Programs Coordinator

Salary: Anticipated salary for this role is $45,000 to $50,000, depending on experience. References will be requested.

Job Type: Full-time, regular staff member

Reports to: Director of Strategic Partnerships & Communications

Location: Rockville, MD

Work Type: Hybrid – The expectations for this position range from full-time in-office work to a blend of remote and in-office work, to travel to facilitate events at public lands, depending on the needs of the Park Trust

About National Park Trust

National Park Trust’s mission is to preserve parks today and develop park stewards for tomorrow. We work closely with the National Park Service to acquire important privately owned lands to expand and complete our national parks. Our creative and innovative programs advance public parks, lands, and waters as spaces that are welcoming and accessible to every person in every community. We believe that our public parks, lands, and waters should be cared for, enjoyed, and preserved by all for current and future generations.

Position Overview

National Park Trust seeks a self-motivated and talented Programs Coordinator to assist with the organization’s overall programs and partnerships goals. This position is an excellent opportunity to build experience as a program planning professional for a national non-profit. Strong interpersonal communication skills are a must for maintaining positive partnerships with stakeholders. Individuals must have the ability to manage multiple projects and programs independently. Candidates must be based in the D.C. metropolitan area, have a driver’s license and vehicle, have the ability to lift up to 50 lbs., and travel to different program sites around the country as needed. This is a full-time, 40-hour/week, year-round position.

The person in this role will be expected to co-produce high-quality programs that engage target audiences and illustrate the Park Trust’s professionalism and experience. The Programs Coordinator’s primary duties will include tasks associated with program planning and grassroots organizing for National Park Trust program areas, including but not limited to military engagement, college engagement, Kids to Parks Day, Buddy Bison Programs, ParkPassport mobile app, and more. The ideal candidate must be able to multitask and be an excellent communicator with superb organizational skills. Candidates should also have a passion for parks and public lands or a willingness to gain a deeper connection with the outdoors. This is a full-time 40 hours/week position. 

Position Description
  • Assist in all aspects of the Park Trust’s expanding national youth & family engagement programs, focusing on the DC metro area.
  • Coordinate and manage day-to-day relationships with program partners for assigned youth & family engagement programs.
  • Certain program logistics and activities will require some in-state and out-of-state travel.
  • Assist with operational aspects of Kids to Parks Day, working closely with the Partnerships and Programs team.
  • Administer and coordinate in-person and virtual park experiences for assigned Buddy Bison schools nationwide.
  • Assist, as needed, with ParkPassport mobile app data entry and management.
  • Prepare written reports for outings and communicate clearly with the appropriate Director regarding all trip aspects.
  • Contribute to regularly scheduled department meetings and monthly staff meetings.
  • Develop detailed program planning materials for programs.
  • Maintain an organized collection of photos, partner testimonials, and other collateral for use in development, grant, and marketing efforts.
  • As needed, assist the communications team with social media content and engagement, newsletters, and website updates.
  • Coordinate and assist with special event planning as needed.
Skills and Qualifications
  • 4-year college degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Ability to work effectively with a team or independently and meet deadlines efficiently.
  • Creative and strategic thinker.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and pay attention to detail.
  • Strong communication skills (written, phone, and in-person). Written documents will include email communications, website content, blogs, etc. 
  • Creative and open to expressing new ideas to improve programming and troubleshoot issues. 
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, Google Suite, and WordPress is preferred. Canva is a bonus.
  • Flexibility and poise while juggling multiple projects in a fast-paced environment, with the ability to troubleshoot when necessary.
  • A passion for the mission and a desire to gain experience and develop professionally.
Special Requirements

Due to work with youth and families:

  • All staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. National Park Trust provides reasonable accommodations for medical reasons and sincerely held religious beliefs consistent with legal requirements.
  • The candidate must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check.
Physical Requirements
  • Some physical exertion, including outdoor activities, e.g. hiking
  • Lifting items up to 50 lbs
  • Driver’s license and use of a car
  • Local and overnight travel may be required
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Health and dental insurance with a vision program
  • Life insurance and short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Vacation, sick leave, and observance of all federal holidays
How to Apply
  1. Cover letter explaining why you are interested in working at the National Park Trust and what you hope to contribute to the organization.
  2. Resume

National Park Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment.  We seek diversity in thought, background, and experience among our staff, Board of Trustees, donors, and partners. Diversity within our organization informs our programming, strengthens our partnerships, and enables us to serve diverse stakeholders and communities effectively. National Park Trust follows all applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding non-discriminatory hiring and employment practices. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.