Development Associate/Events Coordinator/Minister of Fun via Idealist

Tuolumne River Trust

San Francisco, CA, US

Development Associate/Events Coordinator/Minister of Fun


The Tuolumne River Trust is staffed by great people who want to see the Tuolumne River and its surrounding communities thrive. The Tuolumne River Trust has an immediate opening for a Development Associate to coordinate events and support the implementation of a comprehensive fundraising plan that will increase and diversify the Trust’s base of support to protect and restore the Tuolumne River. The Development Associate/Events Coordinator plays an important role in ensuring the success of our efforts by increasing our capacity to capitalize on funding opportunities through special events and other development activities, including membership, major donors, and grants. This individual will work closely with the Development Manager and program staff to implement and reach our fundraising goals. This is a great opportunity to join a fun, energetic team working to take an organization with a successful thirty-five year history to the next level. This is an entry-level position. We will consider both full-time and part-time applicants.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinating special events, including our annual Fall Gala, a spring/summer peer-to-peer event, house parties, and other events.
  • Coordinate TRT’s communications, including newsletter and enewsletter, website, social media, and other online presence;
  • Support the implementation of the membership direct mail program, including appeals, membership renewals, and acquisitions.
  • Participate in Development Team meetings;
  • The Development Associate may also act in a supporting role in grant management and research; data entry using our eTapestry membership database; and timely administration of donor acknowledgement letters;
  • Basic administration functions;
  • Other duties as they arise.


  • Bachelor’s Degree;
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to compellingly articulate the Trust’s mission and work to different external audiences;
  • Strong computer skills and some familiarity with membership/donor databases;
  • Commitment to the long-term success of Tuolumne River Trust and environmental conservation;
  • High energy level, flexible, self-motivated, and self-confident;
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented;
  • Team player.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in river or environmental conservation;
  • Experience with website administration and content development using WordPress.

Additional Details

The Development Associate/Events Coordinator will ideally be based in San Francisco or the South Bay. The position will require some travel to/within the San Francisco Bay Area, Central Valley, and Foothills. The salary is competitive and depends on experience. The Trust provides excellent benefits including medical, vision, dental, chiropractic care, life insurance, matched retirement, career advancement allowance, generous paid time off and a flexible schedule. We are an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply

Review of applications will begin in mid-January and the position will be open until we have hired somebody. Please send an email with cover letter, resume, three references, and a 2-page writing sample as attachments with subject heading Development Associate to [email protected].


The Tuolumne River Trust promotes the stewardship of the Tuolumne River and its tributaries to ensure a healthy watershed, from Yosemite National Park to the San Joaquin River and the San Francisco Bay-Delta. Founded in 1981, the Trust is the only organization working throughout the watershed, linking Sierra and Valley conservation issues and forging strong ties between rural mountain and valley regions and Bay Area urban communities. The Trust has an annual budget of more than a million dollars, 8 employees, a cadre of consultants, and offices in San Francisco, Modesto, and Sonora.

The Trust won permanent protection for 83 miles of the Tuolumne River in 1984 and defeated a proposed hydroelectric project on the Clavey River in 1994. We expanded our scope in 1995 to include the lower reaches of the Tuolumne by playing a major role in winning higher river flows for wild salmon runs and pursuing several floodplain restoration projects. In 2001, the Trust launched the Bay Area Program and convinced the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to drop plans to expand the Hetch Hetchy system that would have increased their ability to divert water from the River by as much as 50%.

Current projects include: a) recovery from the 257,000 acre Rim Fire, which burned approximately 20% of the watershed in 2013, b) relicensing of the Don Pedro Dam, which regulates stream flows in the lower Tuolumne River c) building public support for watershed stewardship by connecting the public to the River through education and outreach, d) educating schoolchildren in the Bay Area and Central Valley about the importance of the Tuolumne River to our region; and e) improving water use efficiency in the Bay Area so that more water is left in the river to ensure its health.

By linking mountain, valley, and Bay Area conservation issues, and connecting people to the River through outings and education, the Trust is building broad support for watershed stewardship. Our strategic approach melds advocacy, education, collaboration, scientific inquiry, and litigation when necessary to address threats and take advantage of conservation and restoration opportunities. For more information about the Tuolumne River Trust, visit: