The Greens may rail against corporate money – but that seems to be exactly what their buddies at the Wilderness Society are chasing:

Major Gifts & Capital Campaign Manager

• Experience in high net wealth sales also considered

• Work with leading activists and inspirational donors

Since the world renowned Franklin River campaign, The Wilderness Society has become Australia’s most successful nature conservation organisation. Its campaigns have helped protect and restore precious areas such as Kakadu, Daintree, South West Tasmania, the forests of Eastern and Western Australia and Australia’s Sub Antarctic Islands.

This new position will harness the support of philanthropists, businesses and private trusts and foundations here and overseas in the form of ongoing major gifts and a capital campaign.

You will have a track record in working with Board Directors and influential donors in raising significant gifts in a philanthropic environment or success in selling high value non-tangible services in a corporate environment setting.

If you are passionate about the conservation of threatened flora and fauna and would like to utilise your extensive major gift or senior sales experience, contact Richard Green on 02 8243 0570 or send your resume to [email protected]

Just what “high value non tangible services” can a bunch of ferals provide to corporates? Could it be selling access and influence? That’s what it looks like.

The Wilderness Society may just have handed those Government MPs pressing for the removal of their charity tax-deductible status a very high calibre weapon.

The Wilderness Society ain’t a charity. It’s a political organisation. Members staffed polling booths at the 2004 federal election handing out a distinctive black and orange how-to-vote.

This is a job for a corporate political fundraiser that makes much moralising from the Greens look like the grossest hypocrisy.

Bob Brown got precious back in June when the Government’s contentious new electoral funding laws were going through and The Wilderness Society’s fundraising came up. He said:

Under corporate ethics, in which boards are charged with getting a maximum return and to always act in the interests of the shareholders, it would be quite wrong to be giving political parties money unless there were a gain to be seen to be coming out of that.

The same applies with the Wilderness Society, no?