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To promote the conservation, sound management, and sustainable use of Indiana's wildlife and wildlife habitat through education, advocacy, and action.

Jobs at the Indiana Wildlife Federation

Thank you for your interest in working with the Indiana Wildlife Federation. Please see below for our open positions. We are also always on the lookout for bright, enthusiastic interns. Click here to see our internship opportunities and feel free to send us a resume.

Executive Director 

Organization Overview

The Indiana Wildlife Federation (IWF) traces its roots to 1938 and is the oldest statewide conservation organization in Indiana. IWF actively engages in fish and wildlife policy and promotes hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, outdoor recreation interests, and science-based wildlife management practices. IWF encourages establishing and enhancing habitat to maintain a healthy and sustainable environment and offers a variety of programs that provide resources, tips, and guidance for incorporating these changes into landscapes. IWF’s membership is comprised of individuals, businesses, conservation clubs and organizations dedicated to the wise use of Indiana’s natural resources. IWF is the state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation.

Job Overview

The Executive Director reports to the IWF Board of Directors and is responsible for leading and managing the organization in a manner that will accomplish the goals and mission of the organization.

Key Responsibilities

50% - Development and Fundraising

  1. Produce and implement a fundraising and development plan to support the IWF budget and operations.
  2. Research and apply for grant funding consistent with IWF’s vision, mission, and strategic plan.
  3. Continue developing corporate giving, planned giving, and member/donor development strategies.
  4. Design, produce, and mail membership renewal and annual appeal fundraising campaigns each year.
  5. Explore alternative and diverse funding sources.
  6. Pursue special event opportunities with support and participation from the Development Committee and volunteers.

25% - Communications, Education, and Outreach Activities

  1. Responsible for managing all of the organization’s communications and public relations.
  2. Review content of all publications, annual report, news releases, website, newsletters, and public statements for consistency with IWF goals and mission.
  3. Manage all IWF programs including Certified Wildlife Habitat, Landscaping the Sustainable Campus, Certified Sustainable Trails, Habitat Workshops, Kids Contest, and all outreach activities.
  4. As the representative of IWF, make public appearances to convey information about conservation issues and other activities of IWF.
  5. Work with staff and interns to maintain the website and other outreach with pertinent and current information on programs, conservation issues, events, and other news.

15% - Administrative, Financial, and Board Governance

  1. Supervise IWF staff and interns.
  2. Establish administrative policies and procedures that will comply with the IWF bylaws and fulfill the goals and objectives as set forth in the strategic plan.
  3. With the assistance of the Treasurer and the Finance Committee, provide fiscal management of IWF and its functions.
  4. With the assistance of the Accountant and the Treasurer, prepare a preliminary budget and monthly finances for submittal to the Finance Committee.
  5. Coordinate and provide resources for all board meetings, the IWF annual meeting, and committee meetings.

10% - Conservation and Natural Resources Policy and Issues

  1. Assist the Program and Policy committees in identifying, analyzing, reporting, and managing IWF involvement in natural resources and conservation issues.
  2. Manage policy agenda and yearly legislative priorities with the Policy Committee.
  3. Involve membership in IWF’s policy agenda and ensure that members and Board are aware of emerging issues and legislative priorities.
  4. Represent IWF on key policy issues.


  • Minimum of a BA/BS degree in a relevant field
  • Strong background in conservation issues. General knowledge of wildlife and natural resources science and wildlife and habitat management practices a plus.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience with staff and program management.
  • Demonstrated success as a fundraiser including writing grants, securing sponsorships, and building and maintaining relationships with donors.
  • Prior nonprofit experience, preferably in leadership.
  • Experience developing and managing organizational budgets.
  • Excellent written and oral communication.
  • Proficiency in basic computer programs and skills.

Salary and benefits

IWF offers a competitive salary and flexible work environment.

Please submit resume and cover letter to:

Please submit resume and cover letter with salary expectations by April 30, 2017.

Indiana Wildlife Federation

Attn: Erin Wade

708 E. Michigan Street

Indianapolis, IN 46202


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