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Director of Fundraising - Flexible Location

The Wilderness Society


The Wilderness Society is working for a future that does not rely on continued destruction of nature and our climate, but rather flourishes because of our responsible stewardship of these core life support systems. We value organisational independence and integrity.

Be part of a team that’s secured some of the biggest wins for Australian wilderness and nature: stopping the damming of the Franklin River forty years ago, protecting Waldaman / James Price Point in the Kimberley from a ginormous gas hub, or defending special forests the length and breadth of this continent.

Our fundraising goal is to increase our Net Fundraising income by 33% within 3 years to then grow sustainably to support our Campaign and Organisational objectives.


You will lead and manage The Wilderness Society's efforts to raise funds and collaborate to enliven our membership and supporter base to further our organisation’s purpose to protect, promote and restore wilderness, through our Organisational Campaign Plan (OCP).

You will lead and manage a diverse team across Individual Giving, Major Donors and Bequests and you will work collaboratively with key colleagues, other departments and Campaign Centres to increase brand awareness, grow our active supporter base and achieve campaign success. Working in this way you will be an important contributor to a healthy and sustainable Wilderness Society culture.

We believe a good membership and fundraising program collaborates to boost our impact. It does so while keeping our work true to purpose, and ensuring members and supporters are involved and valued as contributors to our organisation’s enduring successes.

To create thriving membership and fundraising initiatives, we're choreographing a symphony of activities. Picture this: a dance that preserves the soul and authenticity of our origin story in the campaign to protect the Franklin River, while delivering on purpose in the 21st Century.

It's not just about giving; it's about creating an organisation where members and supporters are intimately connected—genuine contributors to our shared story

The primary success measure for this position is the successful development and implementation of a broad based fundraising strategy that meets the operational objectives of the organisation. In addition, non-tangibles including positive and active contribution to organisational culture and relationships with both internal and external stakeholders are also vital to the successful fulfilment of the role.


Our approach to diversity is about embracing everyone. From building a culture where all employees can bring their best selves to work to deploying initiatives that support the different needs of our staff, we are proud to be part of building an inclusive world for all.

We are a supportive and inclusive workplace with excellent conditions, including:

  • Five weeks of annual leave per year
  • 3 additional leave days at end of year
  • Genuine flexibility in working hours and location with financial support for office and/or remote working
  • 15 days personal leave
  • Floating public holidays
  • Generous Paid parental leave (subject to eligibility conditions)
  • Commitment to supporting your professional development
  • Access to Long Service Leave after five years of continuous service
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program


We’d love to have you if you:

  • Have a can-do attitude, with the ability to learn new skills and adapt to new contexts quickly
  • Can drive your own areas of work
  • Are ready to take up the invitation and the challenge of the role
  • Are comfortable working to rapid response timelines
  • Are eager to grow your skills, experience and the organisation’s impact
  • Are able to give and apply feedback
  • Bring a dedication to transforming Australia into a society that protects, respects and connects with the natural world that sustains us.

If you identify as a First Nations person, a woman, LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent, a person with a disability, a person of colour, or if you are from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, we strongly encourage you to apply.

A position description is attached that details the essential and desired skills.

Applicants must have the right to live and work in Australia to be considered for the role.

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