Our mission is to build a passion in our community for nature and the environment through education, experience and action.

10 Woodside Lane Westport, CT 06880   203-557-4400 Earthplace Preschool: 203-557-3638

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Harbor Watch Research Assistant


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Director of Fund Development


Position Summary
The Director of Fund Development is responsible for coordinating all development and donor engagement activities for Earthplace. Reporting to the Fund Development Director is a part-time Development Associate, and a full-time Marketing and Events Manager and our Visitor Services team. The Director is responsible for the organization’s individual, corporate, and foundation giving, grant writing, donor stewardship and specialevents; and the overall direction of our marketing & branding activities. This position reports to the Executive Director and is a member of the senior leadership team.

Organization Background
At Earthplace, we work daily to weave together the three parts of our mission—education, experience, and action—and to recognize the value of our outputs: experiential education around nature and environmental action rooted in our Harbor Watch water quality research.  We are currently working through a list of facility improvement projects and are in year two of a five year strategic plan grounded by our vision of building a sustainable community where conscious regard for the natural world guides individual action.

Through strategic capital investments and partnerships with volunteers, our staff and board are working to steadily enhance the visitor experience and improve educational opportunities about nature and the environment.  The earned income portion of our revenues (61%) including tuition rental income, water monitoring, and nature programs are all up, showing a growing demand for and interest in nature-based learning.  Our expanding donor base also confirms that more people are connecting with our mission through event attendance and individual giving. 


  • Develop a deep understanding of the Earthplace mission, goals, strategy and brand personality and deliver messaging that is on brand and on target for all audiences.
  • Research new funding opportunities and actively cultivate and steward relationships with key donors including foundations, corporations, family foundations and individuals
  • Identify, develop, and implement strategies to achieve fundraising goals for each of the core funding constituents
  • Manage a full range of activities required to prepare, write, and submit grant proposals, reports, and requests for proposals that are responsive to donor interests and guidelines, including:
    - Researching grant making foundations that fit our program areas
    - Writing/editing letters of intent and grant proposals for submission, including assembling all required documentation and budgets
    - Monitoring grant restrictions and ensuring fulfillment of proposal/reporting guidelines
    - Update and maintain a calendar of grant proposal and reporting deadlines
  • Oversee all fundraising events, and communicate about fundraising activities and programs with appropriate staff members and the Board of Trustees
  • Oversee the development and delivery of all marketing and brand communications to all audiences including reports, newsletters and all web based and social media communications
  • Additional writing and administrative responsibilities as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree required, graduate degree a plus
  • Minimum of five years of fund development experience  showing increasing responsibility
  • Proven results including foundation grants, individual giving and major events
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to set-up and guide donor meetings with  the Executive Director and board members
  • Experience using donor management software and analytics, and ability to lead communications effort across web and social media platforms
  • Proven ability to build strong relationships with a variety of constituents including colleagues and major donors.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced environment, prioritize and handle multiple tasks and work with multiple
  • staff and public constituencies. 
  • Be a team player with a strong commitment to the Earthplace mission of environmental education

Salary & Benefits

  • This is a full-time salaried position
  • Compensation commensurate with experience
  • Benefits include 401K, life insurance, dental and medical

Please send cover letter and resume to hr@earthplace.org. No calls please. 


Part-Time Visitor Services

The Visitor Services role at Earthplace, a non-profit nature center in Westport, CT, facilitates a positive impression and visitor experience by creating a warm, welcoming, and family-friendly introduction to the center.

Responsibilities include:

  • Arrive prior to the building opening: Unlock, open, and prep center for daily visitors.

  • Welcome visitors, check in members, and maintain accurate attendance information.

  • Process payments: Admissions, memberships, donations, etc.

  • Direct visitors to exhibits, trails, animals, and playground and provide information about programs and activities.

  • Manage store purchases including our self-serve coffee station

  • Provide courteous and friendly service: Answer phones and direct calls to appropriate party, including voicemail, paging the building, and hand-written notes as needed.

  • Directs families arriving for pre-booked birthday parties: Create welcome signs, greet families and show them the party space, review instructions, and introduce them to the
    Animal Hall staff.

  • Contribute to team effort by handling related duties as asked.


Skills and qualifications:Professional and courteous in person, on the phone, and via email; comfortable working with the public; customer service experience; attention to detail; skilled in Microsoft Office; basic experience with databases; comfortable answering multi-line phone; friendly verbal communication style; able to multi-task quickly and accurately; commitment to and ability to project enthusiasm for the Earthplace mission.

Bonus skills: Experience answering questions about nature, wildlife, and the environment; comfortable around animals.

  • Compensation based on prior experience and discussed at time of interview

  • Hours (not negotiable): Sunday from 8:00am to 4:15 pm;
    Friday from 7:45am to 1:00 pm

  • Option for additional hours in the future

Please send cover letter and resume to hr@earthplace.org. No calls please.


The mission of Earthplace is to build a passion in our community for nature and the environment through education, experience, and action.

 In compliance with all federal and state legislation and regulations regarding non-discrimination, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, expression and characteristics, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, visible or invisible disability, veteran status, or any other protected status.