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WildEarth Guardians has the following job opening:

Development Associate

Work Level: Full-Time Exempt

Offices in Santa Fe, Denver, Tucson, Missoula, Portland,

Laramie, and Salt Lake City. Location flexible.

Position Summary:

The Development Associate reports to the Development Director and will help implement development strategies to enable the organization to meet its aggressive and growing budget goals ($5M by 2017). These strategies include major donor campaigns, foundation grants, membership management and acquisition, and planned giving and monthly donor campaigns. This is an associate position and the Director of Development will prioritize work as needed. Nonetheless, we are looking for an individual with development experience and as such the successful candidate will be given responsibility, autonomy, and independence commensurate with their experience. The person in this position will focus on membership, donors, and foundations, with a lesser focus on events.


  • Understand and participate in membership management and growth with a goal of growing membership from 6,000 to 25,000 financially contributing households by 2017.
  • Support a comprehensive monthly donor and planned-giving program.
  • Identify, research, cultivate, and solidify relationships with new and established contributors; analyze historic patterns of giving and develop strategies to encourage new large gifts and identify new sources of revenues, as well as increase current contributions; arrange meetings and directly solicit gifts from major prospects and maintain relationships through mail, phone, or in-person contacts.
  • Be able to speak to any of WG’s conservation efforts and engage members and major donors on any WG program.
  • Work with Development Director for major donor content and contacts.
  • Work with Development Director for foundation content and contacts.
  • Ensure grant calendar is maintained and met for proposals and reports.
  • Research and leverage new foundation grant opportunities.
  • Track foundation giving by program.
  • Work with Communications Director to ensure coherent membership, major donor, and foundation communications.
  • Write and proofread fundraising materials as needed by Executive, Development, and Communication Directors
  • Participate in special assignments or projects as a representative of the organization.
  • Participate in development-related functions, such as marketing, design/preparation of print materials, event logistics, and post-event follow-up based on individual skills and office needs.
  • Interact with conservation staff to better understand and evaluate potential funding opportunities.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Special Job Requirements:

Some travel around the United States and expect flexible work hours, including weekend and evening hours.

Compensation and Benefits:

WildEarth Guardians offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including full health and dental insurance, paid vacation, health leave, and paid holidays. Salary is expected to be in the $45,000 - $55,000 range.

WildEarth Guardians is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair and equal treatment of its employees and constituents regardless of differences based on culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, or sexual orientation.

To Apply:

Send the following materials electronically by 8/7: cover letter explaining how your experiences and skills match this position; résumé; two writing samples; and contact and relationship information for three references to: Kevin Gaither-Banchofff, Development Director, WildEarth Guardians,

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At WildEarth Guardians, you have the opportunity to gain important skills in conservation work. Since conservation advocacy involves working in the scientific, legal, and policy arenas, interning with WildEarth Guardians will give you an excellent opportunity to explore these fields and professions. In addition, you’ll participate in our nationally recognized innovative conservation strategies that seek to mobilize citizens and decision makers to better protect our environment.


Jesse Tremaine photo small"Interns at Guardians get valuable experience while working on current environmental issues. The satisfaction that comes from watching your work contribute to forward-thinking solutions vaults the internship ahead of any academic experience- hands down."  - Jesse Tremaine, Legal Intern Summer 2010

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