NYC Civic Corps Member: NYC Compost Project and Snug Harbor

The NYC Compost Project and Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (“Snug Harbor”) seeks an NYC Civic Corps member to better integrate our volunteer program across our campus.

The NYC Compost Project, horticulture, agriculture, operations and arts departments regularly use volunteers to provide additional capacity to programs. The Civic Corps member would oversee and standardize these efforts as well as assist in the creation and optimizing of programs across departments.

Mission and Goals:

Snug Harbor seeks to create a sense of community as the cultural anchor of Staten Island, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to involve the community in the planning and implementation of its programs, services, and day-to-day operations. Snug Harbor views volunteers as a priority since they act as ambassadors for Snug Harbor; they help the organization run more efficiently and provide feedback to visitors of the site by informing them of Snug Harbor’s growth.

Member Position Summary:

The NYC Civic Corps member will review existing Snug Harbor volunteer programs, assess organizational needs to create meaningful volunteer role descriptions, identify opportunities to leverage technology to streamline volunteer management and develop a strategic volunteer engagement plan.

Detailed Functions of Position:

Volunteer Program Planning

  • Conduct a needs assessment to determine internal capacity to build or expand volunteer programming
  • Create a strategic volunteer engagement plan for new or expanding volunteer programming

Volunteer Recruitment + Onboarding

  • Design a volunteer outreach plan aiming to increase the capacity of volunteers for the host-site organization
  • Create volunteer information sessions for potential volunteers to learn more about the organization and the role(s) a volunteer will play
  • Create or manage the intake process for new volunteers

Volunteer Training

  • Create or manage a volunteer training for new volunteers
  • Create volunteer training manual/materials
  • Create a system for screening and matching volunteers to appropriate roles

Volunteer Management

  • Create a system for and/or manage contact information of volunteers
  • Develop volunteer management tools including tracking sheets
  • Manage volunteer projects
  • Create work plans and schedules for volunteer projects

Volunteer Evaluation

  • Create volunteer surveys
  • Analyze volunteer surveys to implement volunteer feedback

Required Skills for NYC Civic Corps Members (set for all program members):

  • Strong commitment to national service and the mission of the host site
  • Desire to work in the non-profit sector
  • Desire to serve with diverse communities
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to conduct community outreach and make presentations to community groups
  • Willingness to take initiative to achieve goals
  • Strong project management/multi-tasking abilities
  • A clear plan for living on the AmeriCorps stipend in New York City
  • Availability to lead and/or attend events during evening and weekend hours (frequency varies
  • by position)
  • Minimum high school diploma or equivalency
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check
  • US Citizen or lawful permanent resident (AmeriCorps regulations)
  • Excellent Microsoft application skills required (Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint)

Preferred Academic or Experience Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities of Member:

  • Ability to maintain relationships with external stakeholders

Applications are being reviewed through the end of June. To apply please visit