Program Assistant - Paid Internship (BFG)

Type: Part-time 3 days/week, January-May/June 2019

Salary: $22/hr


Founded in 1987 and located in San Francisco’s Presidio, the Biodiversity Funders Group is a professional association of grantmakers with a shared vision for a sustainable, just and healthy future for all life on Earth, advanced by a vibrant and effective philanthropic sector.

BFG supports member-driven programs and special initiatives that focus on climate change and energy, marine ecosystems, land and freshwater conservation, conservation science, the Gulf of California and Mexico, the Andean-Amazon Basin, and international biodiversity issues. With an annual budget of $1.8M and a staff of eight, BFG hosts convenings, briefings, and other educational offerings such as webinars throughout the year.


The Program Assistant provides critical administrative support for BFG’s work with its membership and its board of directors as well as for its climate and energy program. The Program Assistant provides logistical support  for virtual and in-person leadership meetings (20%); provides administrative support for the Climate and Energy Program (35%), and for other BFG programs (20%); and assists with critical communications, outreach, and record-keeping for the overall membership (25%). The Program Assistant intern reports to the Business Manager, and also works closely with the Director of the Climate and Energy Funders Group and the Executive Director of BFG.


  • Provide administrative support to the staff and planning committees organizing BFG’s annual meeting and the Climate and Energy Funders annual meeting, including scheduling planning calls; following up as directed with attendees, speakers, venues, and vendors; and coordinating reimbursements
  • Schedule electronic meetings for board committees and other internal leadership groups, and maintain records, lists, and background materials for the board of directors
  • Coordinate logistics (location, meals, lodging, etc.) for in-person board meetings and similar events
  • Assist with ongoing recordkeeping and communication for BFG’s membership, including updating membership data and contact information in Salesforce and on the shared drive; sending out reminders and thank-you letters; keeping track of when proposals and reports are due; compiling information for monthly membership updates and BFG’s annual report
  • On occasion, provide an extra hand for BFG program activities or take on special projects, as assigned


  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; familiarity with Google Docs, Sheets, and similar applications (familiarity with desktop publishing or content management a plus); ability to learn and work with new software programs
  • Some experience with, or willingness to learn, working with database managements (familiarity with Salesforce a plus)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (expertise in editing and/or proofreading a plus)
  • Familiarity with nonprofit organizations (experience with philanthropy or environmental or conservation issues a plus)
  • Exceptional time-management skills, with proven ability to proactively manage multiple tasks in different teams with poise and grace
  • Familiarity with general office administration


  • Experience working in customer service, public relations, or fundraising (nonprofit background a plus)
  • Experience in coordinating or supporting the logistics of conferences or other events
  • Experience in community outreach, grants management, or donor relations for nonprofit or membership organizations

Experience in volunteering activities and other extracurricular activities is valued and can be counted towards the above qualifications.


  • Required to sit for long periods of time.
  • Extensive use of computer, keyboard and mouse
  • Bend to file or retrieve documents
  • Occasional light physical effort required
  • Ability to lift and carry up to approximately 30 pounds

 The above statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of the position; rather, they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Job incumbents may be required to perform other functions not specifically addressed in this description.

TIME REQUIRED: 24 hours per week (equivalent to 3 days of work). The internship starts in mid-January 2019, with a duration of at least four months, and preferably six (through June). In order to better accommodate the other responsibilities and commitments the intern may have, BFG offers some flexibility in the exact start and end dates, the work schedule, as well as allowing for some telecommuting. The candidate must still be able to regularly commute to the office in San Francisco’s Presidio.

COMPENSATION: $22/hour. As a temporary position, this internship has no healthcare or other benefits.

TO APPLY: Email a resume and a cover letter to [email protected] describing your qualifications, why you think you are a great fit for this position, and what interests you about the mission of BFG.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

No phone inquiries please.

The Biodiversity Funders Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, race or disability. BFG’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is based upon our belief that the best organizations are composed of individuals who bring a variety of skills, perspectives, backgrounds, and resources to address complex and strategic challenges.

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