Please forward this Conservation Volunteer Coordinator position (Ridge
Rangers of the Lake Wales Ridge) to anyone you feel would be interested.
Community Partnerships Coordinator
Ridge Rangers Volunteer Coordinator
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic individual with a
commitment to conservation. The successful candidate will have strong
organizational and administrative skills, will enjoy working with people
from a variety of backgrounds and will possess excellent verbal and
written communication skills. The volunteer coordinator will build and
maintain relationships with public and private land managers along the
ridge and will recruit, support and recognize volunteers who conduct
conservation activities on these lands.
This is an OPS position headquartered in Highlands County at the Royce
Unit of the Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA). The
position is supervised by the manager of the WEA.
SUMMARY OF PROGRAM:
The Lake Wales Ridge is an 800 square mile stretch of ancient uplands in
rural central Florida. A ecological region of national significance,
the Ridge is home for numerous rare species and natural communities. At
least twelve public and private organizations are working to protect 35
natural areas, encompassing approximately 150,000 acres, in this region.
These natural resources need the active support of private citizens to
ensure their continued protection through active management.
In 1994, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) with financial support from
several other funding partners, created an interagency volunteer program
called Ridge Rangers designed to protect the imperiled natural resources
of the Ridge. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) took over management of the award-winning Ridge Rangers Program as
of July of 2004.
(40 %) PARTNERSHIP MANAGEMENT & ASSESSMENT
1. Foster excellent working relationships with collaborating agency
and organization land managers, biologists and volunteers to identify
and develop meaningful and relevant conservation projects. Implement an
assessment strategy with input from cooperating agencies to determine
barriers associated with implementing and managing volunteer projects.
Based on this assessment, develop resources to help land managers
successfully involve volunteers to address conservation issues. Ensure
volunteer natural resource conservation projects are effectively managed
and rewarding to land management agencies, workday leaders and
2. Coordinate with Office of Recreation Services volunteer program
and Legacy staff to develop resources and tools, including orientation
and training curriculum, to successfully implement volunteer programs.
Continually upgrade the quality of management and implementation of the
Ridge Ranger program, especially on FWC properties.
(50%) VOLUNTEER PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
3. Communicate the importance and accomplishments of the Ridge
Rangers through the media, public meetings, and a variety of outreach
methods. Develop promotional and educational materials and represent
the FWC at public meetings (e.g. homeowners associations, service club
meetings and schools).
4. Communicate project opportunities with volunteers, workday
leaders and the public. Coordinate the publication and distribution of
a quarterly newsletter as a means of recruiting and scheduling
volunteers and workday leaders. Recruit other authors to write
newsletter articles. Recruit and place volunteers in appropriate
volunteer projects through orientation and training programs.
5. Organize and attend at least three or more volunteer workdays
per month. Coordinate volunteer workdays to accomplish tasks which
address Florida's comprehensive conservation wildlife strategy, such as:
surveying and monitoring plant and animal species, assisting in
restoration projects (ex. fence building or removal) trail maintenance,
native vegetation restoration, trash removal, prescribed fire line
preparation, conducting public outreach and other projects.
6. Develop and conduct a recognition program including an annual
event and quarterly social/educational activities.
7. Conduct volunteer administrative tasks including maintaining the
volunteer database, managing the volunteer mailing list and maintaining
appropriate volunteer personnel records. Generate quarterly reports on
volunteer hours and accomplishments and other related reports, as
8. Work on other projects as assigned by supervisor such as
prescribed burning, vertebrate surveys, mowing and plowing, etc
The successful applicant possess the following knowledge, skills and
1. Bachelor's degree and two to three years of related experience
or an equivalent combination of education and experience in organizing
and managing a volunteer program.
2. Experience and ability to interact with, influence and motivate
a wide variety of people. Ability to work independently and as a member
of a team.
3. Proven organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability
to plan and direct the work of volunteers. Experience in event planning
and scheduling. Ability to coordinate multiple projects and to set and
4. Excellent oral and written communication skills including public
speaking and preparing effective multi-media presentations. Proficient
with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and experience with or able to
learn volunteer database software (Volunteer Works, Volgistics etc).
Ability to work with printing firms or software programs to produce
quality printed work products.
5. Ability and willingness to travel frequently (within 100 mile
radius), with flexibility to work weekends and evenings as necessary.
Must have a current Florida driver's license and must provide own
transportation to and from work. A vehicle is provided for work-related
6. Knowledge of or an aptitude to learn about the local ecology.
Ability to work outdoors conducting land management activities in remote
locations and often in physically demanding circumstances. Experience
in fire management helpful but not required.
7. Ability to operate power tools safely, including chainsaws, and
to train and supervise volunteers performing fieldwork (will train) to
adhere to safety guidelines and precautions. First aid training a plus
(will train). Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds.
8. Demonstrate ability to safely operate 4x4 vehicles and ATV's.
Must follow and ensure that others follow recommended safety guidelines
and precautions specified for vehicle operation.
Salary: This is an OPS position and has a fixed pay of $16.25 per hour.
All interested applicants should submit an application though People
First at https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com/logon.htm
Define your search
by selecting the agency: FWC. Look for Fish and Wildlife Volunteer
Coordinator located in Highlands County. The position number is
This position closes at 5:00 pm on Monday, May 9, 2008.