Volunteer Co-ordinator - Stour Estuary

Thursday 14 April 2016
Vacancy type:
Office and administration
Stour Estuary Reserve

What we're looking for

The Stour Estuary reserves consist of a broad suite of reserves and habitats including Cattawade Marshes, Wolves Wood and Flatford Wildlife Garden. With such a diverse group of reserves comes a diverse group of volunteers involved in practical conservation tasks, visitor services and horticultural work (to name but a few). We've got a great team of volunteers and are aiming to expand and develop the team as well as ensure that they enjoy and get the most out of their time volunteering with us. This is where you come in! Your role will be to assist with the overall development of the Stour Estuary's volunteer team, taking the lead on specific aspects. Tasks are varied but may include: •Assisting with taking the volunteering strategy forward •Identifying opportunities to advertise volunteer roles e.g.. websites, attending recruitment fairs •Being first point of contact for volunteer enquiries •Respond to enquiries from advertisements for specific roles by phone/email and posting/emailing volunteer enquiry packs. •Set up volunteer interviews and assist with devising interviews and be part of the interview panel. •Take the lead in organising volunteer thank-you events, e.g.. summer bbq, Christmas party. •Devise methods of evaluating volunteer experience e.g.. feedback forms, focus group and feed results back to reserve team in order to improve and develop volunteering at the reserves •Devise, write and distribute a reserve newsletter for volunteers.

The skills you need

Essential •Proven people management skills •Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail •A great 'people person' friendly and approachable •Enthusiastic and positive about volunteering and the RSPB's work •Excellent telephone manner and written communication skills •Creative and forward thinking, you enjoy looking for opportunities and developing new initiatives •Computer literate •Able to commit (within reason) to the role for a minimum 6 months Desirable •Previous experience of managing volunteers •Experience of organising and running small scale events

Your time

1-3 days per week, for a minimum of 6 months
All year round

What's in it for you?

As this is a new volunteer role for the Stour Estuary reserves you will be in a position to make the role your own, building on your existing skills and knowledge. If you are thinking of a career in a volunteer focused role this could be a great start in building skills and experience. We'd love you to bring your ideas and initiative to the role. You'll meet new people, learn new skills, get involved with wildlife conservation without getting muddy (mostly) and make a big difference to our work and volunteers.

How to apply


Rick Vonk, Stour Estuary Reserve
Tel: 01206 391153/01206 392119
Email: Rick.Vonk@rspb.org.uk


Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. We belong to BirdLife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations. Your time and skills could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB and it would be great if you could join us.

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