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Climate Action Coordinator

About L.A. Works:

L.A. Works unites Angelenos and inspires action for an equitable LA. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer action center, we create and manage hands-on community service projects to mobilize volunteers throughout the greater Los Angeles area. We are looking for enthusiastic, experienced individuals who share in our passion for service and our civic pride.


  • Our work matters and has a direct positive impact on our neighbors.

  • We enjoy a casual, but focused office atmosphere (we roll up our sleeves and get to work).

  • We work on a hybrid model: mostly remote with the occasional in-person meeting or event.

  • As an organization that specifically serves the Los Angeles community, preference in hiring goes to candidates who live locally.

Today we are witnessing the Climate collapse disproportionately affect people of color. To help make these communities more livable now and in the future, as well as to address the overall climate crisis on a local level, L.A. Works mobilizes Angelenos as volunteers to support environmental needs across L.A. County. We focus volunteer efforts on wildfire mitigation, urban greening, and organic waste recovery; engaging volunteers from within the local neighborhoods as well as from the greater LA, while educating all of the participants about the importance and impact of these activities.


About the role:  This position leads the organization’s climate action programming, creating, and managing volunteer experiences to meet the objectives and deliverables set forth in the grants and partnerships provided by California Volunteers, National Forest Foundation, and BACR’s California Climate Action Corps Fellows. The incumbent will have strong communications skills, be a self-starter, have experience in event production, and experience recruiting, working with, and managing volunteers and/or teams.

The Climate Action Program Coordinator is expected to plan and execute Climate Action and National Forest Foundation volunteer events, with the support of CCAC fellows and volunteer project leaders, to recruit and manage 2,200+ volunteers in urban greening, organic waste, and wildfire resilience activities, from ideation to execution. The Coordinator is also responsible for supervising the CCAC Fellows who will focus their efforts on volunteer recruitment and volunteer communications.

The list that follows is not intended to be comprehensive; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major responsibilities of the position. Incumbents may not be required to perform all roles listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.

•   Coordinate all event logistics, including:

o   Securing sites, identifying project activities, and maintaining communications with nonprofits/schools;

o   Ensuring that the volunteers are recruited to assist with the logistics of the events (pre/post), leading the projects, and volunteer participants on the day of the event;

o   Leading/overseeing the day of the event;

o   Procuring event supplies and preparing materials for events;

o   Ensuring all event project supplies are at the project site on the day of the event;

o   Providing food, refreshments, and other incentives, where applicable (e.g., t-shirts or native plant giveaways); and

o   Coordinate the transportation of volunteers and community members to the wildfire site locations.

•   Attend all climate events (most are on Saturdays), provide pre-event stewardship, and brief educational introduction to volunteers (e.g., leave no trace/recreate responsible principles) at kick-off, and act as the main point of contact/leader.

•    Submit finance/expense reports and backup weekly and stay within budget.

•    Work with the Corporate team to ensure that all permits and school processes (insurance, approvals, etc.) are successfully met.

•    Support accurate project reporting in a timely manner for organization goals as well as funders California Volunteers, NFF, and BACR.


Ensure timely tracking and reporting within the Salesforce system to track and meet the following goals:

•    Participation of 2,200 volunteers

•    6,600 volunteer hours worked across all climate action events.

•    75% of volunteers reporting increased knowledge of climate change issues

•    75% of volunteers reporting increased appreciation of wilderness areas with new skills and new knowledge gained. 

•    75% of volunteers reporting improved mood and social connectedness for increased health

•    60% of volunteers reporting likelihood of returning to wilderness areas 

•    80% of partner organizations will report the work completed would not have been accomplished without volunteer support and/or they were able to divert resources to fill their mission in another way thanks to L.A. Works volunteer efforts.

•    5,000 native plants/trees planted.

•    20 acres of trail maintenance completed.

•    500 pounds of trash collected.

•    500 cubic feet of compost generated.

•    8 urban gardens created.

Additional Requirements:

•    Support L.A. Works large-scale signature events and other all-organization-wide needs.

•    Participate in an L.A. Works taskforce (an organization-wide, collaborative team).

•    Ability to lift up to 30 pounds.

•    Valid driver’s license.

•    Access to personal car for travel throughout Los Angeles County.

•    Some evening and weekend commitments.

•    All other duties assigned by the supervisor.


Time Expectations:

•    This is a full-time 40 hours per week position.

•    Events are primarily on weekends and so a flexible schedule is required.

•    The percentage of time devoted to specific responsibilities is subject to organizational and climate event timeline.

Classification and salary: The Climate Action Program Coordinator is a full-time temporary grant funded position (funded through December 2024) with the possibility for continuation with additional funding. This position is employed at will and reports directly to the Climate Action Manager. As an employee of L.A. Works, the Climate Action Program Coordinator is subject to the policies and procedures outlined in the Employee Handbook. The salary is $55,000 ($26.44/hour).


Salary is commensurate with experience and internal equity. L.A. Works offers a competitive benefit package including health insurance, professional development opportunities, a non-match 401k, and an open vacation policy - we believe you should take the time you need, when you need it! This job description doesn't constitute a contract of employment and that the company may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.


This job description doesn't constitute a contract of employment and L.A. Works may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.


COVID-19 safety: L.A. Works requires its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to certain exceptions as required by law. All employees are also required to submit to additional masking and social distancing requirements.


This job description doesn't constitute a contract of employment and L.A. Works may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. 


To apply: please email a cover letter describing why you are a good fit for this role, along with your resume and a list of references, as a single PDF document to


Background check: As a finalist for a job, you will be subject to a routine background check. The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with L.A. Works. Qualified Applicants with Criminal Histories will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with the requirements of the California Consumer Reporting Agencies Act and Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.


L.A. Works is an Equal Opportunity Employer

L.A. Works encourages all applicants to apply and seeks to hire qualified staff who reflect the rich diversity of the communities we serve.  We define diversity in broad terms to include race, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, geography, socio-economic status and other unique attributes that make us who we are.

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