JOIN OUR TEAM: JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS

The Center for Biological Diversity is a 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. We have more than 100 staff in offices in Arizona; California; Colorado; Florida;, New Mexico; Oregon; 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.


DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION STATEMENT


We're accepting applications for the following positions:

Grant Writer
Major Gifts Officer
Membership Director
Program Assistant/Office Manager
Staff Scientist  — Climate Law Institute
Staff or Senior Attorney — Public Lands Federal Fossil Fuels “Keep It In the Ground” Campaign
Staff or Senior Attorney — Southeast Endangered Species

INTERNSHIPS

ABOUT THE CENTER

 

 

Grant Writer
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona, or Oakland, California

General position overview:
The Center seeks a detail-oriented, motivated and highly effective communicator to join our development team as Grant Writer. Under direction of the Chief Development Officer — and in conjunction with other members of the team, including the Major Gifts Officer and another Grant Writer — the Grant Writer will aid our efforts to increase foundation funding revenues. The Grant Writer will seek dedicated funding for the Center’s programs from private foundations and other sources by researching and devising approaches, including calls and visits to prospective funders. The Grant Writer will work with program staff to draft persuasive grant proposals, letters of inquiry and reports and ensure timely submission to funders; manage grants-related administrative tasks, recordkeeping and correspondence; maintain current data on and keep abreast of the Center’s work as background information for proposals and reports; research funding opportunities; and maintain a tracking system to monitor the status of grant proposals and reports, including submissions, responses, renewals   and reporting requirements.

Qualifications: 
• Experience writing grant proposals, reports, donor correspondence and/or marketing materials in a nonprofit environment, particularly within the environmental conservation funder community.
• Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills.
• Strong organizational and time-management skills with exceptional attention to detail and accuracy.
• A professional and resourceful style with the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
• The ability to quickly comprehend, analyze and synthesize information.
• The ability to communicate well and in a professional manner with a variety of co-workers and foundation personnel.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.
• A demonstrated interest in and knowledge of environmental conservation issues.
• A bachelor’s degree.

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

To apply, send resume, cover letter, and writing sample via email only to grantjob@biologicaldiversity.org. This position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please.

 

Major Gifts Officer
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona

The Center for Biological Diversity is offering an outstanding career opportunity for a creative, savvy, driven, self-motivated, fearless, articulate, energetic and effective Major Gifts Officer (MGO). The ideal candidate will have 5–7 years of fundraising experience in the environmental movement and close ties to funders throughout the Rockies and Intermountain West, from Montana to Arizona and/or surrounding states. The position will be based in the Center’s Tucson office and report to the Chief Development Officer. The MGO will be a key player on the Center’s Development team and significantly contribute to the revenue goals of the organization.
Responsibilities include:

  • Build up and maintain a portfolio of 100–150 donors and prospects. Plan and maintain an aggressive schedule of face-to-face visits with some current and mainly prospective donors.
  • Identify a prospect list of new potential major donors — both individuals and foundations — to support the 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 $100,000 and above.
  • Develop philanthropic affinity groups to segment by demographics, geographic location and program interests.  
  • Work with and leverage the Executive Director, the Chief Development Officer, key program staff and select volunteers to develop solicitation strategies and include in direct solicitations, as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with the donor-relations team to identify and upgrade high-capacity and recurring annual mid-level ($1,000– $25,000) donors to major-gift levels.
  • Work as part of team with senior leadership to develop, plan, set and meet seven-figure annual revenue targets for the Major Gifts program that include both restricted and unrestricted annual, multi-year and integrated multi-tiered gifts.
  • Attend and — with the support of the Development team — organize occasional small “friendraiser/fundraiser” gatherings with donors and prospects.
  • 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.
  • A proven track record of personally closing high five-, six- and seven-plus-figure gifts, utilizing moves management.
  • Familiarity, ties and contacts with Arizona and national environmental movement funders.
  • Past experience including working with foundations, philanthropic individuals, local political scene and peer organizations.
  • Knowledge of endangered species issues and top environmental threats strongly preferred.
  • Planned giving/endowment experience a plus, though not required. 
  • Significant Southwest and West Coast travel required.
  • Superior interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Fewer years of experience acceptable if candidate possesses proven abilities as outlined above, as well as necessary knowledge of the environmental movement and a solid 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, and 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.

 

Membership Director
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a motivated, high-energy, people-focused fundraising Membership Director based in Tucson, Arizona. The Membership Director will be responsible for overseeing membership fundraising — both online and offline — including the acquisition, conversion, cultivation, solicitation, upgrade, stewardship, retention and win-back of the Center’s grassroots base of supporters and members. While supervising the Online Fundraising Director, the Membership Director will also oversee the drafting of appeals and must be an exceptionally strong writer and thinker, as well as being issue savvy. An aptitude for tracking and reporting data and a deep appreciation for, and understanding of, the metrics of success is essential. This position manages two direct reports and a total staff of seven, and reports directly to the Chief Development Officer. The Membership Director also works closely with program directors, the major gifts and donor relations team and the Executive Director.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Work with the Online Fundraising Director, communications team, Chief Development Officer, Executive Director and fundraising consultants to develop and implement creative, high-revenue-producing, targeted digital and direct-mail advocacy-based fundraising campaign appeals to multiple segments of our supporter base.
  • Develop annual and long-term strategic plans with goals designed to consistently increase the total number of members and fundraising revenues for the program.
  • Must have a sharp eye for numbers and superb data-tracking skills to determine the ongoing success of the program in real time. Keep eyes fixed on bottom line, communicate with management clear explanations regarding the overall health of programs, spot any weaknesses as they arise and propose how to fix them.
  • Working closely with membership staff and the finance department, produce regular reports for the Chief Development Officer and Executive Director to track and analyze the true costs of the membership program, income and trends.
  • Supervise the membership team, lead regular meetings and facilitate brainstorming and implementation of accepted ideas. Coach and mentor staff to encourage professional development.
  • Foster a productive and member-focused program that emphasizes efficient data management, tracking and gift processing; oversees and improves upon strong thanking and acknowledgment systems; and delivers high-touch, personalized, informative member services and communications.
  • Serve as the liaison between the membership program and the Center’s communications and conservation programs. Help identify opportunities in Center’s conservation work for local, regional and national membership fundraising.
  • Work with the communications program to draft and finalize our print and email newsletters.
  • Ensure that online fundraising campaigns are hard-hitting, innovative activism and revenue generators, and that they are influential, while leveraging our strong social media presence.
  • Working with the online fundraising and digital communications staff to expand social media presence so that it aligns with current and future giving goals.
  • Identify and target members with the ability and inclination to upgrade to higher giving levels. Personally manage a portfolio of 100-plus Fast Track members with potential to upgrade, personally communicate with them, facilitate their engagement, and work closely with the Chief Development Officer  and major gifts team to pass on high-capacity leads where they exist.
  • Field phone, email and in-person inquiries from the staff and public regarding conservation- and donation-related questions.
  • Oversee Center merchandise production/distribution; assist with event planning and the volunteer program.
  • Directly manage two staff: the Online Fundraising Director and the Senior Membership Associate; oversee a total of seven or more additional staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Supervisory responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; ensuring that staff’s time is recorded accurately on timesheets and sent to Finance for payroll; routine staff reviews; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

 Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred).
  • Strong understanding of environmental issues and nonprofit administration.
  • Five to seven years of nonprofit membership/fundraising experience desired. At least three years of experience working with online digital fundraising, social media and communication streams.
  • Proven track record of achieving revenue targets and managing and analyzing data.
  • Demonstrated supervisory, leadership and teamwork capabilities.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills, including for email and mailed appeals, annual reports and newsletters.
  • The ability to work efficiently with remotely based team members utilizing technology.
  • The propensity to work with high energy, a high degree of initiative and from a positive perspective while maintaining flexibility and attention to detail.
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of donation-management tools and database programs.

A strong familiarity with donor/member management databases like ROI/Salesforce or Raiser’s Edge; advocacy/fundraising tools such as Democracy in Action/Salsa/Convio. Experience with community based e-acquisition tools such as Care2, Change.org, etc.; peer-to-peer and/or crowd-funding experience a plus.

The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and disability insurance and a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

Application process: To apply, please send a thoughtful cover letter and résumé via email to MembershipDirector@biologicaldiversity.org, "Attn: Membership Director.” 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.

 

Program Assistant/Office Manager
Full Time
Portland, Oregon

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a full-time Program Assistant and Office Manager to facilitate the day-to-day operations of our Portland office and related programs and staff.  The Program Assistant/Office Manager will join the dynamic Portland office (currently in the process of moving and expanding) and perform essential duties in support the Center’s mission by providing administrative and operational support and making it possible for other employees to function effectively and efficiently.  The position will be responsible for general office administration and facilities management including the logistical operations, reception, phone and mail services, accounts and expenses, interactions with building management and outside vendors, purchasing requests, and facilities (including arranging and coordinating internal office moves and meetings). The Program Assistant aspect of this position will provide administrative assistant support to the Endangered Species, Environmental Health, and Population and Sustainability programs — including assistance with timesheets, schedules, calendars, filings, bookings and reservations, and other needs. The position will report to, and work closely with, the Endangered Species Director, and is an excellent opportunity to work with a leading nonprofit organization in its mission.

Primary work breakdown:

  • 25 percent office management
  • 25 percent Endangered Species Program administrative support
  • 20 percent Environmental Health Program administrative support
  • 20% percentPopulation & Sustainability Program administrative support
  • 10 percent Freedom of Information Act administrative support

Main duties:

  • Coordinate overall administrative activities for the office and designated programs and promote a happy, safe and secure working environment.
  • Maintain the office in an orderly and inviting manner and ensure effective phone and mail communications.
  • Organize office areas and equipment, including the layout, arrangement and housekeeping of facilities.
  • Oversee, order and organize all office-related supplies, furniture, appliances, and equipment.
  • Maintain responsibility for office security, including access keys, entrances, etc.
  • Coordinate schedules and appointments for programs, rooms and equipment, as well as other staff activities.
  • Organize office-related activities and presentations, including orientations and trainings for new staff.
  • Design and implement filing and record-keeping systems and ensure systems are maintained and current.
  • Keep management informed by identifying and reporting on trends and proposing solutions to problems.  
  • Assist with timesheets, schedules, calendars, filings, bookings and reservations, etc.
  • Be sensitive to confidential matter, information or material.
  • Maintain an ability to work with all levels of internal management and staff.
  • Assign and monitor office-related responsibilities and tasks among office staff as needed.
  • Assist with Freedom of Information Act data management and related administrative tasks.
  • Participate as needed in special projects and assignments.
  • Serve as the liaison with the building management and office-related contractors and vendors.
  • Bring database experience (desirable) and a scientific or legal background (preferred).

Desired qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • An engaging and warm professional demeanor.
  • Administrative assistant and office-management experience.
  • A knowledge of accounting, receipts payable, data and administrative management practices and procedures.
  • A high energy level and excellent interpersonal skills, including verbal and written communication skills.
  • The ability to retain high levels of confidentiality and practice good judgment.
  • The characteristics of a dynamic self-starter who can organize time, manage diverse activities and personal interactions, and prioritize and meet both short- and longer-term deadlines.
  • The ability to re-invent new approaches to simplify and improve the lives of office staff.
    The ability to manage expectations and deadlines, great at time management.
    The ability to prepare the office for meetings and/or events by managing catering, material set-up, and presentations.
  • The possession of excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, results, and deadlines.
  • A strong sense of responsibility and willingness to assist in a variety of ways.
  • The ability to problem solve efficiently and independently.
  • Computer skills and knowledge of office software packages.
  • Strong project management skills and willingness to run or assist with special projects as requested
    The propensity to proactively request and offer to assist with team or individual and special projects as needed.
  • A sense of humor and positive attitude, as well as a passion for protecting biodiversity on Earth.

Compensation: Salary is commensurate with skill and 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.

Application process:
Please send a cover letter, a résumé and references via email (no paper) to PortlandAdminPosition@biologicaldiversity.org, “Portland Admin Position.” 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
Los Angeles, 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.

Compensation: Salary is commensurate with other nonprofit organizations and includes an excellent vacation and benefits package.

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.

 

Staff or Senior Attorney — Public Lands Federal Fossil Fuels “Keep It In the Ground” Campaign

Full Time
Denver, Colorado (Preferred)

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity seeks an experienced attorney to join our public lands team of attorneys, campaigners and communication specialists who are working to enforce the laws governing federal leasing of fossil fuels.

The position will involve using applicable laws — including the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Administrative Procedures Act and others — to engage in all phases of federal fossil fuel auctions, plan amendments and projects, including through both administrative advocacy and litigation. The position requires a dynamic, dedicated, organized individual with experience in litigation and with the federal fossil fuel program.

Main duties:

  1. Track, analyze and comment on federal fossil fuel auctions; plan amendments and projects as appropriate.
  2. Litigate federal on shore fossil fuel auctions, plan amendments and projects.
  3. Work with regional, local and national partners.
  4. Work with scientists and other related experts.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills desired:

  1. At least five years experience as an environmental attorney.
  2. Experience developing strategic litigation and litigating under relevant federal statutes, specifically the ESA, National Environmental Policy Act, Federal Land and Policy Management Act, National Forest Management Act and Administrative Procedure Act.
  3. Experience working collaboratively with peers.
  4. Knowledge of federal laws relating to the federal fossil fuel program.
  5. Knowledge of — or ability to quickly learn about — the biology of and threats to imperiled species.
  6. Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  7. Strong organizational skills.
  8. Passion for conserving public lands and wildlife, and for tackling climate change and fossil fuel drilling and overconsumption.

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

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, diversity both in the workplace and the world. We believe there is not only an intrinsic link between protecting the diversity of the Earth's cultures, languages, plants and animals, but between that work and having a staff diverse in gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic background. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application process:
Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references and a writing sample via email (no paper) to Public_Lands_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 or Senior Attorney — Southeast Endangered Species
Full Time
St. Petersburg, Florida

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity seeks an experienced attorney to advocate for the conservation of Southeast endangered species utilizing administrative and legal tools. The position will involve using applicable laws, including the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Administrative Procedures Act and others, to protect the increasing number of endangered species in the Southeast 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 work to protect endangered species in Florida and the Southeast.
  • Identify and carry out opportunities to protect endangered species from urban sprawl, pollution, logging, agriculture and other threats through litigation and other advocacy.  
  • Develop detailed knowledge of the status of endangered species.
  • Build relationships with key scientists.
  • Utilize litigation and media campaigns to highlight the threats to imperiled wildlife.
  • Advocate for comprehensive protection of endangered species 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 of, biology of, and threats to endangered species.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • A background in leading litigation projects and working collaboratively with peers.
  • A dynamic and assertive personality.

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

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, diversity both in the workplace and the world. We believe there is not only an intrinsic link between protecting the diversity of the Earth's cultures, languages, plants and animals, but between that work and having a staff diverse in gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic background. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application process:
Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references and a writing sample via email (no paper) to southeast_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.

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