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-Development and Communications Associate:


The Amazon Conservation Association is looking for a Development and Communications Associate for its Washington, DC office to support fundraising and communications efforts in its Washington, DC office. The position will report to the Executive Director, and also work closely with the Outreach Manager and interns.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree, at least 2-3 years of relevant work experience, and excellent oral, written, and organizational skills. Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred.


Primary duties and responsibilities include:

  • Provide direct support to the implementation of the Annual Development Plan, coordinating with the Executive Director to achieve goals
  • Manage the direct mail program,
  • Develops content and coordinates activity for social-media platforms, website, and e-newsletters.
  • Support the Executive Director on major donor stewardship and solicitation
  • Lead production of the annual report
  • Respond to all general inquiries via phone or email
  • Data entry (in Salesforce)
    • Maintain up to date, accurate entries in data base
    • Process online and check donations
    • Generate thank you notes to donors
    • Prepare and monitor metrics to evaluate fundraising success
    • Run reports
  • Assist in mailings, preparation of materials for donor visits
  • Serve as the Executive Director’s staff liaison to the Board of Directors
    • Provide logistical support for Board meeting
    • Maintain and update all board materials and correspondence
    • Make travel arrangements as necessary
  • Support preparation for special events
  • Support outreach efforts for biological stations
  • Coordinate participation on Charity Navigator, Guidestar, GreatNonprofits, CFC, etc
  • Assist in coordination of internship program, manage interns as necessary
  • Provide administrative support to other areas as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree, and at least 2-3 years of work experience in nonprofit development or communications
  • Demonstrated knowledge of MS Office suite; experience with donor database software such as Salesforce preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Knowledge of multiple forms of media and branding
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work well in a team and take initiative
  • Common sense, flexibility, and the ability to exercise independent judgment
  • Interest in and knowledge of biodiversity conservation, Amazon region and sustainable livelihoods strongly preferred
  • Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred, with strong speaking and writing skills in both English and Spanish

Please email your résumé, a cover letter, and a list of 3 references to (subject line: Development and Communications Associate application). No phone calls please. Applications accepted until position is filled.

-Grant Writer/Program Associate:


The Amazon Conservation Association is seeking a Grant Writer Program Associate to support grant-based fundraising along with grant and project management based in its Washington, DC office. The position will be focused on research and writing to develop competitive grant proposals, identifying and following up on funding opportunities, along with program management including, grant reporting and oversight of implementation and grant products. The position also includes assisting the Program Manager in daily program management operations and contributing to communications materials.

Outcomes /Goals:

  • Write winning proposals by drafting compelling narratives and working closely with the Program Manager and other team members.
  • Identify new funding opportunities that align with ACA's mission
  • Provide effective and accurate donor reporting that addresses funder priorities
  • Provide excellent grant management and reporting to funders in close collaboration with our sister organizations in Peru (ACCA) and Bolivia (ACEAA)
  • Participates in financial aspects of projects, including development and tracking of project budgets.
  • Provide support to the Program Manager and other DC staff members on strategic planning, project planning and implementation, project monitoring and evaluation and other program's related tasks.


Grant writing (60%):

  • Write grant proposals and prepare and submit grant applications, including budget development in close coordination with other staff both in DC and in staff in ACA's sister organizations in Peru and Bolivia. Project topics will include conservation area management, sustainable management of non-timber forest products, sustainable livelihoods activities including agroforestry and aquaculture, major infrastructure threats, conservation finance mechanisms including REDD+, and governance and policy.
  • Assist in the formulation of project concepts and proposals in English and Spanish through research, writing and editing in close coordination with other staff both in DC and in staff in ACA's sister organizations in Peru and Bolivia.
  • Seek, research, and evaluate appropriate grant opportunities. This includes developing a grant application plan at the beginning of each year

Grant Management (25%):

  • Support ACA in providing grant management support and technical backstopping
  • Help draft and review narrative and financial reports for donors
  • Support management of ACA grant budgets including management of sub-agreements, disbursement requests, and changes to grant implementation deliverables
  • Ensure sub-grantees meet reporting requirements
  • Assist ACA in maintaining strong relationships with funders, partners, advisors and others
  • Assist Program Manager in monitoring & evaluating project advances, timetable, budget & deliverables

Other duties (15%)

  • Raise ACA's profile by attending or presenting at events, conferences and other venues as needed
  • Contribute writing & editing to annual report, quarterly newsletter, and other institutional communications.
  • Coordination with colleagues in the ACA-DC office via weekly meetings and quarterly reports.
  • Support preparation and execution of meetings of the Board of Directors
  • Support Internship Program


  • At least 3-5 years of experience and proven record of excellent grant writing/fundraising in biodiversity conservation sector
  • Master's degree in Conservation, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, International Development or related preferred
  • Excellent research skills
  • Fluent spoken in Spanish is a must
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience with coordinating fundraising strategies and activities
  • Familiarity with tropical forest conservation issues
  • Ability to perform well in fast-paced, cross-cultural team environment
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 4-6 times annually
  • Sense of humor essential

Please email your résumé, a cover letter, and a list of 2 references (subject line: Grant Writer Program Associate application). No phone calls please. Applications accepted until position is filled.

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Guards or promotores of the Los Amigos Conservation Concession. Photo: Nigel Pitman

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Staff and board members celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Los Amigos Conservation Concession. Photo: ACCA

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