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The Center for Biological Diversity is a 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation organization with more than 800,000 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:

Major Gifts Officer
Public Lands Campaigner – Public Lands Program
Staff Attorney — Protection of Amphibians and Reptiles
Staff Scientist  — Climate Law Institute


INTERNSHIPS

ABOUT THE CENTER

 

Major Gifts Officer
Full Time
San Francisco, 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 three to five 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 San Francisco 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 three to five 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.

 

Public Lands Campaigner – Public Lands Program
Full Time
Nevada (various locations acceptable)

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity seeks an experienced organizer to defend and protect Nevada’s public lands and waters. The magnificent deserts, sagebrush steppe, rugged canyon lands and the wildlife that depend on these ecosystems face threats from oil and gas development, livestock grazing, urbanization and climate change. We are looking for a skilled advocate to stand up for these wildlands and wildlife.

Main duties:

  • Track, analyze and comment on a range of land-use plans and projects on federally owned public lands throughout Nevada.
  • Identify, develop and advocate for proposals to protect species and their habitats from a range of threats.
  • Engage the public through action alerts and other tools to ensure that political leaders hear constituent voices in support of protecting species and public lands in Nevada.
  • Organize and turn out people for town hall meetings, agency hearings and comment periods. Create events at which constituents have an opportunity to make their voices heard and hold politicians accountable.
  • Conduct field visits to assess projects throughout the region.
  • Create news events to get the word out about Center’s work in Nevada. Meet with editorial boards, and get op-eds published.
  • Develop materials for the Public Lands website highlighting threats to Nevada’s deserts, forests and waters and make the case for protecting and restoring public-lands.
  • Engage with and recruit other environmental groups, and a broad range of constituents, including religious organizations, hunting and fishing groups, youth organizations, local and outdoor recreation businesses, and others to join the campaign.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills desired:

  • A passion for and knowledge of the natural world, biodiversity, wildlife and waters. 
  • Demonstrated leadership and organizing skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience with media outreach and interviews preferred.
  • Demonstrated analytical abilities.
  • Familiarity with Nevada public lands issues and regional politics preferred.
  • Experience with National Environmental Policy Act, National Forest Management Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act and Endangered Species Act.
  • Successful track record for organizing, educating and motivating others.
  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in relevant fields.  Master or doctoral degree preferred.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.

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. In the cover letter, please address your perspective on public lands management. Location in Nevada is flexible.

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

 

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; Richmond, Vermont; and Washington, D.C. The preferred location for this position is St. Petersburg, Florida, or Washington, D.C., 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 Scientist  — Climate Law Institute
Full time
San Francisco, California

General position overview: The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a full-time staff scientist based in the Climate Law Institute. 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 and protect species threatened with extinction from climate change.

The staff scientist will work as part of a dynamic team to provide scientific support for our administrative and policy advocacy, litigation, and grassroots and media outreach.  The staff scientist’s work will focus on improving the management of endangered animals and plants, supporting the implementation of existing laws to reduce greenhouse pollution and speed the transition to a clean energy future, and supporting the development of new science-based and equitable laws and policies. We foster a collaborative team spirit in achieving this important mission.

Main duties:

  • Analysis of scientific literature to inform our science-based advocacy work, including support for policy, litigation, legislation, organizing, and outreach.
  • Extensive scientific and policy writing.
  • Preparing public outreach materials such as press releases, op-eds, fact sheets, 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 conservation biology, ecology, environmental studies, climate science, or other atmospheric/earth science.
  • 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 environmental protection.
  • GIS proficiency preferred.

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

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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