Development Coordinator

The Tuolumne River Trust is staffed by committed people who want to see the Tuolumne River and its surrounding communities thrive. The Tuolumne River Trust has an immediate internship opening that offers a unique opportunity to engage in tasks that facilitate learning how to promote and further the mission of a non-profit organization. The Development Coordinator will play an important role in ensuring the success of our efforts by increasing our capacity to capitalize on funding opportunities through accurate record-keeping, donor acknowledgement, fresh web content, and other administrative tasks. This individual will work closely with the Development & Grants Manager and other staff to increase organizational capacity and attract more funding.

Depending on the applicant’s strengths and the day-to-day needs of our team, the intern will gain experience in nonprofit data analysis, database management, website management, and other relevant tasks. This is a great opportunity to work with a fun, energetic team working to take a river conservation organization with a successful thirty-six year track record to the next level. This is an unpaid internship. Time commitment: 15-20 hours/week. Duration: 3 months minimum, long-term (6-9 months) preferred. Location: TRT San Francisco Office.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Data entry in eTapestry, Blackbaud’s non-profit data management software and online database;
  • Keep website up-to-date with upcoming events, content creation, and original copy;
  • Generate and send donor acknowledgement letters;
  • Support the implementation of fundraising campaigns through data analysis and reporting;
  • Participate in Development Team meetings;
  • Manage general inquiries email account and communicate pertinent correspondence with Development Manager
  • The intern may also act in a supporting role to the Development Manager in grant management and research;
  • Basic administration functions;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • 3rd or 4th year University student; Graduate students also accepted
  • Strong computer skills and some familiarity with membership/donor databases;
  • Highly organized and extremely detail-oriented;
  • Office skills, preferably knowledge of Word and Excel to mail merge;
  • Experience with website administration and content development using WordPress;
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • High energy level, flexible, self-motivated, and self-confident;
  • Commitment to the long-term success of Tuolumne River Trust and environmental conservation;
  • Team player.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in river or environmental conservation;

Additional Details

The Development Coordinator will work from TRT’s SF office at 312 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94108. The intern will need to be able to commit to 15-20 hours per week and be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement. The position may include some travel to/within the San Francisco Bay Area, Central Valley, and Foothills. This is an unpaid internship.


To Apply

Review of applications will begin in January 2018. Interviews will be conducted throughout January. The position will remain open until filled. Please send an email with your cover letter and resume with subject heading “Development Coordinator” to



The Tuolumne River Trust promotes the stewardship of the Tuolumne River and its tributaries to ensure a healthy watershed, from Yosemite National Park to the San Joaquin River and the San Francisco Bay-Delta. Founded in 1981, the Trust is the only organization working throughout the watershed, linking Sierra and Valley conservation issues and forging strong ties between rural mountain and valley regions and Bay Area urban communities. The Trust has an annual budget of more than a million dollars, 8 employees, a cadre of consultants, and offices in San Francisco, Modesto, and Sonora.

The Trust won permanent protection for 83 miles of the Tuolumne River in 1984 and defeated a proposed hydroelectric project on the Clavey River in 1994. We expanded our scope in 1995 to include the lower reaches of the Tuolumne by playing a major role in winning higher river flows for wild salmon runs and pursuing several floodplain restoration projects. In 2001, the Trust launched the Bay Area Program and convinced the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to drop plans to expand the Hetch Hetchy system that would have increased their ability to divert water from the River by as much as 50%.

Current projects include: a) recovery from the 257,000 acre Rim Fire, which burned approximately 20% of the watershed in 2013, b) relicensing of the Don Pedro Dam, which regulates stream flows in the lower Tuolumne River c) building public support for watershed stewardship by connecting the public to the River through education and outreach, d) educating schoolchildren in the Bay Area and Central Valley about the importance of the Tuolumne River to our region; and e) improving water use efficiency in the Bay Area so that more water is left in the river to ensure its health.

By linking mountain, valley, and Bay Area conservation issues, and connecting people to the River through outings and education, the Trust is building broad support for watershed stewardship. Our strategic approach melds advocacy, education, collaboration, scientific inquiry, and litigation when necessary to address threats and take advantage of conservation and restoration opportunities. For more information about the Tuolumne River Trust, visit:

Tuolumne River Trust provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Tuolumne River Trust complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization has offices.