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Communications Coordinator VISTA



Promote the power of parks! As our VISTA, you will expand the reach of our programs and free community events. A great opportunity for a creative graphic designer or passionate environmental steward.

Position Description

As the Communications Coordinator VISTA for the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, you will play a critical role in advancing the mission of this rapidly growing nonprofit organization. In this role, you will be responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive marketing and outreach plan to promote our "Healthy Parks Healthy People" programs and ensure that underserved and low-income members of the community have equal access to these free community programs. Your efforts will directly impact the lives of community members who may not have had the opportunity to experience the benefits of our parks and programs without your help.

As our Communications Coordinator VISTA, you will have the opportunity to enhance our advertising and outreach strategies through a variety of channels, including social media, traditional media, and website design. Through your efforts, you will help us connect with a wider audience and expand our impact in the community. This is a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience while making a meaningful contribution to our community. Join us today and be a part of something truly special!

Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is a private nonprofit that was incorporated in 2012 and received its 501(c)(3) determination in 2013. The Parks Foundation protects and enhances our communities' livability through public engagement, education, and the sustainability of our parks, open spaces, and trails. Programs focus on improving community health and wellness and developing people’s appreciation for the natural and cultural history found in local parks. A special emphasis is placed on increasing access to free programming for low income community members in order to improve education and health outcomes for people living in poverty.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Build an effective marketing and outreach plan for “Healthy Parks Healthy People” programs such as: Discover Your Parks Walks, Trails Challenge, and Dementia Friendly Nature Walks;

  • Expand, improve, and maintain the Parks Foundation’s social media profiles, website, weekly blog posts, monthly newsletters, and diverse digital media projects;

  • Assist with developing marketing and communications strategies for the Doggie Ambassador Program;

  • Support fundraising efforts and expand community support through strategic media campaigns focusing on donor stewardship and sharing the attitude of gratitude;

  • Assist in expanding and maintaining the Truckee Meadows Parks Project online database by reviewing, editing, and publishing researched content;

  • Grow Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation program visibility through traditional media coverage including press releases, podcast interviews, radio interviews, traditional news networking, and more;

  • Track and manage advertising campaigns and engagement through social media, newsletter, and webpage traffic analytics.  Update and develop Standard Operating Procedures to identify and transfer knowledge of lessons learned and best practices.


  • Commitment to the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation mission and vision;

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or one year experience in marketing, public relations, and/or communications;

  • Exceptional writing skills;

  • Strong communication skills;

  • Strong organizational skills;

  • High degree of initiative and spirit of service;

  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;

  • Experience using social media and traditional media as tools for marketing and outreach;

  • Preferred: Experience in graphic and/or website design;

  • Preferred: Reading, writing, and speaking competency in Spanish language.

Compensation and Benefits

  • In return for their service, AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a living allowance of approximately $22,880.

  • Upon completion of service, choice of Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of approximately $7,395.00 or post-service stipend of $1,800.

  • A relocation settling-in allowance of no less than $750 if you are moving more than 50 miles, and travel allowance based on mileage may also apply.

  • Health benefits during service.

  • Child care assistance (if applicable).

  • Qualified student loan deferment or forbearance.

  • Non-competitive eligibility for qualified government jobs the first year after completing service.

  • Professional development through monthly training, skills learned in service, and experience in a nonprofit environment.

  • 10 days personal/vacation time and 10 days sick leave.

  • Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation offers flex time, mileage reimbursement for service-related travel, a casual dress code, and a fun office environment!

To apply:

Applications are accepted through our application form, or by emailing a cover letter and resume to Kevin Lynch at Visit the TMPF website

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