Join the Wilderness Torah Team

Our workplace culture is one based on flexibility, trust, warmth, and dedication. Our small team works hard, brings their whole selves, takes time when they need it, and relishes helping create meaningful experiences.

Staff Positions

Development & Operations Associate

Full-Time Staff Position

About the Organization Wilderness Torah is known nationally for reinvigorating Judaism’s nature-based traditions and sparking deep spiritual and community experiences. Entering our second decade, Wilderness Torah is at a pivot point, and this development role provides an opportunity to make an enormous difference in growing the earth-based Judaism movement. With your involvement, Wilderness Torah will solidify its proven, regional, nature-based programs for community-building and youth-mentorship, grow its national influence as a thought leader and trainer for the earth-based Judaism movement, and make strides toward establishing the land-based Center for Earth-Based Judaism near the Bay Area. 

Founded in 2007, Wilderness Torah has served thousands of people with land-based holiday retreats; outdoor, mentorship-based K-12 programs; young adult leadership development; and local and national training in our models. We’re here as one healing balm in an overstressed, disconnected culture—to reconnect to the magic created when we unplug, get out into nature, experience embodied ritual and learning, all within a multi-generational setting. See our website at www.wildernesstorah.org

Wilderness Torah has been named a Slingshot Top 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofit seven years running, has received regional and national awards for Jewish education, and has been featured on NPR, and in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and local and national Jewish media. A graduate of Upstart and Joshua Venture incubator labs, Wilderness Torah is now in a prestigious national cohort for mezzanine stage Jewish organizations. 

Our workplace culture is one based on flexibility, trust, warmth, and dedication. Our small team works hard, brings their whole selves, takes time when they need it, and relishes helping create meaningful experiences. We also have a large community of hundreds, from families in our youth programs to participants who help co-create our events. 

About the Position The Development and Operations Associate will provide critical support in the areas of grant writing, individual fundraising, donor stewardship, and fundraising events. We are seeking a person who is highly organized, detail-oriented, an excellent writer, and proactive. Help us ensure we submit top-notch foundation proposals and reports, never miss a deadline or 

opportunity, maximize every online and offline fundraising opportunity, and execute successful fundraising events. 

You will work with an amazing team of smart and caring people, in a workplace culture that values flexibility and collaboration. This position reports to the Development Director. 

This is a dream job for someone who: 

  • Has at least two years of fundraising experience 
  • Wants a career in nonprofit fundraising 
  • Hopes to be an important part of a well-oiled machine 
  • Is looking for an opportunity to learn in a supportive environment 
  • Finds unparalleled satisfaction in being the behind-the-scenes person who knows what their teammates need before they do (and has all that stuff ready to go the moment they need it) 
  • Is passionate about earth-based Judaism and social justice 

Your responsibilities: Development (80%) 

  • Working closely with the Development Director, managing foundation deadlines for proposals and reports 
  • Provide foundation grant writing support including first drafts, editing, coordination, and submissions 
  • Support individual giving by providing administrative support for major donor fundraising, e-appeals, and social media 
  • Provide exceptional donor stewardship by helping us stay organized and put our best foot forward: process incoming gifts, draft donor communiqués, maintain our database and generate reports for the Development Team and the Board, and help prep the staff and board solicitors for funder meetings 
  • Help us execute fantastic events, including house parties and donor thank you events 

Operations (20%) 

  • Provide administrative support as needed for our Administrative Director and the Board 
  • Receive mail; process and forward 
  • Help prepare for board meetings and staff retreats 

Candidate requirements The successful candidate will bring the following minimum qualifications: 

  • Remarkable organizational skills and attention to detail: you love to create order out of chaos, never miss a deadline, get a thrill from a well-organized spreadsheet, and have an eagle eye for typos 
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills 
  • At least two years of successful fundraising or non-profit experience 
  • Proficiency with Excel, Word, Gmail, Google Docs 
  • Proactive, eager to take ownership, and quick to incorporate feedback 
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent 
  • Ability to excel in independent and team-based work, and to collaborate with diverse groups of people 
  • Grace under pressure, compassion, integrity, and the ability to be both kind and honest 

Candidate Pluses 

  • Experience with donor databases (we use Salesforce) 
  • Experience with project management platforms (we use Asana) 

Pay and Benefits 

  • Full-time, competitive nonprofit salary commensurate with experience. Salary range from $42,000 to $45,000 
  • Flexible work schedule with at least one day/week remote (office is in a beautiful co-working space in downtown Berkeley with free weekly meditation and yoga classes) 
  • Medical and dental benefits 
  • Staff receive one free ticket to participate in all Wilderness Torah events 

To apply: 

  • Please send resume and cover letter (one page) in a single PDF to jobs@wildernesstorah.org. 
  • Writing sample (two pages maximum) 
  • Name, affiliation, and contact information for three references 
  • Immediate Start Date 
  • Application due date: This position will remain open until we find the right person to fill it. If this posting is still posted on our website, go ahead and apply. 
  • No phone calls please. 
  • Please include “Development and Operations Associate” in the subject line. 

We recognize that in order to better serve our community, we need to continue to build an organization that supports, understands and lives diversity—in our staffing and in our values. Wilderness Torah is an equal opportunity employer, and we seek to develop a diverse workforce. Local candidates only, or be willing to relocate. Must be able to lift 20 pounds. Thank you!

Part-Time Contract Roles

East Bay B’hootz: Outdoor Jewish Youth Mentor for Grades K-5
August 2019 — May 2020
Part-time, contract role

B’hootz is a Sunday school in the woods for grades K–5 that runs 15 Sundays September 2019 – May 2020 in the East Bay parks. This Wilderness Torah program integrates nature-based exploration with Jewish spirituality, tradition, and values. More than 350 kids of all levels of Jewish identity and practice have participated in this beloved program since it began in 2010. We appeal to families seeking alternatives for their kids: unplugged time in nature and learning by doing, with a post-denominational, big-tent philosophy.

We seek mentors & educators experienced with Jewish and nature-based education for Shoreshim (roots), grades k-2, and Etzim (trees), grades 3-5,  groups at B’hootz next season. Our Shoreshim group takes place Sundays 10 am – 1 pm, and Etzim takes place 10 am – 2 pm.

About the Position:

As a youth mentor, you and at least 1 teen mentor will work with a group of 8-12 kids either in grades K-2 or 3-5 (we typically have 3 groups of kids per grade range,) participate in curriculum planning, and interact with families. You will receive in-depth training in Wilderness Torah’s award-winning curriculum, building your skills as a mentor, while working with a wonderful team of passionate people.

Testimonial from a former B’hootz mentor:

Serving as a B’Hootz mentor has been a fun, rewarding, and humbling experience. Most importantly, it has been an utmost privilege to foster the next generation of young Jews, who can connect with and enliven their Jewish identities through nature awareness. Through storytelling, herbal medicine, outdoor skills, games, nature exploration, and blessings, I observed how children’s relationships to the natural world, and with themselves, were inherently Jewish.

About the Organization:

A six-time Slingshot award winner as one of the nation’s most innovative Jewish nonprofits, Wilderness Torah’s mission is to awaken and celebrate the earth-based traditions of Judaism to nourish the connections between self, community, earth, and Spirit. See our website at www.wildernesstorah.org.

Founded in 2007, Wilderness Torah has served more than 12,000 participants with programs that reconnect Judaism to nature, including multi-generational land-based holiday festivals; outdoor Jewish education for grades K-12; year-round Jewish offerings including Shabbats, High Holidays, and Jewish learning; and young adult leadership training.

 

To apply to be a B’hootz mentor we ask that you carry the following qualifications:

  • 2+ years experience working with children in grades K-5 in Jewish and/or outdoor programs
  • Basic knowledge of the Jewish calendar, holidays, ritual, blessings, etc.
  • Basic naturalist knowledge about the local East Bay ecology
  • Basic group facilitation skills
  • Enjoy working collaboratively with a dynamic team
  • Have strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Comfortability giving and receiving feedback
  • Be reliable and accountable for your commitments
  • A passion for exploring Earth-based Judaism

In addition to the above qualifications, we seek mentors who carry some of the following in their tool box:

  • Deep knowledge of Jewish practice and mythology
  • Extensive ecological awareness; the ability to identify much of the local flora and fauna
  • Experience with primitive skills, tracking, bird language, herbal medicine and wildcrafting
  • Experience working within an 8-Shields program
  • Skills and experience in sharing social-emotional content with children
  • Experience with mindfulness practices and sharing them with children
  • Competency in sharing creative practices with children – art, movement, crafting, etc.
  • Other skills and experiences that you think would be useful when working with children in a nature-based, outdoor, inclusive Jewish setting

Responsibilities:

  • Off-site
    • Collaborative curriculum planning under guidance of Program Coordinator
    • Program prep and communication with staff and families as laid out by PC
    • Attend Wilderness Torah training days and team meetings
  • On-site
    • Lead a group of 8-12 youth in programming on 15 Sundays, September 2019 – May 2020
    • Mentor and guide youth
    • Maintain safety and health of all participants
    • Supervise teen mentors
    • Attend staff meetings before and after program day (1 hr before, 45 mins after)

Compensation:

Pay is commensurate with experience; this is a part-time, contract role.

To apply:

  • Send a resume (two pages maximum), two references and cover letter (one page max) to youth@wildernesstorah.org
  • Include the title of the position you are applying for in the subject heading
  • Read thoroughly on our web site about the program(s) to which you are applying
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled, final deadline to apply is May 31.

Wilderness Torah is an equal opportunity employer. Local candidates only. Must be able to lift 20 pounds. Thank you!