Job and Volunteer Opportunities

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Manager, Donor Relations & Marketing with John Muir Trail Foundation

John Muir Trail Foundation is looking for a Manager of Donor Relations & Marketing to join our team. This position will support the JMTF Project Director and the JMTF Director of Development in building and executing a national fundraising plan directed at corporations in the recreational space, high-net worth individuals and retail social-media website-driven donations. The JMTF is dedicated to the conservation of the John Muir Trail (est. 1915) for people to enjoy in the centuries to come. Our mission is to conserve the long history and natural environment of the JMT corridor, including its main access trails and resupply sites, over 390 miles of trails and surrounding wilderness areas. We work with and support the National Park Service (NPS) and United States Forest Service (USFS) in managing the wilderness, wildlife, rivers and lakes along the full length of the JMT corridor in the high Sierra Nevada of California. This wilderness corridor extends from the floor of Yosemite National Park to Horseshoe Meadows south of Mt. Whitney. We bring together the various stakeholders and resource managers along the JMT in an effort to strategically fund and implement on-the-ground projects to conserve and protect the historic trail and its sensitive wilderness for future generations. In particular, we work with the four principle federal agency teams: the NPS in both Yosemite and Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks, and the USFS in both the Inyo and Sierra National Forests. We also coordinate and work with
Yosemite Conservancy and Sequoia Parks Conservancy, the on-the-ground nonprofits responsible for the two nationals parks whose remote high-elevation lands are traversed
by parts of the JMT.

Position: Manager of Donor Relations & Marketing

Commitment: Regular employee, 30-40 hours/week; can work in part remotely; Bay Area resident; position is budgeted for a minimum of four

Compensation: $70,000-$90,000; commensurate with experience and time commitment. Excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and life insurance, vacation and sick leave; salary is noted as a range and will be determined on a pro-rated basis;

Reporting: Direct report to the JMTF Project Director; works closely with JMTF Director of Development;


Donor Relations and Database Management Responsibilities:

  • Manages input to the database working with the Development Director to choose the best strategies for coding, tracking and reporting, including solutions for database clean-up and standardization for accuracy;
  • Monitors the gifs processing system, ensuring that gifs are sent promptly to the fiscal sponsor’s business office, are entered accurately into a JMTF database, and that acknowledgement letters and receipts are sent promptly to donors;
  • Creates and maintains basic mailing lists, group lists, and invitation lists as requested;
  • Creates segmented donor and mailing lists for multiple direct mail and email fundraising appeals;
  • Produces internal monthly financial reports, supplemental to the fiscal sponsor’s reports;
  • Creates the annual development and giving reports;;
  • Keeps pace with technological and sofware advances in CRM to integrate into the development office.
  • Marketing Responsibilities:
  • Supports Development Team in creation and implementation of development campaigns and events, including social media, email, print and the web.
  • Updates print and digital marketing collateral, including flyers, brochures, social media images, and advertising.
  • Assists with the creative and marketing aspects of updating the JMTF website.
  • Supports advertising campaigns, including Facebook, Twitter, and Google AdWords.
  • Updates monthly analytics for website, blog, and social media.
  • Builds, tracks performance, and updates reports for advertisements.


  • We seek a proven team-player who is flexible and able to work in a small development operation where each member must, at times, pitch in to advance
  • the common purpose. A commitment to continuing professional development is highly valued.
  • 2+ years’ experience working in Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce, Blackbaud or similar database.
  • Proficiency in Excel;
  • Familiarity with WordPress for editing and updating the JMTF website;
  • Attention to detail, strong problem-solving skills, and an ability to manage a variety of projects simultaneously with short deadlines;
  • Strong social and interpersonal skills to work in a collaborative team environment;
  • Experience with HTML, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Spark);
  • Experience with Google Analytics and other reporting tools;
  • Experience with online advertising and email marketing tools is helpful, but not required.

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, although working directly with JMTF.
Earth Island does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, religious creed, sex (including pregnancy, breasmeeding,
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 your 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.