We’re hiring

Transition Fidalgo & Friends, a non-profit in Anacortes, WA, seeks an enthusiastic, dedicated part-time person to take on the position of Volunteer Coordinator, who will provide administrative and communication support on a contract basis for an upcoming project. Our application deadline is February 22; our anticipated start date is March 15.

Please email your letter of interest and résumé to info@TransitionFidalgo.org

Position Description: Volunteer Coordinator        

Transition Fidalgo & Friends will launch a citizen science project in May 2019 to monitor the Anacortes Community Forest Lands and track changes over time. The information gathered will help inform management decisions regarding the ACFL, as well as help locals become more familiar with the ecology of the ACFL.

This is a one-year pilot project, with the goal of becoming long-term (multi-year). The Volunteer Coordinator is currently funded for 6 months at an average of 10 work hours per week.

Start Date: Mid March


  • Ensure appropriate support, equipment, and training is available for volunteers to successfully carry out their tasks.
  • Arrange for instructors and venue for training sessions, and obtain necessary text materials. Communicate with volunteers about the training, act as emcee during training, send out thank yous, and attend to any other duties to ensure a valuable training experience for both volunteers and instructors.
  • Lead or coordinate volunteer work parties outdoors in potentially rough off-trail terrain and in potentially inclement weather.
  • Monitor, motivate and recognize volunteers and their contributions. Organize recognition events.
  • See that volunteers receive regular updates on data collected and how it will be used
  • Keep volunteers informed via newsletters or other communications
  • Serve as the go-to person for volunteers requiring information or assistance, and the liaison between volunteers and scientists
  • Set up systems to record volunteer hours and track equipment
  • Attend meetings as needed

Skills and knowledge required

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with a diverse range of people
  • An empathy with volunteers and an understanding of their needs
  • The ability to inspire, motivate, and create a rewarding experience for volunteers
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to deal with information in a confidential manner and respond with sensitivity
  • Data entry and management
  • Excellent communication skills, including ability to communicate with and engage scientists

Helpful: grant-writing experience, existing connections or ability to network with other local/regional citizen science orgs, familiarity with social media, web page experience or ability to learn it.

Previous experience desired

  • Experience with managing or coordinating volunteers (preferably in science-related projects)

 Previous experience useful

  • Science background
  • Social media and digital communication