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Environment Oregon Donor Associate

Posted on: October 13, 2020

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Environment Oregon – Wildlife Over Waste Campaign – Development Associate

We are hiring for a Development Associate to help build the resources to advance our environmental protections across the state of Oregon. Every day, Americans throw away tons of foam cups, containers, and other single-use plastics that ultimately end up in our rivers and oceans. Marine life, like sea turtles, are the ones who suffer, ingesting the plastic and ultimately starving to death. We need to stop the use of single-use plastics for the sake of our wildlife. Nothing we use for a few minutes should be allowed to pollute our lakes and rivers, and threaten wildlife for centuries.

Thousands of Environment Oregon members feel passionately about saving our wildlife from plastic pollution and other environmental issues, and Environment Oregon’s team of organizers, advocates and researchers is ready to make their voices heard. To win this and other campaigns, we need to add a great storyteller to our development staff to give our work an even greater impact. 


As a Development Associate, you’ll be part of the in-state advocacy team as well as part of our national team of dedicated development professionals that deepen the financial and political support of Environment Oregon’s members. 

The ideal candidate is passionate about protecting nature, believes in the power of building a community of supporters, and is a proven fundraiser who sees fundraising as a powerful way to advance change. 


Direct Fundraising

Implement a monthly strategy of writing, calling and holding one-on-one meetings with current members and prospective donors to share stories of our campaign to put wildlife over waste and invite them to deepen their financial support. You’ll typically visit with approximately 20 members each month.

Meet specific weekly and monthly fundraising benchmarks, which are related to annual organizational fundraising goals so we can sustain and expand our campaigns, like the Wildlife Over Waste campaign.

Develop and maintain relationships with donors from pledge to payment.

Cultivate engaged donors to assist with fundraising events like house parties.

Donor Stewardship & Development 

Be a personal point of contact with donors throughout the year, creating and sending at least six personalized updates.

Engage donors in program and organizational work, such as events or campaign actions.

Develop and implement customized cultivation strategies for top donors, working directly with our advocacy staff to craft compelling narratives.

Be the point of contact between our advocacy staff and members.  

Maintain excellent notes on all contacts with and information about members and donors.


Understands the importance of systems and is diligent in tracking income, expenses and contacts on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. 

Implement required legal disclosures and other administrative duties as assigned.


Environment Oregon protects the places we love, advances the environmental values we share, and wins real results for our environment. We have a long track record of working to protect our wildlife from plastic pollution. We led the campaign to keep plastic out of our waterways with a ban on plastic bags in Portland — and now we’re working to ban polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam.

Environment Oregon is a citizen-based environmental advocacy project of Environment America, which is part of the The Public Interest Network. Each of the 16+ groups in the Public Interest Network has its own mission, but the 400-plus staff in our network share a vision of a better country, a set of core values about our work, and a coordinated strategic approach to social change.


Environment Oregon has a great training program. Development Associates participate in an intensive, paid training for the first week of the job, which is immediately followed by the first 1-month fundraising cycle. All associates take part in state, regional and national trainings and meetings throughout the year. There are opportunities for travel and advancement.


We are looking for change-makers. Qualified candidates will be smart and motivated college graduates who are passionate about making an impact, love fundraising and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. The ideal candidate will have at least 1 year of fundraising experience, excellent judgement and discretion, and the ability to oversee significant projects.


Portland, OR. For the foreseeable future, all of our staff are working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The compensation range for this position is $28,000-$34,000 and depends on relevant experience, education, and location. Compensation package may include opportunity to earn fundraising bonuses. Environment Oregon offers an excellent benefits package. Our benefits package may include medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents, needs-based student loan assistance, 401(k) plan with employer match, commuter benefit program, paid time off, parental leave and long-term disability insurance. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.


Please apply online by clicking here.

Environment Oregon is part of The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports a group of organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to social change. Visit our core values page for things you should know about our network when you apply.

Environment Oregon is an equal opportunity employer.



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Employment type
Full Time

1+ years

Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has.

Start date

Apply by March 14, 2021