The Virginia Outdoors Foundation is seeking a full-time Community Conservation Coordinator who will establish and build strong relationships throughout communities in Hampton Roads in pursuit of furthering VOF’s conservation goals. Working with community leaders, partners, and other stakeholders, the Conservation Coordinator will identify and develop conservation projects that address specific needs within area communities. This position includes a strong focus on external engagement to build authentic, collaborative, and inclusive relationships and partnerships focused on ensuring equitable delivery of VOF’s programs. The Conservation Coordinator will model VOF values of community, respect, diversity and inclusivity, evidence-based decision making, and human potential.
This position will work within the Hampton Roads region. Approximately 50% travel will be required for regional job duties, training, and staff meetings. A VOF vehicle will be provided. Starting salary is between $50,000-$60,000, with benefits including health, vision, dental, 401k match, STD/LTD, FSA, life insurance, and a generous PTO plan. EEO/AA. The position is open until filled.
The Virginia Outdoors Foundation is a public foundation that works to protect Virginia’s natural resources for future generations and make safe access to the outdoors more available for everyone. Open spaces help to build stronger communities, and also have a direct correlation to health, education, economic, and general well- being. We value partnerships with landowners, community organizations, government agencies, and business leaders as we all work to make Virginia a better place to live, work, and play.
- Community outreach and engagement: Cultivate relationships and communicate effectively and professionally with diverse community leaders, organizations, municipal and county officials, VOF staff, board members, landowners, partners organizations, and other individuals who can help VOF identify gaps in program delivery and then develop and implement community conservation projects for addressing those needs.
- Grant program assistance: Assisting with developing new grant programs including coastal resiliency, urban tree planting and other similar initiatives to address systemic environmental and climate issues throughout the Hampton Roads Area.
- Project coordination: Provide technical assistance to community groups, localities and non-profit and partner groups on VOF programs including outdoor access, recreation, coastal resiliency and other funding opportunities.
- Program support: Recommend relevant policy and procedural improvements for continued alignment with VOF’s strategic goals, especially as they relate to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) throughout the Commonwealth. Contribute to program effectiveness by developing and implementing appropriate policies and procedures. Collect data and evaluate progress on whether we are meeting our goals.
- Resource development: Identify opportunities for grants, donations, in-kind contributions, and other resources that can leverage VOF’s investments to help meet our goals.
- Required: Minimum of an Associate’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution.
- Preferred: Bachelors or master’s degree in public policy, urban or environmental planning, natural resource management, or a related field.
- Experience developing collaborative programs with localities and community groups, and working knowledge and experience in urban planning, parks and recreation, natural resource or land conservation.
- Experience working with real estate transactions, grant agreements, or other contracts, and familiarity with land conservation work.
- Demonstrated knowledge of racially equitable practices and strategies. A commitment to lead for equity;
- Must be comfortable and enjoy working with people from all backgrounds. Demonstrate ability to listen and effectively communicate. Have an approachable and empathic character.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills. Must be comfortable speaking with a variety of audiences, including community leaders, advocates, funders, parents and youth.
- Experience collecting data using a variety of methods (such as interviews, surveys and focus groups); and providing evaluation and analysis.
- Candidates must be flexible in adjusting their work hours, which may include occasional evenings and weekends. Must also be able to travel throughout Hampton Roads and occasionally beyond.
- Candidates must have general technology skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook, Word and Excel. Experience using databases is helpful.
- Comfortable with social media platforms and assisting our Communications Team with articles and publications.
- A demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaborate with team members, including making positive contributions that further the team’s goals and cohesion.
- Demonstrated experience initiating and managing responsibilities consisting of multiple tasks, with minimal supervision.
Cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references required as part of online application.
Reasonable Accommodation: During the selection process, applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation.
The Virginia Outdoors Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability.
Physical Requirements: Must be able to sit and stand for long periods of time. Must be able to walk/hike over varied terrain and in changing weather conditions. Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds.
Covid-19 protocols: The Virginia Outdoors Foundation is required to follow Executive Directive 18. Based on the Directive, all VOF employees must show proof of Covid-19 vaccine or submit to weekly Covid-19 testing.
Questions or requests related to the position can be emailed to the Human Resources Manager, Sara Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The position is open until filled