The MN Landscape Arboretum and the Horticultural Research Center are a part of the University of Minnesota. Volunteers make up a significant amount of the workforce and staff is tasked with working with volunteers directly, providing on-site training and management.
The Volunteer Engagement Coordinator will serve as a conduit among staff, volunteers, and corporate volunteer groups. This role will work on-site to identify gaps in volunteer-assisted projects, greet and work alongside corporate groups, and work with staff to recruit and train volunteers. Requires a willingness to become familiar with the Arboretum grounds, including the Horticultural Research Center, volunteer work schedules, and general horticultural practices of the Arboretum.
The Arboretum’s mission is to Welcome, inform and inspire all through outstanding displays, protected natural areas, horticultural research and education. The word “all” has particular significance for the person in this role. The Volunteer Engagement Coordinator will work with multiple stakeholders to help create an inclusive and aesthetically pleasing Arboretum for all to enjoy.
This position reports directly to the Volunteer Program Manager at the Arboretum.
Major areas of accountability
1. Arboretum Volunteer and Staff Engagement – 50% Work in partnership with staff and volunteers to help oversee projects and deepen relationships between parties. Foster communicative, open partnerships among corporate teams by crafting regular communications and meeting volunteer groups when they arrive Provide support to staff and Volunteer Program Manager as needed for areas such as schedule reports, corporate scheduling, and annual federal reporting Represent The MN Landscape Arboretum at meetings and while working on the grounds Serve as primary point person for volunteer groups and staff needing assistance with job posting and identification Experience working alongside staff and volunteers will position the Coordinator to identify gaps in opportunities for volunteers
2. Corporate Engagement – 25% Coordinate projects appropriate for volunteers and volunteer groups that align with the Arboretum’s mission and the organization’s goals Meet groups on-site to introduce them to the Arboretum and the scheduled activity. Foster connections between and among staff, volunteers, and the Volunteer Center by being the friendly face of the Volunteer Program Work in partnership with Volunteer Program Coordinator to advance and communicate priority focus areas and initiatives/projects that support Arboretum goals Participate in program evaluation efforts, including working with the staff and partner reporting system (MyImpact). Partner with Development to maintain contact throughout the year with group leaders
3. Celebrating Volunteers – 15% There will be a minimum of two volunteer celebration events per year open to all volunteers The Volunteer Engagement Coordinator will organize activities, catering, and music, as needed Provide ongoing encouragement and displays of gratitude for volunteer efforts - can be verbal, written, or equitably distributed tokens of gratitude provided by the Arboretum
4. Collaborating with Volunteer Program Manager - 10% Bi-monthly meetings Shared reporting Assist in developing outreach initiatives Support equity and inclusion initiatives
High School Diploma/GED and five years related experience to include project management. Coursework in a related field may substitute for some some years of experience. Additional skills and knowledge may be required of individual positions.
Basic knowledge of Google Suite, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and ability to learn volunteer management software.
Prioritizing and documenting work tasks
Highly organized with attention to details
Demonstrated ability to unite individuals around a common goal
Commitment to creating an equitable and inclusive volunteer program
Interest in or experience with gardening/horticultural practices
Experience with volunteer recruitment and/or training
Ability to navigate conflict and seek out solutions
Emotional intelligence (as defined by you)
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