Development Associate

Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) - Bozeman, Montana

The Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) 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 the development, manage its own caseload of donors, and join a vibrant culture that is dedicated to free market environmentalism, which is cooperative conservation based in good stewardship, secure property rights, and trade.


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 the right fit 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 securing gifts to support PERC’s programs. Strong verbal and written communication are 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 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 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 vice president of development, and is based in Bozeman, Montana—and a perk at work working at PERC is flexible working hours when appropriate and feasible. This is a 40-hour per week, non-supervisory role, exempt position with no direct reports and includes full benefits package. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes performance-based bonus opportunities.


PERC is the leading conservation research institute dedicated to improving lands, waters, and wildlife through collaborative, market-based approaches. PERC has key programs that all work together to make substantial 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 its 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 trade. Moreover, PERC unites environmental entrepreneurs who are doing amazing work on the ground and throughout the country, and it educates the broader public on our country’s 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. To learn more about PERC, visit its website at


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

  • Be 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 acknowledgement 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 able to travel in a limited capacity.
  • Assist the vice president of development, as needed.


Ideally, the candidate will have anywhere from 1-3 years fundraising experiences or other relevant work experiences, and

  • have a strong personal affinity for the mission and values of PERC;
  • demonstrate exceptional relationship-building skills, writing ability, and oral communication;
  • possess superior organizational skills with the ability to prioritize workload, manage multiple projects, and meet deadlines;
  • embody an entrepreneurial approach to self-directed work, with strong work ethic, ability to collaborate across teams, and flexibility to maximize success;
  • express a desire to learn and improve skills in fundraising;
  • possess an achievement- and growth-mindset;
  • be proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Suites, and data tools (Salesforce strongly preferred); and
  • engage the team as a collaborative and supportive member.


Please submit the following documents to Rupert Munro, Vice President of Development, 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: 1) interest in the role 2) understanding of PERC and its approach to conservation 3) your salary range requirements
  • Resume
  • Three professional references
  • Writing sample

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