Job and Grant Opportunities with Other Organizations

Job and Grant Opportunities with Other Organizations

Jobs and Fellowships

The National Audubon Society
The National Audubon Society is currently hiring several Great Lakes-related positions.

Chapter Network Associate: This position will help us to build the general and advocacy capacity of our more than 50 chapters in the region.

Wetland Restoration Manager: Audubon is searching for a new team member to help to design and oversee our wetland restoration projects throughout the Great Lakes basin.

VP, Audubon Minnesota and Upper Mississippi River: We are seeking a senior leader to shape our work in Minnesota and lead the build out of a conservation strategy for the Upper Mississippi River.

Stormwater Urban Technician Job Posting
The posting will close on May 9, 2018.

The Cuyahoga SWCD is posting for an entry-level position in the Stormwater Program. The Urban Technician will primarily be responsible for inspections and field review, and reporting on active sites in the 17 communities that the SWCD has agreements with. More information here.

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission (Ann Arbor, MI) is hiring a Research Program Associate.
Closing Date: May 11, 2018
Web Address:


Assists Science Director and Senior Science Program Associate with research program administration including planning board meetings, coordinating proposal submission and peer review processes, negotiating research contracts, and managing program budget. Maintains and improves program website content and develops content for other program communications. Assists with conduct of research projects in the lab and/or field. Networks with Great Lakes research community.

Full position description available below.

Desired start date: August 1, 2018. This is a two-year position with potential for extension.

Salary: GS-8 ($50,000-$60,000) commensurate with experience and qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package.


M.S. in biology, fishery biology, aquatic ecology, conservation, or related discipline. Meticulous attention to detail. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

How to Apply

To apply, send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to by 5:00pm Friday, May 11, 2018.

Employment Opportunity
2018 Internship Program
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Position Descriptions

The 10-week internships, which run from June through mid-August, are paid positions without benefits. Designed to expose students to the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, the internship experience will help develop and strengthen the professional skills required to work in these fields. Assignments will vary, but generally include positions within the Foundation’s administrative, analytical, research, communications or grantmaking divisions. All internships will be based out of the Foundation’s headquarters in Flint, Michigan. One internship will likely support the Environment team’s domestic and international grantmaking with emphasis on the Great Lakes.

The 2018 Internship Program will be open to students who are:

  • · Enrolled full-time undergraduates entering their junior or senior year;
  • · Maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • · Able to work a 35-hour week; and
  • · Legally authorized to work in the United States.

Candidates for these internship positions should be team players able to solve problems, organize their work, communicate effectively, pay attention to detail, and maintain a professional attitude and work habits. The Foundation is particularly interested in students majoring in areas of study related to nonprofit organizations and philanthropy. While all majors are welcome to apply, students in programs that relate to the Foundation’s interests in education, the environment, community development, and economic vitality and social change communications are particularly well suited for the program.

Please review the opportunities listed below, and indicate in your cover letter which of the following areas interest(s) you:

  • · Programs – Education
  • · Programs – Environment
  • · Communications

Program interns will work on a variety of issues and topics relevant to the Foundation’s grantmaking interests within a team setting. Assignments will vary based on a combination of the Foundation’s needs and on the interests of the intern. All interns will, at a minimum, have the opportunity to conduct research on issues, contribute to the development of strategies, write internal recommendations and/or analyze potential grants and accompany program staff to meetings and/or events.

The Communications intern will assist in developing strategy and content for external communications. The intern will work on a variety of projects, which may include: shooting and editing video; drafting copy; preparing photographs and graphics for posting on social media and the Foundation’s website; and archiving photos. The intern will, at a minimum, have the opportunity to contribute to developing strategy and to create content for Foundation communications. Potential candidates should indicate any prior experience in journalism, social media, video production or the Adobe Creative Suite.

How to Apply

No phone calls, please.

Individuals interested in this position should apply AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, with a resume, cover letter, and grades to

The Mott Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity of thinking, background and perspective among its staff. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. Hiring decisions at the Mott Foundation are based on the qualifications of the candidate and the operational needs of the Mott Foundation.

About the Mott Foundation

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, established in 1926 in Flint, Michigan, by an automotive pioneer, is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable, and sustainable society. It supports nonprofit programs throughout the United States and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally. Grantmaking is focused in four programs: Civil Society, Education, Environment, and Flint Area. In addition to Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg, and London. With year-end assets of approximately $3 billion in 2017, the Foundation made 375 grants totaling more than $122 million. For more information, visit

Please contact if you would like your opening posted here.


GLRI Funding Opportunity: U.S. Forest Service Announces Great Lakes Restoration Funding Opportunity
May 11, 2018, Informational Webinar: April 5, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m. Eastern

The U.S. Forest Service anticipates approximately $3.7 million in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding will be available for tree planting and restoring native vegetation in the Great Lakes Basin. This funding will be competitively awarded to the best proposals received through the May 11, 2018 deadline at Search for Grant Opportunity Number USDA-FS-2018-GLRI.

Funds will be distributed across the following three program areas:

  • Mitigate Emerald Ash Borer Impacts,
  • Reduce Runoff from Degraded Sites through Green Infrastructure, and
  • Enhance Coastal Wetland Filtration.

See the 2018 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative RFA website for a detailed description, requirements, and application instructions.

There is an an informational webinar about this grant opportunity:
Thursday, April 5, 2018, @ 2:00 p.m. Eastern/1:00 p.m. Central–Webinar will be recorded for later viewing.

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Chi-Cal Rivers Fund: 2018 Funding Opportunity
Pre-Proposal Webinar: April 17, 2018 at 10 AM Central Time
Pre-Proposals Due: May 15, 10:59 PM Central Time
Full Proposals Due: July 19, 10:59 PM Central Time

The Chi–Cal Rivers Fund is now accepting applications for competitive funding. Details about this funding opportunity are provided in the Request For Proposals, and additional program information can be viewed at New in 2018, the Chi-Cal Rivers Fund requests applicants submit a pre-proposal, due May 15, 2018. Following review of pre-proposal submissions, a subset of applicants will be invited to submit a full-proposal.

Grant funding in 2018 will be awarded in three categories:

  • Expanding Green Stormwater Infrastructure
    New in 2018: funding available for maintaining and improving the function of existing green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) installations as well as installing new GSI
  • Enhancing Habitat Quality
  • Improving Public Access

Approximately $1 million is expected to be available for grant awards in 2018. Individual awards will range from $100,000 to $300,000.

To be eligible for funding, projects must occur in close proximity to or otherwise demonstrate direct benefits to the major waterways of the Chicago-Calumet system and their tributaries as outlined in the Request For Proposals. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and state, tribal and local governments.

Chi-Cal Rivers Fund partners will host a webinar on April 17, 2018 at 10 AM Central Time to provide information about this funding opportunity. Due to the addition of the pre-proposal phase and new opportunities for funding under the Expanding Green Stormwater Infrastructure category, we highly encourage applicants to attend the webinar live or view it later at Webinar participants will learn about funding priorities and the application process, receive tips for submitting competitive proposals, and have the opportunity to ask questions. The webinar will last for approximately 1 hour. Register for the webinar. 

Request for Proposals to Evaluate Great Lakes Restoration Impacts
May 28, 2018

The OGL is announcing a Request for Proposals for a research project to value the economic impact of restoration work conducted by its Areas of Concern Program.

The selected project team will develop a modeling tool to support the program. The information produced by the tool will help inform decisions and provide data to demonstrate the economic value of Great Lakes restoration activities.

The grant program will occur in two phases. The first phase will provide up to $100,000 to develop conceptual diagrams, assess available ecosystem modeling tools, and analyze existing economic research. The second phase allows for up to $200,000 to develop the tool.

Click to download the Request for Proposals. Complete proposals must be postmarked or submitted via e-mail no later than May 28, 2018. Contact Christina Pastoria with questions.

The Michigan Areas of Concern Program is a partnership of federal, state, and local actors that restores sites in the Great Lakes region with environmental damage. Two sites in Michigan have been restored. Twelve are in various stages of restoration. Activities include habitat restoration, removal of contaminated material, and green infrastructure installation.




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