Community Engagement and Marketing Coordinator VISTA

(Lahontan Audubon Society)


The Community Engagement and Marketing Coordinator VISTA will develop a volunteer program for the Lahontan Audubon Society (LAS) and recruit, train, and retain volunteers to help at LAS programs and events.

Position Description:

With the direction of the President and Board of Trustees, the Community Engagement and Marketing Coordinator VISTA will develop volunteer-based projects centered on activities that grow membership and the capacity of LAS as a whole by leveraging community members to assist with LAS programs. This person will manage volunteers through the recruitment process and provide volunteer trainings, as well as expand opportunities for volunteer engagement and other outreach events. This VISTA will serve as the primary contact for all LAS volunteers and will be responsible for communicating and regularly engaging with volunteers to improve volunteer recruitment, training, management, and retention.  The Community Engagement and Marketing Coordinator VISTA will develop a marketing and outreach plan that enhances the advertising and outreach strategies used to promote LAS programs and events via social media, PR, and streamlined website design.


LAS is a chapter of the National Audubon Society, and a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, serving northern Nevada and the Reno/Sparks metropolitan area since 1972. Lahontan Audubon Society takes its name from ancient Lake Lahontan, an extensive late Pleistocene lake that covered a large portion of the western Great Basin about 12,700 years ago. The only modern remnants of ancient Lake Lahontan that exist today as perennial lakes are Walker Lake and Pyramid Lake.   The mission of the LAS is to preserve and improve the remaining habitat of birds and other wildlife, restore historical habitat, and educate the public, with emphasis on children, providing vision to all about our unique Nevada environments.

Service Location: Reno, NV


Timeline for Service: August 31, 2020 - August 30, 2021

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Expand the LAS volunteer recruitment, training, and management program;

  • Develop, refine, and update volunteer training protocols for the LAS programs and events;

  • Create a public awareness campaign centered on volunteer recruitment and retention;

  • Conduct outreach with an emphasis on minority groups; 

  • Create a schedule for volunteers to promote LAS programs and mission;

  • Create and maintain a volunteer appreciation and retention plan;

  • Write press releases, manage social media (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Meetup) and secure media partners;

  • Organize task forces/coalitions;

  • Create flyers, brochures and other marketing, educational and promotional materials


  • Bachelor’s degree;

  • Commitment to the Lahontan Audubon Society mission and vision;

  • High degree of initiative and spirit of service;

  • Environmental consciousness;

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

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills;

  • Experience with outreach events and/or networking;

  • Strong organizational skills;

  • Preferred: experience in volunteer management and recruitment;

  • Preferred: experience with graphic design;

  • Preferred: experience with event planning;

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


AmeriCorps VISTA:

Lahontan Audubon Society’s Community Engagement and Marketing Coordinator VISTA is funded by the Corporations for National and Community Service and will serve within the AmeriCorps VISTA program.  AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty.  Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. To learn more about the AmeriCorps programs visit


Compensation and Benefits:

  • In return for their service, AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a living allowance of approx. $13,400 pre-tax.  

  • Health benefits during service. 

  • Childcare opportunities (if applicable). 

  • Qualified student loan deferment or forbearance.

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

  • Upon completion of service, choice of Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,195 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. 

  • Professional development through monthly trainings, skills learned in service, experience in a non-profit environment.

  • LAS also offers flex time, mileage reimbursement for service-related travel, a casual dress code, and a fun office environment working with other VISTAs serving at Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation.


To Apply: 

Applications are accepted by sending a cover letter and resume to David Jickling at

Your application will not be considered without a cover letter and resume.  Applications are also accepted through Search for "Community Engagement and Marketing Coordinator"


Visit the LAS website or email/call David at 775.848-0069 for more information.

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