Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area

Fundraiser/Project Planner

Posted: October 06, 2020
Time Commitment: This position is full time for approximately 10-12 months, beginning early November, 2020 at the latest. Candidates may qualify for extended term into the implementation phase of the project if qualified and successful in program development during phase 1.


The objective is to plan for the development of a volunteer trail maintenance program that will support well-maintained mountain biking and hiking trails to attract recreational tourism. This is an economic development project to benefit the counties of Nicholas, Pocahontas, and Webster, West Virginia.

Develop strategic plan for creation of a volunteer trail maintenance center for the Monongahela National Forest, focusing predominantly on trails in the Gauley Ranger District, and raise matching funds for submission of a follow-on 3-year implementation proposal. Position is contracted through the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area as a full time contract position without fringe benefits. Contractor will be paid bi-montly upon submission of invoice for services rendered. Contractor will work under the direction of the Project Director.

Job Responsibilites

Job duties include :

  • Raise matching funds to support an implementation grant proposal due approximately the 1st of April 2021
  • Identify funding sources
  • Prepare and submit grant applications
  • Plan a successful trail maintenance program matched to local needs and opportunities
  • Collaborate with local high schools in three counties to plan for a school-based component of the volunteer trail maintenance program
  • Support Project Director in completing quarterly progress reports
  • Plan marketing effort to attract hikers and mountain bikers

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated success with obtaining local, state, or Federal funds and donations from organizations
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Good record-keeping skills
  • Ability to interact with diverse public groups and state, Federal and local governmental agencies in an effective, collaborative manner
  • Ability to work with competing priorities
  • Demonstrate proficiency in self motivated work ethic and excellence and ability to work
    independently of close supervision.
  • Ability to work as an independent contractor
  • Willingness to live in the local area
  • Ability to work virtually as needed
  • Range of previously successful fundraising starting at $25K-$50K
  • Professional Errors and Omissions insurance

Salary and Benefits

Up to $5,900 per month depending on experience, background skill set and length of commitment.

Application Process

Interested candidates should send an email to [email protected]. Include a cover letter detailing their interest and qualifications, a resume, and three (3) references.