Job and Volunteer Opportunities

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Director of Charitable Giving with John Muir Trail Foundation

John Muir Trail Foundation is looking for a Director of Charitable Giving to join our team dedicated to the conservation of the John Muir Trail (est.1915). The JMTF’s missionis to conserve the long history and natural environment of the JMT corridor, including its main access trails and resupply sites, for people to enjoy for the centuries to come. We not only repair and maintain the JMT, but also care for the wilderness, wildlife and waters along its path in the high Sierra Nevada of California. We bring together the various stakeholders and resource managers along the JMT route in an effort to strategically fund and implement on-the-ground projects to conserve and protect the historic trail and its environs for future generations. In particular, we work with the National Park Service in Yosemite and Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks, and the United States Forest Service in Inyo and Sierra National Forests. We also coordinate and work with Yosemite Conservancy and the Sequoia Parks Conservancy, as they are the two on-the-ground non-profits working on parts of the JMT.

Position: Director of Charitable Giving

Time Commitment: regular employee, 30 hours per week, can work remotely

Salary: $75,000 - 100,000. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and life insurance, vacation and sick leave, employer paid on a pro-rated basis

Reporting: Direct report to the JMTF Project Director

Responsibilities: Manage the social media outreach through the JMTF FaceBook page and Instagram account; coordinate the on-line donors for further communication and updates; manage our donor spreadsheet/ database with all contact information and donation history; extend our fundraising to other individual and corporate donors; work with the Advisory Board and Project Director to develop further content and collateral for individual and corporate donors; work with Project Director on possible fund-raising


  • Candidates for this position must have:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Five or more years of nonprofit fundraising experience.
  • Proven track record of achieving revenue targets. Proven management and leadership capabilities.
  • Strong writing and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, including those related to fundraising, grant writing, and reporting.
  • Strong social media experience including writing targeted messaging include blogging, creating social media profiles, managing regular posts and responding to followers.
  • Demonstrated ability to prospect, cultivate, and manage new corporate sponsors, donors and funders.
  • Thorough understanding of foundation and major donor fundraising, including experience working directly with donors and foundation program officers.
  • Finance and budgeting experience; Excel proficiency, QuickBooks is a plus.
  • Excellent computer skills, including knowledge of database programs.
  • High energy, a high degree of initiative, and a positive attitude, while maintaining flexibility, a willingness to work in teams and alone.
  • The ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously is a must while maintaining attention to details.
  • Commitment to working in a volunteer‐driven organization.

Other desired characteristics:

  • Experience with environmental, outdoor, or wilderness conservation and recreation.
  • Demonstrated commitment to or passion for environmental, wilderness and/or educational causes.
  • Knowledge of the Bay Area philanthropic community.

John Muir Trail Foundation is a fiscally sponsored project of Earth Island Institute, a 501(3)c charitable nonprofit located in Berkeley, CA.
This position would be an employee of Earth Island. Earth Island does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, or any other basis protected by state or federal laws, local law, or ordinance.

To apply, please send a cover letter summarizing qualifications for the role and what makes you excited about the position, along with a resume

Executive Assistant to the CEO for Plastic Pollution Coalition

Seeking Executive Assistant to the CEO for Plastic Pollution Coalition – see full job ad at Responsibilities include managing calendar, booking travel, drafting correspondence and generally keeping the CEO organized, prepared and on track. Previous similar work experience required. Please email a resume and cover letter indicating your experience and interest in this position to: by COB October 1, 2018.

Social Media Management Volunteer, Food Shift

This volunteer position will support, help develop, and implement a social media strategy for Food Shift. The role will involve creating content, building community through our online presence, developing brand awareness, and generating inbound traffic. This volunteer will create engaging content and build community support and engagement through our social media platforms, including: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, and community boards.

View the full description at this link.

Become Public Relations and Fundraising Assistant in GESG

Are you passionate about conservation? Is your dream to work for a dynamic NGO whose mission is to conserve the Mexico’s natural-wealth by generating sustainable development opportunities and replicating their actions in other states of the country? Now is your chance. Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda is looking for a Public Relations and Fundraising Assistant. You would work closely with the General Director and Public Relations and Fundraising Coordinator, assisting with organization of workshops and other events. Furthermore, you would be responsible for translating grant proposals, reports, promotional material and other documents from English to Spanish and vice versa. You would also work closely with Graphic Designer and Communications Officer, contributing to the development of web and social media content. You would have an opportunity to visit some of the ecotourism projects across the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve – a 383,567-hectare ecological wonder. Full schedule work week. Requires excellent written and spoken communication skills in Spanish and English, disposition to work under pressure and the flexibility to work with multidisciplinary staff and local partners, and the skills to meet deadlines. This is an excellent opportunity to learn to promote a wide variety of conservation projects, all the while living in the most eco-diverse protected area in Mexico.

Internships with All One Ocean

All One Ocean’s mission is to educate people about the destructive impacts of our trash by providing a simple way for beachgoers, any time they visit the beach, to help clean up our Ocean, beautify beaches and prevent needless death and suffering to marine life. For information about the internships, follow this link.