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Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is currently hiring for the following positions:

Development and Membership Director

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is seeking a full-time development and membership director.


The Development and Membership Director works closely with staff to support the mission and activities of the organization through fundraising and member engagement. The individual must be passionate about working well with other members of our small team and willing to fully embrace the mission of the organization. The individual often represents the organization publicly by participating in outreach events and partnership initiatives. This position is classified as full-time, 40 hours per week.


  • Works closely with the executive director on fundraising initiatives, including managing the membership program and stewarding and soliciting individual, foundation and business donors
  • Works closely operations, advocacy and communications staff to develop effective fundraising strategies that support programmatic initiatives
  • Works closely with the board of directors and other volunteers on fundraising initiatives.


  • Prepare an annual development and membership plan in coordination with the executive director
  • Manage the membership program, including coordinating annual renewals, promoting giving opportunities and reporting on remittance
  • Coordinate membership mailings, including daily donation acknowledgements, monthly in-house mailings and semi-annual mailings with print vendors (list editing, mail merges and stuffing envelopes)
  • Identify, steward and solicit major individual donors in coordination with the executive director
  • Research, steward and solicit foundation and business donor prospects, including writing and submitting grant applications and preparing grant reports
  • Work with board members and staff to establish new relationships to facilitate fundraising
  • Facilitate fundraising partnerships (i.e., Interest for Others, 1% for the Planet)
  • Coordinate special giving campaigns (i.e., Give to the Max Day)
  • Provide support for education, conservation and advocacy initiatives


  • Position is salaried at $65,000-$75,000
  • Vacation, sick and holiday time
  • Annual wilderness travel benefits, including five work days and up to $300 in expenses for a Boundary Waters/Quetico canoe trip


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Three years of experience working in fundraising
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines while remaining detail-oriented
  • Strong writing skills and experience with various forms of written communication
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to listen well and positively represent the organization and its mission
  • Strong initiative and work ethic, ability to efficiently manage time and workload
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google applications, etc.
  • Willing to be a flexible member of a small but effective and passionate team, available for events and meetings outside of regular office hours
  • Ability to work with confidential information relating to the organization’s work
  • Experience with customer relationship management (CRM) software preferred but not required
  • Passion for preserving the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and its ecosystem


Submit cover letter, resume, three references and writing samples (no more than three; write “Development and Membership Director” in the subject line) by March 14 to:

Chris Knopf
Executive Director

Internship Program

The Friends offers a variety of unique internships that provide students an opportunity to gain practical experience working with a high-impact non-profit and develop workplace skills in membership, policy, and communications. Internship positions are part-time (typically 10-12 hours per week) and are offered in the spring, summer, and fall.

For more information about internship opportunities or applications, contact the internship coordinator.

Conservation Fellows Partnership

The Conservation Fellows Partnership is a 10-month program for high school students of color that aligns with the academic year. As a part of the program, students work with the Friends to learn about addressing conservation issues and assist with advocacy and outreach initiatives. To learn more about the Conservation Fellows Partnership, visit the program page on our website.