Development Director

Restore Hetch Hetchy
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 16, 2021

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Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Programs, Grant Administration, Grant Making
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Commensurate with Experience
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Part Time
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November 17, 2021

Restore Hetch Hetchy seeks Development Director

Restore Hetch Hetchy, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, seeks experienced development professional to identify and engage individuals and institutions who are inspired to help underwrite an environmental restoration project of historic and exceptional importance - returning Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park to its original splendor.

The Development Director will work closely with Executive Director, Development Committee, and Board members to secure sufficient funds for fulfilling Restore Hetch Hetchy’s strategic plan and to build political support for this unprecedented change.

Qualified candidates will have a college degree, excellent communications skills and experience in fundraising from high-end donors or institutions - preferably in the environmental field.

Prospective funders are most likely to be in California, so candidates residing in California are preferred. Our office is located in Berkeley, although most development work may be done remotely.

The position is expected to be half time; salary to be negotiated based on experience.

Interested parties should:

  • Send a cover letter and resume to,
  • The cover letter should indicate at least minimal awareness of the unique nature and challenge of our campaign, and
  • Applications submitted through third party sites will not be considered.


In 1913, for the only time in American history, we allowed significant destruction within one of our national parks. When President Woodrow Wilson signed the Raker Act, he permitted Yosemite National Park’s Hetch Hetchy Valley to be dammed and submerged beneath 300 feet of water for use as a reservoir by San Francisco.

The Raker Act was deeply controversial, and was condemned in more than 200 newspaper editorials nationwide.  That outcry is often cited as the birth of today’s conservation movement. Three short years after the Act was signed, Congress made partial amends by passing the National Park Service Act, largely to protect our national parks from any further disfigurement.

Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley, however, remains underwater and unavailable to the American people for whom it was originally meant to be preserved “in perpetuity.” That reservoir is the greatest blemish in America’s otherwise magnificent national park system.

Restore Hetch Hetchy is committed to removing the reservoir and returning Hetch Hetchy Valley to the American people, thereby making Yosemite National Park whole once again. Technical studies by government agencies, universities and conservation groups have shown the valley can be restored without San Francisco losing a drop of water, but City leaders have demonstrated no inclination to relinquish their special deal.

Since its founding 20 years ago, Restore Hetch Hetchy has engaged in major efforts to return the eponymous valley to the American people, including consideration by Governor Schwarzenegger’s Administration, a measure on the ballot in San Francisco and a challenge in California’s courts – only to be defeated, so far, by San Francisco’s powerful political machine.

America’s National Parks are more popular than ever and are many are overcrowded. Until Restore Hetch Hetchy’s principal goal to remove Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and restore the valley is realized, recreation and access in the Hetch Hetchy area of Yosemite National Park must be improved consistent with the promises San Francisco made when it pleaded with Congress for permission to build the dam and reservoir. Today, barely 1%  of park visitors go to Hetch Hetchy, so Restore Hetch Hetchy is working with the National Park Service to expand limited gate hours, allow camping and to improve trails and other forms of access to the spectacular backcountry. (See Keeping Promises: Providing Public Access to Hetch Hetchy Valley, Yosemite National Park.)

In 2021 Restore Hetch Hetchy developed a strategic plan designed to methodically develop sufficient political support, across the United States, throughout California and within San Francisco, to reform San Francisco’s water system and return the valley to Yosemite National Park for the benefit of all.

There’s opportunity for Hetch Hetchy to be a better Yosemite, one that is designed to accommodate visitors from all walks of life without the traffic and congestion that all too often diminishes the visitor experience in Yosemite Valley. The campaign to restore Hetch Hetchy, however, will require substantial and sustained outreach, especially throughout California to achieve success.   

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