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POSITION:                          Program Coordinator, San Juan Islands Youth Conservation Corps

POSTING DATE:                March 27th, 2023

CLOSING DATE:                Resume and cover letter due by 5pm on April 10, 2023

SALARY:                              $55,000 - $75,000, DOQ

# OF POSITIONS:              1

WORK SCHEDULE:           Regular part/full time (flexible) 32-40 hours/week

BENEFITS:                         Benefited position and compensated at an hourly wage rate.

LOCATION:                       San Juan Island, Friday Harbor, Washington


The San Juan Islands Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) provides year-round conservation and stewardship programs for youth ages 12-18, with a focus on the highly popular summer program that runs for 8 weeks from June-August each year on each of the three main islands - Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan. Students work closely with conservation professionals and educational partners on gratifying restoration projects, inquiry-based experiential outdoor education, and professional development activities. In doing so, YCC members gain applied job skills and training that can help propel them into their future. The program provides life-skills, summer work stipends, and exposure to the “working world” for island youth. Activities often include trail building, forestry work, community outreach and education, invasive weed removal, nearshore restoration and cleanup, native plant identification, art, photography and more.


The YCC Program Coordinator will coordinate day-to-day YCC program operations through implementing field projects, providing environmental education opportunities, supporting youth development, and maintaining relationships with local land management agencies, schools and other partner organizations on San Juan, Lopez, and Orcas Island. In addition, the candidate will assist in fiscal and administrative management as well as grant writing to support program as needed. The Coordinator will support other outreach, education and community engagement activities on behalf of the District.


1. Plans, leads and directs the day-to-day operations of the YCC program, including: creating YCC program plans, program curriculum, collaboration with other agencies, develops partnerships and prioritizes work plans with crew leaders, with oversight from the District Manager:

  • Builds and maintains community partnerships and relationships with land management agencies, school districts and youth programs.

  • Develops educational curriculum with measurable outcomes to be implemented and utilized in the field.

  • Creates short- and long-term goals, budgets, and plans for the YCC program.

  • Provides regular on-the-ground and virtual support for staff, fields questions and concerns, helps problem-solve youth behavior management assistance in coordination with the District Manager.

  • Conducts outreach and community engagement for the program, including creation of outreach/marketing materials.

  • Coordinates YCC Advisory Committee and provides program input, results and feedback to the committee.

  • Assist with District website information, program news and social media pages.

  • Compiles annual end-of-year program report.

  • Works with other District staff for project planning, best management practices guidelines and any other opportunities along the District program spectrum.

  • Ensures staff have necessary equipment, training, and current protocols to respond to emergency situations according to YCC protocols and first-aid training.

  • Communicates clearly and directly with parents regarding any health, behavior or other concerns with assistance from District Manager as appropriate.

  • Coordinates information to staff on District policies, procedures, project goals and objectives.

2. With oversight from District Manager, provides supervision of program seasonal staff:

  • Responsible for hiring, training, and supervising crew leads and youth crew members, and develops and distributes seasonal crew training packets.

  • Maintains a harmonious, communicative, efficient, and caring workplace encouraging career opportunities and experience as appropriate.

  • Attends and schedules regular staff meetings.

  • Schedules and conducts periodic employee and performance reviews, exit interviews and other HR matters as appropriate


3. Works with District Manager, Fiscal Manager and partners to develop budgets, secure funding, review and write grants, and track program income and expenses.

  • Assists with review and assessment of program budget, expenses, funding needs and develops funding requests as appropriate.

  • Identifies funding opportunities and writes grant proposals, submissions and reporting and develops local fundraising activities.

  • Oversees proper and timely collection of timesheets, billings, reimbursements and any financials associated with YCC staff in coordination with Fiscal Manager

  • Assist with monitoring budget and provides updates to District Manager and Board as requested.


4. Meets regularly with District staff to discuss and coordinate program goals and collaboration.

5. Works on outreach and education for all District programs.

6. Perform other duties and functions as directed within the District’s programs and functions.



  • Bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields: natural resources/environmental science, education, communications, non-profit management, public administration, or closely related field. Demonstrated experience may substitute for educational requirements.

  • Three years of supervisory and/or program coordination experience. Additional experience may substitute for experience levels.

  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle with valid WA state driver’s license and pass a criminal background check.

  • Demonstrated work with diverse age groups and groups involved with conservation, education and the environment.

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in program coordination.

  • Passion for community outreach, youth engagement, and environmental stewardship.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written) and personal management skills. Ability to self-direct and manage time.

  • A high level of professional tact and presentation, and the ability to provide exceptional customer service through careful listening and understanding of client issues.

  • Fluent and effective computer skills (i.e. Microsoft Office Suite, Canva, social media platforms, Adobe, Photoshop), or the ability to learn.


  • Understanding of natural resource management best practices.

  • Grant writing and management experience.


The San Juan Islands Conservation District provides competitive holiday, sick and vacation leave; medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; and retirement benefits. Regular professional development opportunities are offered and strongly encouraged. We provide a fun, flexible and family-oriented workplace with passionate staff and meaningful work.


Annual salary is $55,000 - $75,000 DOQ


Normal office environment with desk, phone, and computer provided. Position involves extensive computer and telephone work, regular travel to field project sites, events and meetings. Requires lifting, bending, and working on varied terrain in all weather conditions. Availability for evening and weekend work is required, as is occasional overnight travel. The job is highly seasonal, working primarily in the field in the summer and primarily working on the computer during the off-season. Individual must provide own transportation for work-related travel which is reimbursed per mile at current WA State rates.



All applicants must be able to pass a criminal background check and possess a valid driver’s license. Must have and maintain acceptable motor vehicle record. Must possess a willingness to perform physical activity, work in adverse weather and field conditions. Must have the ability to use all safety equipment. Demonstrated ability to rely on experience, training and independent judgement in determining how to plan and execute responsibilities in a resourceful and effective manner. Must be able to provide references (minimum of three) and contact information.


Please send cover letter and resume to Paul Andersson,  Resume and cover letter due by 5pm on April 10, 2023.

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