The project leader (PL) takes responsibility for project planning, oversight and execution. The PL leads and facilitates a team of skilled volunteer leaders to ensure successful project completion and an excellent volunteer experience.
The PL contributes vision and logistical management to the Project Team. PLs see the “big picture” of project needs and, through effective communication, facilitation, coordination, delegation, and proactive planning ensure the project team completes all steps necessary to plan, implement and document a successful project. The PL has a special interest in ensuring the members of their team and all volunteers attending the project have a great volunteer experience.
PLs should have strong organizational, planning, and communication skills. Experience planning some type of project or event required. Previous experience as a certified WRV crew leader and tool manager preferred.
Prospective PLs should attend several WRV projects before taking a leadership role, and will preferably have experience as a crew leader on a project similar to the one s/he is interested in leading. Ideally, PLs will complete the COTI/WRV Ecological Restoration Crew Leadership training and the WRV Project Leadership training prior to leading a project. WRV offers additional training opportunities in project management, group facilitation, and other topics.
PLs facilitate one – three project team meetings prior to the project; attend one or more site visits; participate in the crew leader orientation, and conduct a debrief meeting after the project is complete. The PL arrives at the project site before volunteers and can expect to leave after all volunteers have departed.
Lead, or mentor a new PL on at least one project per year. May contribute to training and mentoring new PLs. May attend WRV organizational planning meetings.
PLs work with the technical advisor, WRV Staff, crew leaders, project support/cooks, tool managers, land management agency staff, and volunteers. The WSL and PL work together to oversee the project.