Volunteer Programs Administrator

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $37
Maximum: $45



Start Date


Application Deadline



33 Las Colinas Lane
San Jose
United States


The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority seeks its next Volunteer Programs Administrator to connect people and communities to nature through volunteerism and engagement. Our volunteer program engages 700 individuals through youth programs, corporate stewardship opportunities, environmental education docents, trail patrol, and land steward activities. We are now looking to take this program to the next level with innovation and collaboration with the Field Operations team, all staff, and Authority partners.


Our mission is to conserve the natural environment, support agriculture and connect people to nature by protecting open spaces, natural areas, and working farms and ranches for future generations. We have protected 25,000 acres of natural and agricultural lands in Santa Clara County. Our agency operates a network of open space lands to manage and conserve natural resources and provide compatible opportunities for hiking, biking, and equestrian uses.

We know our continued success depends on our employees and the work they do. We are committed to providing a collaborative and inclusive work environment that encourages growth and development and acknowledges individual and team achievements.

The Ideal Candidate

You are a committed and enthusiastic volunteer professional who thoroughly enjoys people and building relationships with the public to inspire their connection to nature through volunteer engagement and service. You have the confidence to work independently and as a team player and will bring that same confidence to your work as you represent the Authority in the community at events and through volunteer recruitment efforts.


In addition to maximizing existing volunteer programs, you are up to the task of partnering with Authority staff in all departments to identify new and interesting ways for volunteers to contribute to the work of the Authority. As a creative problem-solver you see opportunity in challenges and take initiative to find ways to act on that opportunity to the benefit of the community, the volunteers, and the natural environment.


At your core, you are an inspiring program manager who possesses excellent communication and organization skills that allow you to track multiple initiatives and events to ensure that each is successful in achieving its goals. You are process oriented and look to create them where needed to ensure that the Authority’s volunteers consistently have the information they need, when they need it. You are adept at ensuring volunteer performance is in line with the needs of the Authority’s programs. 


This position requires a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with volunteers, members of the public, and staff from diverse backgrounds and abilities. You are excited to interact with all individuals and engage them in the mission of the Authority. 

Please review the complete position classification here: https://bit.ly/2CFtZYT


The salary range for this full-time, non-exempt position is $37.14 to $45.15 hourly, depending on experience and qualifications. To compliment this salary, we offer a robust benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and their dependents – we cover 100% of the cost for these premiums. We participate in CalPERS retirement programs as well as offering a separate 457 Plan for tax deferred retirement savings. A basic life insurance policy is provided to all eligible employees with the option to purchase additional personal insurance benefits.

Level of Language Proficiency


The ideal candidate will possess no less than the following skills, education, and experience:

  • Strong administrative skills and technical skills in Word, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience building relationships with volunteers and partners to maximize their effectiveness for the agency.
  • Experience and confidence in public speaking or representing an organization at public events.
  • Minimum of three years increasingly responsible volunteer program management experience.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in recreation administration, natural science, environmental education, or a related field is preferred, a minimum of two years of college coursework is required.
  • This position is required to take and pass a pre-employment background check.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply


All application materials must be received prior to November 26, 2018, at 5:00 PM. To be considered for this opportunity, submit your application materials including cover letter and resume at the application link provided below. Resume should reflect years and months of employment.