Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Job Opportunity
Job title: Volunteer & Community Science Coordinator (internal Coordinator II)
Supervisor: Director of Education & Outreach
Direct Reports: Helen Johnson Endowed Environmental Museum Educator (PT), volunteers, interns
Peer Positions: Museum Education Coordinator(s), Events & Public Engagement Coordinator, Community Science regional partners
Status: Full-time / Non-Exempt / Benefits Eligible
Hours: 40 hours per week, Tues-Sat, some evenings will be required, 2 year contract,
The Volunteer and Community Science Coordinator develops and oversees the Museum's volunteer pool, and includes oversight and delivery of the Museum’s premier community science programs. This position will support the mission of the Museum and the Monarch Sanctuary through development and implementation of several targeted volunteer recruitment and training programs, coordination of volunteer scheduling, including the native plant garden, booking docent tours for the public and school groups, organization and implementation of volunteer enrichment and events, and will support the development and delivery of the Museum’s community science programs. The position is also responsible for providing administrative support as needed, including email and phone communication and database management.
The Volunteer & Community Science Coordinator is part of the small, but dynamic Education and Outreach Team. Our ideal candidate will enjoy a fast paced, imaginative, collaborative Museum environment, and take both pride and pleasure in delivering our Mission and supporting our Vision, on and off site.
PGMNH Mission & Vision Statements
To inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world.
We envision a community of curious minds, engaged in discovering the natural heritage and cultural legacy that exist today on the Central California Coast. The Museum is a catalyst for conservation and a valued learning resource in this region, facilitating active inquiry for all ages.
Volunteer Coordinator Responsibilities:
● Administration of Volgistics and logs-in daily to work with volunteers
● Recruit, orient, train, supervise, retain and recognize volunteers
● Communicate regularly with volunteers on-site and through email and phone calls
● Schedule volunteers for required coverage for a variety of Museum programs and
services including: garden maintenance, docent shifts, group tours, non-school field trip
programs,and special events
● Coordinate orientation/training, tracking, and monitoring of volunteer activities
● Devise a volunteer enrichment program and a gratitude event
● Write the monthly volunteer newsletter and articles as needed for general newsletter
● Work closely with Museum staff during development and implementation of programs
and how volunteers could assist
● Communicate the mission of the Museum through tours, presentations and volunteer
● Attend Museum events as required ●
Community Science Responsibilities:
The Museum has a variety of year round community science projects that engage volunteers in the process of science, and this position will actively recruit, engage, train and oversee delivery of these programs and community volunteers. Programs and work includes:
Black Oystercatcher Monitoring
Monterey County Monarch Counts* supported by Endowed Museum Educator position https://www.pgmuseum.org/community-science
● Organization of seasonal schedules and recruitment for each program.
● Coordinate learning, training and development opportunities for participants.
● Maintain data and science research protocols for each program.
● Maintain website descriptions, manage media requests for information about the
● Work in coordination with a larger network of program participants in the region.
● 2-3 years minimum of direct work experience recruiting, training and coordinating
Engage in professional development activities to stay informed on current ideas in
science and education volunteers.
● 1-2 of experience in developing and delivering community science and research
● A commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion in volunteer recruitment.
● Experience in informal science, museum or non profit environment.
● Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree in natural science, museology, education or
● Proficient in computer applications such as Microsoft Office applications, volunteer
management software (Volgistics), web-based software and Google Apps for Work
● Collaboration skills with staff and volunteers.
● Passion for the mission and vision of The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
● Excellent interpersonal, persuasive and oral and written communication skills.
● Flexibility and ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in a fast-paced,
● Effective time management and ability to adjust hours to accommodate special events.
● Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks and work independently.
● A strong ability to prioritize and think critically.
● Dedication to the importance of volunteerism.
● Desire to demonstrate the importance and greater good value of community science.
● High energy, creative thinker.
● Bilingual, Spanish a plus.
● Previous work with teens, adults and retirees is helpful.
Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for standing or sitting for extended periods. Moderate lifting such as setting up 100 chairs for a lecture and operating motorized vehicles. The position requires the need to lift exhibit items weighing up to 40 pounds. This position will involve working both indoors and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. The working days/hours will vary depending on need and will require weekend and evening work.
Licenses and Certification:
Possession of a valid California driver's license, a satisfactory driving record, and current insurance. Current CPR and First Aid certification is preferred.
Please email a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references by 7/31/21 to Liese Murphree, Director of Education & Outreach at email@example.com