Overview

Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN) is an award-winning ocean conservation nonprofit organization with offices in California and Texas. For 30 years, TIRN has led the grassroots fight against extinction locally, nationally and internationally. We take on the big problems of the world’s oceans and watersheds — industrial fishing, climate change, pollution, and habitat loss — with a can-do attitude and highly motivated, passionate individuals.

TIRN seeks a part-time (approximately 10 hours per week) contract Grant Writer with experience applying for foundation-based funding opportunities. Experience with writing proposals related to environment, conservation, wildlife protection, endangered species, habitat restoration and climate change is preferred, but not required. Some familiarity with science, education, and/or capacity building grants is required.

Position Summary

The Grant Writer is responsible for developing letters of inquiry and grant proposals for foundation prospects. The Grant Writer will report to the Managing Director and work closely with the Development Manager to ensure deadlines and submission goals. Periodic meetings will be required during TIRN headquarters regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, Pacific Time) in order to discuss ongoing grant projects, priorities, and funding opportunities. This contract position offers flexibility based on the person’s preference and availability. The role is responsible for helping meet and exceed annual fundraising benchmarks via institutional giving to support TIRN’s ocean and watershed conservation efforts.

Responsibilities

  • Draft grant letters of inquiry and proposals that are tailored for each prospect, RFP or corporation
  • Develop and prepare supporting materials for grant proposals
  • Meet proposal deadlines by establishing priorities and target dates for information gathering, writing, review, approval, and submission  
  • Lead prospecting efforts and explore relevant grant opportunities
  • Meet with the Development team bi-weekly via phone and/or Zoom meetings 
  • Update TIRN’s calendar of foundation prospects and grant tracking file utilizing G Suite
  • Work in partnership with the Development team to improve proposal-writing results by evaluating and re-designing processes, approach, coordination, and boilerplate templates

Qualifications & Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 3+ years prior experience in grant writing 
  • Strong self-initiative capabilities
  • Attention to detail and excellent written communication skills
  • Ability to weave a story that moves readers to action
  • Strong editing and proofreading skills
  • Familiarity with marine and watershed wildlife conservation (preferred)
  • Solid experience with Microsoft Office Suite, G Suite, Common Grant Applications, and Online Grant Applications

Terms

This is a part-time, contract-based position. The first term of the contract is 6-months with the potential for additional terms.

Salary: Compensation is commensurate with experience, $20-$26 per hour.

Location: This is a remote position with regular check-ins via phone and video conference.

Hours: 10 hours per week.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume and two relevant grant writing samples in PDF format to Stepph Sharpe at ssharpe@seaturtles.org. Use the subject line “Grant Writer” followed by your name.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Position is open until filled.

TIRN is an equal-opportunity employer. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), women, and members of the LGBTQIA+ communities are highly encouraged to apply. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to meeting you!