ECO is a unique place to work. Every individual is working toward our mission of connecting students to nature. We value our team, and trust one another to get our individual jobs done in working toward a greater good. The nature of our programming allows for some flexibility in work hours and locations - while we enjoy our time together as a team in the office, we recognize that sometimes the most effective work happens elsewhere. We value learning, and provide opportunities for our team to grow professionally through new skills training, conferences, and mentoring. Staff and board respect each other's commitment to organizational success. At ECO, we are all working for the good of the organization and the good of the communities we serve.

Vision for ECO

From our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan: Creating a more diverse, inclusive and equitable organization means that our staff, board, volunteers, supporters, and students will be more diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and income; and each participant will feel valued for the contribution they make to the organization. Students in ECO programs will include individuals of diverse races and ethnicities. Our day-to-day workplace will include sharing of cultures, food and ideas and coming together of our team. We will have stronger, two-way relationships with our community partners. 

Open Positions

Presently, we are seeking a part-time Development Associate to assist our Development Director in meeting our fundraising goals. See description below. Contact Bethany for more information.

Organization: Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO) -

Mission: Our mission is to inspire elementary school students to connect to our natural world by providing hands-on ecology programs.

Location: ECO Office (4214 SE 12th Ave Portland, OR) as well as remotely, as mutually determined.

Position: Development Associate, PT (10 hrs/week. Flex hours Tues-Thurs between 8:30am -2:30pm)

Compensation: $15-17/hr, depending on experience

Closing Date: July 30, 2017 or until filled

Start Date: August 8, 2017

To Apply: Email Bethany Thomas ( with resume and cover letter (please include pertinent professional and personal experience).

Summary of Position:

The Development Associate will assist in furthering the mission of ECO to connect kids to nature by helping to raise funds that support Ecology Programs. The Associate will directly support the Development Director in cultivating and maintaining relationships with individual, corporate and foundation donors. The Associate will become adept at managing and utilizing the donor database. The Associate will assist in planning and implementing events, appeals, and campaigns throughout the year. ECO is very interested in interviewing diverse candidates for this position.


Required Skills and Responsibilities:

  • Strong computer proficiency; previous database experience (or willingness to learn) helpful

  • Track philanthropic requests, pledges and contributions via management of donor database (we use the Little Green Light database)

  • Implement donor communications (mail, email, phone call), as designed by Development Director and Communications staff

  • Assist in event planning and implementation (occasionally during evenings/weekends)

  • Excellent interpersonal skills: ability to speak comfortably, enthusiastically, knowledgeably with donors and potential donors

  • Represent ECO during community events

  • Attend staff meetings and work with a diverse range of people

  • Transport self to and from office, meetings with donors, events, etc


Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrate self-motivation, independence and a positive attitude

  • Enthusiasm for environmental education and environmental issues

  • Ability to focus in on details, and solve problems creatively

  • Experience in (or willingness to learn) grant-writing and basic website management