Community Coordinator – Grand Marais/ Gunflint Trail

REPORTS TO: Executive Director
LOCATION: Grand Marais, Minnesota


The Community Coordinator serves as a liaison to the Grand Marais and Gunflint Trail communities that are gateways to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

The Friends recognizes that the successful protection of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and the wilderness areas throughout the Quetico-Superior ecosystem requires the support of communities that are gateways to the wilderness. This position provides the Friends with an on-the-ground presence in Grand Marais and the Gunflint Trail. This position builds relationships with local business owners, outfitters, teachers and other school officials, lake associations, full-time residents and cabin owners, other nonprofit and civic organizations, and government and tribal officials to support and advance the Friends’ mission.

An integral part of this position is to identify and participate in activities in Grand Marais and other gateway communities that make for stronger communities. This position also includes planning and hosting events such as hikes, presentations by local authors and artists, and other outdoor activities.

This position supports the Development and Membership staff by facilitating and building relationships with existing and potential donors. This position represents the Friends at local events and serves as a local spokesperson for the Friends.

This is a part-time position, 20 hours per week.


  • Reports to the Executive Director.
  • Works effectively with other departments, including Communications, Development and Membership, Education, and Outreach.
  • Participates on the Boundary Waters Communities Committee


  • Represents the Friends in Grand Marais and on the Gunflint Trail
  • Builds and develops new and ongoing support with local business owners, outfitters, teachers and other school officials, lake associations, full-time residents and cabin owners, other nonprofit and civic organizations, and government and tribal officials
  • Builds and participates in collaborative relationships with the Friends’ nonprofit partners involved in protecting the Boundary Waters and Quetico-Superior ecosystem.
  • An integral part of this position is to identify and participate in activities in Grand Marais and around the region that make for stronger communities.


  • Initiative, good judgment, and a strong work ethic.
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with staff and outside partners.
  • Ability to develop and maintain partnerships with community-based or other grassroots groups.
  • Ability to engage positively with a broad array of people and constituencies.
  • Passion for preserving the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and its ecosystem.
  • A vehicle and the ability to travel throughout the region
  • Ability to work from home


  • $20 per hour
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • In addition to paid vacation and sick leave, the Friends provides a stipend and additional paid vacation days to each employee to take time off and recharge in the wilderness.
  • Flexible working hours
  • We encourage life-long learning and will pay for ongoing professional development.


Submit a cover letter, resume, and three references:

Bree Sikorski

Operations Director

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

In the subject line of any electronic communication, please put “Grand Marais Community Coordinator.”

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

At the Friends, we have a clear vision to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay, and do their best work. Friends is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status.

Opening – Board of Directors


The Board of Directors determines the mission, strategic direction, and programming for Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness (“Friends”). A Director ensures and nurtures adequate human and financial resources and actively monitors and evaluates the Executive Director’s performance and the Friends’ financial results. A Director approves and systematically implements policies to ensure achievement of the mission of the Friends.

Primary Relationship
  • Reports to the Board Chair
  • Works closely with the Executive Director and other staff to ensure the achievement of the mission
  • Works closely with and gets to know other Board and committee members and builds collegial working relationships that contribute to consensus
  • Serves as a spokesperson outside the organization and delivers consistent, compelling messages on mission, programs, and finances, and encourages civic participation
Leadership Responsibilities
  • Knows and commits to the Friends’ mission, vision, and values
  • Provides leadership continuity by ensuring Board succession, including identifying, recruiting, and orienting new members
  • Is knowledgeable about Friends’ policies, programs, and operations, and oversees their implementation and evaluation
  • Is accessible and responsive to other Directors and staff
  • Actively seeks out financial and other resources for the organization
Management Responsibilities
  • Engages in strategic planning
  • Approves written policies and procedures governing the work and actions of the Friends’ employees and volunteers
  • Hires, sets the compensation for, and annually evaluates the performance of the Executive Director
  • Reviews the overall compensation structure for staff and establishes policies on employee benefits, vacation, and sick leave
Fiscal Responsibilities
  • Approve the annual operating budget; at least four times per year assesses the organization’s financial performance
  • Assists in developing fundraising plans and actively participates in fundraising initiatives each year
  • Makes an annual gift to the Friends as circumstances allow. There is no minimum contribution amount, but the Friends should be in a Director’s top three charities for annual giving.
  • Ensure that an internal review of the Friends’ compliance with legal, regulatory, and financial reporting requirements is conducted annually
Board Meetings and Committees Responsibilities
  • Regularly prepares for, attends, and participates in Board meetings
  • Participates actively in at least one Board committee
Committee Chair Description
  • The Committee Chair presides or assigns someone to preside at all meeting of the respective committee. The Committee Chair has general supervision, direction, and active management of the committee’s affairs, working in partnership with staff and volunteers. The Committee Chair reports to the Board Chair.