About Volunteering at Seventh Generation Institute

The Institute is particularly interested in "skills-based volunteers." A skills-based volunteer is a different breed of volunteer, one who brings higher level skills to volunteering - hence the name. Skills-based volunteers contrast with "traditional volunteers" who typically work on jobs that require little skill or specialized knowledge - such as serving food in a soup kitchen or cleaning trash from roadsides. Skills-based volunteers are seeking more challenging ways to serve, to use existing knowledge and skills, or to build new skills. Skills-based volunteers may be found different phases of life and with different motivations but share a strong desire to make a difference in a nonprofit setting with work that speaks to them.

Some examples:

  • Professionals wanting to add more meaning to their life outside of their workday.
  • Graduate school students kick-starting their professional careers.

  • Retirees wanting to find a new or different purpose in life through contributing to a better world.

If this level of volunteering sounds appealing please review the positions below and be in touch per the specific instructions.

General Information

These positions are available as of 11/1/17. Positions may be filled at any time.

Internships are for an initial period of six months. Upon termination of the internship, all interns will complete an evaluation process with Institute staff.  Depending upon the performance of the intern, an intern may be offered a paid part-time or full time position at this time, or an extension of the internship. Interns that satisfactorily complete the internship will receive letters of recommendation.

Candidates should be:

  • Located in or willing to relocate to Blaine County Idaho.
  • Able to work from home, provide your own computer and cell phone and have internet access.
  • Have a reliable 4WD vehicle and evidence of insurance.
  • Be reasonably physically fit – sufficient to hike 5 miles in hilly terrain  - and capable of working outdoors on occasion. 

Please read about the Institute’s mission, values and approach on the Institute’s website at www.seventh-generation.org. Candidates for these positions should be comfortable with the Institute’s values and approach, which is one approach among many in the conservation field.

Positions described above may be applied for separately or combined into one position. Please state in your cover letter, which position(s) you are applying for.

Assistant Project Coordinator

The Assistant Project Coordinator will assist the Executive Director and Operations Director with all of the Institute’s programs and activities as various needs arise during the seasons.

Specific tasks and hours are impossible to predict, since much of the Institute’s work is conducted outdoors and is strongly affected by weather and the schedules of project partners. The selected candidate may assist in any or all of the following: GPS mapping, monitoring streams, wildlife, native plants or invasive plants, organizing workshops, training volunteers, data entry, coordination with project partners including private land owners, BLM, Forest Service and others, fundraising and public presentations. 

We estimate this position at approximately 10-20 hours per week, but work hours and tasks will vary significantly and will sometimes include evening and weekends.

Communication and Outreach Assistant

We estimate this position at approximately 10 hours per week, on average, but work hours and tasks will vary significantly and will sometimes include evening and weekends.

Responsibilities:

  • Design and write a wide variety of written and digital communication and outreach materials, including but not limited to: newsletters, social media, press releases, funder communication, educational factsheets, other materials as needed.
  • Assist with event planning, promotion, and publicity.
  • Maintain records of all types of communication
  • Other responsibilities are likely to evolve.

Other desirable skills/availabilities:

  • Photography and videography
  • Occasional travel. Some travel may be required. Other travel will be optional.
  • Occasional public speaking.
  • Evening and weekend availability.
  • Ability to communicate to various audiences.

Volunteer and Event Coordinator

We estimate this position at approximately 10 hours per week, on average, but work hours and tasks will vary significantly and will sometimes include evening and weekends.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinator will be starting work on Outsider Corps, but other events are planned for the future.
  • Build the capacity of the Outsider Corps as a volunteer coordinator. Identify, screen, and recruit volunteers at various skill levels that can contribute to expanding the work in other Institute programs, such as the Nurture the Native Program or the Building Riparian Resilience through Beaver Restoration program.
  • Develop additional volunteer projects in the West and outside the US.
  • Maintain volunteer database
  • Identify and assist program presenters to complete monthly programs for Outsider Corps.
  • Assist with fundraising and partnership building

Other desirable skills/availabilities:

  • Photography and videography
  • Occasional travel. Some travel may be required. Other travel will be optional.
  • Occasional public speaking.
  • Evening and weekend availability.
  • Ability to communicate to various audiences.

How to apply for all positions

Candidates should be:

  • Located in or willing to relocate to Blaine County Idaho.
  • Able to work from home, provide your own computer and cell phone and have internet access and an appropriate vehicle.

If you are interested in any of these positions, or a combo of several positions, please send a resume and cover letter to admin@seventh-generation.org in which you describe:

1.      The specific position(s) for which you are applying.

2.      Your interest, qualifications, strengths, and past experience that would help you perform this role.

3.      Please describe any specific skills and knowledges you have and wish to use. A wide variety of skills can be put to use ranging from financial management to scuba diving.

4. Optional writing samples

5. Date you are available.

Questions may be submitted by email. Please do not call.

          Thank you for your interest.