Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA)
We work to protect, restore, and enhance the Charles River and its watershed using science, advocacy, and the law by developing science-based strategies to increase resilience, protect public health, and promote environmental equity as we face a changing climate, together.
The Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator manages CRWA’s hundreds of volunteers, engaging them in participatory science and hands-on clean up and restoration across the watershed. They are a critical member of CRWA’s science and outreach teams, engaging with watershed residents to advance CRWA’s mission. The Coordinator reports to the River Science & Restoration Program Manager and works closely with the programs and communications staff. The Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator is CRWA’s lead for the Annual Charles River Earth Day Cleanup event, one of the largest one-day clean-up events in the country! They will also be a vital part of CRWA’s communications team, coordinating social media and organizing community events.
- Engage current CRWA volunteers through clear, direct communication, and continually recruit new volunteers
- Train volunteers for participatory science programs
- Lead CRWA’s Annual Earth Day Cleanup event
- Celebrate volunteer success through continuous engagement, appreciation events, and other initiatives
- Coordinate and lead invasive species removal events with corporate teams and community members in local conservation areas
- Coordinate CRWA’s education program, managing requests and coordinating opportunities, and representing CRWA at community or school events
- Coordinate communications and outreach for River Science & Education programs, including updating social media, sending newsletters, creating flyers, editing website pages, responding to public inquiries, and organizing events
- Assist with other CRWA communications and outreach activities
- Conduct work in accordance with CRWA’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
- Provide documentation for volunteer event sponsorships, grant reports, CRWA’s annual report, volunteer waivers and participant forms, etc.
- Other administrative duties as needed
- Demonstrated enthusiasm for communicating with the public about CRWA’s mission
- Ability to effectively engage volunteers and residents to advance CRWA’s work
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Highly organized and detail-oriented
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, anticipate project/event needs, and problem-solve when challenges arise
- Previous experience managing volunteers or as a volunteer
- Educational background and/or work experience in the environmental field is helpful but not required
- Comfortable conducting work in the outdoors under all weather conditions
- Ability to work with a diverse group of people from all backgrounds; multilingual is a plus
- Demonstrated high level of courtesy, tact, and professionalism
- Commitment to CRWA’s mission
- Able to work evenings and weekends as needed
- This position requires regular travel to and from CRWA's Newton field office and throughout the Charles River watershed; therefore, a valid driver's license and reliable access to a personal vehicle is necessary to perform the critical functions of this role
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
This is a full-time position based in Boston with competitive salary and benefits, including generous paid time off, employer contributions to health insurance premiums and retirement plan, and a public transit stipend. CRWA’s office operates on a hybrid remote/in-person schedule. Starting salary for this position is $50,000 annually.