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Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator - Conservation Northwest

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Conservation Northwest Seattle, WA
United States

Conservation Northwest is a regional conservation advocacy organization that has been protecting and connecting forests and wildlife for 20+ years. Conservation Northwest is in a major collaborative effort, The Columbia Highlands Initiative, to designate new wilderness areas and protect important wildlife habitat in northeast Washington. We are also the organization that administered and led The Loomis Forest Fund (1999), The Cascades Conservation Partnership (2000-2004), The I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition (2004-present), The Ancient Forest Roadshow (2004), and The Washington Invasive Species Coalition (2003-2006).

We are looking for a highly motivated person to serve in a public outreach position. The job is in Seattle, full-time, and involves grassroots organizing, volunteer and member recruitment and coordination, and event planning.

Duties. Work with Bellingham and Spokane-based staff on various outreach activities, including but not limited to:

-Coordinate volunteers and staff to engage in high-visibility, strategic outreach opportunities to help us meet campaign and membership goals of the organization.
-Through existing knowledge of the greater Seattle community, assess and recommend opportunities in Puget Sound area for branding Conservation Northwest and recruiting new members and supporters; organize strategic outreach events, generate media, and conduct one-on-one outreach to key interests.
-Meet with, recruit, and engage volunteers in activities (e.g. annual auction, public outreach, letter writing campaigns, activist workshops, field monitoring, policy research, public presentations, etc.).
-Recruit and place interns within the organization.
-Organize for specific advocacy campaigns and programs, with a primary focus on the Columbia Highlands Initiative. Tasks include: forging and maintaining relationships with members and activists, maintaining email lists, sending grassroots alerts via email, organizing mailings and phone-banks, helping with select events.

Qualifications. The ideal candidate will be a motivated self-starter, with strong organizational and computer skills, previous campaign experience, a willingness to work on a variety of tasks in a support capacity, and an ethic that embraces collaboration with other interests. Other qualifications include:

-Basic knowledge of conservation issues, especially wildlife and forests;
-Grassroots organizing experience in the conservation advocacy non-profit sector;
Volunteer coordination experience and a good rapport with a variety of people (a “people person”);
-Comfortable giving presentations and speaking in front of large audiences, or to the media;
-Disciplined with time, flexible schedule, and the ability to “multitask”;
-Taking initiative, being a self-starter, as well as working within a team;
-Proficient with Microsoft Office software, html, and using web-based programs;
-Comfortable with Adobe InDesign and using video and camera;
-Experience using Facebook, Twitter, and/or other social media tools for campaign and organizational purposes;
-Previous experience using Salesforce (database program) preferred.

Hours and Compensation.

Hours: full-time, based at Conservation Northwest’s Seattle office, including some consistent hours during regular business hours, with evening and weekend commitments for particular outreach events. Occasional travel to Bellingham office.
Start: April 2010
Report to: Special Projects Director
Salary range: competitive, based on experience, with medical/dental/vision, and retirement benefits.

Send resume and cover letter applicable to this job posting to:

Jasmine Minbashian, Special Projects Director, 1208 Bay St. #201, Bellingham, WA 98225, Fax: 360-671-8429 (no phone calls); [email protected]


Conservation Northwest Seattle, WA
United States