Grants Officer

The Rufford Foundation

£35,000 - £40,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Monday, 29th August 2022  

We are looking for a passionate and experienced conservationist to work with us in supporting individuals and organisations to deliver species and habitat conservation around the world. This is an exciting and varied role to support the management and delivery of the Rufford Small Grants Programme, ensuring that grantees have support during implementation of their Rufford-funded projects and can potentially scale up their work through applications for further funding. The Grants Officer will work within a small team to review applications, provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants, and assess progress and project delivery of successful grantees. The Grants Officer will also work directly with grantees in designing and delivering learning events that will take place overseas and require international travel.

You will have at least five years’ experience of working within an environmental or biodiversity conservation NGO and have worked in a grant-making role. Experience of planning and delivering field-based conservation projects and learning events, preferably within developing country contexts, is essential. You will have strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to build and maintain positive relationships with colleagues, grantees and collaborators, a keen interest in connecting with donors, capacity-building and conservation community, and excellent communication skills. Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

We offer a competitive salary, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays, attractive employer contribution-only pension scheme and private medical insurance cover.

About The Rufford Foundation

The Rufford Foundation ( is a grant-making charity that provides funding for nature conservation programmes and projects. The flagship Rufford Small Grants Programme awards funding to individuals working in developing countries who are starting on the ladder of conservation research and establishing pilot programmes. Since the Rufford Small Grants Programme was set up over 20 years ago, it has granted in excess of £34 million through more than 5,800 grants to projects in over 160 countries. Many recipients of Rufford Small Grants have successful careers in the conservation sector, leading their own programmes and organisations, and playing key roles in influencing decisions at national and global levels. The Rufford Foundation also grants funding for grantees to host conferences and learning events, bringing together other grantees to discuss ideas, seek ways to overcome challenges and network. We now want to expand the remit of these events to enhance the conservation capacities of grantees by utilising the expertise of grantees and/or external specialists. 

For further details and information on how to apply, please download a copy of the job description below.  

Deadline for applications is Monday 29th August 2022