Fundraising Volunteer – Trusts & Foundations

December 4, 2020
Anywhere, United Kingdom
Closing date


Could you use your persuasive writing skills to help win grant funding for a small charity coordinate and develop a growing portfolio of conservation projects to protect our oceans and its wildlife? If so, then this role could be for you.

MARINElife is a UK-based charity established to coordinate and develop a growing portfolio of global cetacean and seabird research and monitoring projects. Through these projects and collaborations with like-minded organisations, we aim to further the conservation of the wildlife of oceans and coasts through scientific investigation and educational activities.

We are now in a position where we want to expand our activities to assist in advancing the frontiers of scientific research and the conservation of our seas: the last great wilderness in Europe. In order to achieve this, we are creating a team of Fundraising Volunteers who will develop, manage and coordinate funding opportunities for MARINElife so that we can continue to get our enthusiastic volunteer Wildlife Surveyors out on ferries and boats to collect information on the distribution of both cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and seabirds. This will allow us to work with policy makers in making important and informed decisions about marine conservation and help to raise awareness about how important it is to appreciate our seas.

MARINElife is now looking for a volunteer to help us develop and write funding bids to trusts and foundations that support environmental conservation, education, or community projects.

Your role would be to:

  • Working in liaison with the Trustees and Fundraising Officer to develop proposal ideas to grant funders.
  • Conduct research into trusts and foundations that may support the work of MARINElife.
  • Prepare information about trusts and foundations, including requirements for applications and deadlines, for the Fundraising Officer and Trustees.
  • Coordinate the writing of content for the application, liaising with the Fundraising Officer and Trustees.
  • Compose grant applications, ensuring the requirements are met and that the proposal is presented in a compelling way.
  • Work with the Fundraising Officer to provide feedback to the trust/foundation about how the money has been spent.

You will be part of a team that is made up of our Fundraising Officer as well as volunteers who are involved in Community Engagement and Corporate Partnerships on behalf of MARINElife.

This is a flexible role which can be shaped around the interests and skills of the volunteer. So, if it sounds interesting but you’re not sure if you would be able to do all the elements, please do get in touch and have a chat. You may still be able to make a vital contribution to the work of MARINElife.

Person Specification

We are looking for someone who has:

  • A good level of written and oral communication
  • Ability to work independently and able to work under own initiative
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Keen interest in the marine environment
  • Proactive, enthusiastic and self-motivated attitude
  • Good organisation skills with attention to detail.
  • Access to own computer.

If you would like to find out more about this role, and express your interest in joining our Fundraising team, please do get in touch with Simon McPherson (, Fundraising Officer for MARINElife.

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