Job Listing: Volunteer Coordinator

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Sky Meadows State Park - Delaplane, VA

Closes - open until filled

Position Title - Volunteer Coordinator

Compensation - $15.50 - $17.50/ hour; Position does not include benefits. 

Job Type - part-time; Employees are limited to working no more than 1500 hours in 12 months from May 1 to April 30. Weekends and holiday work required.  

Apply - Please visit the website here to apply.

Summary - Play a leading role in Sky Meadows State Park and foster the connection and growth of the park’s volunteerism. We are an 1,860-acre park with 23 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails, a variety of wildlife habitats, back country campground, and historic sites dating back to the 1800s. Through this position you will grow and connect volunteers, creating bonds, to help carry out the park’s mission. 

Job Responsibilities -

  • Actively recruiting, onboarding, and training of new volunteers to build and sustain core volunteer units. The position works closely with core unit supervisors to support training and scheduling needs.
  • Maintaining the volunteer database and records, managing the volunteer benefit program, the monthly distribution of a volunteer newsletter, and program assistance.
  • Conducts volunteer trainings with core groups and evaluation of interpretative volunteers.
  • Seeks and coordinates volunteer groups such as Alternative Spring Break, Youth Conservation Corps, corporate volunteer groups, and scout projects.
  • Coordinating of the park’s group volunteer partners, supporting the efforts of the Friends of Sky Meadows, Northern Virginia Astronomy Club, the Shenandoah Chapter Virginia Master Naturalists, and other support organizations.
  • Providing general interpretative/ programming support, and other duties as assigned.

The Volunteer Coordinator must be able to communicate with diverse audiences, maintain accurate and confidential records, and maintain up to date knowledge on Virginia State Park Volunteerism best practices. The Volunteer Coordinator will train and supervise work of volunteers and work closely with the park’s Lead Interpreter and Chief Ranger Visitor Experience.

Minimum Qualifications - Applicant must have the ability to foster and grow a diverse volunteer base, work outdoors in all types of weather, stand for long periods, traverse uneven ground, carry, pull and (or) lift up to 40 lbs. unassisted. All applicants must have a desire to learn and ask questions of the park’s history and its’ artifacts, poses strong communication skills, and have a positive attitude. Ability to effectively communicate with diverse audiences, both verbally and in writing; excellent organizational skills. Must possess a valid Virginia Driver’s License. 

Additional Considerations - Bachelor’s degree in Sciences, History, Parks and Recreation, Communications or similar subjects. Experience in developing programming and supervision of employees/volunteers is desired. Previous park experience is a plus. 

Special Requirements - For all positions, experience is not required, but is preferred. Weekends and holiday work required.  Employees may be required to perform other park related duties during emergencies, or on a non-recurrent basis. 

There are no health benefits or paid vacation leave associated with the job. Employees are limited to working no more than 1500 hours in 12 months from May 1 to April 30. Position does not include benefits. Employment in all positions within the Virginia State Parks is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check.  Employer participates in e-Verify.

DCR employees are encouraged to visit Virginia State Parks! Check out our employee discounts.

  • Free parking or admission to all Virginia State Parks.
  • DCR classified, retired, and wage staff (after six months of service), are entitled to overnight facility discounts such as:
    • Free camping outside of the Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day period in sites designed for up to six people.
    • Free camping Sunday night through Thursday night (excluding the night prior to a holiday) from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
    • Fifty percent discount on cabins (up to 3 bedrooms) outside of Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, for a maximum of 14 nights.  All reservations require a two-night minimum.  Bunkhouses, camping cabins and yurts are included; one night yurt stays only receive a 25% discount.

 The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is an Equal Opportunity Employer by both policy and practice. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.