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Job Title: Outreach Coordinator
Employment Category: Regular
Employment Type: Regular Part-Time or Full-Time, depending upon the candidate. Please indicate in your cover letter your preference and availability. Preference will be given to FT applicants. Budgeted Salary: $40,000/annually or prorated if Part-Time. Location: Fully remote, fully in our Dahlonega, GA office, or hybrid. The ideal candidate will be FT and travel once per week (usually Mondays) to our office. Benefits: Paid time off but we do not currently offer health insurance.

Mission: To enhance the health of Georgia’s 867,000 acres of National Forest by protecting our forests and streams, advocating for natural processes, and identifying opportunities to improve Forest management.

Vision:Georgia ForestWatch sees a future where people can enjoy forests that have reached their full majesty, where intact natural processes support healthy ecosystems and thriving biodiversity, and clean streams supply water to millions of Georgians. We believe this future requires the protection and appreciation of Georgia’s national forests and the watersheds, native plants, and wildlife they encompass.

Job Description

Overview:
Georgia ForestWatch (GAFW) is the leading nonprofit organization whose mission is to partner with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to ensure Georgia’s national forests reach their full potential for current and future generations. We are hiring an Outreach Coordinator to lead our public outreach, outings, and volunteer programs and to guide and educate our members and the community. This position is an excellent opportunity to lead an established but growing grassroots organization’s expanding programs.</P

The ideal Outreach Coordinator is openly passionate about Georgia’s national forest lands and wants to share their passion for GAFW and the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests (CONF) with others. The ideal candidate will have a zealous enthusiasm for reaching out to community members and other stakeholders. They will consistently and proactively seek out both formal and informal opportunities to share their love of our national forests, elevate and educate about our forests ability to sequester carbon and address climate change, and advocate for natural processes in the management of our forests.

The ideal candidate is willing to work a full time but flexible schedule who proactively seeks out tabling and speaking opportunities, who prefers to have the attention of their audience, and will professionally discuss GAFW and the CONF at every opportunity. This is a dream job for the right person who enjoys interacting with members of the community, students of all ages, and all forest stakeholders.

Key Deliverables:
1. Develop, plan, schedule, and deliver presentations to a wide variety of stakeholders and community groups.
  • Develop and deliver highly engaging educational presentations promoting the CONF, forest ecology, and GAFW history, programs, and membership opportunities.
  • Research, schedule, and represent the organization at tabling and event opportunities to market GAFW history, programs, and membership opportunities.
  • Develop and maintain accurate presentation and talking points with input from subject matter experts and organizational leadership.
  • Proactive in presenting to a diverse range of stakeholders with an emphasis on the Atlanta metro area.
2. Develop, plan, schedule, and lead all organizational outdoor education and recreation activities with an emphasis on promoting the benefits of a healthy national forest and organizational membership and support.
  • Offer a wide range of learning and recreation opportunities for all ages, mobilities, and interests. Outings should vary from the strenuous (backpacking and paddling) to the less physical (museum visits and forest bathing) but all should link to the ecology or history of the CONF with a strong emphasis on education and participant safety.
  • Recruit, schedule, and manage volunteer subject matter experts (ex. geology, flora/fauna, history, etc…) to lead outings with educational focus. Assist in the development, attend the outings, and provide support to the volunteer leader during the activity.
  • Proactive in creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive outings program in opportunities offered, partners engaged, and diversity of participants.
3. Manage, schedule, lead, and expand GAFW’s partner and volunteer programs such as wilderness monitoring, addressing invasive species, trash cleanups, road surveys, rare/invasive species submissions, and general forest observation submissions etc…
  • Maintain our existing volunteer programs and expand upon the type, location, and diversity of partners for additional opportunities.
  • Build upon existing relationship with the USFS for additional opportunities.
4. Develop, plan, schedule, and manage volunteers and interns.
  • Recruit for existing volunteer openings and create new opportunities for volunteers and interns to be engaged in the CONF and the work of the organization.
  • Proactive in creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive volunteer and intern program.

Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Executive Director
Position directly/indirectly supervises: Volunteers and Interns

Job Requirements:
Education: Bachelor’s degree in education, recreation, ecology, or related field. Or comparable work experience.
Work Experience: Two years of professional experience in outdoor education or recreation, preferably with a focus on forest ecology, or issues that cross with the environmental sector. Or four years without relative degree.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  • Unwavering belief in, and motivation to achieve, the organization’s mission and vision.
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Incorporate and prioritize DEI through all GAFW programing and outreach decisions when possible.
  • Energetic and effective public speaker and educator.
  • Proven self-starter with program leadership capabilities. Ability to achieve results with limited direction or support.
  • Superior time management and organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of standard office computer skills. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of event management software such as Meetup or willingness to learn.
  • Fully COVID vaccinated and willingness to maintain up to date vaccination status per CDC requirements or have a health condition confirmed by your doctor that prevents you from being vaccinated.
  • Reliable personal vehicle, valid driver license and auto insurance required. Willingness to maintain validity and drive vehicle for work. Mileage reimbursed.

Working Environment:
This is a field-based position but will have a dedicated workstation in our office in Dahlonega, GA as needed. The ideal candidate will aggressively seek speaking, tabling, and outing opportunities across middle/north Georgia and the Atlanta metro area that will include evenings and weekends. Willingness and ability to work outdoors in all seasons and weather.

Georgia ForestWatch is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified candidates for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

How to Apply: Please submit resume and cover letter to jobs@gafw.org.

Georgia ForestWatch is the leading nonprofit organization whose mission is to partner with the U.S. Forest Service to ensure Georgia’s National Forests reach their full potential for current and future generations.

We are hiring an experienced Communications Coordinator to lead our external communications to the next level and guide our membership and educate the community to effectively use their voice in advocating for best forest management practices. This position is an excellent opportunity to lead an established but growing grassroots organization’s expanding communications.

The Communications Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of our external communication strategies. Duties include managing external communication channels like social media platforms, websites, newsletters, and media relations.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a communications professional to step in the lead communications role with an environmentally focused organization and is an excellent position to utilize your talents to lead our expansion.

The Communications Coordinator will report directly to the Executive Director and while remote work is a possibility the ideal candidate will be willing to come in regularly to our office in Dahlonega, GA. Standard working hours with some weekends and evenings may be required.

The ideal candidate is an intrinsically motivated self-starter with a passion for the environmental and forest ecology sector. Previous experience in the environmental nonprofit sector preferred but not required. Candidates should have a documented work and educational history in communications and/or marketing and bring to the organization the knowledge and skills needed to lead our communications.


Responsibilities:
  • Lead, direct, and manage all external communications including media, social media, newsletter, branding, marketing, and website development/maintenance.
  • Build internal processes and procedures to effectively manage and produce all aspects of communications and external relations.
  • With Executive Director establish, and achieve, annual position and organizational communications goals.
  • Incorporate, influence and collaborate on priorities of external relations objectives; including policy, advocacy, and fundraising.
  • Expand upon organization’s style and branding guidelines and marketing materials. Ensure all external communications meet branding guidelines.
  • Work with staff, board, and members to publish our quarterly newsletter.
  • Ensure we have the correct email management and delivery system. Create, send, and maintain organizational emails including fundraising appeals.
  • Update and consistently maintain website and social media platforms. Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, Twitter, etc… with relevant and motivating content.
  • Respond to media inquiries and maintain relationships with journalists and other members of the press.
  • Maintain media contact lists and produce/submit press releases.
  • Perform outreach to press outlets, magazines, influencers and build strategic partnerships to grow brand notoriety.
  • Write a variety of different content to support communications and marketing efforts, including newsletter articles, website copy, brochures/flyers, and press releases.
  • Write, review, and proof external materials and communications. Ensure all external communications are accurate and comprehensible to the general public.
  • Lead staff and board in developing and implementing a communications strategy designed to further company objectives.
  • Monitor analytics detailing the successes and failures of communications campaigns and strategies.
  • Report on findings and develop solutions to meet organizational goals and objectives.
  • Stay up to date on industry trends and make recommendations for adjustments to communications strategies and practices.
  • Develop and maintain position papers and talking points with input from subject matter experts. With Executive Director, plan op-eds, press conferences, and other promotional opportunities to help keep the organization top of mind.
  • Assist with development and fundraising activities.
  • Assist in supporting promotional events such as the annual retreat.
  • With Executive Director, represent as a spokesperson to external and internal audiences as needed.
  • Step in as needed in emergency moments with flexibility and an ability to pick up new tracks of work and issues quickly.
  • Actively participate with staff and board in internal and external organizational strategic planning and growth/improvement initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Key Working Relationships: Position Reports to: Executive Director

Position directly/indirectly supervises: None. Encouraged to develop communications internship and volunteer opportunities.

Job Requirements: Education: Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing, or related field

Work Experience: Two years of professional experience in external relations or communications, preferably with a focus on forest ecology, or issues that cross with the environmental sector.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
  • Unwavering belief in, and motivation to achieve, the organization’s mission and vision.
  • Proven self-starter with program leadership capabilities. Ability to achieve results with limited direction.
  • Superior time management and organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Experience in producing and editing accurate and dynamic messaging and external materials including press-releases, newsletters, op-eds, talking points and digital content.
  • Knowledge of email marketing software such as Constant Contact or similar, including event management.
  • Knowledge of Google and Microsoft tools, and Adobe Creative Suite or similar design software.
  • Knowledge of CSS and website maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Ability to create and adhere to branding and style guidelines.
  • Exceptional writing and interpersonal communication skills. Proficient in written communication and capable of ensuring all external communications are grammatically correct with focus on ease of reading and comprehension.
  • The ability to navigate ambiguity, as well as multiple projects and competing priorities at once.
  • Ability to work effectively, efficiently, and diplomatically on issues that are often complex and politically sensitive, bringing teams together with diverse cultures and perspectives.
  • Deep knowledge and experience of working successfully with various forms of social media with proven track-record of results.
  • Proven knowledge of communications and marketing ethics and best practices.
  • Ability to perform communications research and monitor the progress of various communications strategies.
  • Ability and willingness to effectively provide communications related feedback to staff and board.

Working Environment: Standard office work environment. 40-hour workweek. Opportunities to engage in outings and other field work.

Georgia ForestWatch is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified candidates for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

How to Apply: Please submit resume and cover letter by email to jobs@gafw.org.
Georgia ForestWatch is looking for an Executive Director.  Our mission is to enhance the health of Georgia’s Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest (CONF) by protecting our forests and streams, advocating for natural processes and identifying opportunities to improve forest management.   GAFW works to encourage ecologically appropriate forest and recreation management practices in one of the most exceptionally biodiverse regions of the country.   We protect the headwaters of rivers that Georgians rely on, wildlife habitat, and old-growth forests. These efforts benefit the 2.9 million annual visitors to the CONF and help protect drinking water sources for millions of others. This is a unique opportunity for an individual to grow GAFW to the next level.  With a recently updated strategic plan, 750 loyal members/donors, long-term foundation funders, stable financial footing, and highly engaged volunteers, we are poised to grow as an organization.  We are looking for a leader who is passionate about environmental protection and education,  forest management/ecology and nonprofit management.
Qualifications
Eligibility
  • Minimum of 3 years serving in a leadership role.  (Environmental background preferred).
  • B.S. or higher degree, preferably in a related field:  environmental science, non-profit management, ecology, environmental education, etc.
Required Competencies and Skills
  • Leadership Skills: Project management skills, including the ability to determine strategies, set agendas and timelines, delegate tasks and assess progress.
  • Soft skills:  Listening, strategizing, creative problem solving, critical thinking, promoting teamwork and adaptability.
  • Communication Skills: Exceptional verbal, written and presentation skills. Technical Writing Skills: Ability to review and assist with technical writing, as needed.
  • Experience supervising staff/contractors — including hiring, training, negotiating contracts and evaluating performance/corrective action.
  • Fundraising experience.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
Preferred Competencies and Skills
  • Background or degree in forest ecology or related field.
  • Demonstrated understanding of U.S. Forest Service processes for decision-making and public interaction.
  • Experience interacting with government agencies on natural resource policies and planning.
  • Previous experience as an Executive Director for a nonprofit,  including strategic planning, budget processes, financial management and risk management.
  • Experience creating and leading a successful fundraising campaign.
  • Demonstrated success securing grant funding.
  • Demonstrated success planning and implementing an advocacy campaign in the environmental arena.
  • Experience working with a board to implement a strategic plan, board development, board expansion and succession planning.
  • Experience with volunteer management.
Salary – Salary Range: $60K – $75K.  Employee compensation is commensurate with experience, skills, best practices and market rate. Benefits – Paid holidays, vacation and sick leave.  Ability to work remotely, with the expectation that commuting to the Dahlonega office will be required in order to attend staff meetings or other organizational duties.  Estimated commuter travel is one to two days per week. Email – Send your cover letter and resume to jobs@gafw.org Georgia ForestWatch is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified candidates for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.  View / download Job Posting PDF for sharing: Job Description (full) : Executive Director Job Posting (short): Executive Director

Job Title: Development Coordinator
Employment Category: Regular
Employment Type: Part-Time or Full-Time, depending upon the candidate. Please indicate in your cover letter your preference and availability. Budgeted Salary: $40,000/annually or prorated if Part-Time. Location: Fully remote, fully in our Dahlonega, GA office, or hybrid. Benefits: Paid time off. We do not currently offer health insurance.

Mission: To enhance the health of Georgia’s 867,000 acres of National Forest by protecting our forests and streams, advocating for natural processes, and identifying opportunities to improve Forest management.

Vision:Georgia ForestWatch sees a future where people can enjoy forests that have reached their full majesty, where intact natural processes support healthy ecosystems and thriving biodiversity, and clean streams supply water to millions of Georgians. We believe this future requires the protection and appreciation of Georgia’s national forests and the watersheds, native plants, and wildlife they encompass.

Job Description

Overview:
Georgia ForestWatch is the leading nonprofit organization whose mission is to partner with the U.S. Forest Service to ensure Georgia’s National Forests reach their full potential for current and future generations. We are hiring a Development Coordinator to secure grants to support the work of Georgia ForestWatch now and for future growth. This position is an excellent opportunity to be a part of an established but growing grassroots organization’s expanding capacity.

The Development Coordinator is responsible for supporting the organization’s financial development and economic health through grants. Primary duties include researching and identifying grant sources, drafting, and submitting grant proposals and reports.

This position is an outstanding opportunity for an aspiring development professional to step into a lead development role with an environmentally focused organization and is a logical next step if you recently completed a development internship.

The Development Coordinator reports to the Executive Director, and while remote work is possible, the ideal candidate will be willing to join us in our Dahlonega, GA office. Standard working hours, with some weekends and evenings, may be required depending upon your PT or FT status.

The ideal candidate is an intrinsically motivated self-starter with a passion for the environmental and forest ecology sector. Previous experience in the environmental or development nonprofit sector is preferred but not required.

Responsibilities:
  • Under the direction of the Executive Director, manage all grant submission and development activities, including researching and identifying sources of grant funds, creating and maintaining a grant pipeline, and writing and submitting grant applications.
  • Create or enter data into existing budget templates as required by funders.
  • Build internal processes and procedures to effectively pursue grant proposal opportunities.
  • With Executive Director, establish and achieve annual position and organizational development goals.
  • Use DonorPerfect to further development goals.
  • Monitor analytics detailing the successes and failures of development strategies. Report on findings and develop solutions to meet organizational goals and objectives.
  • Stay current on industry trends and recommend adjustments to development strategies and practices.
  • Assist in supporting individual fundraising efforts such as appeals and sponsorships.
  • Assist in supporting promotional events such as the annual retreat.
  • Step in as needed in emergency moments with flexibility and an ability to pick up new tracks of work and issues quickly.
  • Actively participate with staff and board in internal and external organizational strategic planning and growth/improvement initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Executive Director
Position directly/indirectly supervises: None.

Job Requirements:
Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work-related experience.
Work Experience: Six months of experience in nonprofit development, preferably focusing on forest ecology or issues that cross with the environmental sector.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  • Unwavering belief in and motivation to achieve the organization’s mission and vision.
  • Exceptional written communication skills and attention to detail.
  • Proven self-starter with the ability to achieve results.
  • Superior time management and organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of email marketing software such as Constant Contact or similar, including event management.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft tools and database management.
  • Knowledge of CSS and website maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • The ability to navigate ambiguity, as well as multiple projects and competing priorities at once.
  • Knowledge of project development and grant budgeting preferred.
  • Ability to perform development research and monitor the progress of various development strategies.
  • Ability and willingness to effectively provide development-related feedback to staff and board.

Working Environment:
Standard office work environment. 40-hour workweek. Some opportunities to engage in outings and other fieldwork if working locally or willing to travel.

Georgia ForestWatch is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified candidates for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

How to Apply: Please submit resume and cover letter to jobs@gafw.org.