Volunteer Recruitment and Community Engagement

In-Office or Remote – Bozeman, MT

Who we are

Adventure Scientists is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on a mission to accelerate solutions to urgent conservation challenges. By designing, building, and managing field data collection projects at scale, we're making a tangible impact on our planet. What sets us apart is our unique approach of engaging outdoor enthusiasts and communities to collect high-quality data.

Imagine being part of a movement that empowers everyday people like you to make a real difference in the world of science and conservation. Adventure Scientists offers an opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research and shape science-based decision-making, policies, and technologies. By joining forces with our dynamic organization, you can play a vital role in ensuring the availability of critical field data that drives conservation and climate solutions.

Together, we can create a future where humanity lives in harmony with nature. Adventure Scientists invites you to join the cause and be part of this extraordinary journey. Whether you're passionate about the great outdoors, have a love for STEM fields, or simply want to make a positive impact, there's a place for you in this movement.

Seize this chance to be part of something bigger than yourself. Join Adventure Scientists today and embark on an adventure that will shape the world for generations to come.

Our Commitment to Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (EIJ)

Adventure Scientists strives to create an environment where everyone feels included, valued, and safe engaging with our work, regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, age, past or current military service, marital status, parental status, religion, socio-economic status, immigration status, or other identity.

Organizational Highlights

  • Our work has helped prevent illegal timber harvest, supported restoring extirpated species to their home ranges, gathered the largest dataset on Earth for microplastics, and advanced the identification of the genes responsible for antibiotic resistance. You can learn more about our work here.
  • Our annual budget is ~$3.2M and growing. This is sourced from a combination of fee-for-service revenue, partnerships, and philanthropic donors.
  • Our partners span international organizations, government agencies, NGOs, academia, and the private sector and include National Geographic, the World Economic Forum, TED, the US Forest Service, Harvard Medical School, and many more.
  • We focus on aspects of climate, biodiversity, freshwater, and forests.

The Volunteer Recruitment and Community Engagement Opportunity

Adventure Scientists is offering a thrilling opportunity in a Volunteer Recruitment and Community Engagement position. As part of the Project Management Team, you will take the lead in recruiting volunteers and keeping them engaged through a best-in-class volunteer experience. This is your chance to be at the forefront of a movement that is furthering conservation solutions.

In this pivotal role, you will spearhead the recruitment of volunteers across all Adventure Scientists projects both domestically and internationally. Picture yourself engaging with our community through targeted outreach, forging strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations around the world, and coordinating a team of passionate local recruiters who bring local context. Your efforts will be complemented by the organization of captivating virtual and in-person events, all aimed at inspiring individuals to contribute to environmental impact through scientific data collection.

If you thrive on mobilizing communities internationally and possess a deep understanding of outdoor culture, this position is tailor-made for you. Adventure Scientists is seeking someone with a strong interest in science and conservation ready to make a lasting mark in these critical areas. As the manager of Volunteer Recruitment, you will have the opportunity to connect with individuals on a personal level, igniting their passion and empowering them to become catalysts for change.

Collaborating closely with the dynamic Communications and Community Platform teams, you will be an influential force within Adventure Scientists. Your work will directly shape the organization's trajectory as it continues to leverage science-based decision-making, volunteerism, and community engagement to build a sustainable future.

Join Adventure Scientists on this exhilarating journey and become an instrumental part of the global movement for conservation and climate solutions. This is your chance to unleash your potential, leave a lasting impact, and make a meaningful difference in the world.

Key Responsibilities

The Volunteer Recruiter and Community Engagement position conducts and leads volunteer recruitment activities, partner relationships, marketing/communications for volunteers and owns the “on-the-ground” experience of our volunteers.

  • Build and execute our volunteer recruitment strategy both domestically and internationally inspiring collaboration and partnership with diverse communities through locally adapted approaches.
  • Lead our volunteer retention strategy, with an eye towards a world-class volunteer experience.  Constant learning and improvement will be essential.
  • Measure our volunteer engagement, motivations, and impact and utilize the data to increase and improve upon the impact our work has on our community. 

We are looking for you if you are

  • An organizer who has at least 5 years of work experience leading campaigns, building movements, and/or inspiring people to follow a cause both domestically and internationally. You have a strong track record building support behind initiatives and thrive on stage in front of potential collaborators.
  • A creative thinker who sees around obstacles and doesn’t get overwhelmed by audacious goals. You are goal oriented and set clear targets then do everything in your power to achieve them. When you don’t hit those targets, you learn, iterate, and swing again.
  • A passionate conservationist who wants to utilize your talents to mobilize the choir and give people a clear way they can be the change they want to see in the world. You see the opportunity that crowdsourcing and the democratization of science provides to effect lasting change for the environment. 

Personal attributes

  • Direct communicator with entrepreneurial vision, growth mindset, and a strong bias towards action
  • Creative thinker that works cross-functionally to navigate and overcome complex obstacles while being collaborative, open, direct, and transparent with colleagues
  • High degree of integrity and trustworthiness
  • Strong sense of personal ownership and responsibility with immense care for details
  • Strong desire to join and assist in the growth of a fast-paced, dynamic nonprofit organization
  • Willingness to operate with a team mentality and step outside of their role as requested

Location and Compensation

This is a full-time position that may be remote and based remotely out of a home office, or based in our Bozeman, MT office. This position will be expected to travel and will often work non-traditional hours. 

Depending on experience, are open to this role being a Senior Manager or Associate Director position. Salary range is $60k-$70k and $75k-$85k, respectively. We offer a generous and flexible benefits package, including healthcare, retirement plan with employer matching, personal and professional development fund opportunities, generous paid time off, paid parental leave, student loan relief, and paid powder days. Additional perks include flexible schedules, access to outdoor gear pro deals, sabbaticals for long-tenured employees, and a dog-friendly office, so you are invited to bring your best friend to work!

To Apply

To apply, please complete the form on the following pages. Direct questions about the application to Lydia Freeman -  lydia@adventurescientists.org 

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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Information (Completion is Voluntary)

Individuals seeking employment at Adventure Scientists are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, national origin, age, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. You are being given the opportunity to provide the following information in order to help us comply with federal and state Equal Employment Opportunity record keeping, reporting, and other legal requirements.

Completion of the form is entirely voluntary. Whatever your decision, it will not be considered in the hiring process or thereafter. Any information that you do provide will be recorded and maintained in a confidential file.
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As set forth in Adventure Scientists Equal Employment Opportunity policy, we do not discriminate on the basis of any protected group status under any applicable law.

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