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  • Temporary
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • $21 - $23 hourly USD / Year
  • Salary: $21 - $23 hourly

Website Rainforest Foundation US

TITLE: Temporary Development Assistant

LOCATION: Hybrid; 1-2 days/week at Brooklyn office; remote the rest of the week.

WORK SCHEDULE: 20-29 hours/week

EMPLOYMENT/JOB TYPE: Temporary; nonexempt employee

TIMEFRAME: 3 months; November 2023 to January 2024

START DATE: November 1

DEPARTMENT: Development

SUPERVISING MANAGER: Development Operations Manager



About Rainforest Foundation US


For over 35 years, Rainforest Foundation US (RFUS) has worked to address climate change and safeguard biodiversity by promoting the rights of indigenous peoples and supporting their efforts to protect and defend their rainforests. Science shows that forests managed by indigenous peoples are healthier, suffer less deforestation, capture more carbon, and contain more biodiversity than forests managed by private or public entities–including nationally protected areas. What’s more, scientists tell us that protecting forests is as important as reducing greenhouse emissions if we hope to stem the tide of ecological collapse.


RFUS works in partnership with indigenous communities and their representative organizations to protect tropical rainforests by supporting their efforts to secure rights to their lands, strengthen monitoring and land security, influence laws and policies that protect their resources, and build strong and sustainable community leadership. By investing directly in indigenous communities, RFUS connects the people rooted in the land with the tools, training, and resources to be effective advocates and protectors of the forests they call home. RFUS currently operates four country programs in Brazil, Guyana, Panama, and Peru, and hosts a number of regional partnerships in Central America, the Amazon Basin, and across the tropical belt.


About the Position


The Rainforest Foundation US Temporary Development Assistant will support the fundraising efforts of the development team during year-end fundraising. This position is designed for those with an interest in development and nonprofit fundraising.


This position reports to the Development Operations Manager.



Support the gift acknowledgment process
Data entry for incoming donation checks
Assist with printed mailings and other related administrative work
Help maintain donor and grant databases and files, recording new donations and tracking donor communications
Respond to occasional donor emails
Work on special projects as needed and assigned by the Development team
Call to thank donors following a script

Proficiency in MS Office and Google Docs; some database experience preferred
Excellent data entry skills
Excellent attention to detail
Ability to complete some manual tasks, such as folding and preparing envelopes for mailings
Self-motivated team player with a high sense of urgency
Good communication skills (written and verbal)
Outstanding organizational skills
Ability to handle sensitive/confidential information with discretion
Interest in protecting the environment and human rights


Full professional proficiency in English is required.


Compensation & Benefits

Compensation: Hourly rate is between $21 – $23 hourly, depending on experience.
​​Benefits:Temporary employees shall not be entitled to participate in or receive any benefits applicable to full-time regular employees of RFUS with the exception of those that may be required by Law.

Temporary employees are entitled to Wellness Leave during the length of their contract and accrue 1 hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked.

There is no planned travel associated with this role.


Workplace Culture & Conditions

Rainforest Foundation US prides itself on providing a flexible, equitable, family-friendly, and inclusive work environment that values work-life balance. Our offices are pet friendly and located in a historic downtown Brooklyn neighborhood that is easily accessible by public transit and boasts many restaurants and services. Since the pandemic, employees can come into the office as they wish or negotiate with their supervisors to work from home or remotely.


Commitment to Equality & Equity

​​Rainforest Foundation US does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. Black, indigenous, and people of color are highly encouraged to apply.


Application instructions

RFUS aims to fill the position immediately.
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early and advised to carefully study the job description to ensure they meet the requirements and skills we are looking for.
Applications will only be considered with the submission of a resume and cover letter.
Please note that the position will be listed as open until filled. Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be contacted.
The candidate must possess the legal requirements to work in the United States; Rainforest Foundation US will not sponsor visas for international candidates.

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