Development Associate

The Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), based in Bozeman, Montana, is seeking to expand its fundraising efforts by hiring an engaged and passionate Development Associate. The associate will work closely with the Vice President of Development, manage its own caseload of donors, and join a vibrant culture that is dedicated to free market environmentalism, a cooperative approach to conservation rooted in good stewardship, secure property rights, and voluntary trade.

About the Organization

PERC is the leading conservation research institute dedicated to improving lands, waters, and wildlife through collaborative, market-based approaches. PERC’s key programs work together to make lasting improvements in conservation through:

  • Ideas
    • PERC develops cutting-edge research on pressing conservation issues.
  • Action
    • PERC disseminates its research to key audiences who can advance them through policy reform and improving conservation practices.
  • Impact
    • PERC has impacted numerous conservation reforms, including the recovery of America’s fisheries.

PERC achieves its mission through various fellowships and workshops to support scholars, researchers, students, policymakers, and environmental entrepreneurs. PERC researchers influence environmental policy by testifying before Congress with their key findings and proposed policies. PERC also works with conservation groups around the country to help them implement an approach to conservation that adheres to its principles of good stewardship, secure property rights, and voluntary trade. Moreover, PERC unites environmental entrepreneurs who are doing amazing work on the ground throughout the country and educates the broader public on our nation’s most pressing conservation issues.

PERC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing a productive and supportive work environment that equips our team to succeed. Learn more about PERC by exploring our website. 

About the Position

Do you love hiking, fishing, skiing, or just being in the great outdoors? Do you have a passion for connecting with people and want to raise money to advance innovative, market-based solutions to the most pressing conservation issues? If so, PERC’s development associate role may be right for you!

The primary responsibility of the development associate is to support donor relationships, with a particular focus on managing foundation relationships. The ideal candidate will possess the ability to quickly engage and develop relationships with key supporters, understand their interests, and be confident in securing gifts to support PERC’s programs. Strong verbal and written communication is essential to this role.

The successful associate will be highly motivated, take initiative, and be able to articulate persuasively PERC’s goals. This position requires a commitment to developing and executing prospecting, cultivation, and solicitation strategies, in addition to collaborating with colleagues to successfully execute those strategies. It will be an especially good fit for an industrious, personable, and resourceful person who enjoys not only supporting development efforts but also identifying ways to improve those of ongoing efforts. Over time and with demonstrated success, this position can quickly be promoted into assuming more responsibilities.

As a member of the development team, the associate will report to the VP of Development This position will be based in Bozeman, Montana. A perk of being a “PERCie”, as we affectionately call ourselves, is flexible working hours when appropriate and feasible. This is a 40-hour per week, non-supervisory role, and exempt position with no direct reports and includes a full benefits package. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes performance-based bonus opportunities.

Primary Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Act as an ambassador for PERC with the ability to effectively articulate its vision, mission, and programmatic objectives and goals
  • Provide exceptional levels of interaction with PERC supporters and partners
  • Manage a portfolio of foundation and individual donors
  • Identify, research, and engage prospective partners
  • Strongly assist with grant applications, reporting materials, and the direct-mail program
  • Draft copy and messaging for donor communications and acknowledgment letters
  • Provide administrative support that includes gift receipts and related document management
  • Maintain accurate and updated records and adhere to data entry standard procedures, as well as refine relevant reports and dashboards periodically
  • Be available to travel in a limited capacity
  • Assist VP of Development, as needed
Key Qualifications

Ideally, the candidate will have anywhere from 1-3 years of fundraising experience or other relevant work experience.

Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess the following qualities:

  • Strong personal affinity for the mission and values of PERC
  • Demonstrated exceptional relationship-building skills, writing ability, and oral communication
  • Superior organizational skills with the ability to prioritize workload, manage multiple projects, and meet deadlines
  • Entrepreneurial approach to self-directed work, with strong work ethic, ability to collaborate across teams, and flexibility to maximize success
  • Desire to learn and improve skills in fundraising
  • Focus on achievement and growth
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suites, and data tools (Salesforce strongly preferred)
  • Ability to engage the team as a collaborative and supportive member
To Apply

Please submit the following documents to Rupert Munro, vice president of development, via email at to be considered for this position. While PERC is grateful to all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, it is only able to contact those to whom an interview can be offered.

  • Cover letter detailing the following:
    • Interest in the role
    • Understanding of PERC and its approach to conservation
    • Salary range requirements
  • Resume
  • Three professional references
  • Writing sample