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Career opportunities with Raincoast

We currently have two openings: 1. Development Coordinator, 2. Environmental Education Coordinator.

Development Coordinator (permanent position)

If you are interested and you meet the selection criteria please respond to with your cover letter and resume Application deadline: March 12, 2021 at 11:59 PM (PST).

Position overview

We are looking for a Development Coordinator to join our communications and development team. You are knowledgeable about conservation issues in coastal British Columbia and you have a proven ability to identify and secure financial support for conservation initiatives. You are highly organized, self-motivated, and able to balance a dynamic and varied range of tasks on a daily and weekly basis. 

As our Development Coordinator, you will play a central role working across the organization to help Raincoast secure resources for all conservation programs, campaigns, and organizational needs. From applied research to education and habitat restoration to policy reform, the role supports all aspects of Raincoast’s mission to protect the land, waters, and wildlife of coastal British Columbia. This is an exciting opportunity to support Raincoast’s Executive Director and Communications and Development Director to ensure annual fundraising targets are met in support of our mission. 

About Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Led by a team of conservationists and scientists, Raincoast’s projects and programs are rooted in rigorous, peer-reviewed research and science, and informed by community and cultural engagement. Our on-the-ground presence, coupled with our science, distinctive among environmental groups, has given us a deep-rooted understanding of this vast coastline, its processes, and its people. Our mandate is to investigate, inform and inspire. 

Core duties and responsibilities 

Grant writing and reporting

  • You track proposals, reporting deadlines, and manage associated administration.
  • You coordinate input from team members for proposal and report writing.
  • You maintain internal project management tools and all related record keeping.
  • You prospect for new supporters. 

Donor stewardship

  • With our Executive Director and Communications and Development Director, you track major gifts and steward our relationships with major donors.
  • With our Communications and Development team, you build our monthly giving program. 
  • You ensure all receipt and administrative functions are tracked and complete. 
  • You work with the Finance Manager to ensure senior staff and program managers are briefed on fundraising progress.
  • You manage donor communications and are the point person for general inquiries and comments from the public.
  • You update and maintain our donor database records, providing reporting as needed.

Partnerships and outreach

  • You work with the Communications and Development Director to prospect for new potential funders and conduct follow-up correspondence and engagements. 
  • You establish corporate partnerships including product donations and sponsorships.
  • You identify potential local community partners and collaborators for programs.

Communications 

  • You support the communications team with preparing fundraising requests and tracking the progress of campaigns across different platforms.
  • You help ensure all online platforms are optimized to support fundraising.
  • You support community events ensuring related fundraising is well supported. 

Required knowledge, skills, and ability

Essential 

  • Knowledge of, and passion for, conservation issues in coastal British Columbia.
  • Proven successful experience with grant writing and reporting. 
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills that allow relationship-building across the organization and with a range of external contacts including donors, partners, charitable foundations, and businesses. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field – Master’s degree preferred.
  • Self-motivated with strong time-management and organizational skills.
  • Experience with Salesforce, project management, and/or related communications tools e.g. Monday.com and Slack. 

Desirable 

  • Demonstrated creativity in identifying and communicating fundraising opportunities.
  • Familiarity with relevant charitable giving regulations in Canada and the USA.
  • Experience working with a remote and distributed team.
  • Knowledge of current fundraising platforms. 

Salary and details 

This is a full-time position, currently remotely based. In addition to joining a dedicated team, you will have health benefits, two weeks annual holiday, and opportunities for flexible working. 

Job Type: Full time permanent 

Anticipated hours: 38 hours per week

Salary range: $25-30/ hour dependent on experience

How to apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to

Email applications with “Development Coordinator” in the subject line. Attach a single PDF file for your one-page cover letter and your resume – name it your first and last name (e.g. Mark Smith.pdf).

The cover letter should express why you are interested in this position and clearly outline how you meet the required qualifications. Your supporting resume should outline all relevant work experience and identify two references.

We thank all applicants but only those receiving an interview will be contacted. No phone calls and no recruiters, please.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Raincoast will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of the characteristics outlined within The Employment Equity Act.

Deadline to apply

March 12, 2021, at 11:59 PM (PST).

Environmental Education Coordinator (one-year maternity leave position)

If you are interested and you meet the selection criteria please respond to with your cover letter and resume prior to midnight (PST), March 12, 2021.

Position overview

Raincoast Conservation Foundation is a science-based registered charity dedicated to protecting the lands, waters, and wildlife of British Columbia. We are seeking an experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate candidate to coordinate, develop and deliver our Salish Sea Emerging Stewards program. Please note, this is a one-year maternity leave position.

About Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Led by a team of conservationists and scientists, Raincoast’s projects and programs are rooted in rigorous, peer-reviewed research and science, and informed by community and cultural engagement. Our on-the-ground presence, coupled with our science, distinctive among environmental groups, has given us a deep-rooted understanding of this vast coastline, its processes, and its people.

Our mandate is to investigate, inform and inspire. Through our transformative education programs, we are working to inspire and empower the next generation of conservation leaders.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Managing, coordinating, and delivering our virtual, field, and boat-based environmental education programs to youth (ages 12-25).
  • Researching and developing educational learning curriculum and resource materials.
  • Advancing the development of our Indigenous stewardship and field monitoring programs with our existing Indigenous partners.
  • Maintaining our relationships with our current Indigenous partners and establishing new partnerships as opportunities arise.
  • Networking with a host of existing community partners working in environmental science and conservation and recruiting new relevant partners as opportunities arise.
  • Assist with the development of outreach and communication materials and updates.
  • Supervising and mentoring our summer staff.
  • Administrative and coordination of program-related tasks as required.
  • Continually seeking opportunities to develop, improve and grow our programs.

Experience and knowledge

  • Knowledge of and passion for British Columbia’s coastal ecosystems and conservation issues.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous history and culture in BC.
  • Experience working with Indigenous representatives or communities and knowledge of protocols around working relationships.
  • Minimum 2 years experience managing, developing and coordinating education programs.
  • Minimum 2 years experience as a lead or primary educator for students both in classrooms and outdoors in nature-based programs.
  • Environmental, Education or Conservation studies or related post-secondary education essential, Master’s degree preferred.

Skills and abilities

  • Comfortable working and teaching virtually, indoors, outdoors, and on boats, rain or shine.
  • Organized and resourceful with a demonstrated ability to appropriately prioritize projects.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills working with people of diverse backgrounds and all ages (both verbal and written).
  • A self-starter with the ability to work independently and problem-solve.
  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) certificate, marine first aid, restricted operator certificate (ROC), and wilderness First Aid certification an asset.
  • Willingness to secure First Aid certification and criminal record check required.

If education, nature, and conservation are something that fuels your passion, then this unique opportunity is for you. It will allow you to be deeply involved from the ground up in all aspects of Raincoast’s evolving education programs while keeping you updated on the latest science and conservation issues in coastal BC.

Salary and details

This position is based on a 30 hour per week contract position, currently remotely based with opportunities for place and boat-based engagement depending on current COVID-19 restrictions. In addition to joining a dedicated team, you will have health benefits, two weeks annual holiday, and flexible working opportunities. 

Job Type: 1-year maternity cover contract

Anticipated hours: 30 hours per week

Salary range: $25-30/ hour dependent on experience

Location: Remote with opportunities of engagement throughout the Lower Mainland (Tsawwassen, BC), Vancouver Island (Saanich Peninsula and the Gulf Islands), and the Salish Sea (Depending on current COVID-19 restrictions).

Anticipated start date: Beginning April 2021

How to apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to .

Email applications with “Environmental Education Coordinator” in the subject line. Attach a single PDF file for your one-page cover letter and your resume – name it your first and last name (e.g. Mark Smith.pdf)

We thank all applicants but only those receiving an interview will be contacted.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Raincoast will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of the characteristics outlined within The Employment Equity Act.

Deadline to apply

Application deadline: March 12, 2021 at 11:59 PM (PST)