Job Opening: Development Associate

The Deschutes Land Trust is seeking a Development Associate to join its team!

July 5, 2022

The Deschutes Land Trust is seeking a Development Associate to join its dedicated team!

Who We Are:
The Deschutes Land Trust conserves and cares for the lands and waters that sustain Central Oregon, so local communities and the natural world can flourish together for generations to come. Since 1995, the Land Trust has protected more than 17,500 acres throughout Central Oregon for future generations. We embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion, and are committed to building a conservation community with diverse backgrounds, cultures, and life experiences. Learn more about our Equity Commitment.

What You’ll Do:
The Development Associate is a part-time (32 hours/week) position that provides core support for Land Trust development activities. This includes the effective and accurate processing of donations, updating data and maintaining our central database, donor cultivation, and solicitation. It also includes providing support for the Land Trust’s general membership program, coordinating and assisting with donor development events, and assisting the Development Director as needed. The Development Associate reports to the Development Director, but works collaboratively with all Land Trust Staff and Board Members to build support for the Land Trust. Please see the detailed position description.

What You Need:

  • Conservation Commitment: Passion and commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the Deschutes Land Trust.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Experience: Cultural competency skills and demonstrated ability to work with people of diverse races, ages, genders, abilities, and economic backgrounds. Commitment to fostering an inclusive donor community, where people of all identities are represented and feel welcome.

  • Development Experience: 1 year of experience with a non-profit organization or educational institution, or a comparable mix of work experience and education. Experience in customer service, database management, and other administrative duties.

  • Organization and Detail Skills: Excellent organizational skills including attention to detail. Ability to meet deadlines to complete projects efficiently and effectively while managing multiple priorities.

  • Collaboration Skills: Ability to work effectively in a small team environment to resolve problems and implement plans that help the organization achieve its mission. Ability to establish and maintain positive collaborative working relationships with others both internally and externally.

  • Communication Skills: Proven ability to communicate effectively, tactfully, and diplomatically in writing and in person with a diverse community of supporters including volunteers, donors, community-based partners, and Land Trust staff and Board.

  • Technology Skills: Strong computer skills, including proficiency with current office computer applications, Salesforce or other fundraising platforms, and Google Suite.

What We Offer:
The Deschutes Land Trust offers competitive salary and benefits to full-time staff. This includes health insurance, a 403B retirement plan with matched contributions, volunteer time off, 20 paid days off annually to start, and 11 paid holidays annually. The Land Trust offers a flexible work location where employees may work in the office or remotely depending on the requirements of the position.

Compensation: $19.00-$22.60 hourly depending on experience, plus generous benefits.

Application Process:

This position will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Your application should include the following:

  • Cover letter describing your qualifications for and interest in the position.
  • Resume.
  • References (We will contact references only after you have given us permission).

Please send your application as an attachment to: with the words “Development Associate” in the subject line.

Please contact Pat Cohen at the email above if you need an accommodation. All inquiries will be handled confidentially. We will acknowledge receipt of your application via return email and contact you as we proceed further into the recruitment and selection process.

People of color and others from historically underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Deschutes Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate based on race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity or expression, religion, ability, or national origin.

We appreciate your interest in the Deschutes Land Trust!