Youth Engagement Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $42,000
Maximum: $46,000
Details: Additional incentive provided for fully bilingual (English/Spanish) candidates.



Start Date


Application Deadline



3029 Macdonald Ave.
United States


Since 1999, YES Nature to Neighborhoods (YES) has immersed thousands of underrepresented Richmond and West Contra Costa County youth and families in nature and provided leadership development and mentorship for participants to become leaders in their community. Exposure to experiences in nature are core values at the heart of YES’s work. Outdoor spaces foster a sense of discovery and openness for participants, and serve as a catalyst for cross-cultural interaction and heightened engagement. YES connects outdoor camp experiences to home by creating leadership pathways for youth and adults through programming that inspires participants to lead healthy, connected lives; motivate change in their neighborhoods; and build a safe, thriving community. For more information about YES programs, please visit


YES’s Youth Leadership Pathway programs serve youth beginning at age eight and engage them along a ten-year path to deepen their experiences in the outdoors, grow their sense of stewardship, and build their outdoor hard-skill and leadership capabilities. YES builds a community of support that involves peers, mentors, community members, and families. Youth progress into leadership roles as peer educators, role models, and leaders during local and wilderness outings, at summer camps, and during YES programs. By providing these progressive opportunities to practice and implement their leadership skills, youth gain confidence and experience, which prepare them for full time positions as summer camp counselors, and internships and jobs with partner agencies. YES staff provides year-round support, one-on-one coaching, and job skill training to mentor youth participants into these roles.


The Youth Engagement Specialist (Y.E.S.) is responsible for overseeing the year-round engagement of young people in the Youth Leadership Pathway - with a primary focus on supporting teens (ages 14-16) in the Youth Leaders cohort, and creating more engagement for youth in the Rangers cohort (ages 10-13). The Y.E.S. is also responsible for overseeing the design and implementation of a Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) project in a local public school with the Youth Engagement Team, a group of 8-12 YES teens. The Y.E.S. is a non-exempt, full-time position working both on and off site, and on select weekends, in a direct service capacity. They will report to the Youth Leaders Coordinator with general oversight from the Program Director.



Program Coordination and Implementation (50%)

●      Supports Youth Leaders on their leadership paths. Helps prepare teens for leadership positions at camp and in the community through year-round support, one-on-one coaching, and job skill training to mentor youth participants into these roles.

●      Supports Youth Leadership Pathway (YLP) team with planning, outreach, and general implementation of YLP outdoor leadership trips, camps, community events, meetings, etc...

●      In partnership with other outdoor recreation and camp providers, coordinates the design and implementation of four Camp Days in Richmond for up to 200 campers, ages 8-13.

●      Supports with the implementation of weekend Family Camps (3x annually), and Winter Camp (1x annually) activities.

●      Utilizing long and short-term work plans and curriculum, informs and co-develops programming for participants ages 8-18 in the Youth Leadership Pathway (YLP) in collaboration with the Program Director and the YLP Team.

●      Works collaboratively with the YLP Team to ensure that youth transition into the next phase of the Youth Leadership Pathway, which includes leadership roles at camp and in the community.

●      Conducts follow-up with participants and families after completion of programming and conducts evaluations, which may include interviewing and filming participants.

YPAR Project (25%)

●      With oversight and support of the Youth Leaders Coordinator, the Y.E.S. will design and implement a series of comprehensive youth engagement activities, with a principle focus on a Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) project related to health and wellness issues in the Richmond community.

●      Conducts outreach, recruitment, and selection of 8-12 Youth Engagement Team youth members, ages 14-18, for a year-long YPAR cohort, and ongoing follow-up with the youth, their parents, and community/school partners.

●      Develops and facilitates youth trainings and weekly workshop activities that includes the creation and distribution of YPAR assessments, surveys, brochures, fliers, and forms.

●      Completes monthly time logs, activity reports, outcome data, and other required program reports and documentation.

●      Supports the Youth Engagement Team with collecting and analyzing data to present their findings to the larger Richmond community at various locations and community events, including YES Family Camps.

●      Supports and guides Youth Engagement Team youth members through the duration of the project utilizing Youth Development best practices.

●      Organizes timelines and tasks in a detailed manner that can be replicated in the future.


Additional Tasks (10%)

●      Inputs program data regularly and generates reports for other program and development staff.

●      Develops and maintains efficient systems for organizing and administering work.

●      Attends and supports other selected YES programs, community events, and meetings as requested.

●      Generates, and modifies pamphlets, flyers, brochures, and applications.

●      Assists Program Director and YES staff as needed.

Shared Organizational Leadership (10%)

●      Identifies new program opportunities and collaborations to enhance YES’s impact.

●      Establishes and maintains relationships with constituents and community partners.

●      Understands and is committed to the organization’s vision, mission, and values, and communicates that strategic direction to staff, constituents, and partners.


Staff Supervision (5%)

●      Supervises Youth Engagement Team Teen Intern

●      Recruits, trains and supervises volunteers and interns for Camp Days activities.


This is a non-exempt, full-time 40 hour/week position. Excellent benefits including 100% health coverage, matching retirement contributions, generous vacation/sick time, and several paid holidays.

Level of Language Proficiency


●      Experience teaching and leading activities related to nutrition, health, and wellness.

●      Experience with community organizing.

●      Must have a passion to lead youth and work with them as partners.

●      Demonstrated ability to articulate a vision about preparing youth for the future through a multifaceted (social, economic, cultural and environmental) lens.

●      Experience leading and facilitating adolescent youth from diverse socio-economic backgrounds and cultural backgrounds.

●      Relationship management skills and experience in fostering a team approach.

●      Self-starter with ability to work as part of a team or independently with a high level of organization and attention to detail.

●      Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

●      Comfort and ability to communicate with parents/caregivers and other supports in young people’s lives.

●      Highly positive and enthusiastic style capable of motivating and consistently engaging others.

●      Ability to be persistent and resolve conflicts as they arise with respect and composure.

●      Ability and willingness to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.

●      Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, & PowerPoint), Internet (Google Calendar, Google Drive) and data entry platforms (Salesforce or equivalent).

●      Must have own transportation.

●      Must be willing to receive a background check.

●      Must be able to carry up to 30 lbs. of weight.

●      Organized with rigorous attention to detail and protocols.



●      Familiarity of Richmond and youth in the community.

●      First hand experience and demonstrated success in the field of Youth Development and/or Youth Participatory Action Research.

●      Bilingual in English and Spanish.

●      First-hand experience and demonstrated success with the following:

o  Creating audio/visual media projects

o  Creating data driven projects

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Please email a thoughtful cover letter and resume to, subject heading “YES Youth Engagement Specialist.” Application deadline is Friday, August 24th. Desired start date is October 1st, 2018. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls, please.


YES Nature to Neighborhoods follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status. YES strives to reflect the community it serves and strongly encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. All applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their unique skills and attributes.