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Land Labs Community Stewardship Coordinator VISTA

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ORGANIZATION: Great Peninsula Conservancy

Position Title: Community Stewardship Coordinator VISTA

Organization: Great Peninsula Conservancy

Program: Great Peninsula Conservancy Land Labs

Service Location: Bremerton, Washington

Timeline for Service: October 24th, 2022 - October 23rd, 2023


Great Peninsula Conservancy’s Land Labs program seeks a passionate environmental steward to help us make the outdoors a more inclusive space for all! Design volunteer opportunities that support conservation, stewardship, and outdoor education in west Puget Sound!

Program Description:

Great Peninsula Conservancy (GPC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit land trust dedicated to protecting the natural habitats, rural landscapes, and open spaces of the Great Peninsula region of west Puget Sound, Washington. GPC’s important work is accomplished through conservation, stewardship, and community engagement.

The Great Peninsula Conservancy (GPC) Land Labs program utilizes local protected lands to enhance the quality of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education local schools. Hands-on science projects support the vision of the Washington State Environmental and Sustainability Literacy Plan and meet the requirements of Washington State Science and Learning Standards (WSSLS). The program engages students directly in big picture environmental concerns affecting their local communities, and open students’ eyes to professional opportunities in the environmental science field. The Land Labs program will help prepare students from low-income families and underachieving schools for success in post-secondary education and careers in STEM.

Member Duties:

The Community Stewardship Coordinator VISTA will create volunteer stewardship and youth engagement opportunities that support Great Peninsula Conservancy and the Land Labs program. The VISTA member will prepare GPC preserves for Land Labs field experiences; design opportunities for students to participate in community science and stewardship; and assist in ground-truthing Land Labs’ growing library of outdoor education lessons. Under the guidance of the Stewardship Manager, the VISTA member will also assist in improving volunteer management procedures; designing and implementing habitat restoration projects; monitoring preserves and conservation easements; and activating preserves for community science and public enjoyment. The VISTA member’s work will enhance and support GPC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Commitment and the important work of making the outdoors a safe and inclusive space for all.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Design, organize, and manage volunteer stewardship activities related to habitat restoration, community science, and youth education;
  • Develop volunteer management systems that ensure the sustainability of GPC programs;
  • Promote engagement opportunities through GPC’s social media, website, and e-news;
  • Build sustainable relationships with non-traditional conservation partners;
  • Collaborate with a diverse team;
  • Ground-truth, enhance, and expand the Land Labs program;
  • Increase the organizational capacity of Great Peninsula Conservancy.


  • Passion for Great Peninsula Conservancy’s mission and vision;
  • Exceptional verbal communication skills;
  • Strong writing and organizational skills;
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
  • High degree of initiative and spirit of service;
  • Preferred: experience working in outdoor environments and using tools;
  • Preferred: experience in volunteer management and recruitment;
  • Preferred: experience in outreach and education;
  • Preferred: valid driver’s license and personal vehicle.

AmeriCorps VISTA:

This Great Peninsula Conservancy (GPC) VISTA position is funded by the Corporations for National and Community Service and will serve within the AmeriCorps VISTA program. AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. To learn more about the AmeriCorps programs visit


In return for their service, AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a modest bi-weekly living allowance of $697.20, health benefits during their service, and have the option of receiving an AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,195 or post-service stipend of $1,800 after completing their service. A relocation travel and settling-in allowance may also apply if they are moving.   

To Apply:
Send a cover letter and resume to Claire Voris ( Applications are also accepted through, but will require that the applicant follow up with a cover letter and resume prior to receiving an interview. Deadline for applications is September 23 rd, 2022. For more information, visit Great Peninsula Conservancy’s website (

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About Great Peninsula Conservancy


423 Pacific Avenue, Suite 300, Bremerton, WA 98337, US

Mission Statement

Great Peninsula Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to protecting the natural habitats, rural landscapes, and open spaces of the Great Peninsula region of West Puget Sound, Washington.


In the 1980s, as the population on the peninsula began to grow, visionary local leaders took action to preserve the natural beauty of this region and protect local lands and waters. For their protection efforts to be successful, they realized a strong organization was needed to take on regional challenges and to shoulder stewardship responsibilities far into the future. Great Peninsula Conservancy was formed in 2000 to take on those responsibilities.

Our mission is to conserve vibrant forests, streams, shorelines and community greenspaces to help wildlife and people thrive. We commit to caring for the lands we protect to ensure wildlife and people enjoy the many benefits of nature well into the future. And we enrich lives by offering opportunities for people to experience nature close up.

To date we have preserved over 10,000 acres of evergreen forests, salmon streams, marine shorelines and community parks.




Mon Oct 24, 2022 - Sun Jan 22, 2023


423 Pacific Ave.Suite 300Bremerton, WA 98337



  • Habitat Restoration
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Education




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • AmeriCorps VISTA member position entails one year of service

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