The Toledo Institute of Development and Environment (TIDE) is a Belizean NGO based in Punta Gorda working to protect some of the most pristine coastal and marine ecosystems in Central America, including one of the healthiest coral reefs in the whole Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. TIDE uses a “ridge to reef” approach and manages protected areas on both land and sea. We build local capacity for conservation and foster community participation in sustainable management of natural resources. http://tidebelize.org/
TIDE is one of the leading conservation organizations in the region and is pioneering new approaches, including the first implementation of a managed access fishery policy in the Mesoamerican Reef as well as an award-winning environmental education and sports competition, the TIDE Freshwater Cup.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an internship to launch an individual donor giving program with TIDE, integral to the long-term financial health of the organization. This important role within the development team at TIDE will involve the following duties:
- Work with Executive Director to implement a new individual donor giving program that includes, but is not limited to, the following: Developing list of prospects; Working with staff and board on a major fundraising event in October; Directly soliciting support from local businesses and individuals; Crafting and send fundraising appeals to select prospects.
- Lead Global Giving crowd funding campaign, and provide insight into how TIDE can use this new platform.
- Create regular social media content and engage constituents online for TIDE;
- Research prospective funding opportunities and work with Executive Director in other fundraising efforts as time allows.
The successful candidate will possess the following skills and qualities:
- Excellent writing, organizational, and inter-personal skills
- Proven ability to use social media sources to engage people in a cause
- Ability and desire to work with people – making phone calls, meeting face-to-face, etc.
- Initiative, energy, enthusiasm, and creativity
- A passion for the natural world and biodiversity conservation
- A sound understanding of environmental issues
- A bachelor’s degree with high academic achievement in natural resource management, communication etc.
- Willingness / ability to commit to a minimum of six months voluntary work
The following would also be desirable:
- On-the-job experience in a fundraising role, particularly writing fundraising appeals, helping design a membership program
- Understanding of conservation and development issues within Central America
- Experience living in a developing country and among people of other cultures
The membership intern will work alongside the Executive Director. The successful candidate will be very proactive and self-sufficient. Benefits of volunteering for TIDE include:
- A chance to gain valuable experience, including learning about conservation issues in Belize, understanding how a regional NGO works, hands-on fundraising experience, and more
- A chance to make a lasting, positive impact
- Living and working in a beautiful, peaceful, multi-cultural Caribbean town
- Being part of a friendly and dynamic team of committed, passionate individuals
- Appreciation for your dedication and hard work
- Opportunities to visit the protected areas managed by TIDE and get involved in other aspects of TIDE’s work as time allows
- Adventure in a country with pristine ecosystems, world-class snorkelling and SCUBA
To apply, please send your resume’ and a cover letter to Samantha Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org addressing why you would be a good match for this position in an email with the title “TIDE membership intern” at by February 10th. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a Skype interview.