AmeriCorps VISTA - Outreach Coordinator

Come join Voyageurs National Park Association (VNPA), the nonprofit partner of Voyageurs National Park!

Encompassing 218,000 acres, Voyageurs is one of the wildest, most scenic, geologically unique, and historically rich areas of Minnesota and the National Park system, enjoyed by over 230,000 visitors annually. The park is known for its amazing water-based recreation and camping experiences, pristine lakes and world-class fishing, boreal forests, calling loons, winter ice roads, and starry skies.

VNPA represents a community of people committed to the future of Voyageurs, working together to support recreation and conservation projects, enhance the visitor experience, and protect the wild nature of the park for future generations.

The VISTA Outreach Coordinator works closely with the Executive Director and other team members to grow the organization’s community outreach and volunteer programming at Voyageurs National Park. Our office is located near downtown Minneapolis with free parking and modern, collaborative work spaces. The VISTA will be based out of the Minneapolis office, with frequent travel to Voyageurs National Park 4.5 hours north.

About VISTA

This is a national service position funded through the Department of Interior, the National Park Foundation, and the AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America program. You will receive a modest living allowance and your choice of either an education award or a stipend upon completion of service. The VISTA will gain nonprofit experience and have access to professional development opportunities.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The VISTA will serve with VNPA for one year 12/09/2019 - 12/07/2020 and help to run VNPA’s emerging “Love Your Park” initiative to increase community engagement, volunteering, and community programming at the park. The VISTA’s main objective will be to establish a joint VNP-VNPA volunteer program that allows us to:

  • Improve and expand public programming to reach a more diverse community of park visitors and grow visitation

  • Bolster park use and community engagement with park neighbors

  • Enhance environmental stewardship and youth engagement activities at the park

  • Provide skill development opportunities to neighboring populations, especially seniors and high school/college students.

The VISTA will build on efforts to establish a corps of local volunteers and focus on engaging local residents in activities that provide job skill training and help the park and VNPA bolster community programming and environmental stewardship activities. The VISTA will work to develop new partnerships especially in Northern Minnesota. Other activities will include grant writing, program research and design, volunteer recruitment, and assisting with existing youth programs. The VISTA Community Outreach Coordinator also assist with general organizational capacity development including supporting writing, research, event coordination, grant writing and other fundraising support.

Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree.

  • Strong research and writing skills with keen attention to detail so all materials and communications are accurate and professional.

  • Self-directed with strong initiative and work ethic, ability to efficiently manage time and prioritize tasks.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to positively and professionally interact with volunteers, partners, and donors on a regular basis.

  • Experience with Dropbox, Google docs, Adobe Suite and social media.

  • Flexibility around occasional night and weekend work commitments.

IDEAL CANDIDATES WILL ALSO HAVE:

  • A passion for the outdoors and a love for our National Parks.

  • Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle.

APPLY:

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Apply by November 8, 2019.

Submit a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 writing samples to (one e-file preferred):
Christina Hausman Rhode: chausman@voyageurs.org

Because this is an AmeriCorps position, all position applicants will also need to create an account and apply through the My AmeriCorps portal. The posting can be found here.

Banner photo by Lesa Carlson