Executive Director

Palo Alto, California, United States


Environmental Volunteers (EV) promotes the understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science education. We train volunteers to teach natural science in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Each year, our volunteers provide over 10,000 student learning experiences in 300+ classroom programs, 125 field trips and EcoCenter programs. Classroom programs are offered to grades K-6 and meet State of California science education requirements. Our strong and committed volunteer force inspires a lifelong love and respect for the natural world.

The Opportunity

The Board of Directors seeks a new Executive Director who can partner with board and staff to implement our strategic plan and help move the organization forward. This is an opportunity for a dynamic leader who has the skills and passion to guide this important environmental education organization through the next phase of its growth.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. In conjunction with staff and the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the following.

Programs and Administration

Fund Development


Relations with Staff

Budget and Finance


The ideal candidate is an inspirational, collaborative, and relationship-driven leader who has a track record of leading successful organizations, and has a passion for serving kids and the environment. Progressively increasing career leadership experience is required, including experience in nonprofit management, fund development, and revenue generation. The organization’s leadership will consider candidates who have served in senior leadership roles in for-profit organizations who also have extensive volunteer and non-profit board experience.

We are looking for:


Salary is commensurate with skills and experience and starts at $110,000. Excellent benefits package includes health, dental, 401K match and life insurance.

We have a commitment to developing leaders from within the organization. Our culture supports staff well being and holistic self care. There are ample opportunities to connect with the children we serve. We are committed to building an organization with raised consciousness in order to impact how we work with children and share our stewardship message.

Equal Opportunity Employer

EV provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. EV complies with all applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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