The RSPB is the largest nature conservation charity in Europe, with over one million members. We work to achieve a
better world for both nature and people, where biodiversity loss has halted, and human actions ensure the
sustainable management of the planet’s natural resources.
RSPB Scotland manages 80 nature reserves from Shetland in the north to the Mull of Galloway in the south. We
collaborate with other organisations to deliver a wide range of projects and activities both on and off our
RSPB Scotland is looking for a Fundraising Officer to join our Fundraising Team and help generate income from
external funding sources (charitable trusts and grants). This will enable us to deliver priority projects and
goals to aid nature's recovery.
What's the role about?
Reporting to a Fundraising Manager, the Fundraising Officer will play a key role in ensuring that the RSPB Scotland
fundraising team meets or exceeds agreed income targets, with support from a Senior Fundraising Officer.
The focus of this role will be to generate income from funders including charitable trusts, the Scottish Landfill
Communities Fund, and other statutory sources.
• Researching and identifying potential funding opportunities and matching these to agreed priority work on our
nature reserves, projects and core work
• Writing compelling fundraising applications, as well as detailed and accurate evaluation reports and grant
• Collating relevant financial information for both applications and grant claims
• Developing relationships with funders to understand their objectives and deadlines
• Liaising with colleagues across the country to gather relevant and accurate information for funding applications
and other communication requirements
• Communicating with project partners and other charities to share knowledge and experiences
• Accurately recording income and donor communications on a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system
Excellent writing skills and attention to detail are crucial to the success of this role, as is the ability to manage
multiple tasks, work flexibly and prioritise to meet tight deadlines. You would be part of a five person grants
team and a wider fifteen-person Funding Development team. A friendly, positive attitude and willingness to
collaborate within the team and adapt to changing priorities is required. Experience of grant fundraising would
Essential skills, knowledge and experience:
• Excellent written communication skills – experience in writing persuasive and compelling fundraising applications
• Ability to communicate confidently and professionally over email and phone
• Meticulous attention to detail
• Excellent organisational and time management skills with the ability to prioritise work and meet tight
• Ability to work independently, identify tasks and manage own workload
• Good numeracy skills
• Strong IT skills
• Awareness of, and interest in, the challenges facing the natural world
• Ability to develop good working relationships with colleagues and funders
• Educated to degree level or have relevant professional experience
• English and Mathematics GCSE or equivalent
• This is a Permanent role for 37.5 hours per week.
• This role can be flexible/hybrid between office and home working, but the successful candidate will be expected to
be able to travel to our office in Edinburgh, and occasionally nature reserves across Scotland, when
This role will require completion of a PVG in addition to the standard pre-employment checks.
We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone feels supported, valued, and able to
be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a world richer in nature, we need more people, and more
diverse people, on nature’s side. People of colour and disabled people are currently underrepresented across the
environment, climate, sustainability, and conservation sector. If you identify as a person of colour and/or
disabled, we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any additional
support you may need to complete your application.
The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
The RSPB is a licenced sponsor. This role is not eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship - the successful applicant will
need to have a pre-existing Right to Work in the UK in order to be offered an employment contract.
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