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We are hiring a Development Director!

Wenatchee River Institute seeks a passionate storyteller who can build a fundraising program that will result in the long-term health and sustainability of our organization. The Development Director will create and implement a strategy to diversify WRI’s funding base, raise its profile in the communities we serve, build a constituency of committed and informed supporters, and attract a sustainable funding base to help WRI scale its impact and realize its strategic goals. Further, the Development Director will design and implement a comprehensive plan with specific and measurable revenue and non-revenue goals related to cultivating individual, corporate, foundation, event, and volunteer philanthropic support. Connecting with donors and building relationships with our community will also be primary responsibilities for the Development Director. You'll be part of a small team of mission-driven, "roll up your sleeves," individuals who work cross departmentally to support each person's area of focus, and thus play a significant role in the overall operations of WRI and its growth.

The qualifications below are indicative of the types of candidates we are seeking for the role. However, we realize that a wonderful candidate may bring a wealth of experience that is not described in this list, and we encourage people with a passion for the work to apply, regardless of if they have all the desired qualifications. 

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Has a passion for our mission and can comfortably communicate that passion with donors and the community.
  • Is outgoing and has a passion for customer service that makes people feel cared for and special.
  • Easily builds and maintains relationships, nurtures new connections and retains old ones.
  • Knows or is excited to learn the best practices of development, to employ them and to keep current on them.
  • Seeks to understand the diversity of our valley and can reflect on the ways the dominant culture continues to influence the power structure of the communities that reside and play here.
  • Can manage and analyze complicated data sets in order to see the information that will help us identify, solicit, cultivate, and steward donors and funding partners.
  • Has experience with a donor management software or CRM (Bloomerang in particular).
  • Is an excellent writer capable of writing compelling appeals to donors and grant makers.
  • Fluidly moves between modes of communication as it fits the audience best: public speaking, chats, telephone, social media, and written correspondence.  


  • 4+ years of successful fundraising experience, preferably in a science or education organization, with experience cultivating individual donors, soliciting corporate giving and sponsorships, and grant writing.
  • An advanced degree (or equivalent work experience) with credentials, or skills on par, that indicate the training and ability to think and communicate effectively.
  • Known for participation in community-based organizations, building relationships with Board members, volunteers, and community leaders.
  • English in fluency; Spanish fluency would be a bonus.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement development and communication plans, budgets, prioritize workload and supervise employees.
  • Outstanding written and verbal and presentation skills coupled with the ability to influence others in a positive manner while accurately representing WRI on a variety of issues.
  • Exhibit humility, compassion, a sense of humor and the ability to collaborate with a diverse array of people.  


Salary range: from $60,000 to $75,000 and benefits (medical, dental, vision, IRA and matching, 18 days of vacation, 11 paid holidays, sick leave).

More Information

For more information on this position, read the full job description.

How To Apply

  • Please send your cover letter and resume to
  • Please put “Development Director – Candidate Last Name” in the subject line. Incomplete applications may not be considered. Please, no phone calls.
  • Based on submission of resume and cover candidates will be offered an initial interview, final candidates will be asked to complete a job history application, submit a writing sample, provide references, complete a background check and a final interview.
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling deadline, with consideration beginning immediately.
  • We will look for the successful candidate to begin work in spring or early summer 2023.

The Wenatchee River Institute is committed to an anti-racist practice rooted in equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. BIPOC individuals (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), women, gender nonconforming folx, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

We are hiring Summer Camp Educator Interns!

We are hiring Summer Camp Educator Interns to be part of our summer camp team! The Summer Camp Educator Intern position is an opportunity to learn under the supervision and guidance of experienced environmental educators. In this role, the Summer Camp Educator Intern will assist with the planning and delivery of WRI Youth Summer Camps. This position is responsible for the safety, enjoyment, and education of summer camp participants. Campers are primarily entering grades 1-6. WRI Summer Camps are structured to spend their days outdoors. This position works as a teammate to other WRI youth programs staff, volunteers, and interns.

This is a seasonal intern position. The Summer Camp Educator Intern will work 32-40 hours/week mid-June through mid-August. Specific start and end dates will be determined based on intern availability and school calendar. 

Compensation: $15.74/hour. Intern housing is available. Housing provided is a private room in shared house on the Wenatchee River. Walking distance to WRI. $600/month rent (deducted from paycheck). Utilities included.

To view the full position description and qualifications, click here.

To Apply: To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three reference to Rebecca Ryan ( Applications accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. We recommend getting your application in as soon as possible for full consideration. Position will remain open until filled.