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Fundraising Manager

Devon Wildlife Trust
Cricklepit Mill, Commercial Road, Exeter, EX2 4AB
£40,692 plus 7% pension
Closing date
21 Apr 2024

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Fundraising, Management
Environment / Conservation, Animal
Full Time
Contract Type

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Are you an experienced fundraiser who wants to use your skills to help protect Devon’s amazing wildlife and to bring nature back? Do you want to be part of a committed team of friendly people who are working hard to deliver our ambitious vision for a wilder Devon where people and nature thrive?

Devon Wildlife Trust is looking for a Fundraising Manager to lead our Grants & Major Giving team, which plays a vital role in helping the organisation to secure the resources it needs to achieve more for nature’s recovery in Devon.

Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) is Devon’s leading wildlife conservation charity, with over 36,000 members, 350 regular volunteers, 100 staff and 63 nature reserves. We are one of the larger locally based organisations that collectively make up The Wildlife Trusts. DWT has pioneered the reintroduction of beavers in England and the restoration of internationally rare habitats like Culm Grassland. 

The Trust has a fantastic track record of high quality fundraising activity that is rooted in respect for our supporters, in strong partnerships, and in our desire to build a community of nature champions. We are looking for an experienced fundraiser who can manage an effective team to oversee income generation from grants, legacies, major donors and corporate supporters. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of fundraising success and income growth in one or more relevant fundraising disciplines, along with experience of shaping and coordinating fundraising plans and/or significant funding applications. The successful candidate will not have to be a conservation expert, so long as they have the right skills, relevant experience from any sector and can communicate with passion, enthusiasm and credibility about our work.

In return for your hard work and dedication you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits including:


  • 25 days annual leave (increasing to 28 days after 5 years’ service) plus Bank Holidays and additional paid time off during the Christmas shut down period
  • Agile working arrangements including home working
  • Flexitime system
  • Salary progression (subject to satisfactory performance)
  • Contributory pension scheme (conditions apply)
  • Death in Service cover
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Training and development opportunities


This is a full-time permanent post based at Cricklepit Mill, Exeter. A part-time appointment at 0.8 FTE will be considered. If you are applying on a part-time basis, please could you indicate this in your covering letter.  Previous applicants need not apply.

Interviews are being held on Friday 3 May.

We welcome candidates of all backgrounds and abilities who meet the essential criteria for this role.

We are an inclusive organisation that is seeking to involve more diverse audiences in our work.

DWT is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment.

Registered Charity Number no 213224




Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) is a charity that exists to protect and enhance Devon’s wildlife and natural environment.  It has 100 staff, 58 nature reserves, 350 regular volunteers and a turnover of approximately £4.5 million.  It has eight offices including its headquarters at Cricklepit Mill. 

DWT is one of 46 Trusts which together make up The Wildlife Trusts, a national partnership of independent local Trusts active in all aspects of wildlife conservation.  DWT is one of the larger Trusts.

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