Butterflyweed at Eagle Bluff


Development Officer


Title: Development Officer

Department: Development & Marketing

Reports to: Executive Director

Status: Full-time, Exempt

Date Updated: April 2018


Summary Job Description: Serves as the lead fundraiser for Eagle Bluff. Identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards donors and prospects to achieve the organization’s gift revenue goals. In conjunction with senior management, develops annual fundraising goals and strategies.




  • Implement strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors.
  • Maintain donor data base and develop and implement a continuum of direct mail and fundraising campaigns.
  • Work with senior management and the board of directors in furthering the organizations fundraising capabilities. Participate in board Advancement Committee meetings.
  • Manage communication with supporters, donors, stakeholders and corporate sponsors.
  • Work with marketing to create necessary development tools and materials (print and digital) to better inform donors regarding giving opportunities.
  • Research foundation and corporate prospects. Prepare grant proposals and follow up on necessary reporting.
  • Work with senior management in the development of major donors.
  • Work with marketing in the development and implementation of fundraising events.
  • Coordinates Annual Scholarship Banquet.
  • Carries out additional duties as assigned by the Executive Director.




  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of two years nonprofit development experience.
  • Excellent written communication skills (grant writing skills preferred).
  • Strong team player with commitment to Eagle Bluff’s mission.
  • Dynamic interpersonal skills with ability to engage prospective donors.

How to Apply

Send cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Deadline is Friday noon, April 12. Position will remain open until filled.

Eagle Bluff

Located in the Driftless region of Southeast Minnesota, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center provides children and adults with transformative learning experiences that go beyond traditional educational institutions. We do this through our outdoor school, adult skills school, summer camps, naturalist fellowships, and public programming. Our mission is to empower people to care for the earth and each other; in 2018, 16,473 people participated in Eagle Bluff outdoor programs. More information is available at www.eagle-bluff.org 

Environmental Education Fellowship

Summary:  Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center is a private, non-profit, accredited school dedicated to fostering awareness, enhancing respect, and promoting personal responsibility for the natural world. Eagle Bluff has trained naturalists and educators since 1997. As one of 12 participants in the program, EE Fellows develop teaching, interpretive, and public relations techniques, plus many other skills related to residential environmental education. Participants are exposed to a wide variety of audiences and classes during the course. They learn through direct teaching experience, guided by staff support, professional workshops, and a series of evaluations throughout the year.

Now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Fellowship!

Visit our Environmental Education Fellowship Page for more information and to apply!




Summer Camp Naturalist

Summary: Interested in exploring the Outdoor Education field? Increase your skills as an instructor and learn the ins-and-outs by joining us for ten weeks this summer as a Summer Camp Naturalist! As a SCN, you will be responsible for assisting in creating and maintaining a safe, fun, and educational environment for on-site program participants. Over half of the position focuses on experiences with our summer camp programs, with the rest in outdoor adventure education programs.

Now accepting applications for summer 2019!


Visit our Summer Camp Naturalist page for more information and to apply!