Make Balboa Park a Better Place

At the Balboa Park Conservancy, your job becomes part of your legacy.

When you join our team, you have the opportunity to sustain and enhance San Diego’s crown jewel and one of the Best Parks in the World. As a small nonprofit, we are collaborative, data-driven and start-up minded. Together, you can help us advocate for the greater good of Balboa Park.

Only applications for current job openings are considered. We are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open positions—please, NO phone calls. Balboa Park Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity in the workplace.

Balboa Park Conservancy
Human Resources
1549 El Prado, Ste. 1
San Diego, CA 92101

Cover letter and resumes to:

Position Title: Full-Time AmeriCorps VIP Fellow

Service Term: September 9, 2019 – July 31, 2020 

AmeriCorps VIP Overview

Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP) Fellows are AmeriCorps members who build and strengthen sustainable volunteer programs in existing service organizations. VIP Fellows leave a legacy in the communities they serve by building lasting systems of volunteer engagement and management. Each VIP Fellow dedicates their service to a single Partner Site, working “behind the scenes” of service to enable volunteers to take part in meaningful service positions that meet community needs.

Balboa Park Conservancy Organization Overview & VIP Focus

The Balboa Park Conservancy was formed in 2011 as a public-benefit 501(c)3 nonprofit organization to raise funds, develop a public-private partnership with the City of San Diego, and collaborate with Balboa Park stakeholders to address sustainability and accessibility needs in the Park. The impetus behind the Balboa Park Conservancy’s formation was a growing backlog of deferred maintenance projects at a time when the city’s limited resources, exacerbated by the Great Recession, were proving inadequate to properly maintain and care for the 1,200-acre park. Since its formation, the Conservancy has worked with the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department and other partners to plant trees across the park, re-activate and turn the Plaza de Panama into one of San Diego’s primary public gathering spots, and reinvent public placemaking in the park through holiday festivals, such as Halloween Family Day, Cinco de Mayo, Food Truck Fridays, and other activation projects. The Conservancy is currently developing plans and raising funds to completely restore the 100 plus-year-old Botanical Building.


Position Summary

VIP Fellows build volunteer capacity at existing nonprofits and schools (Partner Sites) that serve children, youth, and families. They do this through 1) building sustainable systems to track, support, manage, and train volunteers; 2) recruiting one-time and skills-based volunteers; and 3) raising funds to support the development of the volunteer program. This position is a valuable opportunity to develop and apply your leadership and community organizing skills to make a lasting difference. Extensive training in volunteer management and nonprofit professional skills is offered. 

The VIP will report to the Director of Planning, Design, and Programs. The primary responsibilities will be to manage the Tree Steward volunteers, continue to establish and grow the Park Ambassador volunteers, and establish and recruit Garden Stewardship volunteer groups. Additional responsibilities will include coordinating committee, community, and volunteer meetings, trainings, and events.


AmeriCorps Duties

  • Develop and implement a volunteer program that engages high-value volunteers, particularly specialized/skilled volunteers and volunteers who take on leadership roles in the organization
  • Develop business partnerships that provide support for the Partner Site
  • Recruit and train community members as volunteers who support the infrastructure of programs run by nonprofit and educational organizations
  • Track volunteer program and infrastructure development at the Partner Site, utilizing a defined AmeriCorps Member Work Plan
  • Serve side-by-side with volunteers to provide guidance, to better understand the clients’ needs, and to improve the volunteer experience
  • Participate in all program-required trainings and development opportunities, including orientation, regular meetings with your local VIP team, a regional training (travel may be required), and online trainings

Service Commitment

Full-time, eleven-month commitment 

Areas of Responsibility

  • Positively represent VIP in a variety of settings, including recruitment opportunities, staff meetings, trainings, and service events
  • Assist with other community building activities at the Partner Site
  • Create and maintain positive relationships with program staff
  • Submit monthly Great Stories and volunteer data in the OnCorps system
  • Conform to regular, timely attendance requirements at the assigned service site

Duties take place at multiple site locales throughout California with training seminars at designated locations. Position requires occasional travel. 

The ideal candidate:

  • Must meet the program essential job functions; reasonable accommodations available upon request
  • Must be able to work indoors and outdoors, as well as some night and weekend hours
  • Must be able to adapt to change in work environment, accept criticism and feedback, effectively handle multiple tasks and competing demands, work cooperatively in group situations, work actively to resolve conflicts, and work well with others on a team
  • Must be able to work independently and as a member of a team, with strong organizational skills, and effectively handle multiple tasks
  • Possess leadership and interpersonal skills to work effectively with others
  • Have an interest in and/or a background in community service and volunteerism

Benefits of Service

  • Monthly stipend
  • Education award 
  • Health benefits
  • Moving stipend for applicants traveling from over 250 miles from the service site
  • Possible student loan deferment and interest repayment
  • Extensive professional development and experiential learning opportunities

Qualifications and Characteristics

  • Must be at least 18 years of age (17 with parental approval)
  • Clear criminal background check (DOJ and FBI; National Sex Offender Public Database)
  • Submit current, clear TB (tuberculosis) test (if required by organization)
  • Must have at least a high school diploma or a GED by start date
  • Must either be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Must not have more than 3 terms of service previously with AmeriCorps State and National programs
  • Organized, responsible, flexible, motivated, and professional
  • Strong personal standards of excellence, ethics, and integrity
  • Ability to be committed to a high standard of safety and be willing and able to comply with all safety laws and all of the program’s safety policies and rules


Please send resumes and cover letters to Audrey Tamayo at