• Marketing & Communications
  • Full Time

401K savings and retirement plan with matching contributions, Health and dental insurance, Short and long-term disability, Annual and sick leave, Life insurance


The Development Associate will assist with research, identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of gifts from corporations, foundations, and individual prospects. S/he will play a key coordination role in NatureServe's fundraising efforts, draft fundraising materials, organize and execute cultivation and fundraising events, and manage donor acknowledgement and recognition programs. S/he will manage development systems, including a calendar of development activities and a donor database, and keep accurate records and files. The Development Associate will work closely with the Chief Development & Engagement Officer, the Communications Specialist, Marketing Associate, accounting, and senior staff to ensure timely and efficient execution of projects.  S/he will report to the Chief Development & Engagement Officer.

The essential job functions listed above are not meant to be all-inclusive and may be subject to change at any time.


  1. Assist with identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of gifts from corporations, foundations, and individual prospects. Assist in planning solicitation strategies with senior staff.
  2. Manage gift acknowledgement process in a timely and organized manner. Maintain a donor recognition program to retain and upgrade donors through a high-touch outreach process.
  3. Research current and potential donors to evaluate their giving potential and conservation interest.
  4. Manage internal development systems, including a calendar of development activities and a donor database, keeping clean and accurate records and files.
  5. Mine data in donor database and other CRM systems, track data trends, and prepare reports to show trends for analysis.
  6. Plan and execute fundraising and cultivation events, and assist in soliciting sponsorships for events.
  7. Draft, edit, and mail fundraising appeals and assist with online e-mail appeals.
  8. Arrange meetings with donors and potential donors.
  9. Ensure that reports and other deliverables for philanthropic grants are produced in a timely fashion.
  10. Prepare materials for the Development Committee and Board as needed.
  11. Assist other departments and perform other duties as required.


  1. Bachelor's degree and a minimum of two years successful experience in development or a related field.
  2. Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  3. Excellent grammar, spelling, editing and proofreading skills. 
  4. Polished public speaking and presentation skills.
  5. Ability to work well with a wide variety of people and be a team player. Employs effective listening skills, diplomacy, and tact.
  6. Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects and coordinate the work of other staff.
  7. Ability to produce tangible results, often under pressure with tight deadlines. Ability to handle multiple tasks in a poised, efficient, and effective way with attention to detail.
  8. Ability to make decisions, solve problems, and set priorities in the face of multiple tasks and projects. Efficient, productive, and accurate.
  9. Well-organized and able to keep records up-to-date and accurate.
  10. Advanced problem-solving abilities and a positive "can-do" attitude.
  11. Able to provide thoughtful feedback on projects.
  12. Intermediate proficiency with MS Office Suite software
  13. Willingness and ability to travel and work evenings or weekends when occasionally required.


  1. Experience with event management and planning. 
  2. Experience with donor management software.
  3. Experience in writing persuasively.
  4. Experience with Database management.
  5. Willingness and ability to commit to the mission and goals of NatureServe. 


  • Ability to work during standard office hours
  • Ability to move or adjust light computer and peripheral equipment
  • Ability to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time
  • Requires frequent communication, verbal and written
  • Ability to hear well and speak clearly to engage effectively with staff
  • Requires ability to visually or otherwise identify, observe or assess
  • Ability to travel independently
  • Ability to use organizational technology and multi-phone systems
  • Ability to stay focused and maintain composure in a fast-paced, stressful environment 


NatureServe's mission is to provide the scientific basis for effective conservation action. More than 1,000 scientists, data managers, and other professionals participate in the NatureServe network. Their work supports science-based decision-making in the service of local, national, and global conservation needs. Representing more than 80 public and private organizations, these dedicated staff collect and manage the Western hemisphere's most comprehensive resource for biodiversity data, containing nearly a million mapped locations of at-risk species and providing extensive information on more than 70,000 species and 7,000 ecosystems. For over four decades, NatureServe's natural heritage network has relied on a combination of expertise and on-the-ground experience to amass credible, reliable knowledge on biodiversity. Rigorous scientific methods for collecting and managing data have made NatureServe a highly trusted source for biodiversity information, tools, and services and a valued partner with federal, state/provincial agencies, the academic community and industry. Our heritage of gathering baseline scientific data also uniquely positions NatureServe to track and quantify changes to biodiversity in ways that, in a time of profound ecological uncertainty, can help others understand what the future of nature will be like.

NatureServe offers a results-oriented and collaborative workplace where a common mission provides focus and excitement, and where staff are empowered to take ownership of projects and mission success. Benefits include a 401k savings and retirement plan; health, dental and vision insurance; short and long-term disability; annual and sick leave; and life insurance.



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