Development Associate


Turtle Island Restoration Network
Marin County/San Francisco Bay Area, California

Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN), an award-winning marine wildlife protection organization with offices in California, Texas and Hawai’i, seeks a full-time Development Associate to join our fast-paced, innovative environmental organization and be a key part of a team raising more than $3 million annually. This position is based in Marin County.

Through our Ocean Wildlife Program initiatives and Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, we are leading the grassroots fight against extinction locally, nationally and internationally. We take on the big problems of the world’s oceans — industrial fishing, climate change, and pollution — with a can-do attitude.


Membership (60%)

  • Manage Engaging Networks and Salesforce CRMs
  • Help process donations and enter data
  • Produce and mail thank you letters to our donors
  • Develop and maintain online donation pages
  • Manage donations through PayPal, EFT and other channels
  • Build queries and reports for direct mail
  • Become an expert in database functions, and lead our efforts to get the most out of these systems

Grants and Contracts (10%)

  • Provide logistical support for grant fundraising (research foundations, proofread proposals and reports, coordinate thank you letters, filing and record keeping)

Major Donors (10%)

  • Provide logistical support for major donor fundraising (research prospects, help
    maintain touch schedule, proofread letters, coordinate thank you letters, filing
    and record keeping)

Reporting (5%)

  • Produce deposit reports for bookkeeper
  • Produce weekly, monthly and quarterly donation reports

Merchandise (10%)

  • Coordinate and expand small online retail program
  • Process and mail TIRN’s online orders
  • Liaise with fulfillment house and vendors (e.g. order merchandise)

Other (5%)

  • Proofread proposals, newsletters, reports and other materials
  • Assist with event coordination
  • Assist with Cocos Research Expeditions program (helping with outreach, participant registrations, coordination and communications)
  • Other fundraising and communication tasks as assigned by supervisor


The basics

  • Interest and experience in fundraising
  • Experience with fundraising CRMs such as Engaging Networks, Salesforce,
    Salsa, or Blackbaud, etc.
  • Strong, accurate data entry skills
  • Good people skills (in person, via email and by phone)
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

The stuff that really sets you apart

  • Experience with and passionate about wildlife conservation and ocean protection
  • Willing to analyze and suggest solutions for fundraising and communications and for automating data entry, bookkeeping, and reporting
  • An interest in big picture data
  • Willing to troubleshoot and take the initiative


This is a full-time, exempt position at TIRN’s office in Olema, CA. We offer a competitive benefits package including two weeks of vacation, health insurance, and 15 paid holidays. Annual salary range is $35,000 – $40,000 and commensurate with experience. This position reports to the Director of Development.


Please submit your cover letter and resume in PDF format to Scott Artis ( Use the subject line: “Development Associate – TIRN.” TIRN is an equal-opportunity employer. Thanks for your interest. We look forward to meeting you!