Position: Outdoor Education Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA

Do you have a passion and love of the outdoors? Would you like to share your enthusiasm and skills with urban youth and families? As part of our mission to protect nature in our city for the benefit of all communities, Heartland Conservation Alliance launched a three-year pilot project in partnership with AmeriCorps to connect more people with nature. As part of this project, Heartland Conservation Alliance seeks a full-time Outdoor Education Coordinator, who will serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA.


This is a one-year commitment with a living stipend of $13,399.15 for one year and benefits and training.

The VISTA initiative enables underserved, rural, urban, or minority groups, to engage community residents, promote volunteerism, and empower communities to create sustainable programs that alleviate poverty. VISTAs build capacity of their sponsoring organization to serve impoverished communities by writing grants, strengthening partnerships, and recruiting volunteers.


The Outdoor Education Coordinator will be the primary connection between existing environmental educators, communities, and outdoor recreation opportunities. You will amplify partner efforts already being implemented through support of marketing and outreach activities and coordination. The primary goal of this position is to identify gaps in outdoor education and implement strategies to fill these gaps.


Application Deadline: Monday, November 30

All interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, work and education history, and three professional references to Jill Erickson, Executive Director, jill@heartlandconservationalliance.org or call 816-813-0944. All interested applicants must also register through the AmeriCorps Portal

Position: Program Manager


Salary range: $40,000-$43,000


We are seeking an experienced leader who thrives in a collaborative nonprofit environment. We are looking for an entrepreneurial person who can tackle complex challenges with innovation, creativity and strong partnerships. Our organization is growing and we need someone who can grow with us by developing smart systems for operations and program evaluation. 

The Program Manager works as part of a team to advance our mission, core values, and strategic initiatives. Our mission is working collaboratively in the Kansas City Metro to protect our region’s natural resources for the benefit of all community members. The Program Manager works with the Executive Director, Board, volunteers, Alliance members and other staff to develop, plan, implement, evaluate, and improve conservation projects.


The Program Manager will be responsible for coordinating three programs (Conservation, Education and Outreach and Alliance Services) along with activities for our organization. The Program Manager will be tasked with developing projects to support our mission, as well as creating and managing long term goals. The Program Manager will support the Executive Director in developing budgets and operating plans for programs and writing program funding proposals.


In order to be successful in this role, you will need to have prior experience in both program management and team management. A Bachelor's degree or strong demonstration of work experience is required.

Heartland Conservation Alliance embraces diversity and promotes inclusion in its mission, hiring, and operations. We seek individuals whose commitments and contributions will advance our mission to protect natural resources for the benefit of all. We strongly encourage members of our BIPOC community to apply. Heartland Conservation Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer."

Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 1

All interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, two writing samples, work and education history, and three professional references. Applications should be sent via email to Jill Erickson, Executive Director, jill@heartlandconservationalliance.org.

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