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 Community Engagement Coordinator - Bilingual (English/Spanish) - Santa Rosa, California, United States

Job information
Posted by: County of Sonoma 
Hiring entity type: Other 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Communications
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: Spanish - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 728060735 / Latpro-3805970 
Date posted: Jul-16-2021
State, Zip: California, 95401



$51,009.21 - $61,987.46 Annually


Santa Rosa, CA

Job Type



Regional Parks Department (RPK)

Job Number



8/3/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

Position Information

Do you have experience working in community outreach, recreation and/or environmental education? Are you passionate about connecting people with nature? 

Become a Community Engagement Coordinator - Bilingual!

Starting salary up to $29.70/hour ($61,987/year) plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month*

The Community Engagement Coordinator - Bilingual supports recreation, outreach, environmental education, volunteer services and other related activities to enhance community engagement in Sonoma County Regional Parks. In the Community Engagement Division, this position designs and delivers programs, represents the department at special events and at community forums, and participates in program tracking, documentation, and assessment. As a Community Engagement Coordinator, you will support the development and delivery of programs designed to serve priority audiences which include under-served members of our community, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, low income families, youth, as well as members of our Spanish-speaking community. Additional responsibilities include:
  • Developing relationships with new and existing community partners that serve priority audiences 
  • Assisting in designing and leading park programs especially suited to various audiences
    • Integrating adaptive recreation principles and best practices in inclusive interpretation 
    • Coordinating recreational activities that may include van tours, camping, kayaking and interpretive activities such as  nature walks, night hikes, etc.
The ideal candidate for this position will have experience delivering outdoor parks-based programming with diverse audiences and coordinating, implementing, and leading outdoor education, volunteer, and/or recreation programs. They will also possess:
  • Experience fostering relationships with community partners such as community-based organizations, health clinics, schools, faith-based organizations, clubs, and neighborhood groups
  • A positive and adaptable mindset and be self-motivated and goal-orientated
  • An understanding of principles related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and authentic community engagement
  • A passion for connecting people to parks and the outdoors with a multicultural perspective
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills including speaking in front of groups, on the phone, and via email
To learn more about our parks and park programs, please visit  Sonoma County Regional Parks .

Working at the County of Sonoma

The County offers excellent opportunities for career growth and the ability to become a contributing force in strengthening our community. You can also look forward to benefits* which include:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Bilingual premium pay* is an additional $1.15/hour on top of the hourly pay rate for bilingual positions
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range

* Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the  Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU)

Bilingual positions require English and Spanish skills at either the basic (conversational) or fluent (reading, writing, and conversational) level. Applicants who wish to be considered for bilingual positions must indicate their proficiency level in the required supplemental questionnaire. An examination will be conducted prior to appointment to a bilingual designated position to confirm level of skill in this area.
The Civil Service title for this position is Park Program Assistant. This recruitment is being conducted to fill two Park Program Assistant - Bilingual positions in the Regional Parks Department.  T his employment list may also be used to fill bilingual full-time, part-time, or extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of the list.  County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment. 


Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and work experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed herein.  Normally, this would include coursework that directly relates to natural resource management, education, biology, forestry, behavioral/environmental/social science, recreation and leisure studies, community organizing and development, or a closely related field, AND one year of experience in educating or training about parks, the environment, or natural resources, and/or coordinating recreational programs, that included experience in performing clerical duties.

Required Certifications and/or Licenses:  First Aid for Public Safety Personnel (Title 22) card, AND American Red Cross or American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) must be required during the six-month probationary period.  For certain assignments (e.g., aquatics), the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer certificate is required within one year of employment.  Once obtained, these certifications must be maintained throughout employment in this classification.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working knowledge of: practices and principles of education recreation, and training; fundamentals of instruction and curriculum development; natural resource management; natural and environmental science; community engagement, organizing and outreach best practices; common office procedures and use of office equipment and computer applications, including desktop publishing programs; use of office equipment and office procedures; use of basic hand tools, power tools, and equipment used in routine maintenance of facilities; English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation; modern monetary and record keeping.

Ability to: work at remote locations and act independently; communicate orally and in writing in a clear, concise, and effective manner for varied audiences, to include the public, students, interns, and County employees; relate to a wide variety of individuals from different socio-economic, cultural and ethnic groups; ; work outdoors with staff and the public in all types of weather; tactfully enforce educational and recreational facilities' rules; follow written and oral instructions; assists with lead responsibility for interns and/or extra-help staff by coordinating and reviewing work and by conducting training; meet deadlines; use current office software, including desktop publishing programs; read and interpret reports; perform basic arithmetic calculations; comply with common safety practices and procedures; detect safety hazards and take corrective action; perform moderate physical labor; perform light maintenance on facilities and interpretative displays.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying
  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit  Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma  to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.


Responses to supplemental questions 
will be  scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for a thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses that state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An  Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination  (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.
Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.

A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the  Job Classification Screening Schedule  to determine the requirements for this position.

HOW TO APPLY Applications are accepted online at: (see application details) . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (see application details)), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.  

HR Analyst: JT
HR Tech: KC

IMPORTANT NOTE: Benefits described herein do not apply to Extra Help positions.


These are some of the excellent benefits the County offers:

Paid Time Off :  Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals; 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year; and may be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment.

Health Plan : Choice of five health plans (a PPO, EPO, HMO, and two deductible HMOs) with a County contribution toward the premium (the contribution amount varies by bargaining unit. For specific details, please refer to the applicable MOU). A County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement is available for some bargaining units.

Cash Allowance : In addition to monthly salary, a cash allowance of approximately $600 per month.

Retirement :  Fully integrated with Social Security.

IRS 457 Plan : Pre-tax employee contribution up to the IRS annual maximum.

Retiree Medical :  County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits.

Plus excellent dental, vision, disability, life insurance, professional development and more.

For answers to specific questions regarding the employment process, more details about benefits or retirement, please contact Human Resources at (see application details).  Additional details about benefit and compensation packages can be found in the MOUs located here: (see application details) . For specific information about health and welfare benefits including plan options, coverage, and premium amounts go to (see application details) or, contact the Human Resources' Risk Management-Benefits Office at (see application details) or (see application details).

*IMPORTANT NOTES: Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.


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