UPDATE: This position has been filled. Thank you for your interest.


Looking to join a dynamic and growing environmental non-profit? Columbia Springs is hiring a coordinator for our Repair Cafe program. Please see the job description below and email columbiasprings@gmail.com with your resume and cover letter if you are interested in applying.


Position: Repair Café Coordinator

Status: Full time, non-exempt

Salary and Benefits: $20/hr with benefits package

Opening Date: Immediately

Closing Date: August 27th, 2018 at midnight

How to apply: Email your resume and cover letter to Maureen at columbiasprings@gmail.com. Please title your email “Repair Cafe Coordinator”. 


Repair Café Coordinator Job Description


Repair Cafes are free, community events where skilled volunteers (fixers) lend their skills to participants who bring in their broken items for repair. Repair cafes reduce waste, conserve resources, save money, all while sharing skills and building community. The Repair Café Coordinator supervises Repair Cafe volunteers and provides direction, coordination, consultation, and recognition for Repair Café volunteer efforts. The Repair Café Coordinator also takes the lead role in planning, facilitating, and tracking public and targeted Repair Café events throughout Clark County. 


Job Duties and Responsibilities (Other duties may be assigned as appropriate)

  • Public and targeted events

    • Work with public venues (libraries, community centers, churches, etc) and community partners to schedule Repair Café events

    • Perform all planning, setup, takedown, and follow up for Repair Café events

    • Ensure events are sufficiently staffed with volunteers

    • Evaluate program effectiveness and recommend/implement changes as necessary

    • Maintain accurate records and provide timely statistical and activity reports on Repair Café participation


  • Volunteer Coordination

    • Recruit qualified volunteers for various volunteer fixer roles

    • Develop training materials and provide training for volunteers on the logistics and expectations of Repair Café events

    • Keep volunteers up-to-date with Columbia Springs happenings and relevant Repair Cafe information through newsletters, social media, and individual communications

    • Maintain a schedule of all volunteer opportunities

    • Develop and manage volunteer policies, procedures, and standards of volunteer service

    • Offer volunteer recognition and enrichment

    • Assess volunteer needs and feedback through frequent communication and annual program assessment


  • Outreach and partnerships

    • Conduct all marketing for Repair Café volunteer opportunities and events through press releases, social media, web, partner publications, public presentations to neighborhood and community groups, and outreach at public events

    • Target Repair Café marketing specifically to underserved communities

    • Maintain partnerships with event organizers

    • Search out community partnerships for new host venues for Repair Café events


  • Grant tracking and reporting

    • Maintain record of program stats, successes, and spending

    • Submit quarterly reports to Washington State Department of Ecology



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university in education or natural resources and one year of relevant work experience in the field of environmental education; or three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.



Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.



Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.



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 of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and walk.

The employee may occasionally need to lift and/or move about 40 pounds.


Must have a valid Driver’s License.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing 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 of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions and works a flexible work schedule including occasional required night and weekend work.


About Columbia Springs


Columbia Springs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Vancouver, WA, whose mission is to offer a unique setting where educational experiences foster greater awareness of the natural world, inspiring stewardship. Columbia springs operates a 100-acre natural area, is the historic site of the operational Vancouver Trout Hatchery, and is an education center which offers school field trips, Salmon in the Classroom, Repair Cafe, and other events and workshops to connect our community with nature. Learn more at www.columbiapsprings.org/about. Columbia Springs is an equal opportunity employer.