Stewardship Volunteer Coordinator

The Presidio Trust is seeking a proactive and inspiring Stewardship Volunteer Coordinator to join our enterprising staff in the Presidio. The Presidio is home to the spectacular vistas, nature, and programs that you would expect in a great national park, plus much more. On any given day at the Presidio, organizations are pursuing new ideas, scientists are conducting research, and people of all ages are learning, playing and exploring. Hundreds of former military buildings are animated by more than 3,000 residents and 200 companies, including high tech start-ups, innovative non-profits and others that offer a welcoming mix of visitor experiences. The park is home to museums, art and archaeological sites, and San Francisco's most panoramic network of trails and diverse recreation opportunities.


At the Presidio Trust, we value public service: it's one of our core values. Our volunteers embody that service ethos each day as they plant and tend to Presidio landscapes, uncover and catalogue archaeological artifacts, serve as docents, give tours, and welcome the public. As the Stewardship Volunteer Coordinator, you share our passion for volunteerism, bringing demonstrated experience in volunteer management and strong commitment to public service and community-based stewardship. You're equally comfortable working indoors and outdoors with volunteers of all backgrounds, affiliations, and walks of life. You bring strong organizational and planning skills to continue to grow and improve volunteer opportunities within the Presidio.


Applications received by December 2, 2016 will receive first consideration. This is a full time position.  Minimum salary is $72,508 per annum.  We are planning to hold the first round of interviews beginning the week of December 5, make a job offer by mid-December, and set a work start date in early January, 2017.



  • Coordinate stewardship projects for large-scale volunteer events, such as MLK Day of Service, Presidio Planting Day, Earth Day, National Trails Day, and Coastal Cleanup Day. Coordinate and support stewardship drop-in volunteer programs, group volunteer programs for youth and adult audiences ranging from small groups to large groups, family-friendly stewardship volunteer opportunities, and service learning stewardship experiences for students and school groups.
  • Coordinate and grow a core group of stewardship volunteers dedicated to stewarding designated sites and assisting with special projects. Develop and coordinate new, innovative ways for engaging volunteers. Support volunteer recruitment and outreach to promote stewardship volunteer opportunities.
  • Act as the primary liaison between the Volunteer Program team and departments leading stewardship volunteer opportunities.
  • Train staff, interns, and volunteer leaders on best practices for leading successful stewardship volunteer programming.
  • Coordinate and support volunteer stewardship programming logistics, such as: communicating with the Volunteer Program team and project leaders to schedule stewardship volunteer activities; coordinating pre-project scoping meetings to plan activities and identify and prepare for safety hazards and resource concerns (e.g. flagging poison oak, putting out cones, coordinating bird nesting surveys); welcoming, onboarding and orienting volunteers; transporting and guiding volunteers to work sites; coordinating tool, supply and snack needs; coordinating transport of tool trailers to sites; leading and co-leading volunteer activities; providing volunteer supervision and quality control support; ensuring volunteers are informed about safety hazards and precautions and trained on proper tool use and implementation of project tasks; incorporating age-appropriate learning opportunities and enrichment activities when appropriate; and reinforcing rules governing volunteer participation and safety.
  • Coordinate tracking and reporting of stewardship volunteer statistics and accomplishments.
  • Provide visual and written content for e-newsletters, print and online publications, websites, social media and other outlets for promoting and celebrating stewardship volunteer opportunities.
  • Develop volunteer enrichment opportunities and materials, and work with education staff to incorporate educational and service learning elements into stewardship volunteer programming.
  • Coordinate appreciation and recognition for stewardship volunteers, including tracking volunteer milestones and assisting with the organization of volunteer recognition activities and events.
  • Maintain a fleet of vehicles used for stewardship volunteer programming including tool trailers, a dump truck, an 11-passenger van, and trucks.
  • Coordinate stewardship projects for Trust employee service days.



  • At least two years of work experience leading volunteers in gardening, landscape maintenance, habitat restoration, trail, forestry work, or similar.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a professional demeanor and effectively lead and motivate groups of volunteers of all ages, including youth.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, including speaking before groups and conflict resolution skills. Positive, can-do attitude and a strong customer service ethic.
  • Detail-oriented, strong organizational and group management skills, and ability to multitask.
  • Ability to work in a team and to work with a diversity of people with different backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, ages, and viewpoints.
  • Experience working with hand tools and basic knowledge of tool maintenance and safety.
  • Excellent writing skills and proficiency with Internet, data management, and Microsoft Office.
  • This position entails a large percentage of vigorous physical activity. Work is primarily performed standing or walking, and also requires squatting, kneeling and lifting as much as 40 pounds. This position also entails work at a computer station, occasionally for up to 8 hours a day. The employee will be required to drive a motor vehicle. 
  • Work is performed both indoors in an office setting and outdoors in all types of weather. Assignments may be performed in potentially hazardous areas, including steep slopes and rocky terrain, and in areas where pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals may be present.
  • Must possess (at minimum) a valid Class C California Driver's License.
  • Ability to work a Tuesday to Saturday schedule and occasional holidays.



  • Bachelor's degree in a related subject (social science, communications, land management, etc)
  • Bilingual in Spanish or Cantonese desirable.
  • Graphic design, video production, and photography skills desirable.


About Volunteers at the Presidio

Presidio Trust maintain trails, care for historic forest, beautify gardens and landscapes, restore native habitats, greet and guide visitors, and much more. In 2016, 4,585 volunteers contributed 77,872 hours of service to the Trust. The amount of hours donated by volunteers has nearly doubled since 2008, when volunteers donated 36,417 hours to the care and preservation of the Presidio of San Francisco.