Community Coordinator via Idealist

The River Project

Los Angeles, CA, US

ABOUT THE RIVER PROJECT: The River Project (TRP) is a small (<10 employees) nonprofit organization founded in 2001 and dedicated to natural resource protection, conservation, and enhancement. Our mission is to encourage responsible planning and management of our land and water resources, working toward local water and living rivers nourished by healthy watersheds for the social, economic, and environmental benefit of our communities. Through outreach, advocacy, scientific research, projects, and hands-on educational programs, we provide Angelenos with the tools to create climate-resilient communities.

ABOUT WATER LA: The Water LA program ( is an initiative supporting Angelenos to capture, conserve, and reuse water. We respond to challenges related to climate change, drought, water and air quality, equity, and habitat loss by empowering and assisting residents to implement nature-based solutions at their homes. We work both to advance and streamline best practices in land management while working together with local communities on hands-on installations and stewardship.


The Community Coordinator works with staff and NGO partners to engage communities and represent TRP in-person and across media platforms.

Responsibilities include: event and workshop coordination and facilitation; connecting with homeowners; assisting Water LA program participants in organizing project implementations; building and maintaining productive relationships with NGO partners and local government staff; recruiting and engaging volunteers; and sharing information and experiences through social media.

Proactively works with the entire Water LA team, including: design staff on information and educational material development, NGO partners on the Water LA Collaborative, and TRP crew on facilitating homeowner assistance.


The essential functions or duties listed illustrate the various types of work to be performed. Responsibilities also include related tasks.

  • Work with staff to develop and disseminate educational materials
  • Represent TRP and Water LA by sharing and updating on social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Recruit and manage volunteers
  • Engage homeowners in select neighborhoods to participate in the Water LA Program through dynamic approaches, which may include tabling at events, public speaking at neighborhood council and community meetings, workshops, sending out mailers, etc.
  • Follow up with Water LA Program participants and coordinate with TRP staff through site assessments, design, installations, and stewardship
  • Participate in Water LA Collaborative development through coordination, communications, engagement, and consensus building
  • Represent TRP and Water LA at related meetings and public forums as necessary
  • Support staff through the Water LA Program. Together with staff conduct, participate in, and report on workshops, and facilitate community participation in both the program and hands-on workshops.


  • High level of integrity, accountability, responsibility, discretion, and dependability
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Proactive self-starter
  • Comfortable working with large groups
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Strong time management skills and high level of attention to detail
  • Ability to structure tasks, establish priorities, and set goals
  • Skilled at managing and updating social media accounts
  • Ability to be on-site as needed to meet and talk with Water LA candidates and participants, and to prepare and participate in workshops and events
  • Ability to perform basic manual tasks such as light lifting, bending to move materials, and to assist in workshops and events
  • Flexibility to manage changes in program schedules
  • Ability to attend meetings and work events on nights and weekends


  • Curiosity about the natural world and a passion for its intersection with urban landscapes
  • Knowledge of environmental issues around Los Angeles
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a team
  • Interest in working outside
  • Ability to speak and write in multiple languages, especially Spanish
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively and thoughtfully with people from diverse cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Proficiency with software applications, including Microsoft Office and outreach platforms, such as Mail Chimp and Survey Monkey, etc.
  • Dynamic background with experience in related skill sets, which may include research and design skills, and/or proficiency with related software platforms such as Adobe Suite, website management, ESRI ArcGIS, etc.
  • Degree in Communications, Education, Environmental Science, or a related field
  • Experience working in the field


Benefits include full health, PTO, matched retirement savings, and professional development opportunities.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

[email protected]


Send resume, a cover letter discussing what makes you a great fit for the position and the organization, and three references to: [email protected] Please write “Community Coordinator” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

The River Project is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity. TRP maintains a policy of non-discrimination in regard to age, ancestry, color, creed, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other class protected by applicable state or federal law. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.