Job Announcement: Volunteer Coordinator (Full Time)

The Volunteer Coordinator will recruit, support, and grow the leadership of our incredible team of volunteers to advance just and equitable solutions to the climate crisis. They will oversee and bring together all efforts related to volunteer coordination and appreciation and collaborate with teams across the organization. They will also work with our Campaign Coordinator on strategies that engage volunteers to drive bold, strategic grassroots campaigns. 

SanDiego350 is an inclusive volunteer organization building a movement to prevent the worst impacts of climate change and climate injustice. We strive to create a future that supports a livable planet and just society through education and outreach, public policy advocacy, and mobilizing people to take action.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Recruit and coordinate volunteers: Recruit volunteers for volunteer teams, campaigns, outreach and other activities, onboard and track volunteers and volunteer activities, develop a volunteer retention strategy and support teams to implement it, and lead volunteer appreciation efforts. Support efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive organization that centers justice and equity. 
  • Develop volunteer teams and leadership: Train and coach volunteers and volunteer leaders and develop and run training and coaching programs. Support the development of volunteer leaders and help strengthen existing volunteer teams and establish new volunteer teams. Build out and oversee the volunteer internship program.
  • Coordinate, plan and execute communications and promotions efforts: promote events and activities, and raise  awareness of climate justice issues and our goals through email campaigns, social media, messaging, storytelling, and traditional media. Interface with relevant coalition partners.
  • Assist with organizational operations, event planning and fundraising: organize and staff meetings, develop, document and support processes and procedures, evaluate volunteer engagement program effectiveness, help to plan and staff mobilizations and fundraising events, request in-kind donations from businesses, and contact potential donors. Develop creative processes and structures to support the continued growth and evolution of the organization. 

Essential Skills 

  • Able to plan, coordinate and complete programs and projects independently
  • Comfortable talking to volunteers, attending events, working in teams, a “people person”
  • Strong digital skills (especially Google docs, social media, and database)
  • Passionate & knowledgeable about climate change
  • Good organizational skills, and excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly motivated team player with a proven ability to work with minimal supervision in a dynamic environment and to manage deadlines and changing priorities
  • An understanding of systemic racism and environmental injustice and their impacts on underrepresented communities and communities of color
  • Experience and interest in working directly with people from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Has a compassionate communication style with the ability to integrate a culture of care and community centered values
  • Ability to address emerging conflicts, manage the nuances of evolving relationships, and have the awareness and judgement to ask for help when it’s needed

Required Experience (in a paid or volunteer role):

  • Experience recruiting, engaging, training, coaching, and coordinating volunteers and volunteer leaders from diverse backgrounds, experience levels, and learning/communication styles, and supporting their growth, political education, and leadership development

Is this job for you? Are you: 

  • Passionate about building people-power and a movement to drive social and political change? 
  • Eager to meet new people and build relationships with diverse members of our community?
  • Able to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, meet deadlines, respond to unanticipated challenges, balance conflicting demands, and adapt to changing priorities, deadlines, and roles?
  • Committed to making anti-racism and environmental justice an integral part of climate action work?
  • Determined – got grit? Excited to embark on a big learning curve, stretch, and bring your creativity?


  • Bilingual (Spanish)
  • Knowledge of climate change policy and issues
  • Experience developing creative solutions and organizational systems
  • Producing data-driven reports and presentations
  • Coalition participation and experience collaborating with organizational partners
  • Experience creating social media graphics, emails, and other communications work products

Applicant must: 

  • Be based in the San Diego area and have the ability to work out of our Hillcrest office and travel around San Diego County (most frequently Center City) when COVID-safety practices allow
  • Be able to work flexible hours with evenings and weekends regularly required
  • Have access to reliable transportation and be willing to use it for job-related tasks
  • Own a cell phone, laptop, and reliable home internet to use for job-related tasks

Employment Details:

  • Full time, working primarily remotely until Covid conditions allow work from our office or a mixture of  in-office / remote
  • Benefits: Reimbursement for health care costs, sick leave, and paid time off
  • Hiring range:  48,000 – 53,000
  • Reports to the Executive Director

To apply:

Send your resume and a cover letter in a single google doc or pdf to Be sure to describe your interest and why you’re the best fit for the position. 

Deadline: The position is open until we find the perfect fit. First review: early October 2021. Everybody who applies for the position will be notified about the status of their application. Thank you for the time and effort you put into applying!

SanDiego350 is committed to being a collaborative group that values a diversity of approaches and perspectives to the work we do because we know this allows the movement to be as strong as it can be. People of color, and of all genders, sexualities, ethnicities, and abilities, and particularly members of communities on the frontlines of climate change, are welcome and encouraged to apply.