Volunteer Engagement Specialist

Job title: Volunteer Engagement Specialist
Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Industry: Parks, Conservation, Environment

Job Description

Great Parks of Hamilton County is currently accepting applications for a Full Time Volunteer Engagement Specialist. Join a team of dedicated and passionate people working toward a mission you can believe in— preserving and protecting natural resources and to provide outdoor recreation and education in order to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations. This position is part of the Human Resources team and collaborates extensively with the Great Parks Philanthropy team.

This position is based at Winton Centre in Winton Woods.

Please apply here: greatparks.org/jobs

A successful Volunteer Engagement Specialist works with the Director of Volunteer Engagement and the Director of Corporate Relations to increase community engagement and reach by cultivating vibrant and sustainable relationships with individuals, corporate teams and community partners. This includes, but is not limited to: recruitment, screening, training, placement and recognition of volunteers, with a strong focus on identifying, organizing, planning and facilitating meaningful volunteer experiences for community partners and corporate teams through external and interagency collaboration.

Great Parks of Hamilton County delivers on a promise to preserve and protect Hamilton County’s natural resources to residents and visitors. The park district stewards more than 17,700 acres that includes 22 parks and conservation areas, 78 trail miles, and 25 miles of river corridor. In 2022, Great Parks is embarking on a bold 10-year master plan to positively impact community-wide goals such as wellness, talent attraction, and economic development.

Be a part of an inclusive organization that enriches the region by inspiring nature-based experiences, celebrating cultural heritage and building strong and healthy communities through our dedicated staff, volunteers and friends.

Job Skills / Requirements
To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential duty listed below. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Organizes and coordinates the recruitment, screening, training and placement of volunteers; develops orientation and training materials; schedules and implements orientations; appropriately screens and matches volunteers with positions; follows up with volunteers and staff concerning assigned roles.
  • Works to actively create sustainable relationships with corporate teams and partner organizations; facilitates the production of meaningful service experiences for external groups through effective interdepartmental cooperation, communication and collaboration.
  • Collaborates with staff to identify roles and projects for volunteers that meet the needs and goals of the park district; assists staff with supervision, training and volunteer engagement.
  • Recognizes volunteer achievement and support; assists with the planning and implementation of volunteer recognition events.
  • Cultivates a mutually beneficial relationship with the community to increase engagement and reach; promotes the volunteer program to gain community and organizational support; implements effective strategies to recruit and retain qualified volunteers with the appropriate abilities and aptitudes; works to expand the park district’s demographic reach, including teens and underrepresented communities; attends volunteer, job and community fairs.
  • Communicates professionally with staff and volunteers; assists with emails and other communication to staff and volunteers; writes and edits articles and information for the volunteer and employee newsletters, park publications, park website, brochures and on-line platforms.
  • Organizes, coordinates and implements volunteer educational opportunities; identifies and schedules speakers for volunteer meetings; promotes appropriate internal and external trainings to volunteers.
  • Serves on local and regional committees and boards and participates and communicates with outside organizations to represent Great Parks and to keep informed of developments and trends in the volunteer resources field.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Social Sciences, Communication , Public Relations, Public Administration, Organizational Leadership or related field of study with at least three years’ experience coordinating volunteer programs or ability to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of volunteer programs.

This full-time position will work 40 hours per week, some evenings and weekends required.

Typical starting hourly salary range for the position will be $20.34- $25.43 hourly depending on experience.

Benefits include membership in Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and free or discounted use of many Great Parks of Hamilton County recreational activities.

Great Parks of Hamilton County is a Queen City Certified workplace.

Great Parks is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or any other classification protected under applicable law.