Volunteer Manager

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St. Louis, MO
United States

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Gateway Greening educates and empowers people to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture.

The Manager of Volunteers position directs individual and group volunteer activities and outreach efforts in all Gateway Greening programs. They are responsible for communicating with volunteers, scheduling, logistics and follow-up. This position facilitates internships, practicum applicants and volunteer events. They establish new individual and corporate volunteer outreach programs. This position tracks all hours and leads volunteer recognition efforts.

Essential Functions:

Leads individual and group volunteer recruitment and development
Provides oversight of volunteer tracking, recognition and evaluation efforts
Organizes and coordinates volunteer events for GGI programs through regular communication
Coordinate and manage volunteers, interns and practicum students
Assists on grant proposals as necessary
Identify group volunteer prospects and designs strategy for engagement
Promotes all volunteer and intern opportunities
Leads all volunteer orientations
Communicates regularly with volunteers concerning upcoming opportunities
Provides appropriate information to constituents through the preparation of content for GGI communications.
Monitor volunteer progress and evaluate volunteer program annually
Develop and maintain volunteer relationships
Tracks all volunteer forms
Ensures data is captured, entered and used properly to advance the program (i.e. names, hours, contacts, etc.)
Leads volunteer recognition efforts
Completes grant reports as necessary
Provide orientations
Provides oversight and direction to volunteers and clients as necessary
Assist with volunteer groups at the Gateway Greening Urban Farm as needed
Supervise intern and other garden program temporary workers
Collect data as necessary to provide feedback on program evaluation and for use in grant proposals and reports
Assist with Special Events as needed
Assist in balancing workloads during non-peak periods

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

This position will occupy assigned indoor desk and will generally operate standard office equipment to include computer, copier, printer fax machine and other standard office equipment.

This position will also work outdoors doing extensive manual labor periodically throughout the year. Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Must be able to carry heavy objects, climb ladders, move objects from one location to another, and work in a crouched position

Actively works hands-on to complete horticulture/carpentry related tasks
Comfortable working in immediate proximity to the general public, in a safe and friendly manner

Primarily office/indoor work performed during winter months

Physical Demands:

Ability to operate a motor vehicle and trailer
Ability to work both outdoors and indoors for extended periods of time
Ability to lift 50 lbs. (i.e., load, unload and move gardening supplies, medium to heavy weight tools and equipment)
May be required to perform tasks at varying heights (i.e., step stools, climb ladders, etc.)
Requires the ability to make and receive frequent phone calls
Ability to deal with people in a sensitive and tactful manner
Occasional hands-on participation with event set-up
Ability to use computer keyboard (i.e, typing) and operate standard office equipment including computers, copiers, files, fax machines
Requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time
Must be able to work both indoors and outdoors

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:

Tuesday-Saturday during growing season and Monday through Friday during the winter months.

Evenings and hours will be required as needed for special events and workshops


Frequent local travel throughout St. Louis metropolitan area is required - 20% or more.

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree required. Preferred areas of study include: Business, Education, Social Work, Horticulture, Urban Agriculture
Minimum of 2 years’ of an equivalent combination of skills, education and experience may be considered.
Minimum of 2 years of related work experience in community development, horticulture, urban agriculture and hands-on knowledge of garden tools and equipment required
Horticulture knowledge (including vegetables) desired
Strong project management skills; ability to collaborate with staff members to achieve organizational goals and objectives
Strong speaking/presentation skills; demonstrated experience presenting in front of diverse groups
Ability to successfully prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously with a high level of accuracy
Solid ability to analyze numbers and manually check calculations
Demonstrated understanding of grant budget and grant-reporting processes
Solid data entry, customer service, phone, e-mail, in-person communication skills
Knowledge of ordering materials and supplies for small construction projects
Experience performing basic carpentry skills such as cutting lumber, building raised vegetable beds, or constructing compost bins, and related experience using carpentry power tools, including drills, jig saws, and table and hand-held circular saws
Proficient experience using Microsoft Office Suite
Experience entering data into a database

Work Authorization:

Must be at least 18 years of age.
Must have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986
Must complete a Missouri State Highway Patrol Background Check

EEO Statement:

Gateway Greening, Inc., does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

How to Apply:

Individuals interested in applying need to send in:

Resume or CV
Three professional references

 to jobs@gatewaygreening.org