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Volunteer Coordinator

Shirley Heinze Land Trust

Valparaiso, IN

Fundraising/ Membership
Nat. Resources/ Restoration
Outreach/ Advocacy

Skill Level: Mid Level

Position Type: Limited Contract

~ Shirley Heinze Land Trust is a non-profit organization established in 1981 to preserve and protect the unique ecosystems throughout Northwest Indiana. It has permanently protected and manages over 2,100 acres in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, and St. Joseph Counties. ~

The mission of the organization is twofold:

  • To protect habitats and ecosystems of Northwest Indiana through acquiring, restoring and protecting environmentally significant landscapes for present and future generations; and
  • To inspire and educate people of all ages about the value of land conservation to protect our natural world and enrich our lives.

Position Overview

We are seeking a strong team player, with a passion for our mission, and the skills and desire to provide leadership for our volunteer program. Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director (Development Director) and in coordination with the Stewardship Director and other staff as needed, the Volunteer Coordinator has the primary responsibility of implementing strategic planning goals for volunteers as determined by the Programs Committee.


  • Cultivate volunteers, site stewards, and interns to work on a variety of special projects which may include restoration work, preserve maintenance, event support, research and monitoring, leading hikes, and office tasks.
  • Coordinate SHLT outreach events such as hikes, presentations, and exhibits.
  • Secure grant funding and partnerships to accomplish volunteer initiatives.
  • Train, schedule, direct, and support volunteers.
  • Work with businesses, schools, associations, religious communities, and other organizations in volunteer efforts.
  • Work with Development staff to support fundraising activities, assist in event planning, and provide assistance with grant proposals and implementation.
  • Recruit and retain new volunteers through partnerships, phone calls, outreach events, and speaking engagements increasing the size and strength of the volunteer pool.
  • Maintain a volunteer database to record service and generate volunteer invitations and acknowledgements and mailings as needed.
  • Ensure regular volunteer recognition, maintain volunteer page on the website, work with Development staff to plan annual Appreciation Hike and Luncheon.


  • Minimum of 2 years' professional experience in education, nonprofit coordination, development, or related field working with the public.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Experience supervising volunteers and students of all ages.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm for volunteer cultivation and engagement.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Valid driver's license.

To Apply

Please click below: "Apply Now Online!" to email your resume, letter of interest, references and salary requirements to Kristopher Krouse, Executive Director by December 31st, 2016.

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