Scientists on the Utkholok river

Scientists on the Utkholok river

About Us

The mission of Wild Salmon Center is to promote the conservation and sustainable use of wild salmon ecosystems across the Pacific Rim. We identify science-based solutions to sustain wild salmonids and the human communities and livelihoods that depend on them.

Wild Salmon Center is an international organization with programmatic activities in the Russian Far East, Japan, Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California. The home office is located in Portland, Oregon in the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center.

Work with Us

Open Positions

  1. Major Gifts Officer

Volunteers and Interns
Want to make a differnece in protecting some of the most beautiful and diverse ecosystems across the northern Pacific Rim? Check out our volunteer page.


Major Gifts Officer

Reports to: Vice President of Development & Communications

The Team
The Development and Communications department is the engine of WSC’s work, raising the funds and building the relationships necessary to advance the organization’s mission. This is a fun, highly motivated and collaborative team of professionals who embrace a work-life balance that includes time spent on the rivers we work to protect.

The Position
This new position at WSC will recruit, engage and manage a national portfolio of donors in order to help the organization achieve its ambitious fundraising and programmatic goals. This position is a full-time, regular exempt position and will include up to 50% of travel within the United States.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Secure funds for the organization by developing and implementing strategies to identify, qualify, cultivate, and steward a portfolio of donors throughout the U.S.
  • Conduct one-on-one solicitations to build financial support for WSC’s conservation efforts.
  • Work with the Development team to define and implement annual and multi-year fundraising strategies including financial and engagement goals.
  • Maintain accurate and timely contact reports on donor interactions and follow up actions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  • Five (5) or more years of direct non-profit fundraising, business development, or other relevant experience.
  • Proven ability to raise funds and build strong relationships with donors and strategic partners.
  • Dynamic, results-oriented, and motivated professional with a proven track record of building donor or client-based relationships.
  • Outstanding interpersonal abilities and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to travel (up to 50%) for meetings, events and trips.
  • Familiarity with fisheries and watershed conservation and with recreational fishing, including fly fishing.
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of the Wild Salmon Center.


A Bachelor’s degree is required.


The compensation package includes a competitive salary (commensurate with experience and qualifications) and a generous benefits package including paid vacation and sick leave, retirement plan match, medical and dental plan, flexible spending account, medical deductible reimbursement, life insurance, disability coverage, as well as education and training benefits and exciting travel opportunities.

To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume and list of references to with "Major Gifts Officer" in the subject line.

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.  Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

Wild Salmon Center is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.