Art of Conservation
Job Description: Grant Writer
Type: Internship, Unpaid
About Art of Conservation (AoC):
Our Vision: We envision a biologically diverse world where people, the environment, and animals thrive together in good health.
Our Mission: To empower children, families, and local communities in biodiverse regions to become conservation leaders through innovative art and educational programs.
Art of Conservation (AoC) was founded in 2006 by Julie Ghrist, who developed community conservation education programs in Rwanda's Virunga Massif region. Recognizing similar needs in the Mesoamerican Biological Region, AoC expanded its programming to Mexico in 2014. Overdevelopment and poor sanitation have polluted the land and water within the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, placing the health of its people, plants, and animals at risk. AoC's programs empower communities to help prevent further threats. AoC provides its Creative Learning & Conservation Education Curriculum in local primary schools. Programs run twice weekly for three hour-long classes and incorporate artistic expression, experiential field trips, and family participation.
Summary of Position:
Research and identify grant opportunities from Foundation, Corporate and Governmental entities. The Grant Writer is responsible for writing proposals and preparing reports to funding agencies. This is a 10 hour a week, unpaid internship position for 3 months beginning February 15th. The position will report to the Executive Director of Art of Conservation. Additionally, select members of the Board of Directors will provide oversight and guidance to this position. After the completion of the internship, this position could convert to a paid position for 10-15 hours a week for an indefinite amount of time. Art of Conservation is based in Tulum, Mexico and Des Moines, IA. This position would work remotely.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Research prospective foundation, corporate, and government funders, prioritizing based on the greatest opportunity.
- Prepare and submit compelling letters of inquiry and grant proposals that clearly align with funder requirements and that support the mission and vision of Art of Conservation. Follow up as needed, developing strong and personal relationships with potential funders.
- The position may have additional duties which may include planning fund-raising campaigns and promoting the organization through public relations work.
- During the 3 month timeline, at least 3 grant proposal need to be submitted.
- Excellent writing skills and thorough knowledge of grant application process.
- Proven success researching and securing grants from various sources.
- Ability to work collaboratively and to incorporate feedback on written materials.
- Proactive, self-starter.
- Highly organized with strong attention to detail.
- Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to interact with various staff at all levels. Team player.
- Experience with land and wildlife conservation and/or education grants a plus.
Bachelor's degree in communications, English, writing or similar field. Minimum 3 years grant writing experience. Excellent grammar and strong research skills needed; knowledge of the nonprofit's particular field is a plus.
Please send a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample to: Michele Marsh, AOC Board Member: email@example.com
No phone calls please.
Areas of focus:
This internship can be performed from a remote location.
2118 High Street
Des Moines, IA, US 50312
Start date:February 20, 2017
End date:May 15, 2017
Hours per week:10