Local Group Leader - Huntingdonshire

Posted:
Wednesday 21 February 2018
Vacancy type:
Volunteering at home, Community groups
Location:
At home

What we're looking for

Do you have an interest in wildlife conservation, enjoy motivating others and a flare for leadership? If so, the Huntingdonshire RSPB Local Group is looking for you! RSPB local groups are run by enthusiastic volunteers to promote the aims of the RSPB in the local community. They offer RSPB members and the public the opportunity to get more involved in our work to save nature. Groups run activities like indoor talks and outdoor walks. They fundraise and campaign for the RSPB and attend local community events to inspire people to support the RSPB. We're looking for the right individual to lead the RSPB Huntingdonshire Local Group. You don't need to be an expert in birds - people skills are much more important for this role. Key Responsibilities of a Local Group Leader are: - To lead the group and encourage the development of a range of activities designed to encourage wide participation from the group membership and to attract new group members. - Attend a two day group leaders training workshop at our headquarters in Bedfordshire within your first year in role. - Maintain a two way communication with your Regional/Country Office and HQ in order to: disseminate any important news updates and messages to the committee and membership; seek guidance/advice where needed; notify the regional office of any changes to the committee. - Ensure that the group follows its constitution and abides by the advice/guidelines in the RSPB Handbook for Volunteer Groups. - Most important of all... HAVE FUN! If you are excited about the activities the group are doing, and thrilled to know that you are making a big difference to wildlife conservation in your local area, then the other volunteers in the group will be motivated too!

The skills you need

Simple... be a great 'people person'! For this role you will need; - Good communication and interpersonal skills. - To be friendly and approachable. - An enthusiasm for nature conservation. - The ability to motivate others. - Confidence to work with a wide range of people from different and backgrounds.

Your time

Minimum:
Approx 20 hours a month. Initial 2 day training course.
Duration:
Maximum 5 year term of office
Period:
All year round

What's in it for you?

This is a great opportunity to flex your leadership muscles, have fun, and make a real impact for nature conservation in your local area. In this role, you can help guide and steer the group to maximise its impact on saving local wildlife. This role will give you the chance to meet a wide variety of like-minded people, and make new friends. When working together with the other local group volunteers, there is no limit to what you can achieve in helping us to reach our goals to save nature. Remember, the RSPB staff in the region will be there to support you in every stage of your volunteering journey. So, what are you waiting for? Be bold, be brave and step up for nature!

How to apply

Contact

Drew Lyness, Eastern England Regional Office
Tel: 01603 660066
Email: Drew.Lyness@rspb.org.uk

Notes

Typically, this role will take about 5 hours per week, but can vary depending on how much you wish to put into it. You will need to attend group meetings (both public events and group volunteer committee meetings) regularly and complete essential admin work when requested. What else you wish to bring to the role is up to you. 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. The RSPB Huntingdonshire Local Group hold public meetings on the last Wednesday of each month at St. Ives Free Church. Committee meetings are held when needed throughout the year. For more details visit the group website at www.RSPB.org.uk/groups A driving license and access to a vehicle is useful but not essential.

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