Planned Giving Fundraiser

  • McLaren Recruitment
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Jun 26, 2024
Full-Time Community Development

Job Description

  • Key fundraising role within the leading environmental NGO in NZ
  • Manage a portfolio of deeply committed donors all over NZ
  • Preferably based in Wellington office

Forest & Bird is Aotearoa's leading independent conservation organisation. They are nature's voice and work to defend nature – across our land, fresh water, oceans and climate. Become part of a team who is passionate about helping nature.  

This is your opportunity to make a genuine difference at a time when our wildlife and wild places need you, now more than ever. As Forest & Bird’s new Planned Giving Fundraiser, you’ll be responsible for engaging with supporters, building and maintaining rapport, and seeking to connect their love for nature into a legacy gift.

You will enjoy interacting with people on the phone, have experience managing difficult conversations and know how to manage a portfolio. Alongside your interpersonal and communication skills, you’ll provide best practice in project managing a prospect pipeline, and you’ll have the opportunity to lead the development of fresh, inspiring propositions and grow more legacy prospects.

You’ll join a team of nine, who deliver Forest & Bird’s fundraising and membership functions, including regular giving, appeals and acquisition, membership, major gifts, business partnerships and grants. They are a smart, dedicated and passionate team, who are highly engaged in what they do.

This is a full time permanent position.


Person profile:


  • Proven experience in a relationship-focused fundraising role; ideally legacy fundraising
  • Personable, with a track record of success in, and commitment to, building and maintaining exceptional relationships with a wide range of stakeholders
  • A team player
  • A consultative and open style with the ability to relate sensitively to people of all ages
  • A track record of performing against financial goals and targets
  • Financially literate with the ability to analyse and evaluate data
  • Highly developed written and oral communication skills, including an attention to detail
  • Experience with using a fundraising database (Forest & Bird uses Raiser’s Edge)
  • Computer literate (e.g., MS Office suite)


Forest & Bird

Job Summary

With the importance of conservation at an all-time high, this is a unique opportunity to make a meaningful difference for nature.

How to apply

Applications close: Sunday 21 July 2024
Applications to: Please send your CV and cover letter to Kirsty McLaren via

P: 04 499 1069

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