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Projects and Grants Coordinator

WIRES (Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service)

Building on recent growth, this an exciting time to join Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation. An opportunity has now become available for an experienced grant writer with project management experience to join our team and contribute to the important work we do for Australian wildlife.

This role will proactively implement the WIRES grant strategy, with the support of the team, to maximise income by crafting compelling and impact-focused proposals, delivering projects on time and on budget and building relationships with key stakeholders, including grant funders and recipients. The core functions of the role are to secure new grants and manage existing grant projects to completion. To be successful in this role, you will have strong writing abilities including grammar and spelling, intrinsically enjoy writing and be able to synthesise important information succinctly. Experience in policy writing, briefing papers and submissions is highly desirable.


WIRES is Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation and has been rescuing and caring for sick, injured and orphaned native animals for over 35 years. Our ongoing mission is to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same.

WIRES operate a dedicated Wildlife Rescue Office assisting wildlife and the community across Australia 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, providing rescue advice and assistance for over 130,000 animals annually as well as provide full-time mobile Wildlife Emergency Responders operating across Greater Sydney, South-East Queensland and Tasmania.

WIRES has actively been providing significant national support for hundreds of projects to assist with wildlife rescue and rehabilitation across Australia while also working nationally with major partners to support the long-term recovery of wildlife habitat and the long-term preservation of native species in the wild.


This role supports the Project and Grants Manager and wider team by ensuring the delivery, within budget of the WIRES grants program and other projects. You will be joining an exciting and dynamic organisation with a passion for providing a brighter future for our wildlife. We are looking for an enthusiastic team player who can help secure new grants and manage existing incoming and outgoing grant projects through to completion. You will also be able to develop and build on WIRES relationships with grant funders and grant recipients. This role requires a person who is passionate about animal welfare and improving outcomes for animals.

You will need to be flexible, hands on and able to work collaboratively.

This is a 12-month contract with the potential for extension.


  • Prepare and submit high quality, well-written grant applications
  • Complete all grant reporting and acquittals adhering to all requirements and deadlines
  • Develop relationships with grant funding organisations including government, trusts, foundations, and corporates
  • Research and identify potential grants and other opportunities for project funding
  • Perform other duties and manage other projects as requested by management


  • Minimum 2 years grant writing experience
  • Demonstrated success in grant program management
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and build relationships and work collaboratively with and influence a range of external and internal stakeholders.
  • Proven track record in growing grant income and relationships.
  • Exceptional written communication skills, with the ability to produce formal responses and submissions to tight deadlines
  • High-level planning and organisational skills, including the ability to manage multiple and competing priorities and work to tight or competing deadlines.
  • Strong conceptual, problem-solving skills with the ability to multi-task
  • Experience in the NFP sector is advantageous
  • Ability to develop policy papers, position statements, briefings, reports, and written submissions (desirable)

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