Treasurer - Colchester RSPB Local Group

Tuesday 13 February 2018
Vacancy type:
Volunteering at home, Community groups
Eastern England Regional Office

What we're looking for

Do you like wildlife and percentages? Why not be a treasure, and be a treasurer! RSPB local groups are community based groups, run entirely by volunteers, that promote the aims and objectives of the RSPB in the local community. The RSPB Colchester Local Group offers the public the opportunity to become involved in, learn about and assist us in our work to save nature. It runs popular events and activities like indoor talks, outdoor wildlife walks, as well as fundraising and attending local community events. The role of treasurer is essential in ensuring the group operates effectively and makes a good financial contribution to help the RSPB save nature. Main responsibilities of the role include; - Collecting and banking income from group activities. - Ensuring all cheques raised on the RSPB charity bank account are signed by two registered signatories. New signatories or changes to the signatories for the RSPB charity bank account must be arranged through the Finance dept. - Ensuring that all income and expenditure for the group is recorded whether of a charitable nature or otherwise. The financial year end should coincide with that of the RSPB (31st March). - Monitoring group finances regularly. - Advising the group committee on the financial implications of their activities. - Ensuring surplus funds are donated to the RSPB when appropriate, while keeping enough for group operating costs. - Attending a one-day group treasurers training workshop at our headquarters in Bedfordshire within your first year in role. - Arranging for the accounts to be audited. - Presenting a financial report at each group AGM, summarising income and expenditure for the previous year, progress during the current year and recommendations concerning funding, including the proposed level of subscription. - Completing the annual financial return for the group and return it to the Finance Dept by deadline date given.

The skills you need

Don't worry... you do not have to be a professional accountant. The main two skills you need are: 1) Confidence in keeping simple accounts (income and expenditure), handling and accounting for charity money. 2) An ability to stay organised and meet simple deadlines when required. A full days training is provided to help you build these skills!

Your time

4-8 hours per month.
Maximum five year term of office
All year round

What's in it for you?

This is a great opportunity for you to make a valuable contribution to the behind-the-scenes work of the RSPB Colchester Local Group. RSPB Local Groups are a great way to get to know more about nature locally, while also an opportunity to meet friendly, like-minded people. Take pride in knowing you will be supporting events which are enthusing people about the joys of nature. In addition, all donations raised by local groups help us to continue vital conservation and habitat management work on our nationally important nature reserves in the East of England. The RSPB regional staff will be on hand to support you every step of the way, so what are you waiting for? If you think you could contribute your money handling skills to your local group, we're sure they would love to hear from you!

How to apply


Drew Lyness, Eastern England Regional Office
Tel: 01603 660066


Typically, this role will take about 2 hours per week, but can vary depending on how much you wish to put into it. You will need to attend group committee meetings regularly, and complete essential admin work when requested. What else you wish to bring to the role is up to you. A driving license and access to a vehicle is useful but not essential. You would be able to claim out-of-pocket expenses from the group charity bank account. You would have full support from a dedicated and experienced committee of volunteers, as well as support from staff at the RSPB Eastern England Regional Office and the Volunteering Development Department at HQ. For more details about your local group, visit: The RSPB works for a healthy environment rich in birds and wildlife. It relies on the support and generosity of volunteers to make a difference. The RSPB is the UK Partner of the global federation of conservation organisations, BirdLife International.

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