Job Opportunity: Program Coordinator


About San Mateo County Parks Foundation

The San Mateo County Parks Foundation has an opening for a program professional. The Program Coordinator works closely with the Executive Director to support programs that better connect people to our wonderful park system.

In 1998, the San Mateo County Parks Foundation was established to provide additional financial support for the recreational, environmental and educational programs and projects of the San Mateo County Parks Department. There are 24 parks in the San Mateo County Parks system, including a marina, two historic sites, a natural preserve and old growth redwoods. The San Mateo County Parks Foundation’s mission is to inspire people to care for, learn about and enjoy San Mateo County Parks. To know San Mateo County Parks is to love them. However, a 2015 Visitor Study revealed that barriers exist that prevent people from knowing, enjoying and reaping the health benefits of being in their county parks. These barriers include a lack of personal transportation, lack of awareness about the parks and park events and lack of representation in the form of a more diverse park ranger staff and volunteers. The San Mateo County Parks Foundation is keen to dissolve these barriers.

Over the last 25 years, the San Mateo County Parks Foundation has supported a range of programs and projects including:

  • Bicycle Sunday
  • the Bill and Jean Lane Education Center at Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve
  • Grassland restoration efforts at Edgewood Preserve
  • Youth environmental field trips to the parks
  • The protection of Mirada Surf on the coast
  • New trail signs in all County parks
  • Park Prescriptions

The San Mateo County Parks Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors and has a full-time Executive Director and part-time Membership and Communications Coordinator.

Position Overview

The Program Coordinator will support new and ongoing efforts that better connect people to their San Mateo County Parks. This flexible, full-time position is great for someone who loves parks and is seeking an opportunity to develop their non-profit program skills. Our office is located at Coyote Point Recreation Area in San Mateo, California and we offer the opportunity to partially work from home. The position calls for good communication skills, a high attention to detail, excellent time management skills, and an ability to work independently to ensure that all duties are completed accurately, efficiently, and with high quality.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage all aspects of our park field trips program including coordinating bus transportation and promoting the program to schools and organizations serving BIPOC and/or low-income households;
  • Manage our Enhancing Equitable Access grant program;
  • Create Spanish-language ‘welcome’ videos about San Mateo County Parks and promote via social media and partner orgs;
  • Partner with San Mateo County Parks Dept. and others on Friendship Park activities and engagement;
  • Create unique events for different audiences, like for Latino Conservation Week or with the San Mateo County Pride Center;
  • Translate Parks Foundation materials into Spanish for e-newsletters, park kiosks and/or website, and provide Spanish translation on field trips when needed;
  • Focus outreach to communities such as Pescadero, North Fair Oaks, East Palo Alto and North San Mateo County;
  • Coordinate with and support when necessary SMC Parks Interpretive Program;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Enthusiasm for the mission of the San Mateo County Parks Foundation and a passion for better connecting people to parks;
  • 2-3 years of professional experience in a role requiring community outreach, program coordination and/or event delivery;
  • Fluent in Spanish (oral and written);
  • Ability to interact effectively with the Executive Director, board members, volunteers and diverse community members;
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision;
  • Strong interpersonal verbal communication and writing skills;
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office and various social media platforms, as well as a willingness to learn new technology;
  • A self-starter, data and deadline driven, and ability to multi-task with solid organizational and time-management skills;
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field strongly preferred but all experienced candidates will be considered;
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends when needed;
  • Clean background check;
  • Current California Driver’s License in good standing with a personally owned and insured vehicle to drive on work related business.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties associated with this position, the employee is regularly required to walk, drive, stand, sit, and climb steps. The employee frequently is required to use hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse and telephone, as well as talk and hear. The employee must occasionally bend, lift, and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include vision to drive, vision to walk, close vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Salary and Benefits

The salary for the Program Coordinator position is $64,000 – $70,000, depending on experience. The position is 40 hours a week with a flexible schedule. Upon successful completion of a 6-month probationary period, the position will become permanent. This is a full-time position with health, mileage and cell phone allowance as well as paid holidays and vacation days. After one year of employment, retirement benefits via a SEP-IRA will be provided.

How to Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to with “Program Coordinator” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted through July 19, 2024.

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