Fundraising Associate

Whale and Dolphin Conservation
May 13, 2019
Plymouth, MA
Job Type
7 Nelson Street


WDC (Whale and Dolphin Conservation) is looking for a dedicated Fundraising Associate to add to our team at the North American office. They will work with its Fundraising Manager and the Communications Team to develop and implement fundraising and marketing efforts to support WDC’s science, conservation, and outreach efforts.  A benefit package is included, along with a chance to see whales in the wild.

Main Tasks:

To work with the Fundraising Manager to execute and manage highly effective multi-faceted efforts which support the marketing and fundraising goals of the organization.

  • Research, develop and submit funding proposals including, but not limited to foundation and corporate requests.
  • Tracking budgets, analyzing data and writing reports for internal use and grant reporting
  • Work with communications team to develop and deliver marketing materials
  • Plan, organize and execute annual WDC events
  • Support all fundraising and marketing activities of WDC – foundation, special events, corporate and individual
  • Work as part of a team to support WDC in its vision of a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.
  • To perform other related duties as required

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor degree required
  • 3+ years of previous experience working in fundraising and/or grant writing, preferably for a nonprofit
  • Outstanding organization skills
  • Excellent writing and communications skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products necessary; CRM and project management software helpful
  • Experience with website management, graphic design, and social media is preferred
  • Must be able to work some nights and weekends

Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), is the leading international charity dedicated solely to the worldwide conservation and welfare of all whales, dolphins, and porpoises. WDC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin.

Whales and dolphins are remarkable. But why are they so important? Why do we need to end captivity, stop whaling, prevent deaths in fishing gear, and create healthy seas? What is so special about whales and dolphins?

Whales play an amazing role in an ecosystem that keeps every creature on Earth alive, including you!

Whales play a vital role in the marine ecosystem where they help provide at least half of the  oxygen you breathe, combat climate change, and sustain fish stocks. How do they do it?  By providing nutrients to phytoplankton.

Drifting in the ocean’s sunlight waters lives a microscopic forest of tiny plant-like organisms, called phytoplankton.  Like plants on land, phytoplankton need the sun’s energy, water, carbon dioxide, and nutrients like iron and phosphate to photosynthesize; a process  which provides them with food and the planet with oxygen and a means to fight climate change.  As the base of the marine food web, phytoplankton is a key component in sustaining fish stocks and as they take in C02, phytoplankton sequester hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon each year, helping to fight climate change.

Different species of whales feed on a range of marine creatures, including krill and fish, in the dark depths of the world’s oceans.

Whales then come up near the surface to defecate, which is a fancy way of saying they come to the surface to poop.

Whale poop fertilizes microscopic plants called phytoplankton.

Phytoplankton absorbs carbon from the atmosphere – hundreds of thousands of tons each year.


We need phytoplankton and phytoplankton need whales!

Unlike plants on land, phytoplankton cannot root into the ocean bottom to retrieve the nutrients they need.  Where do they get it?  Research shows that whales bring it to them!  Because whales can’t “poop” under pressure, they take their bathroom breaks at the ocean’s surface and by doing so, supply phytoplankton with life giving nutrients like iron, nitrogen and phosphorus.  Whales are the ocean’s gardeners, tending the forest of phytoplankton on which we all depend.  And because whales migrate, they re-distribute nutrients across latitudes.

Their future is our future.  Save the whale, save the planet, save ourselves.

How To Apply

  1. Email résumé with Fundraising Associate in subject line
  2. Cover letter: Email body or attached separately
  3. List of three references
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