Environment & Behavioral Economics Summer Development Assistant


Cause Areas


Mon May 15, 2017 - Fri Sep 08, 2017


4600 Adeline StreetEmeryville, CA 94608


Development Assistant

Root Solutions is seeking volunteers to join a team of visionaries, creators, and disruptors who want to re-shape the future of the environmental movement in North America and beyond. We are currently looking for one 2017 summer Development Assistant to join our team. Although this is a volunteer position, you will be an active member of our team and a listed staff on our website and in correspondences. You’re vital to the success of programs that will transform the environmental movement and the planet.

Overall Function

The Development Assistant will be responsible for supporting fundraising efforts. You will help us research new opportunities, develop proposals, and craft engaging communications. You will assist in the planning and implementation of special events. You will gain an overall understanding of how a non-profit functions, from the day-to-day operations, to internal and external communications, to overall strategic planning.

You’re a creative multi-tasker and writer with excellent communication skills. You are an innovative thinker who works well with challenges. You’re all about building a healthy thriving planet and are curious about environmental psychology or behavioral economics. You have exceptional attention to detail.

The development assistant will be helping with, among other things:

  • Assisting in all areas of fundraising
  • Researching prospective donors
  • Maintaining donor correspondence
  • Drafting proposals
  • Ensuring that all communications presents the vision, mission and values of Root Solutions

Qualifications/skills and knowledge requirements

  • Ideal candidate will demonstrate a real interest in community engagement and fundraising and a passion for philanthropy and the environment
  • Excellent communication skills and enjoys writing
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented
  • Self-motivated with the ability to meet deadlines and demonstrate initiative
  • Enjoys research
  • Bachelors degree
  • Prior fundraising experience


Root Solutions works to provide conservationists and policy makers with tools and resources informed by the proven methods of behavioral economics and behavior design, allowing them to create more effective campaigns, policies, and strategies that reflect how people are actually motivated and make decisions. By understanding human behavior and the factors which influence the choices people make, conservationists will be able to "nudge" people toward decisions and behavior that are good for them and good for the planet.

As a young non-profit with ambitious goals (including expanding our work to all cause movements), our existing funding is restricted to program activities. Root Solutions is primarily volunteer run.


Position is based out of Root Solutions’ Emeryville office


2 days per week over 12 weeks


This is a volunteer position

Application Materials

Deadline for applying is June 30th. Interested applicants should submit a brief cover letter or a resume to:


Subject Heading: Development Assistant


  • Grant Writing / Research
  • Fundraising
  • Donor Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Community Outreach

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Requirements & Commitment

  • 10 hours a week over 12 weeks (flexible)

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