Volunteer Engagement Specialist

Accepting Applications until filled

Summary

We are looking for an exceptional individual to coordinate and implement volunteer programs on the Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZT) statewide. Ideal candidates will be capable of organizing and implementing programming for a diverse group of volunteers both on and off the trail, including the Segment Steward and Trail Angel Programs. This position relies heavily upon communication ability and will require demonstrated office skills as well as a familiarity with basic trail construction and maintenance techniques.

The Volunteer Engagement Specialist is a part-time position located primarily in Tucson. It will work in close coordination with the Volunteer Program Manager. 

About the Arizona Trail and the ATA

The Arizona Trail Association (ATA) is the nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect, maintain, enhance, promote and sustain the Arizona Trail as a unique encounter with the land. Since 1994, the ATA has trained and coordinated tens of thousands of volunteers to help build and maintain the Arizona Trail. The ATA’s primary focus is on protecting and maintaining the trail, and we have a number of outreach programs to engage community members in the Arizona Trail experience. This includes the ATA’s VETS (Veterans Engagement & Trail Stewardship) Program and Seeds of Stewardship Program. The ATA employs a small staff, most of whom work part-time or volunteer their talents to support various programs and operations that sustain the organization.

Qualifications/Skills

Education and training:

  • Minimum of two years of relevant experience 
  • Currently certified as a Wilderness First Responder (desired) or Wilderness Advanced First Aid (required)

Experience and skills:

  • Embraces the ATA’s equity, diversity and inclusion values
  • A love of trails and non-motorized (hiking, running, mountain biking and equestrian) activities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • High level of competence with digital communications including social media, email, and interfaces with online data tracking
  • Demonstrated organizational and analytical skills
  • Comfort with telephone and digital communications
  • Ability to be productive independently and within a team 
  • Experience with productivity software such as Microsoft Office, Google Suite and CRM databases
  • Comfort with food preparation and hygiene 
  • Knowledge of methods, materials, tools and techniques used in trail construction and maintenance is preferred, especially:
    • Forest and desert brushing techniques
    • Basic drainage and tread repair
    • Stone retaining structure construction
    • Full bench tread construction 

Primary Responsibilities/Duties:

Volunteer Engagement

  • Communicate directly with Arizona Trail volunteers to support activities on and off the trail to support the ATA mission.
  • Collaborate with staff to develop volunteer opportunities within the Trail Operations program as well as outreach and administrative support opportunities
  • Create promotional materials for volunteer activities including email marketing, social media, and targeted communications
  • Use the ATA’s CRM and Volunteer Database to track programmatic goals, achievements and contacts
  • Coordinate the volunteer awards program including hours tracking, ordering materials and assembling mailings. 
  • Research, establish and maintain connections with community engagement calendars to promote volunteer opportunities
  • Assist with ATA outreach and recruitment efforts through tabling and events
  • Develop and implement a program for official and de-facto “Trail Angels” including:
    • Identifying and outreach to those engaging with trail users both directly and virtually
    • Developing informational and training materials and researching creative delivery methods
    • Coordinate collection of data on the use group including volunteer hours and contributions
  • Assist the Volunteer Program Manager with management of the ATA Segment Steward program including tracking engagement and regular phone communications with volunteer Stewards
  • Lead volunteer trail building and maintenance events on the trail including: 
    • Communicate via email and telephone with volunteers and ATA Trail Operations Team 
    • Provide instruction to volunteers on the basics of trail maintenance and construction 
    • Educate volunteers on land management boundaries and ancestral lands, and their significance
    • Conduct safety briefings and ensure that sign-in and liability releases are signed
    • Evaluate and communicate project results with Trail Operations Team
    • Provide photo documentation of project and volunteer engagement
    • Shop for and provide meals and snacks for day long or multi-day events
  • Ensure that volunteer hours are tracked in the online volunteer management system
  • Understand and implement safety protocols including COVID protections

Other Duties as Assigned May Include:

  • Support instructors of the ATA’s Trail Skills Institute in providing on-trail training on basic and advanced trail design/construction/maintenance techniques
  • Assist in recruiting volunteers and engaging community organizations within gateway communities
  • Maintain and repair hand tools and PPE as needed 
  • Assemble, organize and maintain camp equipment
  • Perform other duties as needed to support and strengthen the mission of the ATA.

Compensation:

  • $19/hour
  • $0.58/mile for driving personally owned vehicle for out-of-town events

Schedule and Work Location:

  • Approximately 28 hours/week
  • Flexible schedule with frequent weekend demands
  • At least 1 day/week will be required at the ATA Office in Tucson near the University of Arizona. Additional office time may be required during the training period.
  • Travel may be required to locations throughout Arizona for events, trainings and meetings

Benefits:

  • Working with a progressive nonprofit organization committed to stewardship of public lands and engaging with volunteers who believe in the ATA’s mission and vision
  • Flexible schedule
  • Arizona Trail embroidered shirt, hat, nametag, and business cards
  • 50% discount on Arizona Trail merchandise

 To Apply 

The Arizona Trail Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply by sending the following documents by email to Wendy Lotze, Volunteer Program Manager: 

  • Letter of Interest 
  • Current resume with relevant education and professional experience
  • Three references, including name, telephone number, email, and context of professional connection