Field Associate

San Diego River Park Foundation

San Diego, California

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $17.50/hour plus PTO and Sick Leave
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

The San Diego River Park Foundation was founded in 2001 to create a better future for the San Diego River and San Diego. Additional information about the organization is available at www.sandiegoriver.org. We are seeking an energetic, self-motivated, reliable individual to fill the position of Field Associate. This person will play a role in leading field surveys and volunteer clean-up events along the river. Ideal candidates will be interested in community organizing and engagement, environmental restoration, sustainability, and field work.

Responsibilities: The San Diego River Park Foundation believes that service is an excellent pathway to long-term stewardship and increased engagement with the San Diego River and its future. This person will play a role in coordinating and hosting events for the public, including river field surveys, cleanups, and potentially, other activities such as restoration projects.

Duties will include:

  • Planning, coordinating and hosting volunteer events to support our Trash-Free River program, at least two field events per week (Friday surveys and Saturday clean-ups).
  • Coordinating and supervising volunteers to do this work, with group sizes ranging from 2-20 regular, trained volunteers to larger groups of 75+ first-time volunteers
  • Assist with contributing data to online data portal (www.immappler.com/sandiegorivertrash), and using portal to guide clean-ups
  • Work with staff to sustain and grow volunteer engagement with the San Diego River Park Foundation through these events
  • Train, mentor and supervise unpaid intern(s) to assist with volunteer events
  • Cross-train with other Trash-Free River Program staff to serve as support for other events
  • Participate in planning with team to advance Trash-Free River goals
  • Other duties as assigned

Reporting: reports to the Program Manager, but will work as a member of a team

Hours: Part-time (20 hours/week)

Compensation: $17.50/hour, plus paid time off and sick leave

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be committed to the environmental mission of organization
  • Value working with members of the community
  • Be able to (and be interested in) work outdoors and get dirty
  • Have documented volunteer coordination, community outreach, and/or community organizing experience
  • Be a self-starter interested in working independently
  • Have strong navigational skills for orienting self and team in the riverbed
  • Be able to work in a dynamic, small office and with student-interns as well as volunteers of all types
  • Be comfortable with using smart phone/tablet technology to access data portal
  • Have strong public speaking, communication skills, and commanding presence for volunteer events
  • Be flexible, adaptable, and organized with strong multi-tasking and prioritization skills \ • Basic knowledge of Google Suite, Word and PowerPoint
  • Competency with data analysis in Excel
  • Must be able to lift 35+ pounds and walk up to 5 miles on uneven terrain
  • Must have a current driver’s license and good driving record, and be able to drive a company vehicle (small truck)
  • Have an associate or bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in relevant experience
  • Familiarity with the San Diego River ecology and geography is a plus

Other Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Event planning or experience serving as a volunteer leader preferred
  • Past volunteer leadership training or experience supervising others is a plus
  • Social media experience is a plus (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
  • Hepatitis A vaccination will be required for this employee (can be completed after hire)
  • First aid certification will be required for this employee (can be completed after hire) • This position may include weekend or evening work
  • Have access to a personal computer and internet access while the organization continues to work from home (reimbursement for use is available)

This job description is intended as a guide to the general job responsibilities and is not inclusive of every duty the employee may be expected to perform. The San Diego River Park Foundation is an Equal Opportunity E

The San Diego River Park Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This is an at-will position.

Deadline: Open until filled.

Start Date: Immediately. 


To apply: Send a resume and cover email to sarah@sandiegoriver.org. No phone calls, please. Email questions are welcomed. Please include in your cover email (or separate letter) your interest in the position and working with the organization. 

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Category Ecology, General / Stewardship