National Wildlife Federation
  • Internet Strategies
  • Reston, VA, USA
  • Full Time

Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 51 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, etc. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. The organization's programs focus on conserving wildlife, restoring habitat and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change. To support our mission, we seek a.NET Developer to join our team. 

Please note that this is not a remote work position, but the position will be based in Reston, VA.

We are seeing a full-time .NET developer for a ground-breaking opportunity to work with the National Wildlife Federation's youth, education, outdoors and habitat programs. Candidates must have a strong understanding of architectural principles for scalable, service-oriented applications, an ability to articulate business-end value of technical solutions to non-technical stakeholders and business partners, and drive product development from a mass-market user perspective.

The youth, education, outdoors and habitat programs of the National Wildlife Federation rely on a set of web, tracking and service platforms to provide support for 11,500 schools, 150,000 educators, 4 million students, 500 cities, towns and counties, 210,000 certified habitats, and other constituent groups across the U.S. Current platforms need to be upgraded and made more effective, while others need to be built.

This is an ideal opportunity for someone seeking a long-term relationship with a nonprofit organization and a position that offers and requires creative flexibility and co-ownership of the entire product lifecycle.

In this role you will:

  • Provide technical leadership across the following aspects of application development: design, performance, reusability, scalability, security, testing and maintenance break/fixes.
  • Become comprehensively knowledgeable about our mission and the unique attributes and metrical goals of each education program in order to construct and enhance platforms that demonstrably align with mission, user base, and goals.
  • Work with the Education Department and Strategic Business Operations (SBO) Department leadership to develop product lifecycle plans and manage a portfolio timeline for Education program projects.
  • Gather requirements for projects and manage an archive of the requirements journey, including scope change decisions and rationale.
  • Determine communications required for projects during initiation and as needed, including weekly core team meetings, daily stand-ups, and formal reports for project teams and executive sponsors.
  • Create database schemas and data flow diagrams, develop and maintain technical and user documentation manuals for each product.
  • Create integrations with data storage solutions i.e. Microsoft SQL server and external/3rd party data sources such as vendor API's and/or web services.
  • Provide feedback and assistance on .NET applications, updates, and integrations into the new National Wildlife Federation flagship website.
  • Provide accurate development estimates and meet development deadlines for software development projects.
  • Participate in Education program team meetings, presentations, and lead subject matter expert discussions.
  • Document requirements and produce technical document for solutions built.


  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in software architecture for and hands-on development with .NET and related web development technologies
  • Ability to work with technical upline reporting to keep or bring projects back on track, which can include advising on and making best value trade-offs
  • Ability to discern if and when knowledge is lacking, and to in those instances utilize human and other resources to learn and develop capabilities as required
  • Able to be available and accessible after hours when the infrequent need for enterprise trouble-shooting arises
  • Experience with the following:
    • Constructing and building consumable APIs, RESTful interface, and/or web services
    • C#, ASP.NET and MVC frameworks'.NET (C#) serve, .NET MVC architecture, SQL Server (2008+) processing, and third-party .NET library integrations
    • A wide variety of front-end web technologies including HTML5/CSS3/JS, 3rd party JavaScript libraries and modules (i.e. jQuery), responsive CSS frameworks (i.e. Bootstrap), and writing custom scripts for advanced XHR capabilities.
    • Version control software, Team Foundation Server preferred
    • Application Lifecycle Management software a plus, Atlassian JIRA and MS TFS preferred
    • Configuring IIS 7/8 for .NET web application deployments, configuring and automating MS Build scripts and their dependencies, including test automation
    • Waterfall and agile project teams
  • Excellent troubleshooting and analytical skills
  • Experience working in a team environment, including articulating the case for chosen approach or solutions, and working with an infrastructure team to trouble-shoot issues and participate in formal escalation path activities
  • Able to work independently and prioritize deliverables that serve the critical path and maximize time utilization
  • Comfortable with and interested in rapidly learning new systems, software, and technologies

Preferred Skills and Background:

  • BS in Software Engineering, Computer Science, or related field from an accredited college
  • Good understanding of modern UX techniques, preference for experience working alongside a UX designer
  • Knowledge of constituent data and customer relationship management systems like Blackbaud and Microsoft Dynamics CRM is a plus

The National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment.  We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.  If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we encourage you to submit an application.  A background check will be conducted on the selected candidate.

Interested candidates should submit both a cover letter and resume

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