Military and Community Outdoor Recreation Organizer

Job Title: Military and Community Outdoor Recreation Organizer

Department: Conservation

Location: Strong preference for San Francisco, CA or Washington, DC.

Reports to: Organizing Manager, East Region

Context: Working with staff and volunteers, this position has primary responsibility for developing and implementing efforts that support and advance the diversity and inclusion activities of the Sierra Club’s Mission Outdoors programs, including integration for the military community which includes families, youth, veterans, and wounded warriors.

Scope: Working with Mission Outdoors staff and volunteers, develops strategies for integrating new participants, volunteers, and leaders into Mission Outdoors’ programming from the military community and other communities not traditionally involved with the Sierra Club or the outdoors. Develops outreach partnerships, projects, and events which education, advocacy, training, program effectiveness and the addition of activities that will appeal to a wide variety of people.

Job Activities:

  1. Builds and leverages relationships with the current national network of volunteer outings leaders. Works with Mission Outdoors volunteers and staff to develop and implement strategies for reaching out to people not traditionally involved with the Sierra Club, including members of the military community, 18-25 year olds, lower income and underrepresented communities in the outdoors.
  1. Lead advocate on highlighting community inclusion and partnership work in the outdoors to the general public and potential partners by developing and implementing inclusion projects for military, veterans, and other communities through a public education campaign.
  1. Works with staff, volunteers and partners to develop outreach programs to identify and recruit potential outdoor activity participants and leaders from the military community, 18-25 year olds, lower income and underrepresented communities in the outdoors. Matches volunteers to the activities that interest them and works to increase volunteer participation and motivation.
  1. Engages people and develops volunteer leadership in conservation and outdoor advocacy activities that will create strong and diverse environmental communities and build power at the community, state, and national level.
  1. Develops relationships with traditional and non-traditional allies around the importance of inclusion in the outdoors. Builds public support to accomplish goals and develops relationships with community leaders and other organizations that can influence change.
  1. Promotes diversity and inclusiveness in Mission Outdoors programming through events and social media to generate enthusiasm and support for Mission Outdoors programs and inclusion in the outdoors. Provides information, research, and other assistance to Sierra Club volunteers and staff, the public and others.
  1. Supports the outings leader training program by developing training materials and facilitating training sessions.
  1. Provides support to other internal departments by working with:
  • Communications Department in the implementation of media and public outreach communications.
  • Advancement Department in the development of effective relationships with donors and foundations within or with an interest in the assigned communities.
  • Other Sierra Club campaigns and programs to collaborate on events and outdoor activities that are inclusive of the whole community.
  • Grants Team to interpret and communicate guidelines and policies for all Military Family and Veteran Initiative grantees. Helps manage partnership and grantee relationships. Evaluates effectiveness of grantee and partner programming.
  1. Participates in staff and volunteer leadership teams as needed to further program goals.
  1. Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills:

— Bachelor’s Degree in education, outdoor recreation, volunteer management, diversity and inclusion, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

— Two years experience coordinating volunteer activities or working in the field of outdoor recreation.

— Excellent communication and presentation skills.

— Excellent organizational and time management skills; ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced work environment.

— High degree of personal initiative and motivation.

— Excellent written and oral communication skills.

— Advanced knowledge of PC-based computer systems including Windows, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.

— Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.

NOTE: A full background check is required for staff in the Sierra Club Mission Outdoors programs.

This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit and is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between Sierra Club and John Muir Local.

The Sierra Club offers competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan. This is a category 6 exempt position.

Sierra Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce.


San Francisco, California
Sierra Club
Human Resources