RSPB Staff in coversation, RSPB HQ The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire

Face-to-face recruitment

Nature is in trouble - and you could be part of the solution.

Growing our membership

As a charity, around a third of the RSPB's funding comes from membership, which allows us to carry out all our fantastic work, protecting and restoring the wild places nature depends on.

Our current membership is around 1.2 million. But we need more people to support us, whether it’s taking action to help their garden wildlife, getting their kids excited about nature or supporting the RSPB’s wider global work.

Young girl joining the wildlife explorers and receiving her membership pack

Be the face of the RSPB

The RSPB employs more than 100 face-to-face in-house recruitment staff to encourage members of the public to sign up to become members and long term supporters of the RSPB. You might have seen us chatting to the public about our work at RSPB nature reserves, country shows or events.

As the face of the RSPB, our face-to-face recruitment team are often the first point of contact for people who know little or nothing about us or what we do (you’d be surprised how many people think we’re a bird rescue centre!). While they are there to recruit, our fantastic face-to-face staff are also there to inspire and enthuse the public with real passion for nature.

You don't need to be a nature or conservation expert. As long as you have enthusiasm, a great way with people and an interest in the RSPB's mission to give nature a home, we'd love to hear from you.

There are a great many challenges facing charities in the current climate but the RSPB gives you everything you need to rise to these challenges. You will receive regular support from your line manager and friendly team, room for creative freedom to engage with the public in a way which works for you and us, training conferences and on the job training.

There are lots of opportunities to develop both personally and professionally with a clear progression path if you want to stay in membership, and the opportunity to develop wider skills used in a variety of sectors. In the past our staff have gone onto a variety of careers such as visitor experience, practical conservation, digital support, policy work and membership management.

Members Day at Hope farm

Typical roles

  • Membership Development Officer - Working at various events and sites to engage with and encourage the public to support the RSPB
  • Face-to-face Area Manager - To lead and manage Membership Development Officers, supporting them to achieve set membership recruitment targets as well as your own, and to inspire the public to support the RSPB
  • Membership Development Manager - To develop a culture of high performance amongst the membership recruitment workforce.

Want to know why you should be a Membership Development Officer (MDO)?

Watch the video on this page to hear from one of our team on the difference you could make by becoming part of the team.

Ribble Estuary, Marshside RSPB reserve, Lancashire

Who are our face-to-face recruiters?

Find out more about our face to face recruiters and what it means to be part of our Membership team. Interested in joining our team? Then head to our vacancies pages to see what opportunities are available.

Find out more about our face-to-face recruiters and what it means to be part of our Membership team. Interested in joining our team? Then head to our vacancies pages to see what opportunities are available.

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What we’ll do for you

At the RSPB, we look after our staff. As part of our Face To Face Membership team, you will receive ongoing training, support and opportunities to develop your career and be the best you can be.

Benefits include:

  • Full staff training. You’ll be fully inducted into our fantastic charity and given the chance to build tailored personal development plans on how to grow within the organisation.
  • When you’re in your RSPB van, all petrol costs are covered by us.
  • The RSPB will help you be a little kinder to the environment by offering green loans to buy bikes or bus season tickets.
  • Volunteer day – every year you’re given a paid day to help out the RSPB however you want to. Use it to develop different skills, use it to build contacts or use it to travel and see amazing wildlife.
  • Mentoring scheme – work alongside colleagues to help develop the career you want, with advice from those that have done it before.
  • If you stay with us for five years, you can take a salaried sabbatical! Travel the world or help develop a project you’re passionate about.
RSPB staff at work at The Lodge, headquarters. Apprentices, working in Information Systems at RSPB, Sandy, Bedfordshire

A word from a former MDO

Spiro Vaos supports the national team from our HQ in Bedfordshire.

"A lot of our MDOs stay and move up within the organisation. I was an MDO for five years, having come from a commercial sales background. I wanted to do something more fulfilling, and that’s the reason a lot of other people have for applying for an MDO position. You don’t need to have a conservation background – though it can be a stepping stone into conservation for many.”

Spiro Vaos, former MDO

Membership Development Vacancies

Face-to-Face Membership Recruiter

Do you: - enjoy attending events and festivals - enjoy talking to people - love Scotland's wildlife? If you've answered yes to all or any of the above and fancy a career doing just that, then we'd love to hear from you. We are looking for someone with lots of chat and lots of enthusiasm to inspire the work of Europe's largest conservation charity - the RSPB! Oh and we are not just about the birds, in fact over 7,000 species of animals and plants make a home on our reserves, including 1,500 that are nationally scarce, rare and threatened.

Roving position across (mostly) East or West central belt of Scotland

Face to Face Wildlife Fundraiser

Are you an outgoing, focused individual who loves nature and wildlife? Confident to work in a busy and vibrant environment and have worked successfully to targets? Perhaps you are looking for a new challenge? Want to play your part in helping to save nature for future generations? This is an exciting opportunity to work for an amazing charity - the RSPB. From the Ancient Oaks of Sherwood Forest and the Otters of Oxfordshire, to Birds of prey in Staffordshire and Butterflies in Birmingham - the rich habitats on our network of nature reserves are home to them all.

Various locations across the Midlands area

Face to Face Area Manager

Do you: - Enjoy attending events and festivals? - Enjoy talking to people? - Love Scotland's wildlife? - Thrive on targets and get a real buzz from leading your team to smash theirs? If you've answered yes to all or any of the above and fancy a career doing just that, then we'd love to hear from you. RSPB Scotland is looking for an energetic and enthusiastic Face-to-Face Area Manager to lead and inspire a team of face-to-face fundraisers, to achieve great things in membership recruitment and help Save Nature in the East Scotland region.

Roving - East Scotland

Membership Development Officer

Do you love wildlife? Are you a 'people person' - friendly and enthusiastic? Are you target driven? If so, then you are just the person we are looking for to join our Community Team. We are a truly amazing organisation and passionate about what we do.