At Point Blue, we are team of committed, passionate, conservation scientists, researchers, educators, fundraisers, and administrators.  We all share a passion for making a difference in the health of our planet.

Please view our job postings and consider joining our team!

Director of Development

Point Blue seeks a highly accomplished development professional to become its Director of Development (DOD) to lead the fundraising effort and contribute to the overall strategic management required to achieve its urgent goals.

Successful candidates will possess a record of significant and consistent fundraising success and demonstrated leadership in growing major gifts, planned giving, membership, communications and marketing programs.  The DOD will lead collaborative planning, development and implementation of diversified fundraising and related communications strategies to support and advance Point Blue’s climate-smart conservation vision and goals. 

The DOD will have an excellent track record in building and managing a development team as well as in working with other staff leaders, Board members and other donors to establish and achieve fundraising and organizational goals.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated success in building positive and nurturing working relations with staff, board members, major donors, foundation representatives and others.  S/he will also have experience with the implementation and use of information technologies and social media to advance Point Blue’s development strategies and goals.

The DOD reports to and works in close partnership with the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  S/he oversees the Development Group and collaborates with the Management Team, Board of Directors, finance staff and others. 

The DOD will have a demonstrated commitment to the highest levels of integrity and excellence, reflective of Point Blue’s core values so essential to our success.  Our key values include commitment to scientific rigor, collaboration, innovation, excellence, nature, complete integrity and shared responsibility.

Job Responsibilities
The DOD is responsible for the implementation and management of a diversified fund development program including individual giving, foundation relations, corporate and government agency proposal development, solicitation and reporting, membership development, marketing, and special events.  The DOD will serve on Point Blue’s Management Team and participate regularly in Point Blue Board of Directors meetings.
Job responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:


Compensation and Benefits

Point Blue offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience, 100% medical and dental premium coverage, partial coverage of dependents including domestic partners, long term care insurance, optional vision, life insurance, short term and long term disability insurance coverage, as well as generous leave time and 401(k) Plan matching contribution, per conditions outlined in Point Blue’s personnel manual.

To Apply

Email resumes to:  Please include a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications along with two recent writing samples and three references.  No calls please.  Point Blue is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Starting Salary Range: Very competitive, based on experience
Hours/Benefits: Full time with excellent benefits
Reports to: President and CEO
Location: Petaluma Headquarters
Position: Open until filled; ongoing review of applications

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Delta Waterbird Technician

One (1) bird survey technician needed to work on a study evaluating waterbird use of various crops in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta of California with Point Blue Conservation Science (formerly PRBO).

Duration: As soon as possible but by no later than mid-July 2014 through 15 March 2015 (Full-time, Temporary)

Primary duties include, but are not limited to: road-based surveys of waterbirds and their potential predators, data entry, spatial mapping with Google Earth, navigating the complex landscape of the Delta in a full size truck, and engaging with landowners about the study and resources available to them to practice bird-friendly agriculture. Surveys occur mainly from public roads but also on private land and state or federal reserves. Accessing some sites will require interacting with private landowners. Surveys are conducted all day and under varying weather conditions such as extreme heat in summer to cold and damp in the winter. Must be flexible, as inclement weather (extended fog, rain) may delay surveys and some weekend work may be necessary.

Compensation: $3,200/month plus health benefits. Some field equipment will be provided, although applicants should have their own binoculars. Technician will preferably reside somewhere between Tracy/Manteca (in south) and Davis/Sacramento (in north).

Transportation: Must have a personal vehicle (preferably 4WD, mileage reimbursed at $0.56/mile) but access to a Point Blue 4WD will be available for most survey work. This position requires significant driving (up to 6-8 hours per day).


To apply: email a single document (PDF [preferred] or Word Doc) including a cover letter describing previous survey and landowner interaction experience and interest in this position, specific dates of availability, a CV or resume, and contact information for 3 references to KRISTIN SESSER (, with the subject line “Delta Tech”. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until position is filled.

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