An Intern for the Grant Writer position shall be assigned tasks involving research, preparation, and grant team management for private, state or federal grant applications to be submitted by the Costanoan-Chualar Indian Tribal Community of Indian Canyon (“Tribe”) and/or Costanoan Indian Research (“CIR”). Grant Writer will be expected to maintain a calendar, work team progress reports, procurement status, and minutes on communication with Grantor. This internship works closely with the executive management of CIR and Tribe.


1. Research funding opportunities that align with the short-term and long-term funding needs and goals of The Tribe and CIR.

2. Communicate The Tribe and CIR’s mission and programs to potential funders.

3. Conduct the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to federal, state, local, and private foundation funding sources.

4. Maintain a calendar of submissions and other deadlines to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and reports.

5. Ensure agency compliance with all grant requirements.

6. Keep grant policies and procedures current and accurate for auditors and reviewers.

7. Prioritize multiple grant opportunities to ensure multiple proposals proceed in a timely manner.

8. Manage supplemental material required for proposals.

9. Design and incorporate strategic planning with each program on the narrative and budget that produces results and solutions to identified needs.

10. Maintain confidentiality and ensure compliance with related policies.

11. Other duties as assigned.


1. Passion for Tribe’s and CIR’s mission and work to create a region where Indigenous people thrive and a commitment to follow all policies and procedures of the organization.

2. Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication and public speaking skills.

3. Experience working in deadline-driven environments.

4. Good math skills for grant budgeting.

5. A successful track record in setting priorities, information delivery, and time management.

6. Understanding of contract requirements management including activity design and data collection to ensure compliant contract expectations.

7. Highly organized, wearing multiple hats in an ambiguous and fast-moving environment.

8. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people of diverse races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, socio-economic backgrounds, religions, ages, English-speaking abilities, immigration status, and physical abilities in an intersectional environment.

9. Ability to work independently, or within a work team.

10. Handle a variety of special projects and other related duties, as assigned.


1. Bachelor’s degree or higher graduate degree; or 8+ years experience working in the public or non-profit sectors in a work position on project management, public affairs, legal services, or business administration.

2. Ability to read, speak, and understand the English language.

3. Proficient in working with computers and Microsoft Office software including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google cloud suite including Google Finance, Docs, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Slide, Drive, etc., database systems, and social media tools.

4. Access to reliable public or personal transportation.

5. Flexibility to work days, evenings, or weekends.

6. The person in this position may be required to sit or stand for extended periods, move objects up to 35 pounds, ascend/descend stairs, operate office equipment, open and close filing cabinets, and boxes, observe visitors, and communicate messages by telephone.


Costanoan-Chular Tribal Community of Indian Canyon: Indian Canyon is the only federally recognized “Indian Country” between Sonoma and Santa Barbara, and has been sacred land and home for Ohlone/Costanoan people since time immemorial. Costanoan Indian Research, Inc. (CIR): CIR is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (FEIN: 68-0287736) owned and held by members of the Indian Canyon Chualar Tribe of the Costanoan-Ohlone People, located near Hollister, California. We seek to improve and enhance the Recognition of Indigenous California Natives; encourage Reciprocity and Responsibility through actions, policies, and programs impacting indigenous peoples and land; Respect the Costanoan Ohlone people.


CIR and Tribe are proud to be equal opportunity employers: People of color, transgender and gender-non-conforming people, persons with disabilities, intersex people, women, and persons who are LGBT*Q+ are highly encouraged to apply. The Tribe and CIR maintain a policy of non-discrimination with respect to employees and applicants for employment. No aspect of employment will be influenced in any matter by race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, physical disability, medical/mental condition, perceived physical disability or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by statute.