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Employer:  NatureBridge.
City:  San Francisco
State/Province:  CA
Country:  United States
Type of Employment:  Full Time
Environmental Categories:  Not-For-Profit
Industries:  Nonprofit Charitable Organizations
Required Education:  Bachelors Degree
Required Work Experience:  2 to 5 years
Travel Requirements:  Never
Compensation:  Commensurate with experience
Job Description: 

Grants Officer


About NatureBridge

Founded in 1971 and with headquarters in San Francisco, NatureBridge is the largest residential environmental science education partner of the National Park Service. Our mission is to foster environmental literacy to sustain our planet. NatureBridge currently operates in six national parks: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Channel Islands National Park, and Prince William Forest Park. Each year, NatureBridge serves 30,000 participants from K–12 schools through residential, experiential science, youth leadership, and teacher training programs. NatureBridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Position Summary

As part of the national office staff, the grants officer will be responsible for sustaining, stewarding, and growing a strong grant portfolio in the regional, campus-based locations in Yosemite and Golden Gate National Parks to support NatureBridge and our programs. This position will work in partnership with the individual giving team and regional directors on donor-centered fundraising strategies and will be a part of the national grants team and development department. This position reports to the director of foundation and government relations in the San Francisco office.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Duties include (but are not limited to) the following:


  • Grow NatureBridge’s funding base through strategic prospect identification, research, and cultivation. Funders include corporations, foundations, and government agencies in the region and nationally.
  • Plan, write, and submit well-conceived, compelling letters of inquiry, grant proposals, and reports for high quality stewardship and relationship-building strategies.
  • Partner with regional and national NatureBridge staff to support the work of the development department as well as the mission and strategic vision of the organization as a whole.
  • Lead institutional research and evaluation efforts: compile campus program participant data, demographics, teacher surveys, and other data points for accurate reporting.


Prospect Research

  • Research, identify, rank, and cultivate new corporate, foundation, and government grant prospects using qualitative and quantitative methods, including electronic screening, database mining, and relationship-building strategies.
  • Compose concise analytical briefs and reports that synthesize prospecting and moves management activities effectively and present a well-reasoned plan of action.
  • Participate in monthly development department prospect vetting meetings.
  • Develop a comprehensive strategy for meeting annual fundraising goals, raising NatureBridge’s profile in the region, and engaging new funders.
  • Work closely with campus staff and director, national development staff, senior leadership team, and the regional Board of Directors to support NatureBridge campuses, programs, and national initiatives, and create a culture of philanthropy.


Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations

  • Produce top-quality literature reviews, narratives, letters of inquiry, grant proposals, and reports.
  • Work collaboratively to produce all required materials to accompany institutional grants, including logic models, budgets, financial data, staff biographies, required forms, etc.
  • Manage proposal packages via grant websites or submission protocols, monitor progress and outcomes, and sustain institutional funders through thoughtful, individualized stewardship strategies.
  • Participate in monthly pipeline and progress meetings.
  • Develop fundraising case statements for external audiences; update regularly as programs evolve.


Development Operations

  • Lead institutional research and evaluation efforts: compile campus program participant data, demographics, teacher surveys, and other data points for accurate reporting externally and for informed decision-making internally.
  • Attend regional and national grants team meetings, development department meetings, grants team meetings, regular check-ins with management, and retreats.
  • Coordinate meetings between NatureBridge leadership, regional Board of Directors, and institutional funders (current and prospective).
  • Carefully track all activities and input information into NatureBridge’s donor database (Salesforce), update internal records (electronic and hard files), deliver timely gift acknowledgement letters, and prepare internal reports to assure progress toward funding goals.
  • Collaborate with other colleagues in editing and proofreading written materials; partner with finance and accounting staff for budget preparation, grant administration, and reporting.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Experience, Competencies, And Education

The ideal candidate will bring a combination of education and/or experience demonstrating abilities to work independently, manage complex and sensitive issues, prioritize, multi-task, and demonstrate the following:


  • Commitment to the mission of NatureBridge, environmental science education, and/or national parks.
  • At least three years of professional fundraising experience, or a combination of education and relevant professional experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to write successful five- and six-figure grant proposals.
  • Thorough knowledge of the local, regional, and national funding landscape.
  • Experience conducting extensive prospect research.
  • Effective and efficient data management experience (Salesforce highly desirable).
  • Ability to bring together staff from different parts/levels of the organization in order to prepare and submit key deliverables under multiple deadlines.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; flexibility, sense of humor, and can-do attitude.
  • Availability for occasional travel to NatureBridge campuses/offices, especially monthly meetings at Golden Gate, located in the Marin Headlands and not accessible by public transportation.
  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university.



NatureBridge offers a comprehensive benefits package, including competitive salary commensurate with experience, medical and dental benefits, paid vacation, and a 403B retirement account. Full-time employees are also eligible to apply for the Matt Baxter and Bishop-Marcus Awards (each provide employees with funding to enhance their professional development and pursue a project of their choice).


Application Process

Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is a high priority. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strive to diversify our workforce and seek applications by individuals from all backgrounds.


Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest (1–2 pages), resume, and writing sample (1–3 pages). The letter of interest should address the applicant’s knowledge of the regional funding community and experience in growing a funding portfolio. The writing sample should be a letter of inquiry or grant proposal (or excerpt) written by the applicant with appropriate context provided in order to understand and assess the writing sample.


Submissions should be sent as a single attachment to No calls, faxes, or printed materials please. No agencies please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Company Name:  NatureBridge
Contact Phone:  4159924700

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