Conservation Grants Associate

Rainforest Trust

Warrenton, Virginia

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Commensurate With Experience
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

RAINFOREST TRUST 

Since 1988, Rainforest Trust has been safeguarding imperiled tropical habitats and saving threatened species by establishing protected areas, broadly defined, in partnership with local organizations and communities. With our external partners, we have protected more than 37 million acres of vital habitat across Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Rainforest Trust is a US 501c3 nonprofit organization that relies upon the generous support of the public to implement conservation action.

OVERVIEW

Rainforest Trust is seeking a Conservation Grants Associate to join its Grants Management Team.  

The Conservation Grants Associate coordinates operational activities for the grants program at Rainforest Trust. The position is responsible for reviewing grant applications, distributing grants and awards, requesting and reviewing reports from grantees, researching, gathering and maintaining information about the grantees, and developing internal and external reports.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

 Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Communicate regularly with external project implementers to ensure delivery of key project objectives and adaptively manage projects as necessary.
  • Review and approve grantee reports and other documents and request payments. 
  • Generate appropriate reports for internal use by maintaining accurate project portfolios
  • Draft grant agreements for review.
  • Collate and share information from regular communications and quarterly reports in a timely manner to support outreach and fundraising efforts.
  • Ensure agreement activities are implemented as stated in an application’s objectives and activities.
  • Identify potential problems with project implementation and seek solutions.
  • Identify any gaps in partner capacity and seek solutions.
  • Maintain complete project records.
  • Distribute grants and awards.
  • Encourage grant proposals from existing partners that further programmatic goals.
  • Ensure regular updates are presented to the rest of the organization.

 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES 

  • Strong IT skills, G Suite, Databases, MS Office.
  • Fluency in Spanish, French or Portuguese (written and spoken) language skills desirable.
  • Basic GIS/mapping skills desirable.
  • Ability to maintain professionalism and positivity, work independently and as part of a team with excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to react effectively and efficiently to time-sensitive matters as well as manage complex, longer-term initiatives.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to succeed through positive influence, persuasion and tact.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Commitment and enthusiasm for Rainforest Trust’s mission and respect for our core values: Nature & People; Efficiency; Transparency; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Partnerships & Collaboration; Science & Innovation.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field and 1-3 years related work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Minimum of one year of experience in grant management a plus.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Additional duties and/or responsibilities may be required. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Rainforest Trust is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the principles of diversity. Our organization recruits, hires, trains, and promotes individuals, as well as administers any and all personnel actions, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Working Conditions and Travel Requirements

The Conservation Grants Associate may choose to work from home, at our office in Warrenton, VA or mix the two. Remote work requires reliable internet access.

Physical requirements

The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by a teammate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to remain in a stationary position at a computer terminal for an extended period. The person in this position frequently communicates with colleagues both verbally and in writing and must be able to exchange accurate, neat and thorough information.

HOW TO APPLY

Please apply via our Careers page HERE. Please submit a cover letter and resume. Applications without a cover letter and resume will not be considered. 

Questions may be directed to jobs@rainforesttrust.org 

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.