Senior Project Manager, Volunteer Services

About EarthCorps

At EarthCorps, we believe that we’re part of something bigger. We believe that we have a collective responsibility to care for each other and nature, and that we need new ideas and boundless enthusiasm from across the globe to create a better world where people and nature thrive together.  

That boundless enthusiasm shines through our Corps Program. Since 1993, more than 1,000 young adults from across the US and nearly 80 countries from around the world have come to Seattle, Washington to participate in an environmental leadership development program. These emerging environmental leaders make up our Corps Program, where they learn technical environmental restoration and hands-on leadership skills, all while building a close-knit community through caring for our natural world.

EarthCorps truly embraces the “think globally, act locally" concept. The lands and waters of Puget Sound are our classroom and our legacy. Corps members learn leadership and cross-cultural skills by working collaboratively, leading thousands of community volunteers each year, and executing technical environmental restoration projects including salmon stream restoration, native tree plantings, invasive plant removal, wetland and shoreline restoration, and trail construction around the Puget Sound region. 

After the yearlong program, these young leaders return to their local communities and cities with the tools, skills, and enthusiasm needed to tackle the pressing issues of our time – including climate change, pollution, and ecological degradation– to create a better world for all of us. 


EarthCorps strongly believes in the values of diversity and inclusion. We work to ensure that everyone, regardless of who they are or the work they perform for our organization, feels involved and supported in all areas of our operations. In addition to that basic principle, we are striving to become an anti-racist organization. We stand in solidarity with the Black community and are deeply committed to racial equity in our internal and external work.  

Position Summary

The Senior Project Manager position is a regular, full-time exempt position based in Seattle leading EarthCorps’ volunteer event management services with the City of Tacoma, as well as other municipalities. EarthCorps’ volunteer program leads volunteers in urban forest restoration tasks including removing invasive weeds, planting native vegetation, and the long-term maintenance of restoration sites. The position involves community outreach; recruitment, training, and coaching of long term site stewards; project development and coordination with city staff; contract management; field leadership of volunteers, overseeing volunteer events and maintaining safety and well-being standards. 

Given current restrictions, this position will begin working remotely, with some field work expected. You will be provided with technology and other accommodations to work from home. When it is safe to return to the office, this position will be based at our office in Seattle’s Magnuson Park, with flexibility for some remote work. 

We encourage applicants from all racial, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, and functional limitations to apply, especially those from historically marginalized communities.

Duties & Responsibilities

Project Management:   

  • Manage annual volunteer contracts including reports, work logs, budget and invoicing, with EarthCorps largest partners: The City of Tacoma and the City of Seattle, plus smaller contracts as they arise.
  • Coordinate annual Green City Day events, including planning, implementation and evaluation in collaboration with government, nonprofit, community and corporate groups
  • Create long term and annual ecological restoration work plans for assigned sites in collaboration with community members, site stewards and agency personnel.
  •  Prepare and plan all aspects of volunteer event coordination with contracting agency.
  • Collaborate with Development Coordinator to ensure volunteer recruitment goals are met.
  • Serve as on-site project manager for volunteer events ranging in size from 5-200 people.
  • Set production, quality and safety goals for all projects with volunteers
  • Ensure all projects meet quality and quantity expectations as well as budget and timeline goals based on contract.
  • Manage tools & equipment
  • Manage volunteer project coordinator

Volunteer Program Development and Management:  

  • Develop & Implement a long-term site steward program in collaboration with the City of Tacoma to engage volunteers in the ecological restoration of forested open-space city land.
  • Develop and lead training and education curriculum for site stewards
  • Coordinate with clients and development team to present opportunities and participate in securing funds.
  • Lead by example working alongside volunteers to encourage quality work and positive relations.
  • Collaborate with the EarthCorps’ Field Team for tools needs, vehicle needs, and staffing weekly. 
  • Articulate project values and goals to audiences of socially, economically and ethnically diverse backgrounds.
  • Administer EarthCorps policies and procedures to ensure successful program outcomes.
  • Work closely with Development Department to coordinate group events (including corporate events). 

Community Outreach and Engagement:

  •  Include and collaborate with diverse community groups in forest restoration projects
  • Build and strengthen relationships with local community groups, businesses and schools in support of forest restoration projects
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive outreach and volunteer recruitment strategy for site stewards, community volunteers and Green Tacoma Day.
  •  Attend community meetings and events to meet the goals and objectives of the outreach and volunteer recruitment strategy.

Organizational Engagement

  • Actively participates in all staff retreats, meetings, committees and workshops.

Desired Qualifications

We are looking for candidates with a strong combination of the following skills:

  • A commitment to racial equity and environmental justice
  • Proven entrepreneur and networking skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, maintain self-motivation and to work as a team member
  •  Highly motivated, organized, creative, self-directed and flexible.
  • Relevant work experience in related fields or equivalent Bachelor’s degree.
  • Hands-on work experience in habitat restoration.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete simultaneous complex projects in a timely manner.
  • Excellent communication/ interpersonal skills and ability to connect with all types of people and personalities.
  • Demonstrated management skills including volunteer coaching, mentoring and supervision.
  • Ability to walk on uneven surfaces, lift up to 50 pounds, and operate hand tools.
  • Ability to work Saturday’s and attend periodic evening meetings
  • Experience in using or ability to learn Geographic Information Systems (ArcGIS) equipment and programs
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office programs
  • Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record



Benefits package includes: employer provided health insurance and dental insurance. Benefits include: paid vacation, paid sick time, paid holidays, 403(b) retirement plan, and staff training


SALARY: $55,000 – $63,000/year based on 40-hours per week and dependent on experience. 

To Apply

Please submit your Cover Letter and Resume with contact information for at least two professional references by clicking the 'Apply Now' button below.  Application deadline for priority consideration is March 15th. 2021.