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Position: Communications Specialist
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Part Time, Temporary

Position Summary
As a member of the Communications Team, the Communications Specialist will help to research, develop, and implement strategies that promote Island Conservation’s brand and reputation to our key audiences through various outlets.

Essential Functions
  • Update, manage, and implement social media goals, and strategy; lead a Communications Volunteer/Intern cohorts to implement strategy.
  • Help maintain website including content updates and design changes using Wordpress website content management system.
  • Work with Island Conservation’s Philanthropy Specialist to create, promote, and distribute marketing/fundraising campaigns and donor stewardship news emails.
  • Assist Communications Manager in development of collateral such as Fact Sheets, Brochures, and Posters using InDesign desktop publishing.
  • Monitor, track, distribute, and archive media stories related to Island Conservation and our work.
  • Support Photography Team by processing and tracking images, fulfill internal and external image requests, managing Flickr, and support a developing, in-house video production program.
  • Design and implement an inventory and ordering system to organize and track Island Conservation communications collateral and branded swag.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree required in a Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, IT, Biology, or relevant field.
  • 1-3 years of direct experience in communications or related field.
  • Substantial experience and expertise in using social media and attracting new followers.
  • Strong writing skills with a demonstrated ability to write compelling text for online purposes.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to function effectively as a member of a team, ensuring close coordination and integration with other staff members based in our headquarters and remote offices.
  • Demonstrated experience using analytics (e.g. Google Analytics, Facebook Insights, etc.) to track, summarize, and report communications performance, effectiveness, measure success, and then adapt strategies accordingly.
  • Demonstrated experience using Mail chimp, Adobe Creative Suite, Wordpress, Hootsuite preferred.
  • Ability to work three days a week (20 hours minimum) in our Santa Cruz headquarters.
Desirable Attributes
  • Foreign language skills (particularly Spanish or French).
  • Proficiency creating collateral materials using Adobe Creative Suite, particularly InDesign, or similar design program.
  • Experience developing online fundraising and brand-raising campaigns for a non-profit organization.
  • Scientific background/familiarity with biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, invasive species issues, species extinction.
  • High energy level, impeccable integrity, entrepreneurial spirit, and of course a good sense of humor.
Compensation and Location
The incumbent will report directly to the Director of Philanthropy and Communications and work in Island Conservation’s global headquarters in Santa Cruz, California. This is an unbenefited temp position without a defined or anticipated end-date. Hourly compensation will be commensurate with experience.

To Apply
To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a cover letter, CV, three professional references, and up to two writing/design samples to Jobs@islandconservation.org
This position will remain open until filled. No phone calls please!

Island Conservation is an equal opportunity employer.
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Position: Director of Philanthropy
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Full Time, Exempt

About the Organization
Island Conservation (IC), a global leader in the conservation of threatened island biodiversity, prevents extinctions by removing invasive species from islands. In collaboration with local, regional, national and international partners, IC designs and implements conservation projects which ensure native species protection and demonstrate cutting-edge invasive species removal techniques. IC also supports on-the-ground research to optimize the success of invasive species removal.
 
Our mission is focused and our conservation outcomes are tangible and measureable.  Since our founding in 1994, we have deployed teams to 52 islands worldwide to protect 977 populations of 389 species. IC’s species protection projects are located in four geographic regions: the Caribbean, North America, South America, and the Southwest Pacific. IC is headquartered in Santa Cruz, California with satellite offices located in Honolulu, Hawai’i; Washington, DC; Kelowna, British Columbia; Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico; Auckland, New Zealand; Sydney, Australia; Santiago, Chile; and Galápagos, Ecuador.
 
Longtime supporter (and co-founder of the Society for Conservation Biology) Dr. Michael Soule, described IC as “… the world's most effective organization in terms of species saved from extinction per dollar spent." For more information, please visit www.islandconservation.org.
 
Description 
Island Conservation is seeking a highly creative, self-motivated and articulate Director of Philanthropy (DoP). In partnership with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Board of Directors (Board), and other senior staff, the DoP will manage all aspects of IC’s fundraising plans, portfolios, programs, campaigns, and Philanthropy department staff. The DoP’s duties will include the cultivation and solicitation of major donors; corporate, foundation and government grants; and frequent interaction with board members, donors, programmatic staff, and other funding partners in the development of effective fundraising strategies.
 
The DoP will directly supervise a staff of four philanthropy team members. The DoP will report to the CEO.
 
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develop and implement the organization’s philanthropic strategies and tactics to advance IC’s 2020 strategic vision, plan, and programmatic objectives.
  • Work directly with staff and the Board, using a donor-based, Moves Management approach, for the ongoing identification, cultivation and stewardship of major donors and cultivation of new prospects.
  • Develop and manage a personal portfolio of at least 40 major donors and prospects, primarily within the five to six figure annual support range.
  • Oversee the stewardship of new and existing major donors, government partners, and philanthropic supporters, ensuring that they are engaged, appreciated, recognized and valued, resulting in increased philanthropic support and enthusiasm for IC.
  • Support the Board of Directors’ Development Committee through close collaboration with the committee chair and the Director of Board Engagement; work with the Development Committee to establish and track progress toward fundraising goals, strategies, and tactics.
  • Serve as an articulate, enthusiastic, and visible spokesperson for the organization to effectively communicate IC’s major fundraising goals, create a strong institutional culture of philanthropy, and establish donor networks through various venues and within a wide-range of philanthropic audiences.
  • Motivate, manage, train and lead the philanthropy staff to promote professional accomplishments and career enhancement. Provide fundraising training to programmatic staff and the Board as appropriate.
  • Plan, oversee and report on the Philanthropy budget.
  • Manage and maintain all fundraising systems.
  • Serve as a member of the senior leadership team.
Qualifications
The successful candidate will have the following minimum qualifications:
  • 8+ years of directly related professional fundraising management experience
  • Demonstrated success in building long-term relationships with donors and confidence in asking people to contribute time and financial support
  • Demonstrated success in creating, managing and implementing a comprehensive major gifts program in the five, six, and seven-figure range, supported by excellent donor stewardship
  • Close ties to the major donors in the San Francisco Bay Area, the West Coast, and other major donor markets
  • Experience identifying and administering government grants and contracts
  • Articulate, professional, and poised with strong verbal presentation skills
  • Familiarity with, and utilization of, donor-centered philanthropy and a Moves Management approach
  • Excellent research and writing skills (i.e., ability to write donor letters, major gift proposals, project updates, donor correspondence, etc.); document formatting, record keeping and archiving
  • Specific knowledge of PC-based computers with expertise in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Demonstrated proficiency with donor management databases (Salesforce highly preferred)
  • Ability to work flexible hours including some evenings and weekends
  • Domestic and international travel may be required
  • Comfortable working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and geographic locations
The following personal attributes are desired:
  • A deep commitment to biodiversity conservation and the mission of Island Conservation
  • A personable, flexible, diplomatic, and respectful demeanor
  • Proven ability to serve as a team player and leader to motivate and inspire staff and colleagues
  • High energy level, impeccable integrity, entrepreneurial spirit, and a sense of humor
  • Foreign language fluency and competency, particularly in Spanish and/or French, is a major plus
Compensation and Location
Island Conservation offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience
 
To Apply
To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a cover letter and CV to: Jobs@islandconservation.org

This position will remain open until filled. No phone calls please!
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Position Title:
Island Restoration Specialist
Employment Type: Full Time Position
 
Purpose of the Role: To support the development and implementation of Island Conservation projects.
 
Location: The position is based in Santa Cruz, CA. The position requires extensive travel with extended periods of time away from the duty station. Willingness to live and work in sometimes primitive conditions with few amenities is essential. Willingness to relocate duty station to IC field offices or project locations for extended periods is desired.
 
Responsibilities:

Area of Responsibility
Activities
Performance Indicators
Work Program
  • Maintains relationships with partners and communities instrumental to the successful implementation of projects.
  • Supports the establishment and maintenance of enabling conditions necessary for successful project implementation.
  • Supports the planning and implementation of specific project objectives.
  • Identifies and cultivates donors and funding agencies to secure resources for the implementation of projects.
  • Proactively identifies critical issues and risks to projects and ensures that they are managed in collaboration with the Field or Project Manager.
  • Reports progress on deliverables, risks and issues to the Field or Project Manager as agreed.
  • Feedback from other IC staff and partners reflects positively on performance.
  • Project objectives successfully met.
  • Funding opportunities are identified and secured.
  • Solutions to risks and issues are identified.
  • Reporting meets internal expectations and deadlines.
Organizational Integration
  • Collaborates with peers to share knowledge and best practice, and build systems and processes that are available for use both within the organization and externally.
  • Initiates, supports and implements innovation.
  • You are seen to be a strong contributor to your peers both in your knowledge of the business, specialist expertise and ability to think of risks, critical issues, and solutions that further the goals of Island Conservation.
  • You are seen to be actively engaging with team members in your role as a team member.
Specialist Expertise
  • Compiles and analyzes data collected in the field, reports and summarizes data.
  • Writes reports, scientific, and popular articles based on research and monitoring data. 
  • Scans the external environment for information, trends, best practices and innovation.
  • Develops innovative solutions to address barriers to achievement.
  • Works with peers to provide integrated, coordinated and fit for purpose advice that meets the internal needs of the organization.
  • Initiates, supports and implements innovation
  • Advice provided is thoughtful and well-reasoned.
  • Scientific Reports and Publications.
  • Innovations are identified and taken up elsewhere.
 
Learning
  • Demonstrates effective learning as part of everyday practice.
  • Assists peers to learn effectively from experience.
  • Supports the learning and development of your team (individually and collectively).
  • Your manager can see you learning from experience and sharing these lessons with others.
  • You are seen to be actively looking for developmental opportunities to grow your own capability.
Administration
  • Complies with organisational systems and processes.
  • Provides leadership and commitment to safe work practices.
  • Seeks feedback to determine the effectiveness of work.
  • You comply with all mandatory systems.
  • You contribute to improving and streamlining organisational systems
  • You ensure that all incidents are discussed with the Field or Project Manager and strategies for injury prevention are implemented.
 
Indicative Time Allocation
Project Planning and Implementation
Maintenance of Relationships
Specialist Expertise
Learning
Administration
80%
5%
5%
5%
5%
 
 

Necessary Attributes for Position:
 
Play a key role in pursuing Island Conservation’s mission by providing support in planning and implementation of field based projects.  This position requires extended international travel to remote field locations and a willingness to live and work in sometimes rustic conditions with few amenities. The position requires a strong commitment to Island Conservation’s mission, impeccable integrity, and a keen sense of humor.  The ability to be a positive member of a highly motivated team, both in the office and in the field, is critical.
 

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited 3 or 4 year college or university in Biology, Zoology, Wildlife Science, or other Biological disciplines, or Social Sciences.
  • Two years of biology field experience, either paid or volunteer.
  • Willingness and ability to spend significant time in the field away from home. Field deployments can run from 1 week to 6 weeks or longer.
  • Valid Driver's License.
  • Passport, or willingness to apply for a passport.
  • Excellent written and spoken English language skills.
  • Excellent spoken Spanish language skills.
  • Excellent library research capabilities and ability to extract and summarize information into written form from a broad range of sources.
  • Position requires excellent organizational skill, ability to work independently, ability to solve problems with limited supervision, and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Ability and willingness to follow directions and delegate tasks when necessary
  • Basic computer skills including experience with Word, Excel, Windows 98, Outlook.
  • Ability to perform data entry into spreadsheets and databases.
  • Ability to coordinate field logistics and supervise interns/technicians to collect field data.
  • Ability to perform efficiently under physical demanding conditions, including walking daily on rough footing with a backpack. Able to live harmoniously in small groups, in remote field camps.
  • Ability and/or skills in standard survey techniques (birds, mammals, plants).
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS
  • Excellent written Spanish language skills.
  • Additional foreign language skills (e.g. French).
  • Training in conflict resolution.
  • Project management experience, including managing budgets.
  • Wilderness First Aid/First Responder certification or equivalent. 
  • Experience in invasive species control and/or eradication including baiting, trapping and use of firearms.
  • Experience in animal trapping, handling, tagging, radio-tracking, and seabird research.
  • Experience in GIS applications and/or GPS use.
  • Helicopter training, and/or experience working around helicopters.
  • Experience in small boat handling, skippering, small engine and electronics maintenance.
To Apply:
 
Send cover letter, CV or resume and two or more references to:
 
 
Please put SC IRS 2014 in the subject line, send documents in word format, label your cover letter combined with your CV as LastnameCV.doc.  No phone calls please. Thank you!
 
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Position:
 Philanthropy Volunteer/Intern

About Island Conservation:
Island Conservation (IC) is an international non-profit conservation organization headquartered in Santa Cruz, CA with field offices in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Washington DC. We have a growing staff of 36 employees. The mission of Island Conservation is to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands.

IC prevents extinctions by working where the concentration of both biodiversity and species extinction is greatest—islands. By removing one of the greatest threats—introduced invasive species—threatened native island species and ecosystems recover with little or no additional intervention. To date, we have deployed team members to 52 islands worldwide to protect 977 populations of 389 species. 
 
Position Overview:
Island Conservation is seeking a Philanthropy volunteer/Intern to learn from and support the Philanthropy Team in our global headquarters in Santa Cruz, CA. The Philanthropy teams builds funding relationships based on a shared vision of saving species from extinction. The philanthropy staff works collaboratively to seek support from individual donors, foundations, government agencies, and corporate donors.

We are looking for an enthusiastic self-starter with excellent writing, research, interpersonal communication, and computer skills. The ideal candidate will be interested in: advancing our mission and biodiversity conservation in general; developing new skills in nonprofit fundraising; working in an exciting and friendly professional environment; and volunteering to make a meaningful difference by saving species from extinction. The volunteer Philanthropy Intern works closely with the Philanthropy team and is exposed to many facets of the organizations’ staff and species conservation work. Key Responsibilities of the volunteer internship can include the following.
  • Help expand Island Conservation’s donor base through prospecting research on potential donors, foundations and programs for funding and maintain this information into online donor management system (Salesforce)
  • Complete proposal evaluation forms after conducting grant research, then create list of possible IC projects that may be eligible for funding
  • Draft Letters of Intent and manage on and offline proposal application processes, working closely with staff
  • Assist with database and donor communications management; File grant, contract and donor documents and correspondence electronically, in hard copy, and Salesforce
  • Draft, process and mail gift acknowledgement letters
  • Assist with the production of Board of Directors meeting materials; and provide logistical support for quarterly Board Meetings
  • Manage the production and packaging of donor recognition gifts
  • Assist with mailings (electronic and traditional mail), including our periodic e-newsletters to our philanthropic donors and other partners
  • Assist with events
  • Other assigned tasks as needed

Qualifications:
  • Preferred Degree Concentration: Environmental Studies, Biology, Communications, Marketing, Non-Profit Management, or other related field
  • Ability to commit to a part-time six month volunteer internship; approximately 16-24 hours a week preferred
  • Motivated, detail-oriented, and passionate self-starter with excellent organizational, communication, research, writing and editing skills
  • Quick learner, ability to take initiative, and strong work ethic
  • Ability to prioritize competing demands, and be flexible
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Commitment to the our mission, work, and biological conservation in general
  • Experience in Microsoft Office Suite, Salesforce and Wealth Engine desired
  • Fluency in Spanish or French desired
  • Comfortable with a dog-friendly office
Start date: Open immediately; applications received by July 1 are guaranteed a review for the next round of interviews.

Minimum commitment: 6 months, part-time, flexible schedule.
Location: Santa Cruz, CA.
Compensation: This is a volunteer position without any monetary compensation. This internship: can qualify for course credit; will include training for the benefit of the intern; and will work closely under and with our staff employees; and does not entitle the intern to future employment with IC.
Non-monetary compensation includes a unique opportunity to be part of, and learn from, an innovative, committed, fun, and growing conservation organization that is changing a big difference through the protection of island species. Apply today to be part of one of the most passionate, motivated, and effective teams in the nonprofit conservation sector. To apply, please email a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this internship, along with resume, to jobs@islandconservation.org.  No phone calls please.

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Position: Assistant Controller
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Commitment: Full Time
 
About the Organization
Island Conservation (IC), a global leader in the conservation of threatened island biodiversity, is working to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands. In collaboration with regional partners, IC designs and implements conservation projects which ensure native species protection and demonstrate cutting-edge invasive species removal techniques. IC also supports on-the-ground research to optimize the success of invasive vertebrate removal. Our mission is focused and our conservation outcomes are tangible and measureable.  Since its founding in 1994, IC’s conservation efforts have saved 288 species from extinction. Longtime supporter (and co-founder of the Society for Conservation Biology) Michael Soule, described IC as “… the world's most effective organization in terms of species saved from extinction per dollar spent."
 
IC is based in Santa Cruz, California with satellite offices located in Honolulu, Hawaii; Washington, DC; Kelowna, British Columbia; Nassau, Bahamas; Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico; Sydney, Australia; Santiago, Chile; and Galapagos, Ecuador.
For more information, please visit www.islandconservation.org.
 
POSITION OVERVIEW: 
The Assistant Controller will join the central administrative team at Island Conservation, based in Santa Cruz, California. 
The Assistant Controller will be responsible for all aspects of the revenue side of the income statement, including regulatory compliance, fund and contract accounting, audit supervision and cash management.
 
This position will report to the Chief Operating Officer.
Key attributes include:
  • Experience and understanding of international non-profit finance,
  • Demonstrated experience with US Federal grants and contracts, multilateral and bi-lateral funding sources
  • Ability to design, implement and manage systems which are appropriately scaled to Island Conservation
  • A strong commitment to Island Conservation’s mission
  • Impeccable integrity
RESPONSIBILITIES:

1.     Fund Accounting
  • Assure adherence to funder requirements
  • Review and approve budgets for grants and contracts
  • Generate timely, accurate financial reports for funding agencies
2.     Revenue Reporting
  • Track and record income
  • Generate invoices for funding agencies
  • Working with grant managers, schedule billings and meet billing obligations for funders
  • Working with funders to assure prompt payment
  • Generate revenue reports for internal and external use
3.     Bank and Cash Management
  • Reconcile bank accounts
  • Manage bank transfers between Island Conservation operations
  • Manage wire transfers to international recipients
  • Manage relationships with banks.
4.     Annual Audit
  • Assure all records are audit ready.
  • Manage the annual audit process
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting or related field.
  • Willingness and ability to work through peak activity periods, as required.
  • Excellent written and spoken English language skills.
  • Excellent organizational skill, the ability to both work independently and take direction from others, the ability to solve problems with limited supervision, and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Minimum of 5 years non-profit bookkeeping/accounting experience.
  • Experience with Federal and international funders such as USAID, NFWF, GEF and USFWS
  • Advanced computer skills including in-depth experience with Quickbooks, Word, Excel, and Microsoft Office.
 
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS
  • Foreign language fluency (Spanish, French)
  • Knowledge of complex environmental issues.
  • Experience with multi-national, multi-lateral, multi-agency accounting issues
This is full time position, based in Santa Cruz California with full benefits. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Please respond with a cover letter and CV to: jobs@islandconservation.org  No phone calls please.

Island Conservation is an equal opportunity employer.

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Position: Communications Volunteer/Intern Recruitment
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Commitment: Full Time
 
Island Conservation Overview
Island Conservation (IC) is an international non-profit conservation organization headquartered in Santa Cruz, California with field offices in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Washington DC. The mission of Island Conservation is to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands.
 
IC prevents extinctions by working where the concentration of both biodiversity and species extinction is greatest—islands. By removing one of the greatest threats—introduced invasive species—threatened native island species and ecosystems recover with little or no additional intervention. To date, we have deployed team members to 52 islands worldwide to protect 977 populations of 389 species. 
 
Position Overview
Island Conservation is seeking a communications volunteer/intern to support our communications team in our Santa Cruz headquarters. We are seeking an enthusiastic self-starter who wants to develop new skills and build on their writing, communication, social media, organizational, and computer skills.

The Communications Volunteer /Intern works closely with the Director of Communications and the Communications Manager.
 
Primary responsibilities include:
  • Support communications strategy development and implementation
  • Maintain, update, and expand social media outlets
    o   Draft, review, edit, and publish daily social media posts
    o   Monitor and report on social media outlet activity
    o   Respond to constituent messages and comments
    o   Share posts by IC’s partner organizations
  • Monitor internet for relevant media, collect and maintain IC earned media archives
  • Support website content development and updates
  • Generate Twitter followers with particular focus on journalists
  • Draft, proofread, and edit publications, fact sheets, press releases, letters
  • Assist with editing and formatting documents and presentations
  • Assemble and organize IC info packets and other collateral for meetings
  • Assist with print publications including IC’s Annual Report
  • Discrete projects and other assigned tasks as needed
Preferred Qualifications
  • Graduate or undergraduate students studying communications, marketing, biology, ecology, zoology, environmental studies, environmental policy, foreign languages, international policy, or related fields. Able to commit to 12-40 hours/week for 6 months
  • Ability to prioritize competing demands; flexible
  • Demonstrated knowledge of conservation and ecological principles
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and social media outlets
  • French or Spanish language skills or fluency desired 
Start date - Open immediately;
Minimum commitment - 6 months, between 12-40 hours/week, flexible schedules
Location - This position will be based in Island Conservation’s Global Headquarters office:
Island Conservation
2161 Delaware Ave., Suite A
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
 
Compensation - This is a volunteer position without any monetary compensation. This position can be an internship, qualifying for course credit for college students.
 
To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and three professional or academic references jobs@islandconservation.org ; No phone calls please.

Island Conservation is an equal opportunity employer.
 
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