Development Coordinator VISTA



The Development Coordinator VISTA will develop and expand the membership base of the Lahontan Audubon Society (LAS) and write grants to support the various programs and initiatives that align with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation’s “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” initiative. These efforts will help ensure that low-income youth and adults are being active in their parks and open spaces. LAS is a chapter of the National Audubon Society, and a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, serving northern Nevada and the Reno/Sparks metropolitan area since 1972.

Position Description

With the direction of the President and Board of Trustees, the Development Coordinator VISTA will develop a community outreach plan that grows membership and the capacity of LAS as a whole. The VISTA will implement the membership outreach plan through leveraging community support for the organization. This person will also help to build a sustainable fundraising plan and raise operating funds to support the LAS and expand our programs by researching, writing, and reporting on grants that support LAS activities. In addition, this person will develop standard operating procedures for committees, educational programs, and overall governance of the LAS.

Timeline for Service: August 30, 2021 - August 29, 2022

Lahontan Audubon Society takes its name from ancient Lake Lahontan, an extensive late Pleistocene lake that covered a large portion of the western Great Basin about 12,700 years ago. The only modern remnants of ancient Lake Lahontan that exist today as perennial lakes are Walker Lake and Pyramid Lake.  The mission of the LAS is to preserve and improve the remaining habitat of birds and other wildlife, restore historical habitat, and educate the public, with emphasis on children, providing vision to all about our unique Nevada environments. The AmeriCorps VISTA member will be an integral part of the “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” initiative focusing on improving people’s health and wellness and developing people’s appreciation for the natural and cultural history found in local parks.

AmeriCorps VISTA:

Lahontan Audubon Society’s Development Coordinator VISTA is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and will serve within the AmeriCorps VISTA program.  AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty.  Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency.  To learn more about the AmeriCorps programs visit

Primary Responsibilities

  • Implement and improve community outreach plans to increase membership;

  • Research, write, and report on grants to support LAS;

  • Coordinate and improve protocols for initial contact, cultivation, and stewardship of major donors of LAS;

  • Develop and maintain community partnerships to support LAS;

  • Continue to develop fundraising strategies and materials to support LAS operations;

  • Organize fundraising events;

  • Create and disperse fundraising and marketing appeals to increase public participation, awareness, volunteer opportunities, and membership at LAS;

  • Develop improved tracking of grants and member donations;

  • Develop standard operating procedures for committees, educational programs, and overall governance of the LAS.


  • Bachelor’s degree;

  • Commitment to the Lahontan Audubon Society mission and vision;

  • High degree of initiative and spirit of service.

  • Environmental consciousness;

  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills;

  • Experience in fundraising, grant writing, and/or networking;

  • Experience with organizing outreach events;

  • Strong organizational skills;

  • Preferred: experience in membership development

  • Preferred: experience with graphic design;

  • Preferred: experience with event planning;

  • Preferred: Reading, writing, and speaking competency in Spanish language.

Compensation and Benefits

  • In return for their service, AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a living allowance of approximately $13,400 pre-tax.

  • Health benefits during service.

  • Childcare opportunities (if applicable).

  • Qualified student loan deferment or forbearance.

  • Non-competitive eligibility for qualified government jobs the first year after completing service.

  • Upon completion of service, choice of Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of approximately $6,000 or post-service stipend of $1,800.

  • A relocation settling allowance of no less than $750 if you are moving more than 50 miles, and travel allowance based on mileage may also apply.

  • Professional development through monthly trainings, skills learned in service, experience in a non-profit environment.

  • LAS also offers flex time, mileage reimbursement for service-related travel, a casual dress code, and a fun office environment working with other VISTAs serving the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation.

To apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to Sara Monks at Your application will not be considered without a cover letter and resume. Applications are also accepted through

Visit the LAS website or call David Jickling at 775.848-0069 for more information.