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Community Engagement Project Manager

Gaylord/Alpena, MI 

Community Education Project Manager

SCOPE AND PURPOSE OF WORK: The Community Education Project Manager will be responsible for
identifying strategies, developing programming and overseeing all logistics related to place-based education programming - with an emphasis on adult learning opportunities - to advance conservation efforts in Northern Michigan. This work will be driven by internal coordination with
Huron Pines program staff and externally with community partners to proactively link natural
resource protection and stewardship to long-term community health. This position will also be
responsible for volunteer coordination in order to mobilize more people and partners to actively
participate in stewardship of natural resources in Northern Michigan.

HURON PINES: Huron Pines is a nonprofit conservation organization with a mission to conserve and
enhance Northern Michigan’s natural resources to ensure healthy water, protected places and
vibrant communities. Our vision is conservation driven by engaged, empowered communities. The
Community Education Project Manager will support and advance our mission and vision by
developing relationships and programs to engage Michigan residents in conservation education
and stewardship activities to protect and restore their favorite public resources. By directly working
with Huron Pines program and project staff, this position will translate technical knowledge and
the stewardship practices needed to protect local and regionally unique natural features, into
relevant, digestible and attainable learning programs that provide meaningful and memorable
experiences for participants.

LOCATION: Huron Pines (Alpena/Gaylord Office)

RESPONSIBLE TO: Community Program Director


Community Education Project Management   50% of the time

Works with Community Program Director to design and implement various community
education programs that connect people to local natural resources.
Collaborates with staff to develop and implement an annual work plan for environmental
stewardship activities, with an emphasis on adult learning opportunities and hands-on
stewardship programs.
Leads development and implementation of Huron Pines preserve engagement programming.
Works with Huron Pines Program Directors to develop and implement community science
Leads logistical aspects of community education programs including, site selection, RSVP’s,
tracking, program agenda, press releases, evaluation, etc.
Ensures that adequate resources (technology, supplies, knowledge, etc.) are in place to
develop and sustain community education programs in Northern Michigan.
Supervise seasonal engagement staff and/or Huron Pines AmeriCorps members when
workload, program priorities, funding and community needs support added capacity.

Internal Program Coordination25% of the time

Works directly with program and project management staff to integrate community and
ecological goals in all Huron Pines education and volunteer stewardship efforts.
Serves as the primary point of contact to project management staff for education program
Participates with presentations as necessary and helps coordinate on-the-ground volunteer
Actively engages with the marketing and fundraising staff to identify, curate and
communicate stories of community and human connection to natural resources to raise
awareness and needed funding for the program and inspire positive behavior change.
Participates in raising necessary project funds through grant writing, partner building and
other fundraising avenues. Offers project staff insight and suggestions on the types of
engagement activities suitable for project grants.

Volunteer Engagement    25% of the time

Oversees and manages recruitment, retention and support of volunteers engaged with Huron
Pines. Develops and maintains an updated events calendar.
Serves as the organizational point of contact for inquiries related to volunteer opportunities
and hands-on service projects.
Leads all logistical aspects of events and/or special opportunities related to volunteer
Responsible for tracking all volunteer activities/programs and assists with the creation of a
robust evaluation tool.

● Adept at networking with community groups/partners (minimum of 3-5 years experience)
● Outstanding interpersonal skills, interested in the experiences of others and the ability to
work with diverse audiences
● Ability to coordinate projects that cross-multiple disciplines as well as manage multiple
projects independently
● Experience leading/instructing an audience
● Ability to organize events, coordinate meetings and work collaboratively with people
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills
● Attention to detail and ability to handle multiple tasks
● Proficiency with Google platform and the use of of online meeting/collaboration tools
● Ability to adapt, think creatively and develop innovative solutions

On occasion this position requires work to be conducted off site, on weekends/evenings, and may
involve all weather activity. A valid driver’s license is needed and use of a personal vehicle may be
required to perform duties (mileage reimbursement provided). Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Huron Pines is an at-will employer and this is a full-time, exempt position with benefits provided and a
competitive salary based on experience. Benefits include health care, short-term disability, 10 paid
holidays, accrued paid time off, matching retirement program, and the opportunity to remote work on
occasion. Detailed conditions of employment and employee benefits are discussed in the Huron Pines
Employee Handbook.

Applications are due by October 22, 2021 . Interviews with top candidates will be conducted in
November 2021. Huron Pines anticipates this position to start in January 2022.

To apply, please send an email indicating the position you are applying for, along with a cover letter, resume and three references in PDF format to

Tonya Clayton, Office and Data Manager

Huron Pines provides equal employment opportunity and will not discriminate against an individual with respect to employment, compensation, term, condition, or privilege of employment, because of religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), sexual preference, height, weight, disability, genetic information, marital status or other legally protected status.

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Posted September 29, 2021

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