Cycle Hire Scheme Volunteer - want to share your passion for cycling with others? - Rainham Marshes

Posted:
Tuesday 1 September 2015
Vacancy type:
Publicity and promotional, Showing people wildlife, Raise money to save nature, Inspiring young people
Location:
Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve

What we're looking for

The RSPB has partnered with Sports England for an exciting new project called 'Active in Nature' which aims to encourage people to experience nature in new and active ways. At RSPB Rainham marshes we're offering a suite of outdoor activities for visitors to get involved in, one of which is a cycle hire scheme. This gives visitors a fantastic opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of the reserve which could incorporate exploring the river wall and going further into neighbouring valleys. These rides will give participants the opportunity to see a wide range of wildlife including seals along the Thames River, lapwing, marsh harriers and a variety of insects residing in the plant life. We're looking for volunteers to run this cycle hire scheme. Tasks would include: • Booking out the bikes for hire • Assisting in led cycle rides from the reserve • Assist with events, e.g. bike maintenance days, nature rides, longer distance bike tours • An opportunity to help out with the basic bike maintenance We'd train you in everything you need to know before starting in role which would include: basic bike maintenance; skills needed when cycling in groups; our bike hire system

The skills you need

Essential: • Comfortable riding a bike and able to ride at least 10 miles on mixed terrain. • Approachable, friendly and enthusiastic about being active outdoors • A confident communicator when leading/talking to small groups Desirable: • Experience of leading cycle groups • Experience of working with groups and assisting at events • Valid first aid training • Basic bike maintenance

Your time

Minimum:
Flexible. Ideally 1 day a week minimum.
Duration:
Ongoing
Period:
All year around – particularly school holiday peri

What's in it for you?

An excellent opportunity to gain experience in leading and assisting with cycle rides and events, as well as taking part in the general running of the scheme. You would also be able to build on or develop your bike maintenance skills. Enjoy meeting new people, fellow volunteers and reserve visitors alike, safe in the knowledge that you're making real difference to inspiring more people to care about nature and their local environment. Gain a real insight into the work of the RSPB – the largest nature conservation charity in Europe.

How to apply

Contact

Robyn Smith, Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve
Tel: 01708 899840
Email: Robyn.Smith@RSPB.ORG.UK

Notes

We'd reimburse you for any out of pocket travel expenses and ensure you're supported fully in your role.

Reference number 3965