Volunteer Manager

March 19, 2019 1:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Organization: Gorman Heritage Farm Foundation


The Volunteer Manager will manage the volunteer operations of Gorman Heritage Farm, responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining an exemplary volunteer program to provide a supplementary workforce through the use of corporate, religious, academic, community, and individual volunteers. This position's success should ultimately result in volunteers with a deeper engagement and commitment to GHF and our mission to educate about agriculture, nutrition, sustainability, and the environment.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Recruit, orientate, train, and manage individual, corporate, school, and community service volunteers. Work with staff to identify group and individual activities and projects.
  • Work with Eagle Scout Candidates, Capstone Students, Americorps Volunteers and others on projects identified as important and necessary for the Farm.
  • Create intern opportunities to enable students to get college credit and/or Service Learning experience while providing volunteer services to the Farm and its programs.
  • Work with agencies that enable young people/adults with disabilities to learn marketable skills.
  • Write small grant applications as needed.
  • Manage database, track volunteer hours and report as requested.
  • Create and distribute monthly and as needed volunteer newsletters.
  • Represent the Farm at service/fairs at colleges and other local businesses in addition to community events like Earth Day.
  • Look for outside opportunities to market GHF in the community while offering different outlets and projects for our volunteers like planting and painting contests.
  • Organize volunteer recognition and appreciation events including a weekly potluck lunch, annual pancake breakfast, annual potluck dinner and local events when possible.
  • Ensure the volunteer experience is meaningful to the volunteer and productive for GHF.
  • Meet periodically with volunteers to ensure that they are appropriately matched and trained for daily/weekly/monthly GHFF responsibilities and events.  
  • Identify volunteers and develop for supervisory responsibilities.
  • Act as liaison between staff and volunteers, ensuring there is appropriate support and training for volunteers. Liaison to Harness Team.
  • Monitor, support and motivate volunteers and their work.
  • Handle the front desk tasks and answer phones when volunteers are not available.
  • Assist with planning and execution of GHF’s annual events.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience: 
Degree in related field or relevant work/volunteer experience. Experience in managing a database. General knowledge of non-profit operation, agriculture, and/or education required.  This position requires

a collaborative working style, strong written and oral communication skills, a willingness to learn the function of non-profit operations and sustainable farm/consumer practices. Candidates will possess a professional attitude, the ability to interact and enjoy people, to tolerate interruptions and changes in schedule.

Equipment Operated:

Personal computer, copier, phones and other equipment found in an office and teaching environment.

Physical Demands:

Climbing, bending, lifting, carrying up to 35 pounds, walking, sitting, reaching, finger dexterity, repetitive motion, talking, hearing, visual acuity. The work is performed both indoors and outdoors.

Category: Full Time


Non Exempt - hourly $13-$16/hour depending on experience

Reports to: Executive Director

To be considered for this position, email resume and cover letter to Tricia Watts: tricia@gormanfarm.org.

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