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Volunteer Services Coordinator
Category: Visitor Services

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
Orange, TX

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013


Volunteer Services Coordinator


Position Summary

The Volunteer Services Coordinator is responsible for managing, coordinating, scheduling and growing the volunteer program for Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.  This is a full time, non-exempt position that reports to the Managing Director of Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.


Job Duties Include

·         In collaboration with key staff, identify volunteer opportunities to further Shangri La’s mission.

·         Working with the staff, develop and refine job descriptions for volunteers.

·         Based on organizational needs recruit new volunteers from the local and regional community.

·         Interview prospective volunteers and coordinate with staff to  match individuals’ skill sets and interest with volunteer positions and opportunities; process volunteer applications.

·         Schedule volunteers to insure that appropriately designated volunteer positions are covered each day.

·         Orient, train, observe and evaluate volunteers.

·         Develop continuing education activities for volunteers.

·         Mentor and coach volunteers as needed .

·         Track volunteer hours and activities.

·         Provide assistance when requested by a volunteer or staff member.

·         Communicate and interact regularly with volunteers.

·         Motivate, recognize, and thank volunteers to insure that they understand that they are valued contributors to the success of the organization.

·         Maintain the volunteer handbook and recommend updates as necessary.


Qualification and skills

·         Bachelor’s degree preferred.

·         Proven experience and ability to develop, coordinate, implement and evaluate volunteer services including recruitment, training, placement and retention.

·         Demonstrated leadership, ability to work independently and as part of a team.

·         Highly organized and able to set priorities.

·         Patient with exceptional people skills.

·         Proven ability to develop and make presentations within the community.  Excellent public speaking skills essential.

·         Computer skills including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, data base management and desk top publishing.

·         Strong writing skills.

·         Must be able to work occasional Saturdays.

·         Flexible and able to adjust to changing priorities.

·         Valid driver’s license with good driving record.


Physical Requirements

Position requires being outdoors in a variety of weather conditions typical of the east Texas Gulf Coast region including sun, heat and humidity.  Ability to move throughout the gardens and nature center.  Ability to bend, stoop and lift moderate weight (approximately 15 pounds). 



$30-36,000; benefits include medical, dental, life and disability insurances; pension and 403b retirement plans; paid sick leave, vacation and holidays

Application Process
Email letter of interest, resume and contact information for three references to

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