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Development Associate

Australian Wildlife Conservancy

~ Help shape the future of private sector conservation ~

Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is a global leader in conservation, providing hope for Australia’s wildlife with a science-informed, land management partnership approach which delivers high impact results. We protect endangered wildlife across 12.5 million hectares in iconic regions such as the Kimberley, Cape York, the Top End and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre.

We are seeking a data-driven communications and fundraising professional to join our Development (fundraising) team in the role of Development Associate, Annual Programs. Based in Perth, the role will suit an early career professional who is passionate about wildlife, data-driven fundraising, and compelling communications. You will be joining a talented and high-performing national team of development professionals who are committed to creating better outcomes for Australia’s threatened wildlife.

Your key responsibilities will be to design and implement fundraising programs focused on the acquisition, retention and growth of supporters across multiple giving levels. You will develop and implement plans to acquire new supporters, reactivate lapsed supporters, and inspire current regular and general donors to lift their giving. Data-driven analysis and decision making will be an important component of your programs – a curious and inquiring mind is essential!

To exceed in this role, you require:

  • A passionate and genuine interest in the conservation of Australia’s wildlife and their habitats.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, with an emphasis on persuasive communication.
  • The ability to clearly convey an organisational mission and inspire support for that mission amongst a wide variety of stakeholders. (Experience in successfully selling a product or concept will be very highly regarded).
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organisational skills, including the ability to manage multiple simultaneous appeals to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience segmenting and analysing data to maximise business objectives.
  • A strong work ethic including a willingness to travel, as well as extended hours and weekends as required.
  • Previous experience in coordinating annual fundraising programs is desirable.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the ongoing growth of an innovative, successful organisation which is helping shape the future of conservation in Australia. An attractive remuneration package is available for a candidate with suitable professional, commercial or fundraising experience.

Applicants will be short-listed on an ongoing basis so early submission of your application is highly encouraged.


Dani Ryder – Development Executive | t: (08) 6183 3661 | e: dani.ryder@australianwildlife.org using the subject line: Development Associate enquiry via EthicalJobs.


To submit an application click ‘Apply Now’ and follow the prompts to complete an online application form.

Your application must include a detailed covering letter outlining your suitability for this role, a copy of your CV and a sample of persuasive writing that you have written (ie. grant application, business case, or similar).

NOTE: applications that do not include a cover letter will not be considered. If Shortlisted, you may be asked to complete a short grant-writing exercise in advance of your interview.

Please note:

  1. Applicants must be an Australian citizen/permanent resident or have a suitable visa in place that allows ongoing full-time work in Australia, in order to apply for this position. Sponsorship is not available.
  2. If you apply for this role, AWC will include you in its ongoing updates and communications about its events, activities and fundraising initiatives. You may opt out of these communications at any time.
  3. Any application submitted to AWC will be handled in accordance with our Privacy Policy, available at https://www.australianwildlife.org/privacy-policy/. By providing us with your contact details, your consent to receive communications and direct educational material will remain current until you advise us otherwise.
  4. Applicants must be able to comply with AWC vaccination policy.

To learn more about AWC, please visit our website: www.australianwildlife.org/

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