Trust and Grants Fundraising Officer

Department: Fundraising
Job Title: Trust and Grant Fundraising Officer
Reports to: Head of Field Programmes
Hours: Full Time (35 Hours per Week)
Location: Bath, UK

Introduction to Durrell

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is an international charity working to save species from extinction. Headquartered in Jersey in the Channel Islands, Durrell focuses on the most threatened species in the most threatened places.

Established by author and conservationist, Gerald Durrell, in 1963, Durrell delivers its conservation mission through our three integrated core areas of operation:

  • Field Programmes: conservation action where it is needed most.
  • Conservation Knowledge: training future conservation practitioners and monitoring and evaluating conservation science which underpins all Durrell activities.
  • Jersey Zoo: a centre of excellence in animal husbandry, research, training and education

With a track record of more than 50 years, Durrell leads some of the world’s longest running and most successful species and habitat recovery programmes. The quality of our work is equally as important as how we deliver it. Our values, underpin how we approach our work and the work environment we create.

Our values:

We are clear on why we do what we do, are connected as an organisation, we understand and demonstrate enabling / delivery, we are passionate about what we do and work tirelessly to achieve it.

We are accountable for our actions; we act with integrity and always have the best interests of the Trust at heart. We take it upon ourselves to update our knowledge and deliver excellence, and our ethics are of the utmost importance.

We develop and encourage our staff, we work as a team, work well with other departments and trust and respect each other. We promote a learning culture, treat people fairly, encourage diversity in the workplace, and value the opinions and views of others.

Job Purpose:

Lead the management of our Trusts and Grants Fundraising to support delivery of Durrell’s Conservation mission.

Principal Accountabilities:

Trusts and Grant-Making Bodies

  1. Support the management and monitoring of Durrell’s trusts and grants applications for primarily field and science based conservation projects.
  2. Use Durrell’s grant tracking systems to ensure effective reporting of existing grants within deadlines.
  3. Manage and lead the identification of, and approaches to, trusts and foundations that have not previously supported the work of DWCT, building on an annual calendar of key prospects.
  4. Develop core generic trust proposals for priority conservation projects and areas that require funding.
  5. Write tailored applications, addressing grant-making priorities or requirements as specified by individual trusts and foundations.
  6. As a focal point for the coordination of information from field offices and the wildlife park for applications and reports to trusts and grant-making bodies.
  7. Identify and submit applications for prizes and awards that will raise the profile of DWCT and secure funding.

Additional Responsibilities:

  1. Support the Head of Fundraising in the development of DWCT’s fundraising and communications strategy and action plans.
  2. Work closely with the Head of Field Programmes and Conservation Planning Coordinator to identify priority funding needs, coordinate development of applications and facilitate effective reporting from the field.
  3. Support the development of the annual conservation impact report concerning the delivery of Durrell’s conservation mission.
  4. Support the organisation and running of Durrell’s annual conservation workshop.
  5. Objectively review the success and achievements against agreed targets, identifying strengths, weaknesses and areas for development.
  6. Participate in the day to day work of the organisation – such as reporting, attending team meetings as required, and taking a flexible approach to general administrative and support tasks.
  7. Ensure that all records that relating to Trust and Grant fundraising are up to date and that all new contacts and correspondence are entered into our donor tracking database.
  8. Represent the work of DWCT at events to members of the public and supporters, where necessary delivering presentations.
  9. Participate in staff appraisals and appropriate training for the role.

Personal Specification:


  • At least three years’ experience in Trust and grant fundraising working in a related field.
  • Proven record of successful applications for substantial funding from Trusts and other grant-making bodies
  • Demonstrable ability to develop relationships with Trusts and Grant making bodies
  • Experience of researching funding opportunities.
  • Working within a charitable environment

Skills and Competencies:

  • Excellent written skills with the ability to produce concise and creative bids.
  • High standard of computer literacy (Excel, Word, Power Point and Outlook and the Internet).
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Demonstrable ability to plan and prioritise own workload with minimum supervision.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills required to build relationships with potential donors.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of UK Trusts and Foundations giving in general and with a development focus in particular.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and work well under pressure.
  • Ability to understand and generate budgets.
  • Ability to plan ahead and work within agreed timeframes.

How to Apply

To apply for this position please send your completed application form and CV with cover letter to, clearly indicating for which position you wish to apply for.

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Key Information


Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust




Full Time


Graduate, Mid Level


Administration, Campaigning, Fundraising


Bath, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

Not specified, apply soon.