Development Coordinator VISTA

Lahontan Audubon Society

About the organization

Lahontan Audubon Society takes its name from ancient Lake Lahontan, an extensive late Pleistocene lake that covered a large portion of the western Great Basin about 12,700 years ago. The only modern remnants of ancient Lake Lahontan that exist today as perennial lakes are Walker Lake and Pyramid Lake. The mission of the LAS is to preserve and improve the remaining habitat of birds and other wildlife, restore historical habitat, and educate the public, with emphasis on children, providing vision to all about our unique Nevada environments. The AmeriCorps VISTA member will be an integral part of the “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” initiative focusing on improving people’s health and wellness and developing people’s appreciation for the natural and cultural history found in local parks.


With the direction of the President and Board of Trustees, the Development Coordinator VISTA will develop a community outreach plan that grows membership and the capacity of LAS as a whole. The VISTA will implement the membership outreach plan through leveraging community support for the organization. This person will also help to build a sustainable fundraising plan and raise operating funds to support the LAS and expand our programs by researching, writing, and reporting on grants that support LAS activities. In addition, this person will develop standard operating procedures for committees, educational programs, and overall governance of the LAS.

Implement and improve community outreach plans to increase membership;
Research, write, and report on grants to support LAS;
Coordinate and improve protocols for initial contact, cultivation, and stewardship of major donors of LAS;
Assist with developing and maintaining community partnerships to support LAS;
Continue to develop fundraising strategies and materials to support LAS operations;
Organize fundraising events;
Assist with tracking of grants and member donations;
Develop standard operating procedures for committees, educational programs, and overall governance of the LAS;
Assist with events and mailings.


Bachelor’s degree;
Commitment to the Lahontan Audubon Society mission and vision;
High degree of initiative and spirit of service.
Environmental consciousness;
Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
Exceptional oral and written communication skills;
Experience in fundraising, grant writing, and/or networking;
Experience with organizing outreach events;
Strong organizational skills;
Preferred: experience in membership development
Preferred: experience with graphic design;
Preferred: experience with event planning;
Preferred: Reading, writing, and speaking competency in Spanish language.


In return for their service, AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a living allowance of approximately $13,400.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Send a cover letter and resume to Sara Monks at [email protected] Your application will not be considered without a cover letter and resume. Applications are also accepted through

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