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

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.

Roving position across Scotand. Average of 1 hour from successful candidates home address
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31/08/2019

Membership Development Officer

Are you a friendly, focused 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? There is an exciting opportunity to work for the RSPB across Merseyside. Near to this fantastic area features one of the newest and largest RSPB reserves, Dee Estuary Burton Mere Wetlands which is home to Avocets in the summer months and in the winter, the rarest bird of prey in Britain the Hen Harrier.

Merseyside
Closes
11/01/2019

Membership Development Officer

Are you a friendly, focused 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? There is an exciting opportunity to work for the RSPB across Merseyside. Near to this fantastic area features one of the newest and largest RSPB reserves, Dee Estuary Burton Mere Wetlands which is home to Avocets in the summer months and in the winter, the rarest bird of prey in Britain the Hen Harrier.

Cheshire
Closes
11/01/2019

Face-to-Face Membership Recruiter

Are you passionate about protecting wildlife and saving nature? Could you inspire that passion in others, helping to raise vital funds to support the work of the RSPB? If so, the RSPB has the perfect opportunity for you. 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.

Hampshire
Closes
07/01/2019

Membership Development Officer

Are you a friendly, focused individual who loves nature and wildlife? Would you like to work in a different environment every day? Can you bring skills in selling and have worked successfully to targets before? Perhaps you are looking for a new challenge or want to play your part in helping to save nature for future generations? If so, then read on. This is an exciting opportunity to work for the RSPB promoting membership so that we can continue to save nature and do more for it.

Lancashire and Cumbria
Closes
06/01/2019