservation Corps

Volunteer and Youth Project Lead


Title:* * Volunteer and Youth Project Lead

Starting Salary : Grade B ($20.00 - 22.00/hour)

Projected start date:* * February 8, 2021

Projected end date:* * February 2023

Location: Luray, VA ( Shenandoah National Park)

Status: Full -Time , Non- Exemp t , Seasonal

Benefit Eligible : Partial per Personnel Policies

Position Summary:

The Volunteer and Youth Project Lead will be based at Shenandoah National Park, leading the back country and trails volunteer programs and supporting other Shenandoah departments in their work to welcome visitors and volunteers to the park. The primary focus of this position is to support volunteer engagement, partnerships, and operations; lead volunteer groups in the completion of needed hands-on conservation projects; identify capacity needs and opportunities for additional volunteer support; and manage planning and administrative associated tasks. A primary responsibility of all team members is to support the development of innovative programs, high-quality training, and act as a public ambassador for the mission, vision, and values of our programs and partnerships. This unique role is based at the Shenandoah National Park Volunteer Office, while remaining an important member of the Appalachian Conservation Corps and Conservation Legacy Staff team.

Essential Responsibilities and Functions:

Volunteer Engagement and Support

  • Engage volunteers and volunteer groups in hands on projects at Shenandoah National Park to support Backcountry and Trails and other departments at Shenandoah National Park.
  • Work with Backcountry and Trails Staff and other department staff to identify potential volunteer projects, outline the work plan, and lead volunteer groups to complete those projects
  • Provide technical support and guidance in the completion of volunteer projects
  • Maintain a partnership with outside organizations to support best practices through shared workshops and trainings
  • Assist in the coordination and support of Appalachian Conservation Corps and other Conservation Legacy positions at Shenandoah National Park

Administration and Operations

  • Ensure that proper paperwork and day-to-day operations of the Backcountry and Trails volunteer program are maintained (to include volunteer agreements, position descriptions, volunteer hours tracking, and Job Hazard Assessments).
  • Ensure the safety of volunteers through use of proper Job Hazard Assessments, safety equipment, and risk management.
  • Maintain Shenandoah National Park’s volunteer supply and equipment cache
  • Create and delivery executive level reports detailing program statistics, accomplishments, and new areas of opportunity.

Development and Communications

  • Identify new ways to engage Appalachian Conservation Corps and other Conservation Legacy programs to support Shenandoah National Park Operations
  • Support continuous, effective communication, collaboration, and consensus building across all partners and programs.
  • Manage volunteer and other participant surveys to ensure feedback is gathered and evaluated and programs are responsive to volunteer and partner needs.
  • Deliver executive level presentations and trainings to a mid-sized group of volunteers and staff.

Other Duties

  • Supports personal and team development to foster an environment of learning, and growth for volunteers and co-workers.
  • Successfully engages, leads and supports an inclusive work environment for those of underrepresented populations within the organization and the communities we serve.
  • Leads and/or participates in organizational-wide teams, projects and initiatives that support the work of the Strategic Plans goals.

Physical Requirements:

Periodic overnight travel and non-traditional work hours, inclusive of weekend and evening hours. To successfully perform essential functions this position is required to sit, stand, walk, speak and hear. This position may be required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl on an infrequent basis. They must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, and computer. Ability to hike long distances in difficult terrain and adverse weather while caring a pack and equipment weighing 30-50 pounds. The ability to drive an organizational vehicle is also required. Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Exhibits the ability to effectively work on diverse teams or with a variety of populations, including those underrepresented at our organization and those of BIPOC communities.
  • Previous experience on backcountry and trails projects and familiarity with tools of the trade
  • Demonstrates ability to delivering trainings to groups of 25 people or more.
  • Experience with influencing diverse groups of employees to achieve common goals.
  • Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment.
  • The ability to carry out assigned work independently or with minimal supervision.
  • The ability to communicate effectively, manage complexity, cultivate innovation, drive and influence results of oneself and others.
  • Ability to work well with others and to seek assistance when needed to carry out assignments.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs and applications, or similar platforms.
  • Must be able to pass the organization’s criminal history background check requirements.
  • Valid Driver’s License and Insurable driving record.
  • Previous experience planning and managing event logistics
  • Strong professional writing skills, communicate orally and in writing

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3 years of experience or education in youth development, volunteer management, non-profit management, parks and recreation, land management, corps, or related field.
  • Experience leading Conservation Legacy programs, members or administrative systems.
  • Strong public speaking skills and ability to communicate concepts to diverse audiences
  • Develop and deliver training to work crews, coach individuals to successful skill demonstration
  • Knowledge of Leave No Trace ethics
  • Wilderness First Aid & CPR Training

Please* upload the following* to your application:**

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Professional or academic writing sample with your application

Cover Letter must include a response to the following question: Provide some examples of your experience working effectively with diverse communities, including those specific to the BIPOC community & other underrepresented populations, in personal or professional context.


Nonprofit- NGO

$20.00 - $22.00/hour DOE


Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, USA




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