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Development Executives (Sydney)

Organisation : Australian Wildlife Conservancy

Location : Sydney

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Fundraising, Grants & Philanthropy

Sector : Animals, Conservation & Environment, Science & Technology

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 31 Jan, 2021

About the role

We are seeking two skilled, highly motivated professionals to join our growing team, including a Development Executive and a Senior Development Executive. Based in Sydney, these two fast-paced roles will suit  talented early-career and mid-career professionals keen to make a positive impact on the future of Australia’s threatened wildlife by mobilising philanthropic support, primarily from generous individuals. You’ll be joining an extremely talented team of Development executives who are committed to raising funds to achieve great outcomes for conservation. This is an incredibly exciting, fun and dynamic role – no two days are ever the same! Your key responsibilities include recruiting, building and stewarding an impressive portfolio of supporters, writing winning philanthropic grant applications, delivering a program of city-based functions as part of AWC’s 30 year celebrations, and organizing bespoke supporter events in some of the wildest places on the continent. About you You are a consummate networker with a passion for saving Australia’s wildlife and a love for the great outdoors. To succeed in this role you will also need:

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills (a winning personality!).
  • Experience engaging with high net worth individuals and with senior decision-makers in the corporate or government sector.
  • Exceptional written skills and a proven ability to write compelling grant applications, persuasive business cases and letters.
  • Outstanding presentation skills and a natural ability to inspire audiences of 1 to 100 – in person, on the phone or via zoom.
  • Excellent organisational skills, including managing complex events, juggling multiple priorities and meeting tight deadlines.
  • A willingness and ability to travel to capital cities and to AWC sanctuaries for extended periods.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a growing, innovative and extremely successful organisation that is playing a key role in shaping the future of conservation in Australia.  A competitive remuneration package commensurate with experience is available for each candidate with suitable professional, commercial or fundraising experience.

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  threatened wildlife across a vast 6.5 million hectares in iconic regions such as the Kimberley, Cape York, the Top End and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre.  

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.   

AWC is transforming conservation on the ground by deploying a practical, science-based model for conservation – one that is successfully halting the decline of Australia’s threatened wildlife and restoring our unique biodiversity.  With 1800 animals and plants now threatened with extinction there is a real urgency to do more. We have ambitious plans to secure the future of Australia’s biodiversity and we are now expanding our fundraising team to help us achieve our vision.  

How to apply

Enquiries only:

Sarah McKenna – Senior Development Executive


To submit an application, click ‘APPLY NOW’ where you will be directed to the AWC website to complete an application form.

NOTE: applications that do not include a cover letter will not be considered. If Shortlisted, you will be asked to prepare a short presentation or provide a sample of writing 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 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: Development Executives (Sydney) via Pro Bono Australia.


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