Development Communications Fellow

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Madison, Wisconsin, USA


The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


As the Development Communication Fellow, you will serve an 18-month fellowship as a member of the Wisconsin chapter’s fundraising team. You will be responsible for developing, writing, and producing a variety of communication materials and resources to help advance the fundraising efforts and in preparation for an upcoming major fundraising campaign.

Combining strong writing and creative skills with excellent project management and attention to detail, the Development Communications Fellow will write, edit, and track a suite of cultivation, solicitation, presentation, and stewardship materials that tell the story of our conservation work and support the Wisconsin chapter’s fundraising efforts. You will coordinate with conservation, marketing and communications and finance teams on communications-related work to ensure consistency and alignment on key topics, messaging, themes, and timelines. The Development Communications Fellow also will be responsible for the creation of a donor communications resource library with new and existing materials for use by the out-the-door fundraisers.

This is a short term 18-month position that will be full-time (35 hrs/week). Pay is $27-$30/hour depending on experience. This is a hybrid position based in Madison with the expectation of working from the Madison office three days a week.

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan to include employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tab on We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!


Are you looking for an opportunity to gain professional experience while helping people and nature? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together. If you’re looking for an experience where you can find meaning and purpose, come join us as the Development Communications Fellow!

We’re looking for a “doer” – someone who is passionate, motivated, and has a keen eye for what makes a compelling story and can apply these talents to support an array of activities that raise funds for conservation.

A significant portion of this role will be creating content for fundraising materials including proposals, renewal letters, donor profiles, social media posts, and event invitations that tell the story of our current conservation priorities and offer donors the opportunity to take action for nature through their support of TNC.

The ideal candidate will have all or some of these qualifications. If you don’t have all of them, apply anyway and tell us about your skills and experience:

  • Strong writing skills and experience developing materials for a variety of audiences.
  • Experience with science communication writing, presentation, and communication skills.
  • Familiarity with communication technologies and best practices.
  • The ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and meet deadlines.
  • Graphic design capabilities.
  • Experience working with other communications and marketing positions such photographers, printers and other vendors and staff, as required.
  • The ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues from across a variety of teams to help achieve results.
  • Multi-lingual skills appreciated.
  • Multi-cultural, cross-cultural, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion experience preferred.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 1-year experience or equivalent combination.
  • Experience in business writing, editing, and proofreading.
  • Experience managing diverse activities to meet deadlines.
  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people.
  • Basic graphic design, layout, and formatting skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Familiarity with communication technologies and best practices.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.


The starting pay range for a candidate selected for this position is generally within the range of $27 – $30 per hour for base salary. This range only applies to candidates whose country of employment is the USA. Where a successful candidate’s actual pay will fall within this range will be based on a variety of factors, including, for example, the candidate's location, qualifications, specific skills, and experience. Please note countries outside the USA would have a different pay range in the local currency based on the local labor market, and not tied to USA pay or ranges. Your geographic location will be confirmed during the recruitment.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.

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An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.