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JOIN OUR TEAM: JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS

The Center for Biological Diversity is a 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation organization with more than 900,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. We have nearly 100 staff in offices in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, D.C. It is the policy of the Center for Biological Diversity to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, disability, political affiliation, family responsibility, matriculation, personal appearance or economic background, or any other legally protected status. Candidates with diverse backgrounds encouraged to apply.

We are accepting applications for the following positions:

Communications Associate
Donor Relations Assistant
Major Gifts Officer

Media Specialist — Public Lands
Paralegal — Climate Law Institute
Staff Attorney — Protection of Amphibians and Reptiles
Staff Attorney — Climate Law Institute — California Oil Campaign
Staff Scientist  — Climate Law Institute

INTERNSHIPS

ABOUT THE CENTER

 

Communications Associate
Tucson, Arizona
Full time

General position overview:

The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a hard-working, detail-oriented and organized self-starter for our communications team. This rapid-response position supports our endangered species work as well as email outreach to a growing network of 825,000 supporters and online activists. The job requires excellent writing and attention to style; proven computer skills and experience with web design; the ability to learn new programs and databases; management of short and long-term projects; and a motivated, creative personality that works well independently and in a team environment.

The Communications Associate will be managed by the Communications Director and work collaboratively with other staff.

Main duties:

  • Helping write and edit daily action alerts to the Center’s network of supporters.
  • Formatting and distributing our weekly e-newsletter Endangered Earth Online.
  • (Re)designing email templates and pages throughout our website.
  • Assisting with ongoing maintenance and updating of website content, including text on pages.
  • Troubleshooting technical issues on website and in activism database.
  • Solving code problems and providing technical backup to Center webmaster.
  • Tracking trends in communications and suggesting improvements and changes.
  • Assisting staff administratively in reaching out to activists and decision-makers .

 Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree, plus two to four years’ work experience related to environmental activism, organizing, writing or communications.
  • Strong understanding of web design, programming languages like HTML (Dreamweaver helpful); experience with mass-email platforms helpful.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; experience with editing and proofing, preferred.
  • Solid grasp of issues related to the Center’s work and demonstrated personal interest in the environment and activism.
  • Demonstrated ability to balance multiple tasks and deadlines in a busy environment
  • Proven project-management experience with short- and long-term assignments.
  • An ability to work independently and thrive in a team environment.

Salary is commensurate with experience and comparable to that of other nonprofits. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid medical, dental, vision and disability insurance, as well as a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

Application process: To apply, please send a resumé and thoughtful cover letter, as well as two short writing samples and any links to show experience with web design, to Communications@biologicaldiversity.org with “Communications Associate” in the subject line. No calls, please. Only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. Position open until filled.

 

Donor Relations Assistant
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona

General position overview:
The Center seeks a development professional to join a dynamic, successful fundraising team while advancing the organization’s mission. The Donor Relations Assistant will primarily help support the donor relations program while supporting the major gifts and donor relations teams by maintaining accurate donor records, pulling information from online and offline donor databases, processing and acknowledging major donor gifts, drafting and sending multichannel correspondence, scheduling and assisting with meetings and events, and implementing the production of donor communications and fundraising appeals. The Donor Relations Assistant will also help grow the donor relations program by researching, cultivating and stewarding our base of Leadership Circle member prospects and donors (those who donate, or may donate, $1,000 or more in one year), as well as our planned giving prospects and donors. The Donor Relations Assistant will report to the Senior Donor Relations Associate and work collaboratively with other development, senior leadership, conservation and communications staff.

Main duties:

  • Help review, process and communicate incoming major donations.
  • Help manage personal donor thanking and acknowledgement process for all major gifts, including coordination with senior leadership, the Board of Directors and volunteers.
  • Personally thank major donors for donations via phone, e-mail and handwritten notes.
  • Process and manage major donor acknowledgment letters.
  • Maintain accurate, up-to-date individual major donor records in multiple databases.
  • Provide administrative and project management support for mailed and emailed fundraising campaigns and cultivation efforts throughout the year.
  • Run queries and extract information from donor databases for mailings and data analysis.
  • Help coordinate and organize quarterly phone briefings.
  • Communicate directly with major donors about their preferences, areas of interest, donations or contact information.
  • Conduct basic research on prospective and current major donors.
  • Help manage outgoing email fundraising to segmented donor groups.
  • Assist with planning, coordinating, and implementing major gift team’s donor visits and special events.
  • Help manage action items for major gifts program staff and development leadership.
  • Stay updated on current Center programs and actions, as necessary.
  • Assist with other projects in donor relations, major gifts, membership and grants as assigned. 

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills desired:

  • Dynamic, growth oriented self-starter.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience working with volunteers a plus.
  • Ability to retain high level of donor confidentiality and practice good judgment.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, organizational skills, and accuracy in completing complex tasks.  
  • Highly motivated and self-confident, strong drive to move projects forward, and follow-through with staff.
  • Ability to learn and complete tasks quickly.
  • Ability to organize time, manage diverse activities and personal interactions, prioritize and meet both short and longer term deadlines.
  • High energy level and excellent interpersonal skills. Proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite, spreadsheets and mail-merge functions.
  • Experience with Microsoft Access or other fundraising databases a plus. Experience with Revolution Online (ROI) database and Microsoft GroupMail software a plus.
  • Excellent handwriting a plus.
  • A passion for and knowledge of the natural world, biodiversity and the Endangered Species Act.
  • Sense of humor and positive attitude a must.
  • College degree required.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid medical, dental, vision and disability insurance, as well as a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references, and a writing sample via email (no paper) to DonorRelationsAssistant@biologicaldiversity.org, “Attn: Donor Relations Assistant,” The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

Major Gifts Officer
Full Time
Oakland, California

General position overview:
This is an outstanding career opportunity with the Center for Biological Diversity for a creative, savvy, self-motivated, fearless, articulate, energetic and effective Major Gifts Officer (MGO). The ideal candidate will have five to seven years of fundraising experience in the environmental movement and close ties to funders in the San Francisco Bay Area and along the West Coast. The position will be based at the Center’s Oakland office and report to the Director of Development. The MGO will be a key player on the Center’s Development team and significantly contribute to the organization’s revenue goals.

Responsibilities include:

  • Build up and maintain a portfolio of 100–150 donors and prospective donors. Plan and maintain an aggressive schedule of face-to-face visits with some current and mainly prospective donors.
  • Create a prospect list of new potential major donors to support Center’s work.
  • Manage necessary research, qualification and cultivation of prospective donors.
  • Establish new relationships; draft individualized prospect strategies, letters and proposals leading to asks and closes for new gifts of $100K and greater.
  • Develop philanthropic affinity groups to segment by demographics, geographic location and program interests.  
  • Work with and leverage Executive Director, Director of Development, key program staff and select volunteers to develop solicitation strategies and include in direct solicitations, as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with donor relations team to identify and upgrade high-capacity and recurring annual mid-level $1K-$25K donors to major gift level.
  • Work as part of team with senior leadership to develop plan, set and meet seven-figure annual revenue targets for Major Gifts program that include both restricted and unrestricted annual, multi-year and integrated multi-tiered gifts.
  • Attend and, with support of Development team, organize occasional small “friendraiser/fundraiser” gatherings with donors and prospects.
  • Actively utilize ability and willingness to work independently and productively in separate location from Development team. Position will be located in Center’s downtown SF office.
  • Record and track progress in existing databases in a timely fashion.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Ideally five to seven years of fundraising and direct-solicitation experience.
  • Proven track record of personally closing high five-, six-, and seven-plus-figure gifts, utilizing moves management.
  • Familiarity, ties and contacts with Bay Area, California and national environmental movement funders.
  • Experience including in working with foundations, philanthropic individuals, local political scene and peer organizations.
  • Knowledge of endangered species issues and top environmental threats is strongly preferred.
  • Planned giving/endowment experience a plus, though not required.
  • Availability for significant West Coast travel.
  • Superior interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Fewer years of experience acceptable if candidate possesses proven abilities as outlined, necessary knowledge of environmental movement and track record as a rainmaker.

Salary is commensurate with experience and comparable to that of other nonprofits. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, as well as a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

Application process: 
To apply please send a résumé and thoughtful cover letter outlining your interest in the position to MGO@biologicaldiversity.org; include “Major Gifts Officer” in the subject line. Due to the volume of applicants, only those considered for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. The position will remain open until filled.

 

Media Specialist — Public Lands
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a dynamic, experienced, creative and media-savvy communicator for our work to protect America’s public lands. The Center is a leading voice in public lands protection. Our highly motivated Public Lands team uses cutting-edge legal and advocacy strategies to tackle key threats to our national forests, deserts, grasslands, wildlife refuges and parks from oil and gas drilling, mining, logging, livestock grazing and other threats to privatize or industrialize federal lands. The Media Specialist will produce high-impact communications on every platform aimed at addressing the issues facing America’s public lands including elevating the importance of these lands, generating positive media stories, op-eds, editorials and creative media products that drive the national discussion about public lands and wildlife protection, and play an integral role in maintaining the Center’s national profile and work on these critical issues.

Primary duties:

  • Write compelling press releases, white papers, story pitches, blog posts, factsheets, op-eds and other materials.
  • Heighten public knowledge of the threats facing our public lands and solutions.
  • Work closely with communications and Public Lands staff to develop and execute long-term and near-term strategic communications plans.
  • Manage, plan and help execute rapid response to breaking news.
  • Organize and execute editorial drives.
  • Track national and international news on public lands and seek out strategic ways to become part of the news cycle.
  • Cultivate media relationships, pitch stories to reporters and editorial writers, and continually seek out new media opportunities.
  • Act as a public spokesperson as needed.
  • Integrate public lands-related materials into other Center communications.
  • Periodically read, research and synthesize public lands and wildlife-related science for lay audience materials.
  • Expand and refine the Center’s existing communications materials, including the website and regular publications.
  • Provide educational and persuasive outreach to members of Congress and other decision makers.
  • Assist with outreach to the Center’s 825,000-plus supporters and activists.
  • Identify and act on political opportunities, especially in the media, to shift the national debate in our favor.

This position reports directly to the Communications Director and works closely with our communications program, Public Lands Director and public lands staff.

Requirements:

  • Proven ability to produce clear, concise, persuasive and powerful writing on tight deadlines.
  • Seasoned news judgment and solid understanding of compelling media narratives.
  • Exceptional writing, editing and verbal skills.
  • A deep working knowledge of public lands/environmental and politics.
  • An understanding of media cycles and the ability to consistently work with them.
  • The ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • The ability to juggle multiple projects and multiple deadlines.
  • The ability to communicate in different styles depending on the forum, product and audience.
  • A strategic mindset that grasps short-term and long-term media opportunities and an ability to execute those opportunities.
  • Ability to research, synthesize and translate complex scientific concepts for a lay audience.
  • A penchant for innovative approaches to reaching new audiences.
  • A confident self-starter who also works well in a team environment.
  • A passion for oceans, sea life and saving all wildlife from extinction.

Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Five to 10 years of experience as a professional communicator, including journalism or advocacy
  • Proven track record as a working journalist or in strategic communications work.

Application process: To apply, please send a thoughtful cover letter and résumé via email to communications@biologicaldiversity.org, “Attn: Public Lands.” The position will remain open until filled. The desired start date is as soon as possible. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls, please.

 

Paralegal — Climate Law Institute

General position overview: The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a full-time paralegal in our Climate Law Institute. The Climate Law Institute wages innovative legal and public-pressure campaigns to limit global warming pollution, shift to a clean energy future, and protect species and ecosystems threatened by climate change.

The paralegal will provide paralegal, legal secretarial, and administrative support to a dynamic team to support litigation, policy advocacy, grassroots organizing and media outreach. The working environment is fast-paced, exciting and supportive.

Main duties:

    • Preparation of legal documents, including cite checking, completing tables of contents and authorities for briefs, proofreading, formatting and related tasks.
    • Filing and serving of documents and maintenance of legal dockets, including ensuring compliance with court rules in a variety of state and federal jurisdictions, e-filing, courtesy copies, calendar management for administrative actions and court filings, corresponding with Clerks’ offices and related tasks.
    • Preparation and indexing of administrative records and appendices/excerpts of record in litigation.
    • Maintenance of legal library, including updating of court rules and reference material.
    • Finalizing comment letters, including retrieval of online references
    • Factual and some legal research.
    • Assisting with the planning and handling of internal and external meetings, travel, and conference arrangements.
    • Assisting with event coordination such as public presentations, rallies, and hearings.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • A university degree
  • A minimum of two years paralegal experience
  • Legal secretarial experience preferred
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills
  • An ability to multi-task efficiently and to work well with others as a part of an effective team
  • A strong work ethic and a demonstrated commitment to environmental protection
  • Paralegal certification strongly preferred

Salary is commensurate with other nonprofit organizations and experience and includes an excellent vacation and benefits package. The position will be located in our Oakland office.

Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references, and a writing sample via email (no paper) to climateparalegal@biologicaldiversity.org, "Attn: Climate Paralegal.” The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth. 

 
Staff Attorney — Protection of Amphibians and Reptiles
Full Time
St. Petersburg, Florida (other locations considered)

General position overview:
This position will involve using applicable laws, including the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Administrative Procedures Act and others to protect amphibian and reptile species from the many threats they face. This will require a dynamic, dedicated individual with a background in law, advocacy and biology.  

Main duties:

  • Expand the Center’s amphibian and reptile conservation work.
  • Identify and carry out opportunities to protect imperiled amphibians and reptiles from urban sprawl, pollution, logging, livestock grazing and other threats through litigation.
  • Prepare petitions to list amphibians and reptiles under the Endangered Species Act.
  • Develop detailed knowledge of the status of North American amphibians and reptiles.
  • Build relationships with key scientists studying amphibians and reptiles.
  • Utilize litigation and media campaigns to highlight the threats to imperiled amphibians and reptiles.
  • Advocate for comprehensive protection of amphibians and reptiles as a response to litigation and other pressure.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills desired:

  • At least two years experience as an environmental attorney.
  • Experience litigating under the Endangered Species Act.
  • Knowledge of the status, biology of, and threats to North American amphibians and reptiles.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Background in leading litigation projects and working collaboratively with peers.
  • Dynamic and assertive personality.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid medical, dental, vision and disability insurance, as well as a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

The Center has offices in Tucson; San Francisco; Portland, Oregon; St. Petersburg, Florida; Minneapolis; Denver; and Richmond, Vermont. The preferred location for this position is St. Petersburg, Florida, but others are negotiable.

Application process:
Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references and a writing sample via email (no paper) to endangered_species_attorney@biologicaldiversity.org, “Attn: Attorney Job.” The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

Staff Attorney — Climate Law Institute — California Oil Campaign
Full time
Oakland or Los Angeles, California

The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a full-time staff attorney for our California oil campaign. The Center is dedicated to protecting endangered species and wild places through science, policy, education and environmental law. The Climate Law Institute wages innovative legal and public-pressure campaigns to limit global warming pollution, shift to a clean energy future, and protect species and ecosystems threatened by climate change.

The staff attorney will work on litigation, administrative and policy advocacy, research, and grassroots and media outreach designed to protect California’s water, air, wildlife, climate and communities from the harms of fracking and other dangerous oil activities. The staff attorney will join a dynamic and supportive team of legal, science, organizing and communications staff.

Main duties:

    • Litigation of cases under state and federal laws, including the California Environmental Quality Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act.
    • Administrative advocacy such as commenting on proposed projects and rulemakings, as well as the preparation of petitions for rulemaking.
    • Analysis of and advocacy regarding pending state and federal legislation.
    • Preparation of communications such as press releases, op-eds, factsheets and white papers.
    • Some travel required.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Admitted to practice law in California.
  • Minimum five years civil litigation experience.
  • Experience with environmental statutes such as the California Environmental Quality Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, and National Environmental Policy Act.
  • A high degree of scientific literacy.
  • Excellent research, writing, and oral advocacy skills.
  • An ability to manage a litigation docket and to work well independently and with others as part of an effective team.
  • A demonstrated commitment to environmental protection.

Salary is commensurate with other nonprofit organizations and includes an exceptional benefits package. Position is located in Oakland or Los Angeles.

Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references and a writing sample via email (no paper) to Climateattorney@biologicaldiversity.org. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. For more information on the Center go to www.biologicaldiversity.org.

 
Staff Scientist — Climate Law Institute
Full time
Oakland, California

General position overview: The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a full-time Staff Scientist based in our Climate Law Institute to focus on energy policy and greenhouse gas mitigation. The Center is dedicated to protecting endangered species and wild places through science, policy, education and environmental law. The Climate Law Institute wages innovative legal and public-pressure campaigns to limit global warming pollution, shift to a clean energy future, and protect species and ecosystems threatened by climate change.

The Staff Scientist will work as part of a dynamic team to provide scientific support for litigation, policy advocacy, grassroots organizing and media outreach. The position will focus on supporting our work to apply the Clean Air Act and other environmental laws to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and our campaigns to challenge fracking, oil trains and other forms of fossil-fuel extraction and transport.

The Staff Scientist will assist in the analysis of the greenhouse gas footprint of different energy policy choices, and will analyze the impacts of fossil fuel extraction, including lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions and the consequences for public health, air quality, water resources and wildlife.

Main duties:

  • Analysis of scientific literature and policy to inform our science-based advocacy work, including support for litigation, legislation, organizing and outreach.
  • Extensive scientific and policy writing.
  • Preparing public outreach materials such as press releases, op-eds, factsheets, and white papers.
  • Engagement with media for interviews.
  • Outreach and presentations to the public and scientists.
  • Scientist organizing.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Completion of a master’s or PhD in a relevant scientific field such as energy systems, climate science, earth science, environmental studies, public health, and toxicology.
  • Scientific literacy and familiarity with the scientific literature on climate change is essential; familiarity with the scientific literature on energy policy is preferred.
  • Excellent research, analytical and writing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking skills.
  • An ability to work well independently and with others as a part of a team.
  • A demonstrated commitment to vigorous environmental protection.

Salary is commensurate with other nonprofit organizations and includes an excellent vacation and benefits package. This position is located in Oakland.

Application process:
Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references, and a writing sample via email (no paper) to StaffScientist@biologicaldiversity.org. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

 

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