Make a difference! This is an opportunity to volunteer in a beautiful swamp that is visited by individuals from around the world. This position will coordinate efforts at Big Cypress National Preserve to seek external funding through the grant application process with a goal of improving resource conditions and visitor experiences.
We are seeking a grant writer with successful experience. Work will include researching grant sources, reviewing requests for proposals to determine Preserve eligibility, coordinating between programs to gather information, drafting proposals, applying for grants, and monitoring project work when funded. Having a federal background clearance and a current PIV card is helpful, however, if you do not have one we will work with you to get one.
Length of commitment: Successful volunteers should commit to six months with an option to stay for a year. (Watch the seasons change!) A volunteer living in government housing or in your own motor home within Big Cypress National Preserve must commit to 32 hours/week. (Motor home sites have full hook-ups.) If housing is not needed, volunteers must commit to 8 hours/week.
Equipment: Desk space and a computer will be assigned. Phone access will be available. Government vehicle will be available, for official duty only, on an as needed basis, connected to viewing sites and discussing potential grants with outside entities in the local area. Must have a current driver's license to drive government vehicles.
Physical requirements: Work is generally seated, standing, or walking/hiking with mild lifting (not more than 20 lbs).
Benefits to the Volunteer: Opportunity to support a national park unit by seeking external funding and monitoring projects moving forward as well as to serve as a team member focused on improving resource conditions and visitor experiences. Best of all: Volunteers will be living in Big Cypress National Preserve or visiting on a weekly basis!
Division supported: Park Management
Supervisor: Interpretation Supervisory Park Ranger
Scope of contacts: Volunteers will have contacts with NPS staff, potential grant makers, and representatives of park partner organizations.
Grant Writer must be: Detail oriented, self motivated, deadline driven, and have clear concise writing skills. Must have a proven record of grant writing and positive communication skills, orally and in writing. Experience serving as a team member. High proficiency use of Microsoft Suites. Proficiency in Google Shared Tools is helpful. Federal background check and access to an assigned PIV card also helpful.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Efficiency apartments and trailer pad sites with complete hook-ups are available in Big Cypress National Preserve.