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Shoal Creek Conservancy, Fundraising Internship Summer 2016, Application Deadline, BTT Gateway Job ID 11725

Fri, May 6, 2016


The Shoal Creek Conservancy ( is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2013 with the mission of restoring, protecting and enhancing the ecological, social and cultural vibrancy of Shoal Creek for the people of Austin, Texas by engaging the public and partnering with the community. We seek to achieve this mission through activities that maintain and improve the Shoal Creek trail and greenway; enhance the public’s enjoyment of the Creek; and restore the watershed. Shoal Creek is the city’s oldest trail and extends for approximately four miles through the heart of Austin, Texas. 


Shoal Creek Conservancy seeks an extremely organized, strong writer and researcher who is interested in learning more about nonprofit fundraising and development. This person would work closely with the Development Coordinator and assist with fundraising and other tasks. The position is available to undergraduate or graduate students as well as recent graduates. 

• Draft grant proposal and reports 
• Research and create a database of new funding prospects, including foundation, corporate and government grant programs 
• Assist with planning of major fundraising events 
• Work with other staff to develop materials to use for fundraising effort and pursue strategies to grow the membership of the Conservancy 
• Assist with day-to-day administrative tasks as needed 

• Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills 
• Experience with nonprofit development work, grant writing a plus, but not necessary 
• Desire to learn about nonprofit fundraising and management 
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team 
• Highly organized and able to manage multiple ongoing projects 
• Excellent computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office products 
• Enthusiasm for the Conservancy’s mission 

Skills Gained 
We aim for this internship to benefit both the intern and the Conservancy. The Fundraising Intern can expect to develop the following knowledge and professional skills: 
• Research skills and preparation of reports summarizing, synthesizing, and analyzing information collected through research 
• Grant writing and proposal development 
• Community relationship development: identifying community members and groups whose interests align with those of the Conservancy and engaging them to become supporters of the Conservancy 
• Database management and data analysis 
• Knowledge of nonprofit operations and management and nonprofit administrative skills 

Start Date: Position open until filled, requires a minimum semester/summer commitment 
Hours: At least 15 hours a week, preferably two to three times a week in the office 
Stipend: $500 per semester/summer

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