Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea-Trail (MST) seeks a full-time Membership and Engagement Coordinator to help our organization fulfill its mission to bring together communities and volunteers to build a simple footpath connecting North Carolina’s natural treasures for the enjoyment and education of people.

Position Summary

Friends of the MST seeks an enthusiastic and detail-oriented individual who is well prepared to help our organization build its capacity to connect with our members, volunteers and communities across the state.

The Membership and Engagement Coordinator’s primary focus areas will be cultivating and growing our membership base, recruiting and coordinating volunteers, event planning and community outreach. Much of the priority focus will be in areas of the state where the MST is growing and there will be significant opportunities to grow our membership as well. The right person for this position will bring a creative approach to connecting with new people and communities along the MST and the ability to cultivate and support volunteers to complement the work of staff and other partners. Another key part of this role will be planning events, especially in 2023, which has officially been designated Year of the Trail by the state of North Carolina.

The Membership and Engagement Coordinator reports directly to the Executive Director.

Key Responsibilities

  • Plan and coordinate special events, including our annual Gathering of Friends, celebrations around the opening of trail projects, informational events and more
  • Help with donor events in coordination with board and staff
  • Represent Friends of the MST at community events, which may include tabling at festivals and other events across the state, as well as helping to identify those outreach opportunities
  • Recruit and train volunteers to represent MST at events, festivals and more
  • Recruit and train volunteers to speak and present on behalf of Friends of the MST to civic groups, churches, municipal organizations, and other presentation opportunities as they arise
  • Lead volunteer program for people interested in volunteering beyond building and maintaining the trail, including developing a database and tracking system, and help support our volunteer leaders and volunteers that do work to build and maintain the trail
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with community leaders and organizations across the state to build support for the trail and our organization
  • Internal membership work and database management


  • Commitment to Friends of MST’s vision, mission, and values.
  • Professional and personal style consistent with the supportive, collaborative team-oriented culture of Friends of the MST
  • 1-3 years of previous experience in event management, both virtual and in-person; volunteer management experience is preferred, but not required
  • Ability to work in an environment where multiple projects are in process and completed in a timely manner
  • The ability to work some evenings and weekends, with occasional travel
  • Familiar with current social media platforms and comfortable working with them

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Comfortable with speaking and presenting in public
  • Ability to develop engaging presentations to a wide array of audiences

More about this position

  • Salary range – $40,000-43,000
  • Benefits – Health insurance, HRA, paid time off, and 3% retirement
  • Our office is located in Raleigh, but for the right candidate we may consider remote work options in other parts of North Carolina

Application Process

To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume via email only to with “Membership and Engagement Coordinator” as the subject line. Please, no phone calls, faxes, or snail mail.

Position open until filled.

Friends of MST is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to recruiting a broadly diverse pool of qualified candidates for the position.