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:

Open Positions

We’re looking for people to join the team who are community-driven and passionate about Balboa Park.


Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Position Title: Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Reports to: Director of External Relations

Department of Labor Classification: Non Exempt-Part Time, 25-30 hours/week

Job Summary:

The Marketing & Communications Coordinator, a member of the External Relations team, is responsible for helping communicate Balboa Park Conservancy’s brand via multiple channels and platforms. The successful candidate will help create and implement mission-driven promotional materials, social media content and strategy, powerpoint presentations and website updates. They will organize meetings and presentations, and interact with vendors and contractors to effectively deliver the Conservancy’s message to internal and external audiences.

The candidate must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, and have in-depth knowledge of current marketing trends. The Coordinator will support fundraising and community outreach, parkwide events and placemaking, visitor experience, signage and wayfinding, and other mission-driven initiatives through strategic and effective communication deliverables.  Under direction of the Director of External Relations, the coordinator is able to create, coordinate and execute projects that strengthen and uphold brand guidelines. The chosen candidate thrives in the dynamic culture of a growing nonprofit, is professional, dependable, and accountable for their work.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate marketing and communications strategies for all Conservancy initiatives
  • Develop and edit strategic and creative content for print, digital and email marketing 
  • Plan and implement a communications plan and content calendar; monitor and maintain the company’s social media and online presence
  • Make sure that all promotional and marketing materials align with brand identity
  • Identify and resolve any communications issues in a timely and professional manner
  • Organize, manage and maintain all Conservancy brand assets: images, content, etc.
  • Serve as point of contact for media and public inquiries
  • Assess and report on the effectiveness of communication strategies
  • Coordinate meetings, press conferences, and presentations
  • Help create/edit marketing materials, emails, video, landing pages, print collateral, etc.
  • Advance social media initiatives with authentic brand voice, visuals and strategic/creative use of platforms
  • Create presentation templates for array of needs/audiences
  • Support special events and Conservancy projects 
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Director of External Relations

Qualifications and Skills Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations or Journalism
  • A minimum of 1-2 years’ experience working in a marketing or communications position
  • Possess a solid understanding of effective marketing techniques
  • Must have excellent writing and editing skills
  • Be able to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Strong time-management and organizational skills
  • Proficient in Illustrator, Photoshop and/or InDesign preferred
  • Proficient in WordPress preferred; experience in Canva a plus
  • Proven initiative and ability to manage a project from conception to completion
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Needs to work well both independently and with a team and display excellent follow through and self-initiative
  • Capacity to take direction and embrace constructive feedback
  • Ability to work professionally and collaboratively in a semi-open office environment 

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to lift 30 lbs
  • Ability to sit for prolonged periods of time
  • Ability to stand/walk for 1.5 hours continuously
  • Ability to sit at a desk and view a computer screen for long periods of time
  • Able to speak into and use a telephone for long periods of time
  • Ability to bend, stoop and reach


  • Dependent on experience

    AmeriCorps VIP Fellow

    Full Time

    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




    Formally Adopted by the Board of Trustees on January 9, 2018

    The Balboa Park Conservancy is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of its staff, visitors, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors and donors. We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin or ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.

    The Balboa Park Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant.