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Bequest Manager

Organisation : Australian Wildlife Conservancy

Location : Sydney

Work type : Full-time, Part-time

Profession : Fundraising, Grants & Philanthropy

Sector : Conservation & Environment, Science & Technology

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 30 Nov, 2020

About the role

As Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) enters an exciting new phase, we are seeking an engaging, highly motivated professional to join our Development (fundraising) team on a full-time or part-time basis.  Based in Sydney, the role will suit a talented ‘can do’ professional who is keen to help build AWC’s base of philanthropic support by expanding our bequest program.

This is an exciting, newly created position where you’ll be delivering and growing AWC’s bequest program across the continent.  Reporting to the Senior Development Executive and working closely with AWC’s Development team, you’ll recruit and steward a significant portfolio of bequest supporters. This is a hands-on role where you’ll be managing internal processes as well as regular one-on-one engagement with supporters. If you have exceptional integrity, high level strategic skills and a bright and engaging personality, together with a passion for conserving Australia’s wildlife then we’d love to hear from you.

To be successful in this role you’ll have:

  • Exceptional emotional intelligence, influencing and interpersonal skills.
  • Outstanding communication skills including strong listening, verbal and written skills: a natural aptitude for conveying complex information in a clear and compelling way.
  • A strong background in strategy development and a track record establishing solid relationships – such as experience delivering a similar role with a not-for-profit organisation, or success in quality sales of non-tangibles to individuals or corporates.
  • Discretion and the ability to deal sensitively with people and personal information.
  • Exceptional presentation skills and the ability to engage a wide range of audiences.
  • Experience gained from organising and running events would be an advantage.
  • A willingness to travel to capital cities and to AWC sanctuaries.

If you feel comfortable engaging with people from all walks of life and feel motivated to help to shape the future of conservation in Australia, and you have the skills we’re looking for, then please apply.

A detailed position description can be viewed below or at:

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Australian Wildlife Conservancy

Australian  Wildlife  Conservancy  (AWC)  is  the  largest  private  (non-profit)  owner  of  land  for conservation  in  Australia,  protecting  endangered  wildlife at  30 sanctuaries in which  we  own  or manage in partnership, covering a total of more than 6.5 million hectares in iconic regions such as the Kimberley, Cape York, the Top End and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre.   With a focus on practical land management, informed by world-class science, AWC is implementing a dynamic new model for conservation.   Our core business is protecting threatened species, such as the Bilby, the Gouldian Finch and the Numbat.  

AWC’s mission - to deliver effective conservation for all native animal species and their habitats - is achieved by: 

  • Operations - delivering effective large-scale land management including fire management, feral animal control, weed control and infrastructure management. 
  • Science - delivering a nationally-coherent program of ecological surveys with a focus on monitoring key conservation assets and threats, conducting applied research relevant to wildlife conservation, implementing conservation programs including reintroductions, and providing advice to management.  
  • Fundraising - mobilising finance (primarily, tax deductible donations) from the general public and philanthropists including through effective communication of AWC conservation programs.   

How to apply

Enquiries to:

Sarah McKenna, Senior Development Executive |

Applications via:  

To submit an application, click 'Apply Now' and you will be redirected to AWC's career page.

Your application must include CV and covering letter, briefly addressing your experience, critical competencies, and interest in the role. Applications that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted.

Closing date for applications: Monday 30 November 2020

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 By providing us with your contact details, your consent to receive communications and direct educational material will remain current until you advise us otherwise.


Please quote in application: Bequest Manager via Pro Bono Australia.



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