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

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

Interested?

If you are interested in becoming part of our face to face recruitment team and helping the RSPB grow its membership to save nature send your CV to bepartofthesolution@rspb.org.uk and one of the team will contact you.

Our face-to-face recruiters in action

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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Membership Development Vacancies

Face to Face Membership Recruiter

Nature is in trouble, can you help us to save it? The RSPB is the UK's largest conservation organisation, with over 200 nature reserves giving a home to thousands of species across the whole of the UK. By creating and protecting some of the country's rarest habitats we are ensuring the future for some of our most threatened wildlife.

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31/08/2019

Membership Development Officer

Are you an outgoing, friendly, optimistic and focused individual who loves nature and wildlife? Confident to work with people in busy and vibrant public environments and happy to work most weekends and Bank Holidays? Have you worked successfully to sales or fundraising targets and now you're looking for a new challenge? Want to help inspire the public to join the RSPB? There is an exciting opportunity to work for the RSPB in and around Bristol as a Membership Development Officer to increase people's connection to the natural world through RSPB membership. If nature is to survive we need to encourage more people to spend more time in nature and to help fund vital wildlife conservation efforts to help give nature a home.

Bristol
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31/08/2019

Membership Development Officer

Are you an outgoing, friendly, optimistic and focused individual who loves nature and wildlife? Confident to work with people in busy and vibrant public environments and happy to work most weekends and Bank Holidays? Have you worked successfully to sales or fundraising targets and now you're looking for a new challenge? Want to help inspire the public to join the RSPB? There is an exciting opportunity to work for the RSPB in and around Bath as a Membership Development Officer to increase people's connection to the natural world through RSPB membership. If nature is to survive we need to encourage more people to spend more time in nature and to help fund vital wildlife conservation efforts to help give nature a home.

Bath
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31/08/2019

Membership Development Officer

Nature is in big trouble, but the RSPB has got big plans to save it, can you help us? We need outgoing individuals who are confident working to targets to join our team of membership fundraisers and inspire and engage members of the public, so we can secure vital support for nature. We will give you a comprehensive package of training and support to ensure that you are set up to succeed and help give nature the boost it needs.

Norfolk and Suffolk
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30/06/2019

Membership Development Officer

Do you have a passion for nature? Love talking to people about wildlife and nature? Enjoy attending events, fairs and shows? 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 the UK's largest conservation charity - the RSPB.

Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Co. Durham, Teesside, Cleveland
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30/06/2019

Membership Development Officer

Are you a friendly, focused, outgoing individual who loves nature and wildlife? Confident to work in a busy and vibrant environment and have worked to targets? Perhaps you are looking for a new challenge? Want to play your part in helping to save nature for future generations? If so the North Wales Community Team are looking for a Membership Development Officer based in Mid North Wales. Do you want to be part of a fantastic team helping to protect nature? If you are a passionate and driven individual with excellent communication skills this is a fantastic opportunity for you.

Home based in Northern Wales with extensive travel throughout the region
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22/04/2019

Membership Development Officer

Are you an outgoing, friendly, optimistic and focused individual who loves nature and wildlife? Confident to work with people in busy and vibrant public environments and happy to work most weekends and Bank Holidays? Have you worked successfully to sales or fundraising targets and now you're looking for a new challenge? Want to help inspire the public to join the RSPB? There is an exciting opportunity to work for the RSPB in and around Exeter as a Membership Development Officer to increase people's connection to the natural world through RSPB membership. If nature is to survive we need to encourage more people to spend more time in nature and to help fund vital wildlife conservation efforts to help give nature a home.

Exeter
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